ERUUF's annual congregational meeting will be Sunday, June 7, at
12 noon (single service at 10:30 a.m. that Sunday). Members will vote to elect new officers, vote for the 2015-16 budget, hear updates on our finances and more. All members were mailed a mini-packet (agenda, rules of meeting, letter from Board, and absentee ballot). Full meeting packets are available on our website. Everyone is welcome to attend, although only members may vote.
Discover and Deepen is a series of classes that are offered in-between the worship services on Sunday mornings (10:20-11:10 am) from September to May. The program has ended for this year and will resume again in the fall. The theme of "Discover and Deepen" is focused on helping members and visitors find ways to discover meaning and engage in creating deeper spiritual lives with one another at ERUUF.
ERUUF’s Spiritual Odyssey conversations begin on June 7 at 9 am in the Commons Room. Each week, a beloved ERUUFian will present the story of her or his personal and/or spiritual quest. We’ll hear, among many things, about early childhood memories, important forks in the road, significant events, and hopefully, a few funny anecdotes along the way!
A Change of Pace, A Change of Heart
by Reverend Deborah Cayer
I’ve been at Duke Hospital to visit my husband, coming and going for more than a week through the giant revolving front door Awkwardly carrying my handbag and briefcase, stressed and lost in the unwieldiness of my own concerns, I would clip along at a good pace both coming and going until I came to the front doors. If you’ve been there you know it’s one very large, very slowly revolving unit with two smaller doors on the sides for disability access.
For the past four years ERUUF has had a strategic initiative aimed at helping the Fellowship understand who we are in the context of an increasingly diverse, multicultural community, and to build the skills needed to live out our Unitarian Universalist values in a multicultural context--both inside our walls and in the communities around us. As part of this ongoing effort, the Board of Trustees and Multicultural Team together applied for and received major financial support from the Eno River Fellowship Foundation. Grateful for this funding, we’re excited to launch a major congregation-wide initiative called “Dismantling Racism.”
by Reverend Deborah Cayer
It’s been sweet to be back at ERUUF this month of March, despite challenging weather, additional travel and significant upcoming staff changes. There is much that is in the very early stages of development, such as new ways of doing justice work as a fellowship, searching for a new religious educator, and plans to celebrate ERUUF’s 50th Anniversary next year. It all holds great promise, even while some aspects of what we’re going to do together will be a great unknown for a little while longer. And yet, I have confidence that we’re going to continue to figure things out together, and that we’ll do it well.
Nearly fifty years ago, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. sent a telegram to faith leaders around the country, including Unitarian Universalists, calling on them to join him in Selma. This past weekend marked the 50th anniversary. Rev. Cayer, ERUUF members, Unitarian Universalists, and many more, marched in Selma to continue witnessing against the “disease of racism”: voter disenfranchisement and the eroding of civil rights, the lack of justice especially for the deaths of young men and transgender women of color, and escalating inequality in our country.
See ERUUF in action and witness at Selma.
This is not time for a decision. You already have decided. You decided to seek a place where you could think about what is important to you. You decided what kind of community you wish to live in, and you decided how you can help shape that place. That place is ERUUF. A pledge of financial support to ERUUF is a tangible expression of what this special place means to you. Thank you for sharing that with us.