How Is It With Your Heart?
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Lead Minister
How is it with your heart lately? So many nights this winter while lying in bed unable to sleep, I’ve found myself replaying the woes of the world on the movie screen in my mind. At one point I noticed that as I watched these movies, my chest ached. Part of this was clearly emotional, but it was also physical. Could it be that contemplating the world’s great sorrow actually makes my heart ache?
As an experiment I turned my thoughts to something else; I imagined playing with my daughter’s wonderful black Lab, Kona. Though he died a long time ago, Kona was full of energy and love, and I always felt ridiculously joyful and confident when I was with him. I feel this way now when I remember him. As I lay in the darkness remembering the solid happiness of this sweet dog, I was stunned to notice that the ache in my chest had eased up completely.
A Workshop for Discernment, Education, Support, Solidarity and Action
Saturday, March 4, 9am-3pm, Fellowship Hall
We believe in the inherent worth and dignity of every person; acting with justice, equity and compassion in human relations; the use of the democratic process in society at large; and working toward a world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all. We are concerned that the current path of American political discourse and leadership is leading us toward dangerous policies and new societal norms that disregard these beliefs. This workshop is designed to build our capacity to seek truth, act courageously, resist oppression, and work individually and collectively to preserve our fundamental democratic institutions.
The Third Reconstruction
by Rev. Dr. William Barber and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
ERUUF's Adult Programs Team is excited to offer the UUA Common Read Book Discussions. Each group will have a discussion leader and will meet three times.
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Each year, the Eno River Fellowship Foundation (ERFF) awards grants for projects that make a significant difference in supporting our ERUUF mission and priorities. We fund creative, seminal initiatives and enrichment of our facilities to fulfill our promises. In short, we ask ourselves, “What are we called to do and what do we need in place to get us there?” Answers to these questions and proposals that are submitted require this kind of deep thinking and have a direct link to ERUUF’s Strategic Plan and the Board’s End Statements.
I rose before dawn this past Sunday and headed east to be the guest preacher in Wilmington. The ride through eastern North Carolina was extraordinarily beautiful. Now in late autumn the deep blue sky arches broadly over the flat fields, and the rich russet and gold of changing leaves rings out from the surrounding woods. The sun is lower in the sky, and its thick, mellow light casts long shadows, even while wild asters and grasses shake their seeds into the wind. The cycle of life continues.
CONNECTIONS by Elllie Edwards-Smith
On display until March 30, 2017
Eno River Gallery at ERUUF features a new exhibit of paintings by Ellie Edwards-Smith which explores how we are all linked through ancestral history, physical attributes and spiritual aspects. Edwards- Smith researches her own family history for its many ethnic and genetic variations that link it to this multicultural world.
The Eno River panels that have graced the sanctuary this past year have brought many positive comments - for the atmosphere they create for worship, for the beauty of the artistic work, for the creativity of linking the church’s name with its 50th anniversary celebration.
The panels will be stored in December to make way for seasonal decorations. In January the sanctuary will have a few weeks of quiet as we refocus for what comes next. The Eno River panels will be stored, to re-emerge at another time in the future.
The Great Fullness of Enough
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Lead Minister
I haven’t been a fan of Thanksgiving until recently. It was always a holiday with too much going on—relatives, noise, travel, stress. One year I remember constantly following my younger daughter as she climbed, poked and explored a cousin’s home that was mostly under construction.