Rev. Deborah Cayer, Lead Minister
How do you find your resilience? Like everyone else, I was hit hard by this election, which left me feeling numb for a surprisingly long time. But then a friend shared how she was on an annual weekend with eight other women in her family. They’d had a bit too much wine and came up with “a really good idea.” Even so, the next morning they found themselves fully sober, with full intention and great commitment in a shop where each got a tattoo of a small blue safety pin on her arm. These women, and their commitment inked forever onto their bodies, finally broke my heart wide open.
December 7, 6:30 pm, Sanctuary. This is a time to listen to music and readings, light a candle and join in meditation or prayer. It’s a refreshing pause and reset in the middle of the week.
Workshop: Unplug the Holiday Machine
December 7, 7pm. Led by Amy Rawls and Rev. Cayer. What are your winter holidays really like? How do you wish they’d be? Join us to learn how others have found ways to make the holidays more manageable and meaningful.
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.
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.
by Julie Edmunds, Trustee
In his book Governance and Ministry, Dan Hotchkiss talks about the paradox involved in church governance—the need to balance the “transforming power of religion” and the “stabilizing power of organization.” How do we construct and maintain structures and policies that provide us with the support and flexibility to realize our vision of transforming lives? This question is one that frames the work of your Board of Trustees. In our October meeting, we discussed several issues that get at the core of this issue.
asks “What do you want?”
What do you want in your experience at ERUUF? What could ERUUF offer that other institutions do not? What types of adult programs would meet these needs? This winter, the ERUUF Adult Programs Team will be posing these questions to members of the congregation. This will mark the beginning of a discernment process that is intended to help improve and diversify ERUUF’s adult education portfolio. As always, if you have an idea for a class or discussion group, you are encouraged to submit your proposal here:
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.