• Welcoming Statement

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    ERUUF is committed to the inclusion of every person. All are welcome here without regard to race, ethnicity, disability, gender, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or economic status, in accord with UU Principles. We are a UUA “Welcoming Congregation.”

  • New?

    new plant cradledWelcome to this inclusive community where we embrace people of all cultural and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, and stages of life.  We'd love to show you around.

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  • Radical Inclusivity

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    Instead of a creed, Unitarian Universalists share a spirit and vision of radical inclusivity, individual agency, and social justice. We create a safe space to stand out, stand up, and change your mind, particularly during life's transitions. We embrace personal discovery and growth through learning, engagement, and service. Our only doctrine is love.
    Victoria Mitchell


  • Interdependence

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    We need each other. Each of us is responsible for what happens on this earth. We are each absolutely essential, each totally irreplaceable. Leonard Peltier

  • Love

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    It is love that fashions us into the fullness of our being—not our looks, not our work, not our wants, not our achievements, not our parents, not our status, not our dreams. ... it is love: who we love, how we love, why we love, and that we love which ultimately shapes us.   Daphne Rose Kingma


  • Hope

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    One can never understand what hope is really about unless one wrestles with despair. The same is true with faith. There has to be some serious doubt, otherwise faith becomes merely a dogmatic formula, an orthodoxy, a way of evading the complexity of life, rather than a way of engaging honestly with life.   Cornel West


Art Gallery Exhibit

PEOPLE OF CUBA - photography by Peter Aitken

On display through May 27th, 2018

Peter has a long-standing interest in photography and has studied with Ansel Adams and others. He has had numerous solo exhibitions in the Triangle area and participated in many group shows. Rather than concentrate on the best known icons of Cuban imagery, the architecture and the old cars, Peter chose to concentrate on the friendly and fascinating Cuban people.


On display Feb 4- April 12

Jinxiu Alice Zhao’s Chinese brush paintings emphasize nature including flowers, trees, plants, and landscapes. Her award winning works have been exhibited in many venues in the USA and China including the China National Art Museum in Beijing and the Hubei Province Art Gallery. Alice teaches Chinese brush painting and calligraphy to both children and adults. Since 2004, the Duke Asian Pacific Study Institute has sponsored Alice to provide art classes and workshops for schools and educators throughout NC. 


The ERUUF Gallery Committee has been bringing you great art displays all year. Now it’s our turn to show our stuff! Committee members are displaying their work in the annual Holiday Show, on display through early January. We have paintings, wood turnings, photography, ink drawings, and quilts—stop by and take a look! There are some great holiday gifts here, and purchases may be taken immediately for timely giving. Refer to the binder for prices and information about the artists. A portion of each purchase price goes to ERUUF.

HIDDEN PATTERNS - woodturnings by Gene Presson

On display until November 21

Woodturner Gene Presson describes this exhibit: “One of the reasons I enjoy woodturning so much is the pleasure of finding the patterns that are hidden within every piece of wood. Patterns that are different in each and every piece that I mount on my lathe. Patterns that are different if I change the mounting point by as little as an eighth of an inch.” 

ANGELS OF REPOSE - paintings by Pamela George

On display until October 5

ERUUF artist Pamela George’s new exhibit of paintings explores endangered places of rest, restoration and repost.

THREADS OF LIFE - textiles by Spiritual Threads

On display until August 16

Spiritual Threads is a collective that explores thread-work in a social-justice framework, observing how societies use textiles to express spirituality and preserve culture. The works exhibited include quilting, embroidery, hand-stitched collage, weaving, fabric painting and felting. Additionally, pottery is exhibited by Kitty Sherwin.

CAREFUL TO CAREFREE - watercolors by Carol Liz Fynn

On display until the end of May 

Watercolorist Carol Liz Fynn's exhibit of paintings illustrates how watercolor has a mind of its own–where an erratic nature can be tamed by technique and where happy accidents are embraced.

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. 


On display until February 16, 2017.

Jarrett Burch is a self-taught artist originally from the foothills of north Georgia who began painting around 2002. His inspirations include Mark Rothko, Norman Lewis, and Joan Mitchell.Jarrett’s paintings have been purchased by clients throughout the Triangle; Philadelphia; New York City; Los Angeles- and Calgary, Alberta.

Jarrett is affiliated with Raleigh’s Visual Art Exchange and the Durham Art Guild, and is in the artist registry of The Painting Center in New York City. His work has been juried by many distinguished judges, such as Anne Strauss (Assistant Curator, Metropolitan Museum of Art NYC); Peter Nisbet (Chief Curator, Ackland Art Museum); Katherine Adkins (Assistant Curator, Nasher Museum of Art); and Vanessa des Claux (Tate Modern UK).  


On display until January 5.

This year's exhibit features 6 artists.

BEAUTY BY NATURE - photography by Sol Levine

On display in the foyer Gallery from October 20 - December 1

Sol Levine’s photography exhibit includes wildlife, flora and landscapes – the natural beauty of every day. 

SPIRIT AND TRANSFORMATION  -  paintings by Richard Scherubel

On display in the foyer Gallery through September 20

Spirit and Transformation is an exhibit of Richard Scherubel’s colorful, nonrepresentational paintings.  Richard is a graduate of the University of Iowa’s Fine Arts Department.

BY THE SEA - works by Robert Harrison

Robert Harrison’s exhibit of alluring boats and seascapes is up through September 8. Meet the Artist on Sunday, July 31, 11:45 am

THE ADVENTURES OF TWO RED BICYCLES  - paintings by Phyllis Golden Andrews 

Two red bicycles are the alter egos for a pair of spandex-free cyclists in these illustrative paintings of their life events, travels and mishaps.

REFLECTIONS  AND REFRACTIONS - works by Trudy Thompson

On display currently in our gallery.  Thompson writes, "I am drawn to rhythms and patterns found in nature: ripples of water, swirls of clouds, shapes of flower buds, feathered wings of birds. I create my finely marbled silk by a process referred to as hydro-printing. After creating a viscous solution which sits over night in a bath, I carefully position drops of different colored acrylic paints on to the “sized” surface. Concentric circles expand and contract. The final pattern results after the drops of paint have been manipulated with a stylus or comb. Then with the help of an assistant a large panel of habatoi silk is positioned over the bath and lowered to gently rest on the surface, then slowly removed before rinsing. The layered patterns for my pieces result from creating a second or third bath with a different surface design each time… over a period of days!"


The display, consisting of four large posters and other pictures and memorabilia, describes the history of ERUUF using graphics and photographs that depict ERUUF and its predecessor, the UU Fellowship of Durham and Chapel Hill. Because 2016 is the 50th anniversary of our congregation, the Eno River Gallery will pay homage to our heritage. Thanks to Ross McKinney, facilitator and Steve Criscenzo, ERUUF Art Galleries liaison, for curating this exhibit.

CONTEMPORARY SEWN TEXTILES - works by Alice Levinson

Currently on display in the foyer gallery. My artwork process is intuitive and spontaneous. I experiment freely with dye, pigments, and printing techniques to create cloth which is complex in texture and rich in visual interest. In each composition the cloth is layered and densely sewn.  Occasional bits of vintage cloth add visual and textural interest, as spices enhance a stew.  Stitching, by both machine and hand, is my primary construction medium.

SHALL WE DANCE? - drawings and paintings by Linda Passman 

Now in our gallery through February 18.

A collection of evocative dancing figures in oil and mixed media. Passman was a long-time ERUUFian who was responsible for fostering ERUUF's visual arts presence in the community. 


Now appearing in our foyer gallery is the fine art of Marilyn Hartman, Nancy Darling, Pamela George, Steve Criscenzo, Carole Mathison and Becky Raye Russell. These artists are members of the Art Gallery Committee of ERUUF and do the work that presents the different art shows in our foyer month after month, year after year. Other committee members are Barbara Sheline, Morita Rapoza, and Mary LaCombe. Enjoy this “Art Gallery Committee Annual Show” as you thank these hard-working ERUUF-ians. They wish you HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

PATTERNS AND COLORS - Peter Aitken Photography

On display in the foyer gallery through December 4, 2015

Peter Aitken is now exhibiting his photographs of semi-abstract images that he has created over the past few years.  His showing of sunrise images that were taken during a one week vacation on North Carolina’s Outer Banks had to be postponed due to technical problems. Peter is a fine art photographer living in Chapel Hill.

INTERCONNECTED - a series of figurative paintings by Debra Wuliger

On display through October, 2015.

Debra Wuliger is known for her creative use of space and color and the ability to capture a person’s essence on paper or canvas.  Regarding this body of work, Debra Wuliger stated: “ I am a figurative and portrait painter.  I am interested in portraying the strength and dignity of people as they act out their lives in ordinary circumstances. I like to contemplate how we as people reach this place of serene dignity.  I believe the secret may be to hold the tension between the joys and sorrows that life brings to us and to use both to become a vibrantly colored and many faceted human being.  I try to infuse each painting with a light that depicts transcendence. This inner light honors each person, giving the likeness a greater meaning.

My artwork involves building a densely patterned and textured canvas through many oil paint layers.  When a pattern emerges from the gestural movement of the figure, I use depth, texture and light to paint the figure emerging from the interlocking shapes. In this way I hope to communicate how we are all made from the one substance and are all interconnected into the one whole.”

Debra Wuliger lives in Durham, North Carolina with her husband, Joel and her dog Tessa.  She paints in the quiet of her home studio.  Her works have most recently been displayed at the Hillsborough Arts Council in Hillsborough, NC and at the Durham Arts Council.  The Durham Arts Council displayed the series “Coffee Talk” that resulted from having won the Fountain Pratt Emerging Artists Grant from the Durham Arts Council with support from the North Carolina Arts Council in 2013.

WHITE BLAZES SERIES 1: ART FROM THE TRAIL - acrylic and collage by Galia Goodman

Now in our gallery through September 23

This collection of acrylic, collage and natural found objects mounted on paper and canvas was inspired by recent section hikes of the Appalachian Trail. Galia based this collection on her photos, sketches and written observations. Enjoy the hikes!

WHAT COMES FROM – paintings by Sandra Elliot

Now in our gallery through August 13

2015 was a year of great loss and transition for my family and the members of our tightknit community. Watching so much pain, anger, and suffering, at times, felt insurmountable. Not one of those 7 beloved people died at a time that could be considered a natural point in the cycle of life. Tragic and untimely death of a loved one is something we all experience. We may turn inward or seek the help of others. How we deal with the grief and what happens to us as a result of that process inspired this body of work.

Such great suffering has brought some wonderful gifts: a closer community, the quest for something bigger than ourselves, strength of spirit, the eventual peace that comes from realizing that the suffering is over,  a family reconnecting, a renewed outlook and joy of life evolving from the understanding of its fragile nature.
This series, called WHAT COMES FROM, is a result of walking through and witnessing grief and what eventually grows, blooms, and emerges from that journey.