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October 22, 2017

Encountering the Threshold

Jacqueline Brett, Worship Leader; Cheryl Brown, Worship Associate

Thresholds evoke excitement, anticipation, and even fear. They mark the entrance or start of something. They are boundaries of risk, beyond which a radically different world exists. What thresholds are we encountering today, and why might we make a decision to not simply meet these boundaries, but to cross them?


October 15, 2017

Making Space for Awe

Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader; Wuudwhims, an ERUUF wind ensemble, provide music.

ERUUF’s new covenant ends with the affirmation that “we will leave room for awe. What is awe, and what does it do for us that we can’t just do for ourselves? And what’s awe got to do with a UU worship service?


October 8, 2017

Indigenous Peoples Day

Earth Justice, Eno River CUUPs and Jacqueline Brett, Worship Leaders

Since the 1970s the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) has passed many resolutions on Native peoples' rights. “Indigenous Peoples Day” reimagines Columbus Day and changes a celebration of colonialism into an opportunity to reveal historical truths, to acknowledge current injustices, and to celebrate indigenous resistance.

October 1, 2017

Woven in the Depths of the World

Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader; Henry Amador-Batten, Worship Associate

Throughout the Hebrew Bible we find themes of the irrevocable goodness and belovedness of every person, and great joy that we belong to the sacred, the earth, and one another. We’ll celebrate this great good news this morning in the context of Durham’s Pride Celebration, and as an antidote to harder, harsher beliefs held by others in the world.

This Sunday will be Generosity Sunday. The recipient is SpiritHouse.


September 24, 2017

A Change of Heart

Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader;  Eno River Singers, sing at this service

Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the Jewish New Year, and the shofar calls Jews not just to temple, but to attention, and to a change of heart. Where has your heart been stony and hard? What might help us each soften our heart so that something greater can enter through us into the world?


September 17, 2017

Flowing Like a River

Water Service; The Beloved Community Chorus brings their love and joy to the sanctuary this morning.

For Jung and others each season corresponds to a direction, a quality, and an element. For many, Autumn is associated with the west, with wisdom and with water. This Sunday before the Autumnal Equinox, what wisdom might we find as we consider the power of water as it’s shown up recently?


September 10, 2017

Enter, Rejoice, and Come In

Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader; Trilight (Kristi Chilton, Pam Dilavore, Nancy Powell) bring their close harmonies for special music.

9:15 & 11:15 AM

This is the day when our children gather for the first day of Religious Education, and you can feel the energy pulsing out on the plaza long before the service even begins. Secretly, many adults come here the first few times with a similar curiosity and hope, even if we’ve become expert at keeping it hidden. In this morning’s service we’ll affirm the RE teachers, and explore ERUUF’s new covenant.


September 3, 2017

Love is a Muscle

Rev. John Saxon, Guest Preacher; Paul Baerman, Special Music

Like our biceps and our hearts, love is a muscle that has to be exercised, flexed, and stretched to give life the shape of justice and permeate justice with love.

Until recently, John served as the Lead Minister at the UU congregation in Raleigh.


August 27, 2017

Raise Up

Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader; Claudia Kaplan, Soloist

While wealth in our country has increased significantly over the past two generations, in terms of buying power wages for lowest paid workers have actually declined. Some thoughts this morning about a living wage for all, and why.


August 20, 2017

Fair Play

Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader; Summer Choir, Jocelyn Neal, Director

What does it mean to play fair in a post-truth era? What does it really mean to “win”?