Fall always brings a sense of settling in to routines and rhythms at ERUUF. While the Board’s work will cycle as well, we also have some longer-term strategic goals. To begin with, we will be re-examining ERUUF’s Ends statements, which were written more than ten years ago at the beginning of our policy governance period. The Ends statements reflect who we aspire to be as a congregation, and guide both strategic and program planning.

Much has changed in the past ten years, with new leadership, an almost entirely new staff, and growth in many directions. Do these Ends statements still reflect our best hopes? What might we need to add, and what may no longer be relevant? How successful are we in aiming for each of these Ends?

The Board Communications Committee will be providing ample opportunities for input, but I would like to strongly encourage feedback through our email address () over the next several weeks. The Board would like to hear from as many people as possible so that the revised Ends reflect who we truly aim to be.

Kristi Chilton, Board Chair

ERUUF's Ends Statements

The people of ERUUF are engaged in a deeply meaningful, transformative liberal religious experience.

  • They find hope, beauty and inspiration in their worship.
  • They develop and deepen their individual spiritual practices.
  • They embrace and affirm Unitarian Universalist identity, heritage and values.

The people of ERUUF create and sustain a community of care, mutual respect, inclusiveness and love.

  • Their talents and gifts are recognized, nurtured and called upon.
  • They are generous with their time, energy and resources, in a prevailing spirit of abundance.
  • They create a climate of radical hospitality which ensures that all present are welcomed and diversity is honored.
  • They provide care and a safe haven for one another in times of need.
  • People of all ages are cherished and have a religious home, history and future.
  • They experience ample opportunities for laughter, fellowship and fun.

The people of ERUUF reach beyond their congregation, individually and collectively, as they live out Unitarian Universalist values.

  • They are engaged in the betterment of the community and the world through their own work and opportunities the congregation provides.
  • They are leaders in environmental sustainability and are responsible stewards of the Earth and its resources.
  • ERUUF is a valued partner in bringing justice and compassion to the Durham-Chapel Hill community.