October 16, 2016

Out Beyond Ideas
Jacqueline Brett, Student Minister

What does it mean to be in solidarity with the Durham community? Why would we want to? What would it take for us to do this?

October 9, 2016

Talking in Circles
Rev. Dr. Xolani Kacela, Worship Leader

How do we align our conversations and most cherished values to make sure that we're on the same page?

October 2, 2016

Democratic Ideals and UUism
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader

Later this month, ERUUF will be an early voting site, and we’ll be hosting UUs from DC who are coming to register voters. Why is voting so important to UUs? What are some other ways we practice democracy? What can we do as a religious group, and what must we leave alone? And how the heck are we going to be together in the midst this?

This is a Generosity Sunday, and we welcome Church World Service, whose mission is to support immigrants and refugees here in the Triangle.

September 25, 2016

We Who Defy Hate
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader

There’s a new Ken Burns documentary about Waitstill and Martha Sharp (it aired on UNC-TV on September 20). The Sharps were recruited by the Unitarian Service Committee in 1939 to rescue Jews and others out of Nazi occupied Europe. UUs have always done these kind of things far out of proportion to our small numbers. What causes us stand on the side of love time after time?

This morning we welcome visitors from Durham Congregations in Action’s Sacred Visitations program.

September 18, 2016

Dear Future, We Promise…
Rev.Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader

UU communities are filled with people who understand the preciousness of human life and potential, and who are eager to serve others. Covenant is about what we love most, how we agree to be together, and even more, how together we encourage the emerging future—the great unknown that we can’t yet even imagine. Our promises matter. So, what do we promise?

September 11, 2016

Always Coming Home
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader

A song in our hymnal asks, “Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?” That’s Unitarian Universalism: we’re the people who are propelled onto a spiritual journey, a quest, by our questions. We begin with wonder at mystery, and along the way we seek out a meaningful purpose. We’ve found some common answers. And when we find this place, we feel like we’re home.

September 4, 2016

Go With the Flow
Rev. Dr. Xolani Kacela, Worship Leader

As we celebrate Labor Day, let us consider the value of work, how it affects our daily lives, and how to make the most of it.

August 28, 2016

Water Service
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader

Once a year we gather together to sing and hear stories that evoke the watery places in our hearts, minds and world. We bring a little water from our journeys near and far to add to a common bowl. This morning’s service is for all ages. There will be nursery care for the littlest, but older children will be in the sanctuary.

August 21, 2016

A Love Supreme
Jacqueline Brett, Student Minister

Throughout the ages, mystics of almost every belief system seem to arrive at a common revelation in which love is the thread running through all things. Inspiration and aspiration of our human condition; that which, ultimately, saves us. John Coltrane's acclaimed jazz opus, A Love Supreme, will form the connective thread in this worship service featuring poetry, jazz, and spirit.

August 14, 2016

From Identity to Solidarity
Rev. Jim Magaw, Guest Preacher

There is a tendency to join and belong to groups based on how closely those groups mirror our own beliefs and backgrounds. As a result, those groups have little potential for transforming themselves, the individuals who belong to them or the larger world. How do we make the shift from a culture of "believing in" or "belonging to" to one of "acting with"?

Rev. Jim Magaw serves the Unitarian Universalist Church of the South Hills in Pittsburgh, PA, where he lives with his wife Marta and 11-year-old daughter Ella. Jim earned his master of divinity degree from Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago, and he completed a 2-year ministerial internship form 2011-2013 at ERUUF, where he was ordained in November 2013.

August 7, 2016

What's the Story?
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader; Jim McCrae Worship Associate

Each of us has a personal story. As we look back through our years we gain new perspectives and our life can take on a richer, wider, deeper meaning over time. Collectively we also have a story. What happens to that story as we add more perspectives, more voices? What wider, richer expanded meaning might we discover? How might doing this affect our shared future?

July 31, 2016

Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader, Virginia Williams, Worship Associate

When we write, we fill the page but leave a band around the edge. It's a place for our eyes to rest; to make a note, to pause and think. The empty space frames the ideas, helps us see more clearly. Is there enough margin in your life? Or is your life crowding right to the edge of the page? Why is this spiritually important?