November 29, 2020

Coming of Age Service

Our high school youth have participated in a year-long program with teachers and mentors to explore UU history, theology, spiritual practices, and most importantly to discover what’s living within themselves. With support from our DRE, Julia Tyler, and Revs. Brett and Cayer, the youth lead this service, provide the music, and will each share a bit of their longer credos with us.

Every Sunday in November the Offering (beyond regular pledges) will go to Urban Ministries of Durham. 

November 22, 2020

Living Into Possibility: A Womanist Faith
Rev. Jacqueline Brett
Music: Tyra Scott, Kate Lewis
Writer Alice Walker introduced the term "womanist" to our lexicon nearly 40 years ago to describe the experiences of Black women at the intersection of gender, race, class and sexuality. Today's service will offer expressions of womanist theology and faith that has infused individual lives, communities, and even the life of our nation.
Rev. Jacqueline Brett is today's worship leader, joined by Naa-Norley Adom, Jaye Vaughn and Ann Verdine-Jones. Music is by vocalist Tyra Scott and Kate Lewis on piano.

Every Sunday in November the Offering (beyond regular pledges) will go to Urban Ministries of Durham.  

November 8, 2020

Where Do We Go From Here?   
Revs. Cayer and Brett
Music: River Folk

No matter how the election turns out, our culture is facing multiple crises that demand the best of us. How might we tap into ourselves to bring forth the best we have to offer? And where do we go to apply this? Early in the service, we will welcome ERUUF’s newest members!  

Every Sunday in November the Offering (beyond regular pledges) will go to Urban Ministries of Durham.  

November 15, 2020

Compassion, Diplomacy, and Patriotism: We Can Have It All
Rev. Cayer
Music: Joe Jencks

In 2010, Joe Jencks was honored to be selected as a Cultural Ambassador by the US State Department, and toured the Caribbean giving concerts and workshops. Blending songs and spoken word narrative, Jencks will lead us in an exploration of what it meant for him to claim the idea of being a patriot, and why it is important for all of us to proudly claim the identity of patriot concurrent with being prophetic voices for change in our communities. The voice of dissent rises from pride in one's people, and the indefatigable hope for a brighter and more equitable future. And yes, we get to reach for it all.

Every Sunday in November the Offering (beyond regular pledges) will go to Urban Ministries of Durham.  

Joe Jencks is a 22-year veteran of the international Folk circuit, an award-winning songwriter and a celebrated vocalist based in the Chicago area. He is known for his performances of musical beauty, social consciousness and spiritual exploration. Joe delivers engaged musical narratives filled with heart, soul, groove and grit. Blending well-crafted instrumentals and vivid songwriting, Jencks serves it all up with a lyric baritone voice that has the edgy richness of a good sea-salt caramel. Joe Jencks is also a dual US-Irish citizen, and draws on many cultural and artistic reference points in his concerts. A co-founder of the harmony trio Brother Sun, Jencks has penned several #1 Folk-songs including the ever-relevant Lady of The Harbor, and has become a fan favorite throughout North America and beyond. Jencks was also honored to be a Cultural Ambassador for the US State Department, and has performed and preached in over 200 UU Congregations in the US, Canada, and Ireland. For more information, please visit: 

November 4, 2020

Wednesday Evening Vespers Worship Service
Revs. Cayer and Brett

All are invited to join the ministers for 30 minutes of music, readings, and meditations in this post-election vespers service. Then we’ll all be in small breakout groups for conversation about what’s on our minds and hearts.   


November 1, 2020

Still Waters
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Music: Music by Kate Lewis, Eno River Singers Ensemble and Anthara Venkatesen on the violin.

Gather candles at home and join us online for our annual All Souls service when we light candles as we remember loved ones who have died. As we listen deep within we recall their love and wisdom, and listen for our own.

Worship Associate, Cheryl Fenner Brown will lead us in yoga nidra practices. Bo Glenn will share what’s happening these days at Urban Ministries of Durham. Every Sunday in November the Offering (beyond regular pledges) will go to Urban Ministries of Durham. Give now here

October 25, 2020

Listening for the Sound of Home     
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Music: Bev Botsford, percussion and stories, Kate Lewis piano

Gourds are the oldest known cultivated plant, now far-ranging across the globe. There are numerous folkloric, historic, and spiritual meanings connected with these plants and so they are able to feed us on many levels.

Percussionist, Bev Botsford will help us listen deep within during this service, past the noise of the world, past our fears, to a place where we are connected to others and all that is, a place from which deep change is possible.  

October 18, 2020

Voting on the Side of Love
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Rev. Dr. Susan Frederick-Gray, virtual guest preacher
Music: Kate Lewis and Claudia Kaplan

This Sunday UU congregations across the country will tune into a UUA service on voting rights that features a short sermon by UUA President, Rev. Dr. Susan Frederick Gray. We’ll hear her sermon in our regular ERUUF service; we'll also hear from local North Carolina UUs on why it’s so important to get out the vote.

Note: this is not a service about partisan politics or “winning”. It’s about our cherished UU values and moral grounding in the midst of chaos that threatens our religious principles.

This morning’s Offering (beyond regular pledges) will go to the UUA for our UU the Vote project.


October 11, 2020

Indigenous People's Day - A Deep Listening
Rev. Jacqueline Brett
Music: Kate Lewis and Rev. Stacy Grove

In a month focused on listening, our attention will be given to a history of America's Indigenous people. We will hear a reflection from member Julia Marrone, of Cherokee heritage, and we will center the work of incumbent United States Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo of the Mvskoke/Creek Nation, the first Native person to be given this title.

September 27, 2020

Pride Service   
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Music: Kate Lewis and others

This morning we celebrate the inherent worth and dignity of every person with Durham's LGBTQ community. Members of ERUUF's Pride Plus group help us get our rainbows on and share information about a class they're sponsoring from the Transforming Hearts Collaborative. Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader; Worship Associate is Meg Baesmith. Music by Kate Lewis and various choruses.   

October 4, 2020

Reparations for Racism
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Music: Chris Macon and Kate Lewis

What is the movement for reparations and restitution for racism, and how might we begin?  Mary Davis and Chris Macon, co-leaders of ERUUF's Reparations for Racism group join Rev. Cayer to lead this service.  Music by Chris Macon and Kate Lewis. After the worship service, at 12:30 pm, the ERUUF Justice Council hosts its fall meeting of all action groups, with a focus on voting rights.  

September 20, 2020

Connecting With You
Rev. Jacqueline Brett
Music: Kate Lewis & Laura Marie Davis
In the face of a global health emergency, each of us has had to learn how to connect with one another in new ways that are creative and imaginative, even as they are sometimes heartbreaking, frustrating, and exhausting. How have you been connecting with those in your life and the larger world -- or perhaps not connecting? How has that impacted you and those you care about? 
In this service all about connection, we'll also guide you to our annual Connections Fair, taking place this Sunday in an online celebration of ERUUF's many opportunities to connect with others in the Fellowship as you become involved with our activities both within and beyond our physical and virtual walls. Rev. Jacqueline Brett, worship leader; Henry Amador-Batten, worship associate. Music by Kate Lewis and Laura Marie Davis.