May 28, 2017

Lift Every Voice and Sing

Resistance takes love and conscious effort.  This morning’s service centers the lives and voices of Black and Brown people who share their stories. The Beloved Community Chorus brings the music.


May 21, 2017

Waking Up
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader

.Eno River Singers provide the music.

Most of what holds racism in place lies below the horizon of our consciousness, and as with an iceberg that’s dangerous. White people have been taught things by our culture that we don’t consciously know, but that we know very well. Undoing this is spiritual work.


May 14, 2017

Formation
Jacqueline Brett, Student Minister, preaching.

Paul Baerman, oboe, guest musician.

Ministry comes from a word that means “to serve,” and the journey into ordained ministry is a process of becoming ever more capable of serving. Rev. Gordon McKeeman says that great congregations and great ministers form one another. In this, her last sermon as ERUUF's Student Minister, Jacqueline Brett will share thoughts about her ministerial formation.

Jacqueline will graduate from Meadville Lombard Theological School on May 21. After a month's vacation, she'll return to ERUUF to serve next year as our Director of Member Engagement while she prepares to meet the UU Ministerial Fellowship Committee.

WE BEGIN ONE SERVICE at 10:30 ON MAY 14. We resume two services on September 10, 2017.


May 7, 2017

Coming of Age: This I Believe
Coming of Age Youth, DRE and Youth Ministry Coordinator, Service Leaders

Some of our older youth have been deeply engaged in a year-long exploration of who they are and what they believe. This morning they lead the service, including music, with teachers and mentors, and share their credo statements—“this I believe.”  This has become a highlight service, one eagerly looked forward to by many members.  

Introduction to Coming of Age Service

Melissa Gjestvang-Lucky, Youth Ministry Coordinator


 

 

April 30, 2017

"How Could This Happen?"
Rev. Nathan Hollister, Guest Preacher

The social, economic, and political climate that we find ourselves in today did not emerge spontaneously—it was created. And guess what? We had a hand in it, too. In honor of May Day, Rev. Nathan Hollister will share thoughts on how we got here, on the deterioration of our democracy, and on how we can form the power necessary to build it back up.

Rev. Nathan Hollister is a third-generation UU who leads the ministry of Sacred Fire Unitarian Universalist, which is actively planting and growing deliberate communities of interdependence and solidarity all across the country. A community organizer since his teenage years, he serves on the faculty of Meadville Lombard theological school, on the board of the UUSC, and teaches courses on social transformation for organizers, activists, UUs, and beyond. “Nato” lives and makes trouble with his partner Maddie in Carrboro, NC. www.sacredfireuu.org


April 23, 2017

Fourteen Billion Years of Love and Beauty 
Denise Frizzell, Nancy Hardy, Cheryl Turney and Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leaders.

Dick Clark will play cello.

Our beloved earth is just one tiny part of an enormous story that’s unfolding even to this day. Amazingly, humans are part of the story too. This Sunday members of the Earth Justice team and Rev. Cayer create an interactive celebration of the Universe with ritual, story, meditation, and singing.   


April 16, 2017

And Still We Rise 

Unitarian Universalists value Easter as the story of a human man, Jesus of Nazareth, and find inspiration in the courage, love and hope that his friends found after his death. This service for all ages will include singing and stories from the Christian and other traditions. Nursery care will be available for babies and toddlers.  

This morning we celebrate a Flower Communion. It's an ERUUF tradition that members bring a flower from their garden to add to our common bouquets on Easter as a symbol of the unique gifts each of us bring and offer to others. And at the end of the service we each take home a different flower as a reminder of all that we receive from one another and this fellowship. The service ends with the Halleluiah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah.


April 9, 2017

Spring Back to Life 
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader.

River Folk are this morning’s musicians.

One meaning of “spring” is to recover a true shape and size after being compressed; another is to leap forward with strength. When life lands on us hard, what helps us spring back to life?


April 2, 2017

Fluent in Faith
Rev. Jeanne Harrison Nieuwejaar, Guest Preacher.

 The Beloved Community Chorus will offer the music. 

Since the beginning of time humans have struggled to find adequate words to express their spiritual experiences and longings, those feelings that can be hinted at but not fully captured. We religious liberals have special challenges in this endeavor, but will be called in this service to embrace those challenges and to work toward using religious language more freely and comfortably . . . more fluently.  

Rev. Jeanne Harrison Nieuwejaar is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist, ordained to the ministry in 1987 after nearly twenty years of work as a religious educator. From 1987 – 2000 she and her husband Olav served as co-ministers at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Milford, New Hampshire.  Together they then served as interim ministers in Cambridge, England and Manhasset, Long Island, and as District Executives of the New Hampshire Vermont District of Unitarian Universalist Churches. Rev. Jeanne is the author of “The Gift of Faith” and “Fluent in Faith.”


March 26, 2017

Love and Values
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader

We’ve been working on a covenant, and this morning we’ll share the values and commitments ERUUF members have collaboratively arrived at. This is a work in progress. ERUUF’s Wuudwhims bring us joyful spring music this morning.


March 19, 2017

In Principle
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader

Unitarian Universalism has seven principles that begin to describe who we are and what we’re committed to. This morning we’ll consider these basics and how they “in-form” us as we practice them. The Eno River Singers perform this morning.


March 12, 2017

A Brief History of Alternative Facts
Jacqueline Brett, Student Minister, Worship Leader

Zen Buddhist teacher Huineng says, “Truth has nothing to do with words.” But what happens when the language of the powerful does not reflect the truth of our lived experience? How do we shape our reality in a language of truth and integrity?