Past Services and Podcasts
- The Fullness of Universalism
- Rev. Deborah Cayer, worship leader.
The Eno River Singers create this morning’s special music.
Universalism has a big promise: that all belong, all are worthy of inclusion and salvation. It’s no small offer, so how on earth do we even begin to live into this promise?
- Martin Luther King Service
- Rev. Jaqueline Brett, worship leader
The Beloved Community Chorus leads singing and offers special music.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the most purpose-driven people of the 20th century. This Sunday we will explore how his sense of intentionality and action changed our world, and how we might embrace this for our lives and times today.
- With Intention, Heart and Meaning
- Rev. Deborah Cayer, worship leader.
Randy Reed, special music.
The turning of the year invites us to begin again, with love, in accord with our principles. When we hold onto the best from the past and let the rest go, we begin to make room for surprising possibilities.
ONE Morning SERVICE at 10:15 am with karamu immediately after in Fellowship Hall
Rev. Jacqueline Brett and African Americans of ERUUF's gathered community lead our third annual Kwanzaa service for all people and all generations. Members of the Beloved Community Chorus bring the music.
Dr. Mulana Karenga created Kwanzaa 50 years ago as a way to lift up and celebrate African American cultural heritage and key values of family, self-determination, the power of working together, faith, creativity, and community.
Immediately after our Kwanzaa service we move to the Fellowship Hall for a karamu-a celebration complete with food and dancing!
- Christmas Eve Services
ONE Morning SERVICE at 9:15 am
Quiet Corners of the Ordinary
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader. Kate Lewis, piano.
We are not saints or heroes, Kent Nerburn says, in fact we live amid what is small, close, and usual. Yet when we light our small candle, we might unknowingly help others. “It is not an issue of quality or intensity or purity. It is simply an issue of the presence of light.”
TWO Evening Services & Soup Supper
5 pm Service
An evening service featuring members and friends of all ages in a Pageant that tells the Christmas story. Candle lighting as we sing Silent Night.
6 pm Soup Supper
A Very Simple Soup Supper. Members bring pots of soup, loaves of bread, and cookies and cakes to share on Christmas Eve.
7:30 pm Service
An evening service of carols, Christian texts, and contemporary readings that tell the Christmas story, with music by a Christmas Choir, and candle lighting as we sing Silent Night.
- Holiday Music Service
- Rev. Jacqueline Brett and Dr. Kevin Badanes, worship leaders.
All our musical groups bring their gifts to create a musical celebration of the winter holidays. We’ll light candles and hear seasonal wisdom as well.
- Compassion, Connection, Community
- The Rev. Nan L. White, guest preacher.
The Beloved Community Chorus sings this morning.
Rev. Nan L. White will speak to the necessity of how all three components can help you make it through the holidays and holy days of December.
Rev. White has undergraduate degrees in music and education, an MA in religious education, and a Masters of Divinity (MDiv). She is Minister Emerita of the UU Fellowship of Beaufort, SC after serving as their founding minister in 2001. She recently completed a three-year Developmental Ministry with the Rogue Valley UU Fellowship in Ashland, OR. She and her wife, Sam, have retired to Durham.
- Just Enough is Plenty
- Rev. John L. Saxon, guest preacher
Rev. John L. Saxon will explore how we can move from a theology of scarcity where more is never enough to a theology of abundance where just enough is plenty.
Rev. Saxon is a graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School, a founding member of the Hillsborough UU Fellowship, and served until recently as Lead minister of UU Fellowship of Raleigh. He's a former law school professor at UNC and is involved in the UU Justice Ministry of NC.
- Advent - Opening up to Compassion
- Service led by the ERUUF Christian Fellowship
Compassion - "feeling with" others - is a virtue at the center of the Way of Jesus and every major religion. During the next few hectic weeks, let's use some easy practices of compassion to turn down the holiday noise and tune into others every day.
- Answering the Call of Love
- Reverend Jacqueline Brett, Worship Leader
Eno River Singers perform this morning.
How do we honor our commitment to "love" as a concrete revolutionary practice in the face of evil? What will that require of us?
- Returning to Our Senses: Grief and Praise
- Rev. Martha Niebanck , Guest Preacher
This morning we’ll also light a candle in honor of our military veterans.
We are living in “interesting times.” This disruptive moment in history will be a time of disaster and possibility. The preservation of human decency is at stake. Given that each one of us is the environment in which others live-we must practice a deeper listening for possibilities that are emerging from the space between us.
The poet David Whyte says this about despair, " DESPAIR takes us in when we have nowhere else to go....when our body is carrying profound pain in a way that does not seem to go away....Despair is the place we go when we no longer want to make a home in the world...We take the first steps out of despair by taking on its full weight...We let our bodies and we let our world breathe again. In that place, strangely, despair cannot do anything but change into something else. ..."
This morning we'll explore the alchemy that can happen when we attend our grief and let it transform naturally into life affirming praise.
Martha is a graduate of Tufts, BU, Andover Newton Seminary, the Kantor Family Institute, the NE Neuro-linguistic Programming Institute, and the Harvard School of Education certification program for Immunity to Change Coaching.
- More Than Enough
- Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader
River Folk provide the music.
The enticing holiday catalogs have begun to arrive with images of the beautiful life we could lead, if we would only spend a couple thousand dollars to become more…what? What if instead first we take an inventory of what we already have, beginning with intangibles?