October 15, 2017

Making Space for Awe
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader

Wuudwhims, an ERUUF wind ensemble, provide music.

ERUUF’s new covenant ends with the affirmation that “we will leave room for awe. What is awe, and what does it do for us that we can’t just do for ourselves? And what’s awe got to do with a UU worship service?

October 8, 2017

Indigenous Peoples Day
Earth Justice, Eno River CUUPs and Jacqueline Brett, Worship Leaders

Since the 1970s the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) has passed many resolutions on Native peoples' rights. “Indigenous Peoples Day” reimagines Columbus Day and changes a celebration of colonialism into an opportunity to reveal historical truths, to acknowledge current injustices, and to celebrate indigenous resistance.

October 1, 2017

Woven in the Depths of the World
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader; Henry Amador-Batten, Worship Associate

Throughout the Hebrew Bible we find themes of the irrevocable goodness and belovedness of every person, and great joy that we belong to the sacred, the earth, and one another. We’ll celebrate this great good news this morning in the context of Durham’s Pride Celebration, and as an antidote to harder, harsher beliefs held by others in the world.

This Sunday will be Generosity Sunday. The recipient is SpiritHouse.

September 24, 2017

A Change of Heart
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader

Eno River Singers, sing at this service

Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the Jewish New Year, and the shofar calls Jews not just to temple, but to attention, and to a change of heart. Where has your heart been stony and hard? What might help us each soften our heart so that something greater can enter through us into the world?

September 17, 2017

Flowing Like a River

Water Service; The Beloved Community Chorus brings their love and joy to the sanctuary this morning.

For Jung and others each season corresponds to a direction, a quality, and an element. For many, Autumn is associated with the west, with wisdom and with water. This Sunday before the Autumnal Equinox, what wisdom might we find as we consider the power of water as it’s shown up recently?

September 10, 2017

Enter, Rejoice, and Come In
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader

Trilight (Kristi Chilton, Pam Dilavore, Nancy Powell) bring their close harmonies for special music.

9:15 & 11:15 AM

This is the day when our children gather for the first day of Religious Education, and you can feel the energy pulsing out on the plaza long before the service even begins. Secretly, many adults come here the first few times with a similar curiosity and hope, even if we’ve become expert at keeping it hidden. In this morning’s service we’ll affirm the RE teachers, and explore ERUUF’s new covenant.

September 3, 2017

Love is a Muscle
Rev. John Saxon, Guest Preacher

Paul Baerman, Special Music

Like our biceps and our hearts, love is a muscle that has to be exercised, flexed, and stretched to give life the shape of justice and permeate justice with love.

Until recently, John served as the Lead Minister at the UU congregation in Raleigh.

August 27, 2017

Raise Up
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader

Claudia Kaplan, Soloist

While wealth in our country has increased significantly over the past two generations, in terms of buying power wages for lowest paid workers have actually declined. Some thoughts this morning about a living wage for all, and why.

August 20, 2017

Fair Play
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader

Summer Choir, Jocelyn Neal, Director

What does it mean to play fair in a post-truth era? What does it really mean to “win”?

August 13, 2017

Facing Change, Finding Hope
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader

Tyra Scott, Soloist

Change can be both exciting and overwhelming. How do we find hope when it’s the later?

August 6, 2017

Imago Dei
Rev. Jim Magaw, Worship Leader

Imago Dei means "image of God." Unitarianism and Universalism rejected the image of God as a wrathful, vengeful, punitive deity who sits in judgment of humans, who are inherently sinful. But what, if any, are the images of God that are more in keeping with UU theologiesAnd how might our image of God or the Good influence our response to pressing issues of social justice, especially in our current era of deep divisions, fear and hate?

Rev. Jim Magaw serves the Unitarian Universalist Church of the South Hills in Pittsburgh, PA, where he lives with his wife Marta and 12-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 from 2011-2013 at ERUUF, where he was ordained in November 2013.

July 30, 2017

Gather The Spirit

This service deals with the word, “spirit”, and what that word might mean to a UU humanist. The word “spirit” is often bandied about in UU congregations, but it seem to mean different things to different people. In this service we visit the concept of spirit from a humanist perspective and discover that the word embodies a core concept that can be meaningful to the humanist. We’re pleased to welcome ERUUFians Eric Thomas and Helen Wolfson as this morning’s service leaders.

Eric Thomas has been playing guitar since 1965. He began by playing the Rock ’n Roll, Rhythm ’n Blues, and “Beach Music” tunes that were popular in the mid and late ’60’s. Over the years he has played a wide range of material in a number of different bands. He has played in venues ranging from coffeehouses to private parties and from Rock ’n Roll clubs to country clubs. These experiences have enabled him to incorporate the blues, traditional acoustic, and country tunes into his musical inventory. More recently, his collaboration with Helen has launched him into the world of Celtic music, lyrical waltzes, and other music that he never imagined he would play.

Helen Wolfson began playing the hammered dulcimer in 1993. Her initial, fairly traditional hammered dulcimer repertoire has been greatly enriched by her collaboration with Eric. Today, you are as likely to hear her backing up Eric on his original vocals or playing the blues as you are to hear her playing fiddle tunes, waltzes, and popular standards. As a soloist, Helen has played for numerous private parties, weddings, and other events. She is also certified by the Music for Healing and Transition Program(TM) as a Music Practitioner(R) and plays therapeutic music at bedside for people in physical or emotional pain.