December 9, 2018

Islands in a Sea of Mystery
Rev. Deborah Cayer, worship leader

The scientist and mystic Chet Raymo reminds us that, “One doesn’t have to be a Lord Kelvin or an Einstein to find a place to enter. A leaf of grass will provide ingress to Infinity.” This morning we’ll explore islands of knowledge and the openings they offer us into mystery. We’ll also light candles for Advent and Hanukkah this morning.

**(Services canceled due to weather.**)

December 2, 2108

Growing a Theology of Disruption
Rev. Mykal Slack, guest preacher
Music: LUUX Aeterna

How can the power of imagination and belief in the impossible help us liberate ourselves from oppression and claim a life of love and joy?

We’ll also light candles for Advent and Hanukkah this morning.This is a Generosity Sunday and our recipient this month is Durham LEAP, a tutoring program for children for whom English is a second language.

November 18, 2018

Humility and Housekeeping
Rev. Deborah Cayer, worship leader
Music: 9:00 Eno River Singers 11:15 Beloved Community Chorus

 It’s that time of year.  They’re coming.  All of them (even the ones you like).   Time to clean the house and clear some spiritual space in our hearts and minds as well.

November 25, 2018

Memory and Myth
Rev. Jacqueline Brett, worship leader

How do our memories create the stories we live into and the world we inhabit? What happens when our memories are transformed into the realm of myth?

November 11, 2018

No Separate, Shining Hill
Rev. Deborah Cayer, worship leader
Music: Riverfolk

Oh, great experiment called America, where are you now?  And where are we?  And what’s needed now?  

November 4, 2018

Circle of Life
Revs. Cayer, Brett and Grove
Music: 9:00 Beloved Community Chorus, 11:15 Eno River Singers

In late autumn, we remember our family and friends who’ve died, and we recall the power of love.  There is sadness, and also laughter and the comfort of good memories. In part of this morning’s service we’ll create a  memory table where you can place a picture of a loved one who’s died.   And on a very different note, this morning we’re delighted to welcome the fellowship’s newest members.


October 28, 2018

Turning Toward Each Other
Rev. Deborah Cayer

 When we're stressed it's natural to want to pull inward, bolt the doors, and shut the lights. Some of that can be good. What else do we need to be whole, happy and engaged?

This morning in the services we'll dedicate ERUUF's newest babies and young children (if you're interested, please contact Julia Tyler, ).

Musical trio, Trilight, Kristi Chilton, Pam Dilavore, and Nancy Powell, create the morning's special music.


October 21, 2018

Drop Your Bucket
Guest Preacher: Dr. Mark Hicks

In his famous 1895 Atlanta Exposition speech, the African American educator and public intellectual Booker T. Washington considered the challenges Americans were facing during post-war reconstruction. He advised the audience to look past the daunting in search of the innovative. What insights can we take from that notion during these challenging times?  What does our faith - and faith formation - call us to do?

Dr. Mark A. Hicks is the Angus MacLean Professor of Religious Education and Director of the Fahs Collaborative Laboratory for Innovation in Faith Formation at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago (Unitarian Universalist). As a scholar, curriculum write and educator, Dr. Hicks uses the power of collaboration, the arts, and transformative learning theory in service of building just, compassionate, and inclusive learning communities. He is the author of the UU curriculum, Building the World We Dream About; Beloved Conversations, and currently under development, “Gathering Our Selves:  Spiritual Resources for People of Color.”  He is a lay leader at All Souls Unitarian, Washington, DC.

October 14, 2018

No Time for a Casual Faith
Guest Preacher: Rev. John L. Saxon
It’s been said that, like other religious liberals, Unitarian Universalists can be a bit “casual” in our approach to matters of religion and faith. But, as UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray has said, “this is no time for a casual faith.” In the challenging, chaotic, turbulent, and disturbing times in which we live, it is only through living our faith more deeply that we will find the courage, the strength, the will, and the hope that we need to sustain our spirits in the never-ending work of justice and beloved community.

Rev. Saxon is the Executive Director of Forward Together: The Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry of North Carolina.

September 30, 2018

The Children Among Us
Rev. Deborah Cayer and Julia Tyler, Director of Religious Education

Unitarian Universalists have a rich history around religious education. What do we give our children, and why? How does what we offer our children end up affecting us? The Chalice Singers and Preston Clarke provide special music. 


October 7, 2018

Earth Sanctuary Earth Relationship
Rev. Jacqueline Brett, worship leader

Indigenous People the world over have sustained a relationship with the earth that has informed a deep connection and wise understanding of our planet -- even in the face of being driven from tribal lands and dislocated to places most at risk for dire consequences of climate change. What does it mean to live with a deep relationship with the earth? What might it mean for us to form such relationships with one another?

September 23, 2018

Shaping a Life Worthwhile
Rev. Deborah Cayer, worship leader

What does a religious group with no creed and a wide variety of beliefs among its members do together on Sunday morning? Do we really expect an hour a week to make a difference? (spoiler alert: Yes!)