January 12, 2020

The Genuine
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Music: Zoe Mulford

 In a commencement address to Spellman College graduates in 1980, Howard Thurman said, ““There is in you something that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself.  It is the only true guide you will ever have.” How do we discover what’s genuine in ourself?  And when we do, then what happens? 

 Rev. Deborah Cayer, worship leader.  Michael Field, Worship Associate.  

Our guest musician this morning is Zoe Mulford, who got her start while living in the Triangle, playing at local venues including ERUUF. Since then, she has released five albums and established herself as a contemporary writer with deep roots in traditional music. In 2018, Joan Baez covered her song "The President Sang Amazing Grace." The song was voted Song of the Year by Folk Alliance International and was published in 2019 as a book, illustrated by Jeff Scher.

January 19, 2020

Prisoners of Hope
Rev. John Saxon & Rev. Jacqueline Brett
Twenty-five years ago, Cornel West, the well-known African American public intellectual, social critic, and political activist, told young women and men who were about to graduate from college, that what they, our nation, and the world most needed was an “audacious sense of hope.” And God knows that’s even more true today than it was then.
Because an audacious hope (which is completely different from “mere” optimism) is the only thing that can give us the strength, courage, resilience, and persistence to continue the never-ending struggle for justice in the face of inevitable disappointments, defeats, and despair.
Rev. John L. Saxon is the Executive Director of the Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry of North Carolina. He served as Assistant Minister and Lead Minister of the UU Fellowship of Raleigh from 2010 to 2017. 


January 5, 2020

A Good Word
Rev. Deborah Cayer

Someone once suggested that instead of making new year’s resolutions we might choose a word for the year and just keep aiming for that from wherever we find ourselves. Doesn't this somehow feel more intriguing, and more possible? This month of January we’re wrestling with the theme of “integrity.” How might one word help us live a more intentional, coherent, integrated life? Rev. Deborah Cayer, worship leader; Jaye Vaughn, Worship Associate. 


December 29, 2019

Rev. Jacqueline Brett
Music: Beloved Community Chorus

Habari gani? Kuumba!!

On this fourth day of Kwanzaa, we offer a joyous celebration of Kuumba, the Kwanzaa principle of Creativity. We are joined by the KT Collective, a dance ensemble who will weave the history of Durham's African Americans throughout the service in a beautiful dance presentation called "Continuing to Tell."

The Beloved Community Chorus will lead us in song, and percussionist Bashir Shakur will offer drumming on the djembe. The Multicultural Team presents the Karamu (feast) directly afterwards in the Fellowship Hall— the best brunch to be had in Durham this day!

December 24, 2019

Candlelight Service
Rev. Deborah Cayer

We remember the Christmas story in words, with carols and choral music. Local director, Ms. Scott Hill conducts the Christmas Eve Choir.  At the end of the evening we pass the light candle to candle to light up the darkness.

December 22, 2019

The Stuff of Stars
Worship Team: Rev. Deborah Cayer, Lila Rosa, Denise Frizzell and Cheryl Turney
Music: Kate Lewis

Once there was nothing, then an explosion that brought the universe into existence.  And now at times for each of us, out of seeming nothingness, a seed planted in darkness suddenly comes blazing to new life. Earth Justice members Lila Rosa, Denise Frizzell, and Cheryl Turney explore these awesome mysteries this morning with Rev. Cayer. Kate Lewis, guest musician.    

December 18, 2019

Jazz Vespers for the Holidays
Rev. Jacqueline Brett
Music: NCCU Jazz Ensemble

We are excited to continue our collaboration with members of North Carolina Central University’s (NCCU) Jazz Studies Program in creating a series of five Jazz Vespers worship services during 2019-20. Jazz Vespers for the Holidays: Connecting Communities through Worship and Jazz, has been made possible with a grant from the Eno River Fellowship Foundation. Learn more at www.eruuf.org/jazz.

December 15, 2019

Holiday Singing Service
Rev. Deborah Cayer

ERUUF’s many musical groups share their gifts to create this morning’s service. Congregational singing and brief readings by the ministers help weave this service together. All are welcome at this service for all ages; child care will be provided for ERUUF’s youngest in the Nursery.

December 8, 2019

Wonder and Welcome    
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Music: Wuudwhims

The British writer, G.K. Chesterton asks, “How can we contrive to be at once astonished at the world and yet at home in it?”   Our Soul Matters theme this month is “Awe,” and in this service we’ll explore our capacity for awe as we contemplate our existence in this wild world so full of mystery. Rev. Cayer, worship leader.  Wuudwhims offer the music.  


December 1, 2019

Inherently Worthy, Deeply Connected
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Music: Beloved Community Chorus

If it were laid out full length, the AIDS Memorial Quilt would now be more than 50 miles long. Yet even at this size, it does not begin to reflect the number of people who have died from the disease, who live with it, and the stunning numbers around the world, including the US, who continue to become infected each year. December 1 is World AIDS Day around the globe, and the focus of our service this morning. 

Read more: December 1, 2019

November 24, 2019

It's Sunday Morning. Why are you here?

Today, more Americans than ever identify as religiously unaffiliated. What is it about Unitarian Universalism that compels theists and non-theists alike to show up at a church-like place (church, fellowship, society, you name it) instead of staying home, relaxing, reading the paper, or engaging in any number of other competing possibilities?   

Read more: November 24, 2019

November 17, 2019

One Wild and Precious Life
Rev. Deborah Cayer

In a world of constant action and distraction, what might happen if we shine our attention on ourselves and others? This morning we’re also celebrating the successful launch of our children’s music CD and RE resource guide with a CD Release Party after each service! Rev. Cayer, worship leader; Todd Resly, Worship Associate.