May 24, 2020

Mending Dry Bones
Rev. Mykal O'Neal Slack
Music: Members of the Beloved Community Chorus, Kate Lewis

It’s hard to know what to do when you’re in the valley. The tumult and treading down and perplexity of the hard places seem to be too much to bear or manage. In the recognition of and reckoning with where we find ourselves in these times, it would be understandable to run from what is true. But what if we leaned in in our own way? What if we looked back to move forward? Join us as we settle gently, and perhaps even a little uncomfortably, into what it may mean to mend dry bones.

May 20, 2020

Wednesday Evening Vespers Worship Service

Join us on Wednesday evenings for short, informal services that include recorded music, readings, stories, spoken and silent meditation, or prayer.

Wednesday evenings, 7:00 pm via Zoom (online). 

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May 17, 2020

The World According to Religious Liberals
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Music: Eno River Singers, Chalice Singers, Kate Lewis

What is it about Unitarian Universalism that makes it fit like a personally tailored garment for some of us (while it sends others away scratching their heads)? It's not so much the content of our beliefs (no god? God?) as it's a way that we have come to understand and move through the world.

There will be wonderful music this morning by ERUUF members of all ages, virtual offerings by the Chalice Singers, Eno River Singers, and more. Rev. Deborah Cayer and Worship Associate Henry Amador-Batten will lead the service.

May 10, 2020

Mothering in Captivity
Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz
Music: Trilight and Kate Lewis
It's an annual tradition to celebrate mothers and other caregivers, and a blessing to be a part of a community where we can honestly share the shadow side of the role as we've experienced it. In these pandemic times, when every mom is a "stay at home mom," the shadows may stand out more starkly. Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz will lead this morning's service. Todd Resly is the Worship Associate. 
Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz most recently served the UU Fellowship in Winston-Salem, and now has moved to Asheville NC to be on hand to help her daughter transition to motherhood. Rev. Schwartz will share her reflections, and hope to evoke some of yours.   
 

May 3, 2020

Giving Voice to Grief
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Music: ERUUF's ministers and music directors will lead this service.

This morning we'll acknowledge the losses, large and small, that we've all experienced these last several weeks. We'll share brief words from our members and friends (with their permission of course) about their experiences of loss and grief. We'll end with affirmation about how we're going on individually and together.

April 26, 2020

New Ways to Live
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Music: Jewelsong, Chris Macon, Kate Lewis

In this Earth Day service, members of the Earth Justice team lead us in grieving our environmental losses, dreaming the future, and envisioning new ways to live. Betsy Bickel, Lila Rosa, worship leaders, with reflections by Jane Slentz-Kesler, Chris Macon, and Jean Ritok. Rev. Cayer, worship team leader. Music by Jewelsong, Chris Macon, and Kate Lewis.

 

April 19, 2020

Inescapable Network of Mutuality
Rev. Jacqueline Brett
Music: LeLaina Romero, Mykal Slack, Kate Lewis, Chris Macon

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King famously wrote in his Letter From a Birmingham Jail, "All [people] are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."

This Sunday we will focus on the implications of our inescapable network of mutuality both at ERUUF and in the larger world. We will also welcome and enter into covenant with 15 new members who have joined ERUUF this year! Music: LeLaina Romero, Mykal Slack, Kate Lewis, and Chris Macon.

 

April 12, 2020

A Broken Hallelujah
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Music: Kate Lewis, Jocelyn Neal, Eno River Singers
 
On Easter Sunday,  join us on Zoom for a live worship service at 10:30 am followed by virtual Coffee Hour. 
 
 
 This year we're holding onto the promise of rebirth within the devastation and uncertainty of worldwide crisis. We’ll remember the Christian story of Jesus in our own Unitarian Universalist way. And we'll remember others who also found a way when the way forward was impossible.   

Flower Communion: Bring a flower to the service, because we're going to have an ERUUF online Flower Communion.  And at the end, we'll rise in body and spirit for the Hallelujah Chorus as we always do. Sing along to "Hallelujah".  Find the sheet music here 

Music by Kate Lewis, Jocelyn Neal, Pam DiLavore, and a video surprise created remotely by the Eno River Singers.   

 

Eno River Singers (Virtual Choir) - "Lo the Earth Awakes Again"

 

April 5, 2020

In the Wilderness
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Music: TBD

When Pharaoh finally set the Israelites free they grabbed everything they could carry and ran for the sea. They were wise to run, for Pharaoh changed his mind as soon as the terror of the last plague wore off, and all too quickly the thundering noise of his army was at their backs. The Israelites did find their way to freedom, but after they regrouped, what came next? And what comes next for any of us as we wander through this brave new time that we suddenly find ourselves in? Join us online as we tell ancient stories and add some new chapters of our own. Rev. Cayer and others lead worship.

March 29, 2020

The Wisdom of Not Knowing
Rev. Deborah Cayer

What wisdom lies beneath consciousness?  And if we can't see it, or know what to look for, how do we find it?  And couldn't we use some wisdom right now? Rev. Brett, Worship Leader. 

March 22, 2020

The Wisdom of Faith
Rev. Jacqueline Brett
Music: Paul Baerman & Kate Lewis

During difficult times some of us are comforted by drawing more fully into the embrace of faith. But faith in what? And what if our previous experiences with faith -- in people or institutions -- left us feeling discouraged and disappointed? Is it possible to form a more expansive faith that authentically nourishes our hearts? Rev. Jacqueline Brett, Worship Leader; Matt Arnold, Worship Associate. Paul Baerman and Kate Lewis offer this morning's music. 

March 15, 2020

The Wisdom of Leaning In 
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Music: Eno River Singers

When we encounter pain and trouble, so often something in us flinches and we pull back, or even shut down. What if instead we could find ways to stay open to and curious about suffering?  What if we sat with our sorrow?  What if instead of turning away we leaned in? Rev. Deborah Cayer, worship leader; Todd Resley, Worship Associate.  Eno River Singers offer the morning's music. 

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