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. 

March 8, 2020

The Change That's Already Here
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Music: Kate Lewis

Sometimes it's hard to see what you're in the middle of, at other times it's startlingly clear. This morning we'll consider the change that's already happened in the Triangle and in Unitarian Universalism. What are trusting ways we might respond? Rev. Cayer, worship leader. Michael Field, Worship Associate. Special music, Kate Lewis.

 
Listen to Rev. Cayer's sermon below.


 
Listen to Michael Field's Reflection, Grow, Care, Transform below.


 
Download the zine version of NPR's Coronavirus Comic (which was shared during Sunday's storytime) below, and get directions on how to fold it here.
 
 
 

March 1, 2020

Our Stories. Our Lives. Our Selves.
Rev. John Saxon

The stories that we tell about ourselves, about others, and about the world are powerful. They give our lives shape and meaning. And they can be retold and rewritten as long as we have breath. 

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 Rev. Saxon is the President of the UU Justice Ministry of NC and served as the Assistant and Lead Minister of the UU Fellowship of Raleigh from 2010 to 2017.

 


February 23, 2020

The Sound of the Spirit
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Rev. Jacqueline Brett, Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout, LeLaina Romero, Jocelyn Neal

A co-created music ministry service. All are welcome to come sing with us at both services! Arrive at 8:00 am. 

Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout is Director of Worship and Music for First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor. In his thirteenth year with the community, he leads the pioneering collaborative worship method he created with the Rev. Gail Ruth Geisenhainer [‘gai-zIn-ˎhe-nә] (GUISE-in-hay-ner) in 2014, and has led the congregational and ensemble music programs to national recognition.

Inaddition to leading Sunday's worship service, Dr. Rideout will be spending time with our congregation, leading a workshop and rehearsal as we continue to co-create our music ministry here at ERUUF. 

 


 

 

February 16, 2020

Lifting As We Climb: Holistic Resilience and the Black Women's Suffrage Movement
Rev. Jacqueline Brett
Music: Guest Vocalist, Tyra Scott

Though both white and black women actively sought the right to vote in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, black women only gained full and practical voting rights in 1965—45 years after their white sisters.

Today we'll explore lessons of perseverance and resilience from the black women's suffrage movement and their holistic approach toward aiming for the vote for all who were disenfranchised. How might we use these lessons in our justice work today? Rev. Jacqueline Brett and Worship Associate Chris Macon lead today's service. Tyra Scott is the guest music vocalist. 

 


February 9, 2020

Resilience and Reverence
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Music: Luux Aeterna

What is resilience? How might resilience shape our body, mind, and spirit? How might we each recognize and honor this in our s/Self? How do we respond when we encounter the shape that resilience has taken in another?

 


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