December 24, 2019

Pageant

Our children have been preparing for the pageant, written by Paul Baerman, with great support from members of the Eno River Players. There will be carol singing by the congregation and at the end we’ll all pass the light in the darkness, candle to candle.

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?   

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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. 

 


November 10, 2019

A Larger Hope
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Music: Beloved Community Chorus

Our Universalist ancestors knew that the world isn’t perfect, yet they believed that a better world is always possible. What larger hope is there for us today, especially in light of polarized divisions among people with different views? Rev. Cayer, worship leader, Cheryl Fenner Brown, Worship Associate. Beloved Community Chorus shares the gift of music. Music Program Listening Sessions will take place after the second service in the Music Room and Library.


 

November 3, 2019

Sources of Love
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Music: Eno River Singers

In the early part of our annual All Souls service we’ll joyfully welcome ERUUF’s newest members.  We’ll also have the chance to place pictures of loved ones on the Ancestor’s Table and later we’ll light candles in their memory as we bring attention to larger possibilities. Rev. Cayer and Rev. Brett lead the service; Henry Amador-Batten serves as Worship Associate. Eno River Singers share the gift music. Music Program Listening Sessions will take place after the second service in the Chapel and Sanctuary.

 


 

 

October 27, 2019

I Need to Communicate
Rev. Jacqueline Brett & Jimmy Santiago Baca
Music: Beloved Community Chorus
We are joined this morning by award winning poet, novelist, and screenwriter, Jimmy Baca, who returns to North Carolina after a many decades long absence.  I still cherish the fondest memories from that time, he says, It partly shaped who I am today. It’s a happy occasion for me. And that I return in this capacity is a special kind of redemption, and makes my visit that much more blessed. The circle is complete. 
 
Many youth have the feeling they don’t belong, not just physically, but don’t belong in a purposeful, connected way. They feel the American Dream has closed its door on them, that Democracy is only for those who can afford it, and in such an environment, how does one belong to society in a way that makes them part of the direction it is going in, in a way that makes them count. 
 


 
 
 

October 20, 2019

The Silence and the Noise
Rev. Jacqueline Brett
Our UU Principles call us to "Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth" and "A free and responsible search for truth and meaning." How do we live these out in community with authenticity, compassion, and grace toward one another, especially on Sunday mornings? What assumptions do we hold about what it all must look like and sound like when some of us long to rest in quiet and others find exuberant expression a meaningful outpouring of the heart?     
 


 
 
 

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