March 17, 2019

Coming Home to Yourself
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Music: Trilight and Eno River Singers

The poet Derek Walcott writes, " The time will come when, with elation, you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror...and will love again the stranger who was your self. "

How do we become so estranged? How do we get on the path toward home? Rev. Cayer worship leader, Gerda Presson, Worship Associate. 


Listen to Rev. Cayer's sermon below. 


Listen to Joan Tilghman's testimonial below. 

March 10, 2019

A Pilgrim's Journey
Rev. Jacqueline Brett

When do we become more than the intrepid traveler and know ourselves to be a pilgrim? Rev. Brett describes her pilgrimages over the past year, one here in Durham and the other in India. 

March 3, 2019

Coming to Fruition
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Music: LUXX Aeterna

In the past year and a half, good things that were begun long ago at ERUUF have come to fruition. Where are we now? And what are we poised to do next? 



Listen to Julie Edmunds' Testimonial from the Sunday, March 3 service below. 




February 24, 2019

My Soul Is a Witness
Rev. Jacqueline Brett
Music: Guest Musician, Tret Fure

On this last Sunday of Black History Month, we'll consider our Unitarian Universalist forbears of African descent and what their lives teach us as we look back, inward, and forward in Beloved Community. 

February 17, 2019

When the Bough Breaks
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Music: Chalice Singers and Sunshine Kids

"Rock-a-bye baby, on the treetops..." we know how it ends; the bough breaks, the baby falls. So what do we do then? And how do we get people to stop "putting babies up in trees" in the first place? A sermon on what we can do to make repairs after trust has been broken. Rev. Cayer, worship leader. Yuri Yamamoto, musician, and UU divinity school student, will offer a reflection. The Chalice Singers, Beloved Community Chorus, and Sunshine Kids sing this morning.


February 10, 2019

Growing Trust
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Music: The Eno River Singers

Steve Jobs once said, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever." This morning we'll explore the connections between truth, trust and faith. 

February 3, 2019

Justice on Earth
Rev. Deborah Cayer

We live in a time when racial, environmental, and economic justice are seen as issues that compete for time, attention, and resources. This morning, we’ll explore how the three are intertwined, and how communities on the margins are invariably those most affected. How does our Unitarian Universalist faith call us to answer the call of love and to create justice for our human family, for the Earth and for all life. Rev. Cayer and members of the Earth Justice and Green Sanctuary Team lead this service.

January 27, 2019

Possibilities of Caring Community
Revs. Stacy Grove, Deborah Cayer
Music: Eno River Singers

ERUUF's Pastoral Care Team members are organized into smaller teams to visit with fellow members, write cards, provide rides for medical appointments, organize meals, bring flowers from the Sunday service, and knit and crochet our collective caring into afghans, shawls, and blankets. This morning we'll hear about what these folks do, and how our members have been able to request and receive care in times of need. Eno River Singers provide the morning's music. Rev. Stacy Grove and Rev. Deborah Cayer lead worship with members of the Pastoral Care Team. 


January 20, 2019

Where Do We Go From Here?
Rev. John L. Saxon

Where Do We Go From Here? In this moment “when hope and despair intertwine,” the question voiced by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. more than 50 years ago—“Where do we go from here?”—echoes still in the heart and soul of our nation. How can we help steer America’s path toward the vision of beloved community rather than continuing chaos, division, polarization, and injustice? Guest preacher, Rev. John Saxon is the Executive Director of the UU Justice Ministry of NC (Forward Together).

January 13, 2019

The Possibility of Partnership
Rev. Cayer & Rev. Brett

UU’s have a clear preference for collaboration and partnership. But what does real partnership ask of us? This morning Rev. Brett will explore the possibilities within our fellowship and beyond. Guest musicians are Beats in the Bones.

January 6, 2019

A Chalice of Fire
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Music: Matt Oh’Arnold and Nic Seidentop, guest musicians

The flaming chalice is an important symbol of Unitarian Universalism. Sadly, a couple years ago ERUUF’s beautiful pottery chalice was accidentally broken. This morning we’ll recall the story of the origins of the UU Flaming Chalice, and review the results of the team that has carefully researched and made a recommendation for a new chalice for our sanctuary.

December 30, 2018

Rev. Jacqueline Brett

This service centers the experience and voices of African Americans as we explore the seven principles of Kwanzaa: Umoja (Unity) Kujichagulia (Self-Determination, Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility; Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics); Nia (Purpose); Kuumba (Creativity); Imani (Faith). Rev. Brett, worship leader. All are welcome to this service, and to the fabulous karamu (feast) which follows in the Fellowship Hall!