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?     


October 13, 2019

Facing History and Ourselves
Rev. Deborah Cayer

We've been waking up, each of us in our own way, to a fuller history than what many of us were ever taught in school. Waking up brings new consciousness, and along with it new moral responsibility for our behavior, both individually and collectively. Within these Days of Awe, together we turn back to the heart of our UU faith which calls us to equity and justice for all. What will we do differently now? Rev. Deborah Cayer, worship leader. Eno River Singers and Chalice Singers create the morning's music.

October 6, 2019

Turning Toward Wholeness
Rev. Deborah Cayer

Belonging to a group can make us feel comfortably cozy and content; it can also hold bigger possibilities if we're willing to feel a little discomfort. Are we willing to be uncomfortable for a bit if it means that our larger community can hold more possibility, more life for All? 

September 29, 2019

To the Future, with Love
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Music: River Folk
Last year ERUUF's Earth Justice Team created a Green Sanctuary plan that calls for developing sustainable practices on campus, and to inspire all of us to do similar things at home. The plan is ambitious, and we're on our way. This morning we'll consider some of the reasons why this is spiritual as well as practical.  And we'll hear more about the opportunity ERUUF has to add solar power, and how we each can be part of this project. Rev. Cayer and Denise Frizzell are service leaders.  River Folk will share their music.  


September 22, 2019

Draw the Circle Wide
Rev. Deborah Cayer

Unitarian Universalists, like other religious liberals are deeply committed to inclusion. It's not just because we're nice people (though it's true that we are). This is the logical next move that comes out of our core orientation to life, ultimate reality, the earth, and our fellow humans. It's an important way that we live our values and beliefs.


September 15, 2019

By Mutual Consent
Rev. David Morris

The principle that all interactions in religious communities must be voluntary is the second of the "Five Smooth Stones of Liberal Religion" named by Unitarian Universalist theologian, minister, and social justice activist James Luther Adams. The times we're living through remind us, though, that Adams also believed voluntary associations are the essential key to resisting totalitarianism. Are we up to the test?

September 8, 2019

Deep Roots: UUs and the Perennial Tradition
Rev. Deborah Cayer

When you look at Unitarian Universalism thematically it's quickly evident that we have a particular way of looking at the nature of humanity and the world--we see the potential for goodness, as well as beauty and abundant resources. What's the difference between idle wishes around all this and fertile ground?

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September 1, 2019

Somebody's Calling Our Name⁠ — What Shall We Do?
Rev. Jacqueline Brett

Unitarian Universalists have a strong tradition of working for social justice. But what should our focus be in these times? And how do we move beyond "working," to a practice of justice in partnership with those most directly impacted by injustice? And how might we respond to the wise, self-determined call of those who know for themselves what they most need?

Rev. Jacqueline Brett, worship leader, and a hearty welcome back to Kate Lewis, who returns as our pianist!


August 25

The Waters that Unite Us
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Music: Summer Choir

At the end of summer we bring a bit of water from a place or time that's had special meaning, and we add it to a common bowl. This morning, we will consider rivers, such as the Rio Grande along the US Mexico border, that flow carrying only life and sustenance, that flow with no intent to divide. Rev. Cayer and friends, service leaders. Summer Choir brings the morning's music. 

August 18

Dancing in the Eye of the Storm
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Music: LUUX Aeterna

Singer and activist Brandi Carlile says, "You can dance in a hurricane, but only if you're standing in the eye [of the storm]." Given the intense and steadily increasing acts of hate-motivated gun violence in our country, how do we find that eye, that space to do something as co-creative and life giving as dancing, as working for change with love, not hate and fear, until it comes? Rev. Deborah Cayer leads this morning's worship. LUUX Aeterna provides the morning's special music. 



August 11, 2019

How The Light Gets In
Rev. Jim Magaw

The late singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen wrote about the experience of darkness in profound and creative ways. But, at the heart of many of his songs and poems was a message of hope and perseverance in spite of the hopelessness all around. This service will explore the music and theology of Leonard Cohen.

Read more: August 11, 2019

August 4, 2019

The Promise and the Practice
Rev. Mykal O’Neal Slack with Rev. Jacqueline Brett and Rev. Deborah Cayer

What would it be like if our UU worship service reflected entirely the voices and experiences of Black Unitarian Universalists? What truths might we learn about ourselves and our faith? What becomes possible in Unitarian Universalism beyond one service? Join us this Sunday as we learn more about Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU) and the Promise and the Practice of our faith.