August 7, 2022

What My Father Did Not Tell Me
Rev. Jacqueline Brett
Music: Yuri Yamamoto, Kate Lewis

Guest Preacher: Yuri Yamamoto

Searching for untold stories of their father, Yuri Yamamoto shares about finding healing and inner strength.

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Yuri Yamamoto is a Christian minister and chaplain commissioned and endorsed by the Federation of Christian Ministries.

Read more: August 7, 2022

July 31, 2022

Standing on the Threshold
Worship Leader: Rev. Patty Hanneman

What is the mission of the progressive religious community?  If it is not to bring others into one’s house to convert them to one’s own way of thinking, why are we here, and what are our responsibilities to those beyond our walls?  What thresholds do we need to create in order to partner with others to create the world we want to see?  

July 24, 2022

Coming Home Again
Service led by Trilight
Music: Trilight; Kate Lewis, piano

After two years apart, ERUUF is gradually coming together again. This Sunday we celebrate coming home to fellowship and friendship through songs and readings presented by Trilight, a vocal trio of ERUUF members Kristi Chilton, Nancy Powell and Pam DiLavore.

July 17, 2022

Our Welcoming Rooms
Rev. Patty Hanneman
Music: Paul Baerman, oboe, Kate Lewis, piano

What ideas of relationality can promote a thriving gathering space for us on Sunday mornings? What is progressive religion’s concept of creating sacred space for one another? Within a house of hope, there needs to breathe a sense of the Holy, a response to the Spirit that dwells among us as we gather. How do elements of ritual, art, music, and silence help shape our religious community? How can we insure an inclusive atmosphere – in our worship, classrooms, and other gathering spaces.  What does it mean to practice “radical hospitality?”

July 10, 2022

The Foundations of Our Faith and the Divine-Human Encounter
Rev. Patty Hanneman
Music: Kate Lewis, piano; Helen Wolfson, dulcimer; Eric Thomas, guitar

How can we, or do we, speak of the ultimate mystery that is the source and sustenance of our lives? Who or what do we most deeply trust? What do we rely on as our foundational relationship that provides meaning, purpose and hope? A progressive religion must provide some fluidity in this naming, and at the same time adequately speak of the creative process that serves as the foundation for the hope of wholeness and liberation.

July 3, 2022

Highlights from the ’22 General Assembly of the UUA

Join us as board member Sara Terry introduces us to the highlights of the *Sunday worship service of this year’s General Assembly. Selected video portions of the service will include a reflection by Rev. Sean Neil-Barron and a sermon by Rev. Gretchen Haley.

*We will be live streaming the GA service from the ERUUF Sanctuary at 10:00 am. Join us online or in-person as we gather together to watch this special UUA service.

The last few years have not been easy, including in our local congregations. Whole swaths of members have simply stopped coming; COVID is confusing, and polarizing; many ministers have joined the great resignation; and Pew studies and friends alike have pronounced the end of the local church. In this moment, when so many of us might be wondering if we should just give up, and relent, now’s the time instead to double down on our commitment to the local church -this unique community that saves us and also breaks our hearts - often much more of the latter than we’d like to admit.In the midst of our culture of death, the church is a place of life. Or it is, as long as we are willing to bring our own lives to it. Join us for a morning of celebration, witness, and future-visioning for the already and not yet power of the local Unitarian Universalist church.

June 26, 2022

The Spirit of This Place
Rev. Patty Hanneman
Music: Ed Norman, John Moore, Kate Lewis

Our culture has largely succumbed to the individualistic set of responses to the gift of life, easily forgetting questions of the common good. Progressive religion, at its best, seeks to bind us to the whole, to one another through our covenants with one another, and to multi-generational thriving. What does it mean to gather together, to be a “congregation” and to approach religious community as a way of learning to balance giving and receiving?

June 19, 2022

In the Shelter of One Another
Rev. Patty Hanneman
Music: Kate Lewis - piano, Joan Tilghman - cantor

Given the realities of oppression, injustice, and the failures of human beings, what can protect life from harm and repair or restore lives and communities? Progressive religion, at its best, seeks to provide shelter for diverse people in need of healing, transformation, or sustenance during difficult times.  How do we contribute to the struggle for “deliverance from evil?” Our worship associate, Michael Field, will provide a Father’s Day reflection.

About the 2022 Summer Worship Series

This summer will include a series of sermons, loosely based on the book, A House for Hope: the Promise of Progressive Religion for the Twenty-first Century, by John A. Buehrens and Rebecca Ann Parker.

The book uses the metaphor of a house to describe the various pieces of congregational life that give our hopes and dreams shape and meaning. Each Sunday will focus on a different dimension of the house, each of which corresponds to one of the classic issues of progressive theology and congregational life. 

 

 

 

June 12, 2022

Tending the Garden
Rev. Patty Hanneman
Music: Judith Lyon-Mitchell, Kate Lewis

We begin with the earth that supports our house of hope – the home that gives us birth and is our final resting place. Progressive theology affirms that our “salvation” belongs in this world, not the next. How does this affect the way we regard the earth itself and the hope for a life that is just, abundant, and sustainable for all?

Summer Worship Services

This summer will include a series of sermons, loosely based on the book, A House for Hope: the Promise of Progressive Religion for the Twenty-first Century, by John A. Buehrens and Rebecca Ann Parker.

The book uses the metaphor of a house to describe the various pieces of congregational life that give our hopes and dreams shape and meaning. Each Sunday will focus on a different dimension of the house, each of which corresponds to one of the classic issues of progressive theology and congregational life.

  

June 5, 2022

The Tipping Point
Rev. Lisa Garcia-Sampson
In this moment of incredible challenge and hope within our state, our UU faith calls us to interrogate the limits of our imagination for what is possible in 2022. This Sunday, we'll reflect on what's at stake for North Carolina in the current state legislative session and the fall midterm elections, and discern how we can contribute to the transformative movement for justice alive in our state today. This week, we welcome Guest Minister Rev. Lisa Garcia-Sampson. Our Worship Associate is Todd Resly. Music presented by Nellie Galindo, cantor and Kate Lewis, piano.
 
Rev. Lisa Garcia-Sampson serves as the Executive Director of UU Justice NC, The Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry of North Carolina. In this role, she has the pleasure of working with UU congregations across the state to do justice work spanning racial, economic, immigrant, environmental, electoral justice and more. 
 

May 29, 2022

Carry Something Beautiful
Rev. Patty Hanneman

The philosopher Blaise Pascal wrote, “In difficult times, carry something beautiful in your heart. These are indeed difficult times for many, and times of change for this congregation. They require courage, commitment, hope, and self-love. All of these are sustained by beauty. How do we define beauty, and what will we carry with us into our future?

 

May 22, 2022

To Bless the Space Between Us 

Noticing a  blessing helps us awaken to life's abundant gifts and possibilities, so in a way naming blessings is a way of practicing gratitude. My colleague Rob Eller Issac says that for Unitarian Universalists, blessing is an expression of our partnership with the holy. This Sunday, in Rev. Cayer's last sermon for ERUUF, we'll explore some of the ways we've been in partnership with each other, life, and the holy, and we'll name and give thanks for the abundant gifts discovered along the way. Rev. Deborah Cayer leads this morning's service with Rev. Patty Hanneman and a guest appearance by Rev. Jacqueline Brett. Kate Lewis and Rev. Stacy Grove will provide the music. Pam DiLavore is our cantor.