September 20, 2020

Connecting With You
Rev. Jacqueline Brett
Music: Kate Lewis & Laura Marie Davis
In the face of a global health emergency, each of us has had to learn how to connect with one another in new ways that are creative and imaginative, even as they are sometimes heartbreaking, frustrating, and exhausting. How have you been connecting with those in your life and the larger world -- or perhaps not connecting? How has that impacted you and those you care about? 
 
In this service all about connection, we'll also guide you to our annual Connections Fair, taking place this Sunday in an online celebration of ERUUF's many opportunities to connect with others in the Fellowship as you become involved with our activities both within and beyond our physical and virtual walls. Rev. Jacqueline Brett, worship leader; Henry Amador-Batten, worship associate. Music by Kate Lewis and Laura Marie Davis.

September 13, 2020

A Radical Rebalancing Act 
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Music: Kate Lewis

Balance isn't a noun, it's a verb, and it's happening every moment, some requiring more effort at this than others. What's the state of your mind and heart? How do you find some measure of balance and confidence amid chaos and crisis? Where is wholeness, where is holiness in this moment?     

Rev. Deborah Cayer, worship leader.  Jaye Vaughn, Worship Associate. This morning Julia Tyler, DRE leads our affirmation of covenant with all our teachers, advisors, and mentors. We'll also hear from folks in our Covenant Groups and Chalice Circles.  

September 6, 2020

Return Again
Revs. Jacqueline Brett, Deborah Cayer, Stacy Grove, Julia Tyler, DRE
Music: Kate Lewis, Claudia Kaplan, Eno River Virtual Summer Choir

We celebrate our "return again" to ERUUF with the worship team and staff live streaming from the Sanctuary for the first time in six months and broadcasting on YouTube. Members will continue to attend the service online, and no one except the members of a small worship production team will be in the Sanctuary on Sunday morning. This is in support of our collective health and wellbeing during this phase of Covid-19.  

As we do each year we will celebrate the return of our Fellowship from summer with a Water Ceremony in this service for all ages. We invite you to have a small container of water present as you participate from home. We'll also introduce a new ritual: A Blessing of the Masks. So have your masks present too as together we create this new ceremony for our times. Our service is led this week by Revs. Deborah Cayer, Jacqueline Brett, Stacy Grove and Julia Tyler, DRE. Music provided by Kate Lewis, Claudia Kaplan and the Eno River Virtual Summer Choir.

 

August 30, 2020

Poetry for Difficult Times
Rev. Jacqueline Brett
Music: ERUUF Summer Choir and Kate Lewis

Who knew we'd be facing all that we're collectively encountering during these times? At this, our annual summer poetry service, ERUUFians will share original poems of the heart for these times that have been personal sources of inspiration, comfort, meaning, and hope.  Rev. Jacqueline Brett is the Worship Leader, joined by ERUUF poets. Kate Lewis and an intergenerational Summer Choir provide today's music.

 

August 23, 2020

Those Who Dare
Rev. Mary Katherine Morn
Music: Kate Lewis and others

Rev. Mary Katherine Morn, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), is our Guest Minister this morning. Joined by colleague Laura Randall, we'll learn how UUSC partners with grassroots organizations around the world to advance human rights and social justice -- and also how ERUUF has been connected to that work. 

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The Reverend Mary Katherine Morn began her tenure as the president and chief executive officer for the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee in June 2018. She brings to her leadership a profound commitment to the work of justice and focus on building teams and resourcing a transformative mission through partnerships.

Previous to her denominational service, Morn served as senior minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax in Oakton, Va., and grew small, mid-size, and large congregations in five different states including Texas, Alabama, Washington, D.C., Georgia, and Virginia. Morn served on panels for the UU Funding Program and has also held various positions within the UU Ministers Association, including vice president of the executive committee. Morn was the president of Senior Ministers of large UU Congregations and the former co-chair of the UUA President’s Council. In 2014, she became the director of stewardship and development and special advisor to the president of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

As a member of UUSC’s Development team, Laura Randall facilitates partnerships to strengthen the impact of UUSC and the social justice reach of UU communities. Through preaching, teaching, relationship building, and fundraising, Laura connects the work of UUSC to Unitarian Universalist congregations.

Prior to joining UUSC, Laura’s denominational work included serving as the Legacy Campaign Director for the Wake Now Our Vision Collaborative Campaign, and as the Legacy Gifts Manager for the Unitarian Universalist Association. Laura’s ministry has also included hospice chaplaincy and Alzheimer’s education and advocacy.

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August 16, 2020

ERUUF at GA
Rev. Jacqueline Brett
Music: Kate Lewis

Each year thousands of Unitarian Universalists from around the country gather for General Assembly (GA), the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Today's service highlights the experiences of ERUUF participants who worshipped, witnessed, learned, connected, and made policy for the Association at this year's virtual GA. Rev. Jacqueline Brett is the Worship Leader, joined by GA Delegates Michael Field, Sally Franz, David Huber, and Lisa Jones.

August 9, 2020

Tending Our Wound
Rev. Jacqueline Brett
Music: Kate Lewis
When we're sick and wounded, healing is a serious and necessary business. How does a sick and wounded nation heal its oldest collective wound -- racism -- when many have yet to recognize that they're personally impacted by a wound that needs to be acknowledged, tended to, and healed?
 
Rev. Jacqueline Brett, Worship Leader; Henry Amador-Batten, Worship Associate

August 2, 2020

Moving Forward Together
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Music: Trilight

At the core of our being, we are one. We can neither hurt nor heal another without doing the same to ourselves. In this service, we will reflect on our interdependence and the role each of us plays in healing the world. 

This service of music, readings and reflections is brought to you by Trilight, a vocal trio consisting of ERUUF members Pam DiLavore, Nancy Powell and Kristi Chilton.

July 26, 2020

Policing in America
Rev. Jim Magaw
Music: Rev. Magaw, Kate Lewis

The way police operate in the U.S. is firmly rooted in our nation’s long and ugly racist history. This sermon will explore this history to provide some context for the current discussion about how to reform the way policing is done in the U.S. or to abolish it and replace it with something new.

Worship service led by Rev. Jim Magaw, Guest Minister. Music by Rev. Magaw and Kate Lewis. 

July 19, 2020

Subtle, Surprising, Playful, Powerful…  Parables!
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Music: Kate Lewis

Storytelling. The oldest educational system known to humans. Stories can entertain, teach history, pass on culture, and challenge society's cultural mores. The parable, an ancient storytelling technique, can reorient perspective and transform lives.

By exploring Biblical parables, we can discover reflections of our UU principles that show us the way to the Beloved Community. Service led by Rev. Deborah Cayer and members of the ERUUF Christian Fellowship.

July 12, 2020

Beauty, Wonder and Resistance
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Music: Kate Lewis and others

All work and no play makes us dull.  All struggle and no celebration wears us out, and we're unable to complete the journey. How might beauty and wonder sustain us as together we create the more beautiful world we believe is possible? Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader; Music by Kate Lewis and others. 

 

July 5, 2020

An America That Yet Can Be
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Music: Kate Lewis

The dream of America as a land of freedom and opportunity is a compelling vision. Its promise has called to the formerly enslaved, immigrants, women, anyone seeking asylum. Is there something underneath this political vision that might help us make this dream a reality for all?

Rev. Cayer, worship leader, with friends. Kate Lewis, music, and from our new music "library."

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