Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
The Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (ERUUF) is a Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregation located in Durham, North Carolina. In 2007, over five hundred people were members of ERUUF. It sponsors the UU campus ministry program at Duke University, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship @ Duke.
The Eno River Buddhist Community, founded in 1992, is affiliated with and meets at ERUUF. The group, which draws upon a variety of Buddhist traditions, but especially the Insight Meditation (vipassanā) tradition, "considers itself ecumenical."
One of the ministers of ERUUF, Mary Grigolia, serves on the steering committee of the North Carolina Religious Coalition for Marriage Equality. The ERUUF is a Welcoming Congregation, which is a specific designation within the Unitarian Universalist Association for congregations that have undergone a program to increase inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and understanding of LGBT issues.
Between 1900 and 1925 Universalists had been active in Durham, and, in 1949, a Unitarian fellowship opened in the Durham/Chapel Hill area. In 1966, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Durham and Chapel Hill opened; it changed its name in 1978 to Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.
ERUUF has been a recipient of the O. Eugene Pickett Award, which is given annually by the Unitarian Universalist Association "to the congregation that has made an outstanding contribution to the growth of Unitarian Universalism".
Members of ERUUF represent a range of beliefs and interests. In addition to the Buddhist Community, groups include a humanist group, a meditation group, a depression support group, a West African drumming group, A Course in Miracles, and a Taoist t'ai chi group, among others. ERUUF is inclusive of different theologies; many pagans are members. According to Rev. Arvid Straube, "We are a broad umbrella. Freedom of belief is our main tenet."
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship @ Duke
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship @ Duke (UUF@D) is the Duke University UU campus ministry program. It is both sponsored by ERUUF and recognized as a student organization by the university. It holds vespers services twice a month during the school semester.
- Eno River makes new appointments, The Chapel Hill News, December 26, 2007
- Unitarian Universalist Fellowship @ Duke
- Eno River Buddhist Community
- Eno River Buddhist Community: An Insight Meditation practice group
- Unitarian Universalist fellowship to install minister, by Flo Johnston, The Durham News, December 3, 2005
- Member congregations of the Thomas Jefferson District of the Unitarian Universalist Association
- Welcoming Congregation
- ERUUF membership and history
- O. Eugene Pickett Award
- Ongoing Activities at ERUUF
- Local Ministers Say Pagan Often Misunderstood Term, WRAL.com, February 4, 2003
- Routh, Donald K., 1979, The Story of the Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Durham, North Carolina, 21 pages.