Unitarian Universalist Congregation
of Northern Chautauqua

companionship on life's sacred journey

Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.
— Mother Teresa

Message From Our Minister

From the Heart

French writer and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupery says:

“Building a sailboat isn’t about weaving canvas, forging nails, or reading the sky. It’s about encouraging a shared yearning for the sea, by the light of which you will see nothing contradictory but rather a community of love.”

Up until now, our congregation has worshipped and met in rented quarters. Now, we have an opportunity to buy and make use of a congregational building – the Newman Center, a former Roman Catholic facility on Temple Street across from the SUNY campus.

We have dedicated and able volunteers who are working hard to plan the details of this – fundraising, renovation, and so on. I heartily support their efforts. If you have questions about the details, please talk to them.

I know there are risks with this effort, and we may run into problems we have not yet foreseen. And reasonable people can disagree about these risks and future problems. To use Saint-Exupery’s metaphor, these are the difficulties with canvas and nails and navigation.

I move on to ask: Do we yearn for the sea? Might we reach out more effectively to families with children craving a liberal religious home? Are there SUNY students who need a place to reflect on their religious freedom? Will we proudly fly our rainbow flag every day out there on Temple Street? Might our stand on racial justice be manifest in our building and our practices?

There’s lots to ponder here. I hope and pray our community will take the time to continue and grow in our “community of love” as we do the needed work for this.

In love and faith,
Reverend George Buchanan