Unitarian Universalist Congregation
of Northern Chautauqua

companionship on life's sacred journey

Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.
— Henry James

Message From Our Minister

From the Heart

Our congregation has been considering a possible move to another building for our Sunday services and other events – St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Dunkirk. Our Executive Board has decided to “try out” this worship space for four consecutive Sundays this coming September, beginning with our Ingathering Service on September 9. Once the trials are finished, the Executive Board will make a final decision on whether to move.

We are still working out the details of these four services. On behalf of our Executive Board and our Worship Committee, I ask for your support and patience. In particular, we will need more hands than usual to set up September worship in this space new to us.

The exact information on these services will be available in the September newsletter, on the online calendar, and in electronic updates in the late summer as well.

I offer my deep appreciation to our Space Committee – Nancy Mayer, Skeeter Tower, Chair Carol Somers and Board Liaison Karen Taverna – for their hard work finding this site and planning for this possibility. I hope members and friends will join me in thanking them.

I also deeply appreciate the extra work our Executive Board has put in to the process of considering this possibility and preparing us for it – President John McAlevey, Vice-President David Salley, Treasurer Jefferson Westwood, Secretary Janey Wagner as well as members-at-large LoVetra Rose and Karen Taverna. I hope you will join me in thanking these good folks as well.

I recognize we have many different opinions about the desirability of such a move. I hope and pray we will continue to treat one another with patience, civility and respect as we learn more about ourselves and this new possibility.

I am reminded of the words of Francis David, one of our Unitarian founders in Europe: “We need not think alike to love alike.”

May it be so.
Rev. George Buchanan