Unitarian Universalist Congregation
of Northern Chautauqua

companionship on life's sacred journey
Welcome a Guest at Your Table
posted: November 20, 2017

Throughout the holiday season, congregants participate in the Guest at Your Table program to raise support for and awareness about the work of the UU Service Committee (UUSC) to advance human rights. For information about UUSC and the Guest at Your Table campaign, visit the link on the heading above.

Guest at Your Table collection boxes were distributed on November 19 and are available each Sunday. Guest at Your Table contributions will be collected at the January 7 & 14 worship services.

Kids may enjoy using the Children’s Activity Calendar, with a suggested activity each day of the Guest at Your Table collection period. Hard copies are available on the back table on Sunday mornings, or locate the computer file linked above or in the virtual filing cabinet under the Governance tab above.

How to deliver the money you collected during the Guest at Your Table campaign: At the January 7 or 14 worship services, please deliver your cash or check payable to UUSC, and write your contact information on the Guest at Your Table box flap or donation envelope. If you collected change, please convert the total to cash or a check. Your gift is tax deductible. Gifts of $125 or more are eligible to be matched dollar for dollar by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock in Manhasset, NY.


Social Action Projects
posted: August 27, 2017

Members and friends of UUCNC have endorsed two one-year-long, congregation-wide social action projects:

Fragile Earth Film and Speaker Series
Task Group: Diane Clark, Leanna White-McMahon, Janey Wagner
Description: Show meaningful, provocative, educational films focused on environmental themes
Timeline: November-June series
Goals: Increased awareness, advocacy, and environmental justice
Support requested from congregation: Attendance at film showings, open minds, refreshments

Racial Justice in our Community
Task Group: Alex Holbrook, Jessica Lustig, Mitch Cummings

  • Support book study on Waking Up White and finding myself in the story of race, by Debby Irving
  • Encourage participation in February racial justice conference in Buffalo, sponsored by Central East Region, UU Association
  • Provide support as requested by local people of color, with the goal of being seen as allies rather than white rescuers. Ongoing support of the Black Lives Matter movement and the Black Student Union at SUNY Fredonia.
  • Possibly use resources from the Southern Poverty Law Center
  • Participate in Green Shoots for New Americans seed exchange, part of an urban gardening program for refugees (Journey’s End Refugee Services, Inc.) that gives them the tools and training to grow their own food and produce to sell at the farmers market for independence and income.
  • Quilting and bed linens project facilitated by Jessica Lustig, starting midwinter
  • Stockpile winter coats in late winter/early spring when they are priced for clearance, so that we have nice new coats to donate in next year’s coat drive
  • Support Dunkirk Puerto Rican Association in assisting the displaced Puerto Ricans who will be coming to Dunkirk as a result of recent hurricanes
  • Assist refugees as they assimilate into American culture in WNY with language, work, housing, education, clothing, and food
    Goals: Increased awareness, advocacy, and social justice
    Support requested from congregation: Attendance at informational events, willingness to be introspective on white privilege, knowledge, resources, and time shared in assisting refugees

The two projects will be monitored by the Social Action Committee (SAC), given logistical support, provided funding from the SAC budget, given access to the newsletter, website, Sunday service, and other communication platforms, and become ministerial priorities. The task groups for the projects will report regularly to the Board and congregation, and can ask for additional support. Some flexibility in action details will be allowed as projects progress and grow.

Everyone is encouraged to engage in social action as their skills, time, and energy allow! Our faith is a light that shines in this world.


Book Study Group
posted: August 26, 2017

The Book Study Group on Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race, by Debby Irving will continue with a second meeting TBA, led by Rev. George Buchanan and Janey Wagner of the UUCNC Social Action Committee

Debbie Irving’s book presents a revealing story of one woman’s search for a place to stand in the story of race – firm ground for herself as a white person in the work of building a racially just society. As a citizen, neighbor, teacher, and nonprofit manager, she found herself struggling to understand her place in the story of race. This book presents some of the important things she learned along the way.

In this group, those of us who identify as white will use Ms. Irving’s work to reflect on and learn more about our own roles as white members of a multi-racial society as we strive for racial justice. While the process we follow will focus on the learning needs of those who identify as white, this group is open to all members and friends of UU Congregation of Northern Chautauqua.

Questions? Contact Reverend George Buchanan, using the information on the Contact Us tab above.


Recycling Ink Cartridges
posted: September 15, 2011

Ink cartridges are collected and recycled by the Social Action Committee to benefit the Westfield Stray Cat Rescue (59 E Main St, Westfield NY).

Deliver spent ink cartridges at worship services on Sunday mornings, September through June.


Please donate your deposit cans and bottles!
posted: September 2, 2011

The Youth Group reminds the congregation that the donation of your deposit cans and bottles is greatly appreciated! Colleen, the owner of Cash for Cans (on Route 60 in just north of Route 83; driving from Rte. 20 it is housed in a large garage with a bright green roof on the left) has generously offered to continue keeping a tab for us for this ongoing fundraiser. Call ahead to check when they’ll be open: 716 672-2274.

All you need to do is drop off your deposit cans and bottles when you are out running errands. If you ever have trouble getting there or need help with a large accumulation, members of the Youth Group will pick up your contribution.

Every little bit helps! In 2011 we raised just over $150 in four months for our trip to Boston, and each year since we have raised a similar amount. Thank you for your support!