Unitarian Universalist Congregation
of Northern Chautauqua

companionship on life's sacred journey
Call for Social Action Proposals
posted: August 24, 2018

A printable version of this Call for Proposals is here.

Please plan to get involved with social action efforts sponsored by our church this year! The Social Action Committee is seeking proposals for two congregation-wide social action projects. Hard copies of the proposal submission form will be available during services, or find a printable version here.

Proposals must be submitted by Sunday, October 7, 2018. In order for a project to be presented for congregational approval, there must be at least four signatures on the proposal form indicating willingness to serve on the task group for the issue, and any person may serve on only one task group at a time.

Brief descriptions of project proposals will be published in the November newsletter and presented at a full congregational meeting after the service on Sunday, November 11. At this meeting, using a ranking voting system, the top two projects will be selected as our social responsibility agenda for the church year. After the vote, the task groups will meet to determine leadership and develop time lines for their projects.

The two selected projects will be monitored by the 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 selected projects will report regularly to the Board and congregation, and can ask for additional support. A task group is approved for only one year. If the group wishes to continue in the next year, it goes through the same petition and voting process.

Projects that are submitted but not selected as the top two can still be supported by ad hoc committees and, if approved, by the Share the Plate program.

In recent years, our congregation has assisted in environmental projects such as holding an Earth-fest, participating in anti-fracking demonstrations, sponsoring Chautauqua Citizens Respond to Climate Crisis (CCRCC), and the Solar Chautauqua Campaign…held LGBTQ support events, such as a community forum and the UUA’s Welcoming Congregation training…collected for local charities such as the Chautauqua County Rural Ministry and several animal shelters…held forums and films on a wide range of topics, including addressing poverty in Chautauqua County… and engaged in other worthy projects, such as the Canadaway Creek and Lake Erie beach clean-up efforts. Our congregation has also collaborated with other local churches such as the Quakers and the Presbyterians.

Please submit a project proposal by Sunday, October 7, 2018, and invite UUCNC to join in action on your favorite cause! Thank you.


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!