Unitarian Universalist Congregation
of Northern Chautauqua

companionship on life's sacred journey
Soul Matters Groups
posted: August 28, 2017

Small Group meetings available!

In our Soul Matters program we offer small groups (5-10 people) committed to meeting twice a month. The Soul Matters format encourages spiritual growth by engaging in reflection, deep listening, and sharing on a monthly theme. Our three groups from last spring are continuing, and new groups will be formed as needed.

If you are interested in becoming part of a Soul Matters group, or learning more, please contact Rev. George Buchanan by September 30.

Call for Social Action Proposals
posted: August 27, 2017

For a printable copy of this information, see the Call for Proposals in the virtual filing cabinet at the Governance tab above.

The Social Action Committee (SAC) seeks proposals for two one-year-long, congregation-wide social action projects. Hard copies of the proposal submission form will be available at worship services, or find an electronic version in the filing cabinet of the Governance tab above. Proposals are due by Sunday, October 8, using the format at https://tinyurl.com/sac-10-8-17, and emailed to both Social Action Committee (SAC) co-chairs Diane Clark and Janey Wagner as indicated on the Call for Proposals.

Anyone may submit a proposal, as long as the format guidelines are followed. 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 emailed to the congregation and presented at a full congregational meeting after the service on Sunday, October 22. 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. Some flexibility in action details will be allowed as projects progress and grow.

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.

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.

FREE UU Workshop in Buffalo
posted: August 26, 2017

How might we find ways to offer the love and grace of Unitarian Universalism to a world that needs us?

Find a printable flyer linked on the heading above, or visit the virtual filing cabinet at the Governance tab above.

Please register by Friday, October 13 at

Central East Region (CER) of the UU Association of congregations invites one and all to
Leadership as a Team Sport, a FREE afternoon workshop at the UU Church of Buffalo (695 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo NY) on Saturday, October 14, 1-5 PM.

We know that the model of church from the 1950s & 60s baby boom years is no longer sustainable. Today people face different challenges, have different needs and different expectations of institutions. We will explore newer models of ministry that growing congregations are offering such as lay ministers, associates.

Shared ministry is the core of what we do in our congregations. This leadership conference is designed to address a number of common areas of shared ministry for congregations. The day features a keynote by Rev. Renee Ruchotzke, followed by workshops on various areas of shared ministry and networking time.

Book Study Group
posted: August 25, 2017

To register, contact Rev. George Buchanan, using the information on the Contact Us tab above.

Book Study Group on Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race, by Debbie Irving

Led by Rev. George Buchanan and Janey Wagner of the UUCNC Social Action Committee

Saturday, October 21 1-3 PM
at First United Methodist Church (25 Church Street, Fredonia NY)

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.

After our initial meeting, we may meet again if there is enough interest.

Contact Reverend George Buchanan to register, using the information on the Contact Us tab above.

Food Drive
posted: April 9, 2017

Thanks to all who donated shelf-stable food and personal hygiene items to the ongoing food drive in 2016-17. Each month donations were delivered to one of the local organizations that feeds those in need.

- Social Action Committee

Supplies for Moms & Babies
posted: April 8, 2017

The Racial Justice task group thanks all who donated items for mom/baby diaper bags and for community baby showers for families in need, including women of color and some refugees. The items were distributed c/o the Jericho Road Community Health Center in Buffalo and the United Way. The idea was to make these moms feel special and feted for a day, while at the same time relieving some of the stress of providing for their infants.

Special thanks to Jessica Lustig, who delivered the items to Buffalo in time for distribution on Mother’s Day.

School Supplies for Refugees in WNY
posted: February 21, 2017

The Racial Justice Task Group of the Social Action Committee thanks all who donated 3 cartons of school supplies, plus one carton of backpacks for refugee families in Western New York.

Thanks to Jessica Lustig for doing the research and making this easy for us!

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!