Unitarian Universalist Congregation
of Northern Chautauqua

companionship on life's sacred journey

When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers. and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it – always.
— Mahatma Gandhi

Message From Our Minister

From the Heart

Questions of racial justice have been on my heart lately. The results of the recent election have encouraged some in their view that the struggle for justice is between races – that one race needs to dominate another, or that gains for one race are at the expense of another.

My view, and I hope our view as Unitarian Universalists, is entirely different. When our society moves towards full racial justice, the whole society is transformed and everyone fundamentally benefits. We support the full worth and dignity of every person, whatever their family background.

And in our congregation, we have organized a task force to consider what we are called to do now in terms of racial justice. I am deeply glad we are taking this on – it seems very timely.

I have lots of thoughts on this. However, what I think and feel is less important than what is in all your hearts.

I will offer one thought. The standard cultural set, the standard narrative, has a lot of implicit racial stereotyping built in. I hope and pray we will be open to considering different, more realistic and healthy narratives.

May it ever be so.
Reverend George Buchanan