Unitarian Universalist Congregation
of Northern Chautauqua

companionship on life's sacred journey

There are seasons, in human affairs, of inward and outward revolution, when new depths seem to be broken up in the soul, when new wants are unfolded in multitudes, and a new and undefined good is thirsted for. There are periods when…to dare is the highest wisdom.
— William Ellery Channing

Message From Our Minister

From the Heart

In my life, I’ve had many times when parents, teachers and others told me I needed to be brave, to face the future courageously. And often now I will hear an inner voice saying the same thing to me: “You can do this, George! Be brave! Be tough!”

In my true heart, I know this inner voice is not always coming from my very best self. Sometimes it is, other times not. This is not necessarily the still, small voice of the deepest truth.

Sometimes we need to wait, to listen for a while longer and to accept our lack of worldly courage. We may not yet be ready to bravely step out into the world. Or perhaps the true situation calls for us to let go and relax. Our heart’s desire may take some time to be revealed.

In our liberal religious congregations, I believe we are called to welcome one another, even when some of us are not feeling brave. I hope and pray all will feel welcome, most particularly on those less courageous days. We can offer one another encouragement to seek out our true heart’s desire, to listen until we hear that true still small voice.

Then, and only then, will we grow into the courage we need in the world.

May it be so.
Reverend George Buchanan