Unitarian Universalist Congregation
of Northern Chautauqua

companionship on life's sacred journey

Courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.
— Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

Message From Our Minister

From the Heart

Dr. Cornel West says: “Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.” In that one sentence, Dr. West frames the connection between the vision of care and compassion we espouse in our personal relationships, and the meaning of justice in larger communities, including nation states and all of humanity.

For racial justice, there is a stark contrast between two opposing viewpoints. In one view we as humans are divided by race, and are essentially engaged in a struggle for power among racial groups. The doctrine of “white supremacy” is one example of this view.

In the other view, the essential struggle is to construct a society where each person is treated justly and fairly. We work to clear away the legacies of cultural and institutional racism, and remove any other barriers based on race and ethnic origin.

I am a firm believer in the second approach, and I hope our Unitarian Universalist congregation will continue to be a place where we stand for this kind of racial justice.

For those of us who benefit from white privilege, a key part of the work is to better understand this privilege and the stance we want to take.

In October, I will be leading a book study group to help increase understanding of racial justice and the work we are called to do. The details of this are on the News & Events tab above.

I hope and pray our congregation will continue to grow in our work to envision and build the Beloved Community.

May it be so.
Rev. George Buchanan