It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.
— Charles Darwin
Message From Our Minister
From the Heart
We are, in our essence, a gathered community of free and loving hearts. We have each chosen to live lives where we guard the freedom of our hearts very carefully. And then we have freely chosen to link our hearts in the religious congregation we call the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua.
In this religious congregation, we have a simple premise. We believe we can gather and work together and care for one another in a loving way. We are protected by the promises we make to one another about our mutual appreciation and respect. No creed binds us; rather, we hew to our mutual promises embodied in the covenant we share.
This tradition of covenantal living runs deep in both our Unitarian and Universalist traditions – at least two centuries, and more in some ways. Those who blazed this trail before us over the centuries stayed on this path for one reason: because it gives the freedom to be fully awake to the true calling of our hearts, the true voice of the Spirit of Life. When the old creeds and the old words would shackle us, we have stepped away and onward, to respond to the deepest callings of our hearts.
This is our essence as Unitarian Universalists.
May it ever be so.
Reverend George Buchanan