Unitarian Universalist Congregation
of Northern Chautauqua

companionship on life's sacred journey

Belonging: It’s not quite love and it’s not quite community; it’s just this feeling that there are people, an abundance of people, who are in this together.
— Marina Keegan

Message From Our Minister

From the Heart

The last few months, and the last few weeks, have brought us lots of news about racial justice in the United States. And our denomination, the Unitarian Universalist Association, has been active in this field as well. Here are just some of the more important things our national denomination has been doing.

  • In October of 2016, the Board of Directors of our national association agreed to a five-year fund-raising plan for Black Lives of Unitarian Universalists.
  • Earlier this year, this same national Board established a Commission on Institutional Change to further examine the practices of the denomination and recommend ways to bring these practices more in line with our deep goals for racial justice. This commission is continuing the work started by the three interim co-Presidents of our denomination earlier this year.
  • Our newly elected President, Susan Frederick-Gray, has been publicly active in support of racial justice in Charlottesville and elsewhere.
  • A group associated with the Meadville/Lombard Theological school is developing a curriculum for engaging in healthy conversations about race and ethnicity – Beloved Conversations.

In this congregation, many of you continue to actively work to build racial justice in Western New York. In October, I will help lead a book study group on Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race. There will be more details on this over the coming weeks, and in next month’s newsletter.

I am looking forward to seeing you all in September!

In love,
Reverend George Buchanan