Unitarian Universalist Congregation
of Northern Chautauqua

companionship on life's sacred journey

But the discipline of blessings is to taste
each moment, the bitter, the sour, the sweet
and the salty, and be glad for what does not
hurt. The art is in compressing attention
to each little and big blossom of the tree
of life, to let the tongue sing each fruit,
its savor, its aroma and its use!
— Marge Piercy

From The Art of Blessing the Day

Read the full poem here.

Message From Our Minister

From the Heart

Here’s an idea I find very useful – “active hope.” When I hope actively for something, I am willing to do what is needed to make this come true.

For example, suppose I am a gardener in the middle of a dry summer. I can say that I hope for rain to water the plants in my garden. Or, if I am hoping actively, I am willing to get out the hose and water the garden myself if the rain does not come.

When I say that I hope and pray that something will happen, I am expressing active hope. I am willing to do my part to get the garden watered, or whatever it is.

This gets tougher when we are actively hoping for something worldwide, like the Beloved Community Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke of so often. We are willing to do our part to realize a world based on loving relationships rather than fear. But we cannot know whether, or when, this will be realized.

I am glad to be part of a community like the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua, where folks are willing to roll up their sleeves and get to work on what is needed to feed the hungry and house the homeless. I hope and pray this will be so for many years to come.

Love to all,
Reverend George Buchanan