Unitarian Universalist Congregation
of Northern Chautauqua

companionship on life's sacred journey

A covenant is not a definition of a relationship; it is the framework for our relating. A covenant leaves room for chance and change. It claims: I will abide with you in this common endeavor, be present as best as I can in our becoming.
— Lisa Ward

Message From Our Minister

From the Heart

First, I am looking forward to seeing everyone again in September!

And then I have a question:
You were invited; will you now invite someone?

Is it difficult to invite our friends, neighbors and co-workers to visit our congregation? Yes, it can be difficult. And yet many of us, perhaps most of us, first came to Unitarian Universalism through a personal invitation. So we know how important it is to invite newcomers to experience the wonderful things our liberal religious congregation offers.

Given all this, we are planning October 23 as a special “Invitation Sunday” this fall. We encourage all of you to make a special effort to invite others to join us on that Sunday. I will preach a special sermon, and we’ll have a time after the service for newcomers to ask questions about our congregation.

The author of the web page below suggests some good ways to understand these invitations. In particular, he suggests we tell our friends about why we enjoy this congregation so much, and then ask them to come to see what we enjoy.


Bright Blessings to all!
Reverend George Buchanan