Unitarian Universalist Congregation
of Northern Chautauqua

companionship on life's sacred journey

Let difficulty transform you. And it will. In my experience, we just need help learning how not to run away.
— Pema Chodron

Message From Our Minister

From the Heart

Will Rogers famously said that only two things are certain – death and taxes. In 2018, we know we need to add a third item to this list. This is the onrushing wave of global climate change, forced by human actions.

It has been clear for years that the die is cast and massive global climate change is inevitable. We as humans can do some things to slightly alter the course of this change over the next century, but we cannot avoid or reverse the basic change.

This makes global climate change into what is called a “predicament,” as opposed to a problem. Death is a predicament; each of us must face it in our own lives and in the lives of those we love. Part of our spiritual and religious work is reconciliation to this inevitability. And part of the practical work of contemporary society is to find solutions to problems such as diseases and social conditions.

And now we need spiritual and religious resources to help us encounter and live with global climate change, as well as practical solutions to the problems of living with this new predicament.

My Unitarian Universalist minister colleague Rev. Naomi King believes we can build “cities of refuge, houses of hope and gardens of peace” even in the face of this new predicament.

I agree with her. May we find creative and fulfilling ways to do this work.
Rev. George Buchanan