Unitarian Universalist Congregation
of Northern Chautauqua

companionship on life's sacred journey

Our lives are often filled with a million things to do and consume that distract us from simple living. When I pay attention and become mindful, I marvel at the simple things in life that I once passed over. Consuming less and living simply are the true conditions of happiness.
— Barbara Ann Kipfer in 201 Little Buddhist Reminders

Message From Our Minister

From the Heart

We Unitarian Universalists do not espouse creeds; rather we are a covenantal people. We choose covenants, knowing covenants are not always easy. Covenants are subtler than creeds, and it is easy to lose sight of the whys and wherefores of covenants.

Our congregation has a covenant, a Covenant of Right Relations.

This is a set of promises we make to one another about the ways we will interact in our congregation. And most covenants are in this same form – a collection of mutual promises.

Covenants are fully effective only when they are alive in the hearts of the community members making the covenant. So we are called to ask ourselves – is this Covenant of Right Relations alive in our hearts? Do we intend to keep these promises as we work together to build the Beloved Community, among ourselves and in our relations with the wider world? If these promises are not the ones we want to make, can we make changes to realign our Covenant with what is in our hearts?

I do not have the answers to these questions. But I ask them because I hope and pray we can have a congregation where our mutual promises are alive and working and helping us move in the direction we want.

Love to all,
Reverend George Buchanan