Unitarian Universalist Congregation
of Northern Chautauqua

companionship on life's sacred journey

When you focus on want, you become an endless cycle of wants. To get, simply release, and then gently invite.
— Bryant McGill

Message From Our President

As we begin this year for our congregation, our theme for September is invitation. That’s a stronger word than welcome, as it implies not just generously making someone feel at home, but actively calling another into a space. An invitation is a promise, a gentle pull, an open door. An invitation is usually fun to receive, as it means one is being included, one is expected.

When I was a child, more than once I found my way into trouble by designing colorful party invitations and then circulating them around the neighborhood – without my parents’ knowledge and without a real event. I just liked the idea of inviting people to come over, and my dear mother more than once had to make an impromptu party for children who showed up in their best clothes.

I still like to make invitations and draw people together. And even if something is planned completely, there are always surprises when people get to know one another and find something in common. Invitations do that.

For our congregation, this is a challenging time as we face a new year without a minister. But let’s make this a time of inviting one another to be present for worship services, to share the joys and concerns of our lives and communities, and to be at peace with one another. Let’s invite each other into sacred spaces, joyful spaces, quiet spaces. And when an invitation is offered, let us have the sense to enter and be grateful.

Ginny Horvath
UUCNC President, 2015-2016