Unitarian Universalist Congregation
of Northern Chautauqua

companionship on life's sacred journey
Humanitarian Aid to Nicaragua
posted: June 29, 2017

The Social Action Committee suggests participation in this community-wide effort sponsored by the Dunkirk-Fredonia Center for Peace & Justice:

Humanitarian Aid to Nicaragua is being collected by the D-F Center for Peace & Justice, July 1-31, 2017. Items for poverty-stricken residents of this Central American nation will be delivered by Ann Marie Zon, who has spent over three decades assisting the poor of Nicaragua.

Donations of clothing, food and a variety of household and other items are welcome, as are financial gifts. Funds will be used to sponsor children’s education, for special or building projects, to support the cow and dairy project or the sheep project, to assist with well digging or shipping costs.

For a list of needed items and information on making monetary gifts:

UU Fellowship of Chautauqua
posted: June 5, 2017

The UU Fellowship of Chautauqua meets each summer Sunday, (June 25 through August 27), with worship at 9:30 AM in the Hall of Philosophy at Chautauqua, NY. Admission to the grounds is free all day Sunday. Pay $9 for parking if you leave after 2 PM. Summer program details are at http://uufchautauqua.org/

The Ethical Lecture Series, on the theme African-American Narratives, is sponsored by the Department of Religion and presented by the UU Fellowship of Chautauqua, will take place during Week Three (July 10-14) in the Hall of Philosophy from 9:30-10:30 AM daily. Details are at http://www.uufchautauqua.org/?page_id=40 Weekday admission is charged at the main gate; a morning pass (7 AM to 2 PM) is $24; discount packs are available (5 tickets for the price of 4). Other ticket choices are also available; for details visit www.ciweb.org/rates-and-fees

The UU Fellowship of Chautauqua suggests this special UU Schedule of Events for Sunday, July 23 at Chautauqua Institution:

  • 9:30 AM: UU Fellowship of Chautauqua (UUFC) Worship Service with UU Minister Rev. Rod Richards (San Luis Obispo, CA); Location: Hall of Philosophy
  • 10:45 AM: Rev. Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli; Location: Amphitheater
  • 12:30 PM: Lunch at the UU House: FREE for Western NY regional UUs (free will offering for other UUs from elsewhere); lunch (Chicken BBQ or Vegetarian Lunch) provided by the UUFC for those who reserve by July 1

Afternoon options include:

  • 2:15 PM: Chautauqua Theater Company: Detroit ’67; Location: Bratton Theater (Purchase tickets, $35 each, at http://chqtickets.com)
  • 2:30 PM: FREE Amphitheater Event: Details to be announced; No charge, but a ticket may be required for admission
  • 3 PM: FREE Chautauqua School of Art Annual Student Exhibition – Opening Reception 3-5 PM; Location: Fowler-Kellogg Art Center

Food Drive
posted: April 9, 2017

Thanks to all who donated shelf-stable food and personal hygiene items to the ongoing food drive in 2016-17. Each month donations were delivered to one of the local organizations that feeds those in need.

- Social Action Committee

Supplies for Moms & Babies
posted: April 8, 2017

The Racial Justice task group thanks all who donated items for mom/baby diaper bags and for community baby showers for families in need, including women of color and some refugees. The items were distributed c/o the Jericho Road Community Health Center in Buffalo and the United Way. The idea was to make these moms feel special and feted for a day, while at the same time relieving some of the stress of providing for their infants.

Special thanks to Jessica Lustig, who delivered the items to Buffalo in time for distribution on Mother’s Day.

School Supplies for Refugees in WNY
posted: February 21, 2017

The Racial Justice Task Group of the Social Action Committee thanks all who donated 3 cartons of school supplies, plus one carton of backpacks for refugee families in Western New York.

Thanks to Jessica Lustig for doing the research and making this easy for us!

Supporting UU Service Committee
posted: November 30, 2016

Guest At Your Table (GAYT) contributions were collected at the January 8 & 15 worship services to support the work of the UU Service Committee (UUSC) in their ongoing commitment to stand with vulnerable and displaced peoples in today’s world.

Donations from 13 UUCNC households netted $935 for UUSC, earning recognition as a Creating Justice Banner Society, with over 25% of members contributing. In addition, the January 8 Share the Plate offering brought in an additional $189, and as always our congregation donated $1 per member to UUSC from our operating budget ($38 total), earning a James Luther Adams Award in recognition.

More information is at www.uusc.org

Winter Coats & Boots for Refugees in WNY
posted: September 16, 2016

Thanks to all who donated winter coats and boots for refugees at Sunday services in November, and thanks to Jess Lustig who delivered the items to Catholic Charities in Buffalo, which has distributed them to refugees residing in Western New York.

Scroll down for details on the two Social Action efforts endorsed by our congregation in 2016-17.

Social Action Efforts 2016-17
posted: September 15, 2016

The congregation has endorsed these two congregation-wide social action projects for 2016-17.

The projects will be monitored by the Social Action Committee (SAC), given logistical support, provided funding from the SAC budget, given access to the newsletter, website, Sunday service, and other communication platforms, and become ministerial priorities. The task groups for selected projects will report regularly to the Board and congregation, and can ask for additional support.

Fragile Earth Film Series at Jamestown Community College

  • Description: Show meaningful, provocative, educational films focused on themes of ethical eating, peace, water, and climate change.
  • Goals: Increased awareness, advocacy, and social justice
  • How this reflects UU principles: Interconnected web of life
  • Task Group: Skeeter Tower, Nancy Mayer, Jeff Barr, Judy Singer, Diane Clark

Racial Justice in our Community

  • Description: Phase I: Hold an event (possibly in January) for our congregation to listen to leaders of churches and organizations that serve non-white populations and hear what they would most like from us in terms of support.
  • Phase II: Provide support as requested, with the goal of being seen as allies rather than white rescuers. Ongoing support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Possibly use resources from the Southern Poverty Law Center.
  • Phase III: “Adopt” a refugee family, possibly in the spring, as they assimilate into American culture. Provide assistance with language, immigration issues, work, housing, education, clothing, etc.
    Goals: Increased awareness, advocacy, and social justice
  • How this reflects UU principles: Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations
  • Task Group: Alex Holbrook, Jessica Lustig, Janey Wagner, Susan Besemer

Recycling Ink Cartridges
posted: September 15, 2011

Ink cartridges are collected and recycled by the Social Action Committee to benefit the Westfield Stray Cat Rescue (59 E Main St, Westfield NY).

Deliver spent ink cartridges at worship services on Sunday mornings, September through June.

Please donate your deposit cans and bottles!
posted: September 2, 2011

The Youth Group reminds the congregation that the donation of your deposit cans and bottles is greatly appreciated! Colleen, the owner of Cash for Cans (on Route 60 in just north of Route 83; driving from Rte. 20 it is housed in a large garage with a bright green roof on the left) has generously offered to continue keeping a tab for us for this ongoing fundraiser. Call ahead to check when they’ll be open: 716 672-2274.

All you need to do is drop off your deposit cans and bottles when you are out running errands. If you ever have trouble getting there or need help with a large accumulation, members of the Youth Group will pick up your contribution.

Every little bit helps! In 2011 we raised just over $150 in four months for our trip to Boston, and each year since we have raised a similar amount. Thank you for your support!