Unitarian Universalist Congregation
of Northern Chautauqua

companionship  on  life's  sacred  journey

Climate Crisis March & Rally

posted: September 12, 2014

Climate Crisis March & Rally
Saturday, September 20
9 AM to 2 PM
Fenton Hall (SUNY Fredonia campus, Fredonia NY) to Barker Commons (Church St, Fredonia NY)

The Social Action Ministry on the Environment is taking an active role in this local rally and march in support of the UN Climate Summit in New York City. The local event is sponsored by Chautauqua Citizens Respond to Climate Crisis, a community group to address risks and citizen responses. For more about CCRCC and this event, use the link on the title above.

Climate change is not a far-off problem. It is happening now and is having very real consequences on people’s lives. Climate change is disrupting national economies, costing us dearly today and even more tomorrow. But there is a growing recognition that affordable, scalable solutions are available now that will enable us all to leapfrog to cleaner, more resilient economies.

All are encouraged to participate in this local event!

Marchers will gather at Fenton Hall (SUNY Fredonia campus) at 9:30 AM, and the march starts at 9:45 AM, heading for Barker Commons (Church St, Fredonia NY), where the next part of the event overlaps with the Fredonia Farmers’ Market Sample Day.

The rally will be at Barker Commons from 10 AM to 12:30 PM, featuring live music and activities for kids. Four main speakers will present information about the science, politics, and economics of climate change.

Those who are able are encouraged to help set up starting at 9 AM and/or to stay until 2 PM to help clean up after this event.

Possible Shared Thanksgiving Dinner

posted: September 11, 2014

The Vegetarian Dining Group is exploring interest in creating a shared Thanksgiving dinner at the Fredonia Grange Hall on Thanksgiving Day.

The group has hosted Thanksgiving dinners in the past – complete with both traditional turkey and vegetarian main dishes – and these have been wonderful congregational gatherings, but do require volunteers for set-up and clean-up.

If you would be interested in participating in a shared dinner, please sign up on the sheet at the back table after services through October 12. If there is enough interest, the dining group will proceed with finalizing plans for the evening.

Questions? Please talk to either Judy Singer or Catherine McAllister.

Building Acquisition News

posted: July 16, 2014

The restructured Building Acqusition Committee steering committee (BACSC) has been in existence for a year. The BAC has worked to take the steps necessary for finding space that better supports the congregation’s ministry.

Given the call for for simplifying the organizational relationship role of those representing the steering committee, changes to the BAC diagram were discussed and accepted at the July 8th meeting. The updated BACSC diagram is under the Governance tab above; select the virtual Filing Cabinet, then the Building Acquisition link near the top of the page.

Current BAC steering committee members are Cate McAllister (Board Member and Path Home custodian), John Ames (BAC finance committee chair), Amy O’Connell (member at large), Mitchell Cummings (member at large), and ex officio member Reverend Theresa Kime. Space search chair is Skeeter Tower with Nancy Mayer assisting. The chair of the BAC committee has not been named.

Threshold Team

posted: July 15, 2014

At their June 24 meeting with consultant Rev. Renee Ruchotzke, the Threshold Team announced that they had voted to withdraw from the Threshold program. The Team makes the following recommendations:

  • Consider a one-year hiatus from the search for a building to purchase.
  • Bring in a consultant to work with the congregation on Right Relations.

The Threshold Team will make records from their work available to the new Executive Board and to any new consultant.

Welcome, Kids & Families!

posted: September 27, 2013

Welcome to Religious Exploration (RE) classes at UUCNC!

In addition to loving care in the Caterpillar Room, for children from birth to age 5, older children are welcome in the Butterfly Class (ages 5-10)! Learn more by clicking the About Us tab above, then selecting Children’s Programs.

Questions about Children’s Religious Exploration? Speak with RE Coordinator Karen Taverna.

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!

Battery Recycling!

posted: June 21, 2011

The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation now has a BIG GREEN BOX for battery recycling!

Drop off your Alkaline – NiCd – NiMh – Lead – Silver – Mercury and – Lithium batteries for recycling.

Batteries can be dropped off Monday-Friday from 8 AM to 4:30 PM at 212 Lake Shore Drive West, Dunkirk, NY.

For more about BIG GREEN BOX, click the title above.