Unitarian Universalist Congregation
of Northern Chautauqua

companionship on life's sacred journey
UU Fellowship of Chautauqua
posted: May 24, 2015

The UU Fellowship of Chautauqua meets each summer Sunday, (June 28 through August 30), with worship at 9:30 AM in the Hall of Philosophy at Chautauqua NY. During worship, a religious education program is offered for children ages 6-12. Details are linked on the heading above.

Interested in carpooling for Sunday mornings at Chautauqua? Contact Ken Petke directly, or use the information at the Contact Us tab above and your message will be relayed.

Admission to Chautauqua is FREE on Sundays; pay $8.50 for parking on Sundays only if you leave after 2 PM. On other days, a gate pass is required; fees start at $15 or $24, according to hours of admission. For gate pass prices, visit chqtickets.com/fees.php

Each Monday at 9:15 AM, on the patio of the UU Denominational House, there is a chance to discuss the previous day’s sermon with the minister.

Each Tuesday at 3:30 PM there is a tea at the UU denominational house, a chance to meet UUFC members and other UUs from around the country.

Chautauqua Dialogues: Fridays, 3:30-5 PM on the patio at the UU Denominational House (6 Bliss, Chautauqua). This is a discussion of the previous week’s Interfaith Lectures. For a complete schedule of the daily 2 PM Interfaith Lectures, on which these dialogues are based, visit ciweb.org/religion-interfaith-lectures/ See information above about parking and gate fees.

Ethical Lecture Series: Monday-Friday, July 20-24, 9:30 AM in the Hall of Philosophy. The theme for the five lectures is “The Ethics & Arts,” with a different guest speaker each day. You may attend any or all lectures in the series. A detailed schedule is on the calendar linked on the heading above. See information above about parking and gate fees.

Ministerial Search
posted: February 10, 2015

Thanks to the members of the Ministerial Search Committee, the Stewardship Committee and Executive Board, who gathered input from congregants to inform the ministerial search process this spring.

Members and friends met with the Visiting Stewards for a one-on-one (or one to couple) conversation about the qualities and attributes of a new minister and what congregants hope the minister can do with us, as well as obtaining commitments of financial and service support for the 2015-16 church year when this new minister will be working with us. Thank you, one and all, for sharing your thoughts and vision and for your pledges, as we “Spring into the Future!”

Documents related to the ministerial search process are at the Governance tab above. Open the virtual Filing Cabinet, then select the link to Ministerial Search documents near the top of the page.

Rev. Theresa Kime will retire from settled ministry on June 30, 2015.

Proud Moments!
posted: January 9, 2015

Kudos to the Social Action Committee, who documented proud moments from 2014-15 in a display for all to see at the Ohio-Meadville and St. Lawrence Joint District Assembly in Niagara Falls, NY, in late March!

The display is linked on the heading above.

Strategic Plan 2013-2016
posted: December 30, 2014

The current Strategic Plan is linked on the heading above.

Introduction to Revised UUCNC Strategic Plan 2013-2016

The efforts of many people have gotten us to this point in our strategic planning. This document exists to help articulate strategies for our future and to move us closer to realizing the vision of our members.

In 2012-13 the congregation and Strategic Planning Team prepared a Strategic Plan. The Board requested more specific detail of timelines in the plan, which the then President and Vice President completed.

In May 2013, several people from the Strategic Planning Team formed the newly designated Threshold Team, with Rev. Renee Ruchotzke representing CERG (Central Eastern Regional Group of the UU Association). The team began to redesign the plan, using congregational areas of growth as the framework. They began by asking each committee to define their work in relation to the mission statement, “Connecting, with courage, through love, faith and service.”

In fall and winter of 2013-14, the Threshold Team worked with committees to achieve that task to “flesh out the Strategic Plan” for a vote at the 2014 Annual

In March 2014, the Threshold Team held a visioning workshop and surveyed the congregation. In May they presented the workshop and survey information to congregation. Soon after that presentation, the Threshold Team deemed the congregation lacked the stability needed for threshold status and at the June 2014 annual meeting announced their decision to dissolve the team.

In late September 2014, the congregation and committees began reviewing the vision and goals they had developed within the strategic plan.

In December 2014, the revised Strategic Plan 2013-2016 was presented to the congregation at a Sunday afternoon Congregational Conversation. That revised plan is linked on the heading above.

The plan includes five growth areas and corresponding goals and dreams. This revision is presented to the congregation so it can be an effective stepping stone to realizing UUCNC’s vision in changing times.

Recognition from UU Service Committee
posted: December 12, 2014

The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) recently presented two awards recognizing UUCNC for our support of the mission to advance human rights and social justice around the world in 2014.

  • The Creating Justice Banner Society Award celebrates that at least 25% of our congregation’s members are also members of UUSC.
  • The James Luther Adams Award celebrates UUCNC’s commitment to justice and human rights by our budgeted gift contributing $1 per congregation member.

These achievement awards will be on display on Sundays at the Social Action table, as well as at www.uusc.org. Additionally, UUCNC will be specially acknowledged in UUSC’s annual report and the Spring 2015 issue of UU World magazine.

Such recognition affirms our desire to build relationships with the wider UU movement in helping people become empowered and inspired. We have more opportunity for such associational growth by contributing to the current Guest At Your Table campaign.

Thank you all for your support! — Executive Board

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 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.