Unitarian Universalist Congregation
of Northern Chautauqua

companionship on life's sacred journey
Social Action Project Proposals
posted: September 15, 2016

Please plan to get involved with social action efforts sponsored by our church this year! In October the Social Action Committee sought proposals for two congregation-wide social action projects. Brief descriptions of the project proposals collected by the October 11 deadline are below and will be published in the November newsletter. They will be presented and voted on at a full congregational meeting after the service on Sunday, November 13 during the finger foods potluck.

The two selected projects will be monitored by the 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.

UUCNC 2016-17 Social Action Proposal:
“Fragile Earth Film Series at Jamestown Community College”

  • Task Group: Skeeter Tower, Nancy Mayer, Jeff Barr, Judy Singer, Diane Clark
  • Description: Show meaningful, provocative, educational films focused on themes of ethical eating, peace, water, and climate change.
  • Timeline: December-August, monthly
  • Goals: Increased awareness, advocacy, and social justice
  • How this reflects UU principles: Interconnected web of life
  • Collaborators sought: JCC, SUNY Fredonia, Fredonia Friends Meeting (Quakers), other churches
  • Support requested from congregation: SAC budgeted $, attendance at film showings, open minds, refreshments

UUCNC 2016-17 Social Action Proposal:
“Racial Justice in our Community”

  • Task Group: Alex Holbrook, Jessica Lustig, Janey Wagner, Susan Besemer
  • 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
  • Collaborators sought: SUNY Fredonia, Fredonia Friends Meeting (Quakers), other churches
  • Support requested from congregation: SAC budgeted $, attendance at informational event, willingness to be introspective on white privilege, plus knowledge, resources, and time shared in assisting refugee family.

Caring Circle Training
posted: August 22, 2016

Sign up in advance, please.

We have a dedicated circle of volunteers who guide the caring work we do – bringing solace to one another in times of illness and distress. If you’ve ever thought of taking part in this work, please contact Rev. George Buchanan, using the information at the Contact Us tab above, to learn more about the training needed to be part of our Caring Circle. Our training will also serve as a refresher course for current members of the Circle.

Training for those who have signed up in advance will take place at the Singer home (Fredonia NY) on Monday, November 14, 1:30 PM — Note new date and time!

Ongoing Food Drive
posted: August 19, 2016

Watch for a large box in the back of the sanctuary to receive food donations. Each month donations will be delivered to one of the local organizations that feeds those in need.

- Social Action Committee

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!