Unitarian Universalist Congregation
of Northern Chautauqua

companionship on life's sacred journey
Earth Week Events
posted: January 22, 2018

New! A poster announcing the film series is linked on the title above.

The Fragile Earth task group of the Social Action Committee will hold several events during Earth Week, in conjunction with Jamestown Community College, the Empty Bowls Project, Greystone Nature Preserve, the Fredonia Presbyterian Church, and the Fredonia Friends Meeting. Please join us at any or all of these events:

Sunday, April 15, 1 PM at Fredonia Grange Hall
FREE Film, Home (2009 documentary, est. 1 hr. 35 min.) follows 12:15 PM finger food potluck lunch

Monday, April 16, 6:30 PM at JCC North County Center
FREE Film, Seed: The Untold Story (2016 documentary, 1 hr. 34 min.)

Wednesday, April 18, 6:30 PM at Fredonia Presbyterian Church (219 Central Ave, Fredonia NY)
FREE Film, Planeat (2010 documentary, 1 hr. 27 min.) and Empty Bowls fundraiser to benefit Chautauqua County Rural Ministry

Friday, April 20, 6:30 PM at JCC North County Center
FREE Film: Wisdom to Survive: Climate Change, Capitalism & Community (2013 documentary, 56 minutes)

Saturday, April 21, 1 PM at Greystone Nature Preserve (scroll down)

The Social Action Committee encourages participation in this event in Erie, PA:
Sunday, April 22, 1 PM Climate Summit & 4 PM March (scroll down)


A Day with the Trees
posted: January 21, 2018

Saturday, April 21, 1 PM
co-sponsored by the Fragile Earth task group of the UUCNC Social Action Committee
at Greystone Nature Preserve
8531 Bear Lake Rd, Fredonia NY

Flyer is linked on the title above.

Admission (includes entire tree-planting event and 3 PM buffet – all details below):
$10/adult
$ 5/child
$20/family

1 PM

  • Arrival and Welcoming at Peace Pole
  • Select a tree from a variety of six trees native to Chautauqua County
  • Visit Display Tables: tree information and samples, Greystone information, interactive tree activities

2 PM

  • Hay wagon ride to planting site
  • Plant personal tree, mulch and place tree guard, add guardian stone
  • Mark personal tree on map
  • Hay wagon ride back to Peace Pole

3 PM

  • Enjoy an All-Tree Buffet

Call (716) 679-6603 for more information about the Greystone Nature Preserve event.


Earth Day Climate Summit & March
posted: January 20, 2018

Sunday, April 22
Gannon University (Hammermill Center, 620 Peach St, Erie, PA)

Flyer is linked on the title above.

The Social Action Committee encourages participation in the Earth Day Summit and Climate March at Gannon University:

1-4 PM Earth Day Summit indoors at the Hammermill Center, Gannon University:
Keynote speakers will be Larry Schweiger, the former CEO of the National Wildlife Federation and current board member of The Climate Reality Project; and Lois Marie Gibbs, an American environmental activist and primary organizer of the Love Canal Homeowners Association, who brought public attention to the environmental crisis in Love Canal.

4-5 PM Climate March outdoors around Perry Square:
The Women’s March Pennsylvania is co-sponsoring a March to honor the 48th Earth Day


Donations for Moms & Babies
posted: January 14, 2018

The Racial Justice task group of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua is collecting items for moms and babies again this spring. They will be delivered to nonprofit organizations that help moms in need.

Please donate any of these items on Sunday mornings through May 6 at the Fredonia Grange Hall (58 W Main St):

  • Formula
  • Diapers
  • Pull-ups
  • Wipes
  • Diaper rash cream
  • Flushable wipes
  • Hair care products for African American hair
  • Baby lotion
  • Baby shampoo
  • Tampons
  • Pads

A printable list of items needed is linked on the title above. Print it and take it shopping — and give the duplicate copy to a friend and invite them to donate, too!

Coming soon: Green Shoots for New Americans

Also, as we move into spring, there will be volunteer and donation opportunities for Green Shoots for New Americans (refugee gardening program). Watch for details TBA.


Supporting the UU Service Committee
posted: December 26, 2017

Throughout the holiday season, congregants participated in the Guest at Your Table program to raise support for and awareness about the work of the UU Service Committee (UUSC) to advance human rights at home and around the world. Guest at Your Table contributions were collected at the January 7 & 14 worship services.

Gifts of $125 or more are eligible to be matched dollar for dollar by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock in Manhasset, NY.

For information about UUSC and the Guest at Your Table campaign, visit the link on the heading above.


Collection Completed for Displaced Puerto Ricans
posted: December 13, 2017

Thanks to all who donated items for displaced Puerto Ricans in Dunkirk in December. UUCNC’s Racial Justice task group collected coats, boots, gloves, socks, other winter apparel, curtains, bedding, and more. Clothing items for boys age 11-15 were especially needed. Items could be gently used, but in good condition – no stains or obvious signs of wear.


Social Action Projects
posted: August 27, 2017

Members and friends of UUCNC have endorsed two one-year-long, congregation-wide social action projects:

Fragile Earth Film and Speaker Series
Task Group: Diane Clark, Leanna White-McMahon, Janey Wagner
Description: Show meaningful, provocative, educational films focused on environmental themes
Timeline: November-June series
Goals: Increased awareness, advocacy, and environmental justice
Support requested from congregation: Attendance at film showings, open minds, refreshments

Racial Justice in our Community
Task Group: Alex Holbrook, Jessica Lustig, Mitch Cummings

  • Support book study on Waking Up White and finding myself in the story of race, by Debby Irving
  • Encourage participation in February racial justice conference in Buffalo, sponsored by Central East Region, UU Association
  • Provide support as requested by local people of color, with the goal of being seen as allies rather than white rescuers. Ongoing support of the Black Lives Matter movement and the Black Student Union at SUNY Fredonia.
  • Possibly use resources from the Southern Poverty Law Center
  • Participate in Green Shoots for New Americans seed exchange, part of an urban gardening program for refugees (Journey’s End Refugee Services, Inc.) that gives them the tools and training to grow their own food and produce to sell at the farmers market for independence and income.
  • Quilting and bed linens project facilitated by Jessica Lustig, starting midwinter
  • Stockpile winter coats in late winter/early spring when they are priced for clearance, so that we have nice new coats to donate in next year’s coat drive
  • Support Dunkirk Puerto Rican Association in assisting the displaced Puerto Ricans who will be coming to Dunkirk as a result of recent hurricanes
  • Assist refugees as they assimilate into American culture in WNY with language, work, housing, education, clothing, and food
    Goals: Increased awareness, advocacy, and social justice
    Support requested from congregation: Attendance at informational events, willingness to be introspective on white privilege, knowledge, resources, and time shared in assisting refugees

The two 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 the projects will report regularly to the Board and congregation, and can ask for additional support. Some flexibility in action details will be allowed as projects progress and grow.

Everyone is encouraged to engage in social action as their skills, time, and energy allow! Our faith is a light that shines in this world.


Book Study Group
posted: August 26, 2017

The Book Study Group on Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race, by Debby Irving will continue with a second meeting TBA, led by Rev. George Buchanan and Janey Wagner of the UUCNC Social Action Committee

Debbie Irving’s book presents a revealing story of one woman’s search for a place to stand in the story of race – firm ground for herself as a white person in the work of building a racially just society. As a citizen, neighbor, teacher, and nonprofit manager, she found herself struggling to understand her place in the story of race. This book presents some of the important things she learned along the way.

In this group, those of us who identify as white will use Ms. Irving’s work to reflect on and learn more about our own roles as white members of a multi-racial society as we strive for racial justice. While the process we follow will focus on the learning needs of those who identify as white, this group is open to all members and friends of UU Congregation of Northern Chautauqua.

Questions? Contact Reverend George Buchanan, using the information on the Contact Us tab above.


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!