Unitarian Universalist Congregation
of Northern Chautauqua

companionship  on  life's  sacred  journey

Buddhism for Beginners

posted: December 31, 2014

Rev. Theresa Kime will lead a “Buddhism for Beginners” class open to the community on Thursday, January 22, 6:30 PM, at the Angels of Hope Center (8 Park Place, Fredonia NY).

The class will cover the basic teachings of Buddhism and include practice of the metta meditation. The class is free, but donations for the Center are appreciated. The Center offers a variety of spiritual healing and learning classes.


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
Meeting.

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


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)! The Dove Class (grades 5-8) usually meets one Sunday each month. 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.