9 Weeks of Summer at 6 Bliss

Who We Are

Photo by Richard Campen 1987

Photo by Richard Campen 1987

Our Mission Statement

The purpose of this fellowship is to provide a community in Chautauqua wherein liberal religious thinking is fostered. Though we may be separated in time and in space, yet shall we be united together in spirit and in purpose.

Our History and Principles

The UU’s had a denominational house on the grounds of the Chautauqua Institution from 1904 until the 1960’s when it was sold by the UUA in a time of denominational distress. The current Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Chautauqua was formed in 1979 with 25 stalwarts, and has been holding services ever since at the Hall of Philosophy during the summer season. Now with 179 members and more than 340 supportive friends, the fellowship has an average weekly attendance of 165.

As an affiliated congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association, we covenant to affirm and promote:

  • The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
  • Justice, equality and compassion in human relations;
  • Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
  • A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
  • The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
  • The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
  • Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.


We are a Welcoming Congregation. The UU Welcoming Congregation Program is a volunteer program for Unitarian Universalist congregations that want to take intentional steps to become more welcoming and inclusive of people with marginalized sexual orientations and gender identities. For several years we have hosted the weekly meeting of the Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays which has taken place at the UU House on Thursdays from 7 to 8:00 PM. We will continue our support for PFLAG.

Beginning with the 2017 season the Fellowship will become the sponsoring organization of the  LGBTQ and Friends Community and all of its activities at Chautauqua. We warmly embrace this association and look forward to being actively involved in the Community’s program activities. The Community conducts a meet and greet on the porch of the Athenaeum Hotel on Sunday evenings and a discussion series on a weekly topic at Alumni Hall on Tuesdays at 12:15.


Our Denominational House on the grounds of the Chautauqua Institution

House with Banner

In 2008, the UU Fellowship of Chautauqua purchased a wonderful house at 6 Bliss to serve not only as a gathering place for our members and friends but to also offer affordable housing on the grounds for singles, couples or families. Follow this link to more information about the house and to submit a housing request application. We also offer off-season rentals on a limited basis. Go to the Accommodations page to learn more.

You can get Involved in the associational life of the Fellowship by volunteering to serve on one of our service teams. We welcome your participation whether you are here for one week or the season.

Chautauqua Dialogues

The Fellowship at Chautauqua participates in the Chautauqua Dialogues by providing one of the five denominational house venues for the program. Sponsored by the Department of Religion and held every Friday afternoon during the season, the dialogues give Chautauquans an opportunity to engage in a small group discussion of the material presented at the 2:00 Lectures each day. The purpose of the dialogues is to foster and advance the ideal of a “beloved community” by providing a forum in which people of diverse backgrounds can bring their political, religious, cultural, and social beliefs, experiences and knowledge to conversations that matter.

For more information you may send e-mail to the President, Roger Doebke.
To check availability of rooms at the Denominational House, send an e-mail.