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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 178 members and more than 482 supportive friends, the fellowship has an average weekly attendance of 165.

Photo courtesy of Richard Campen 1987


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.

The UU Fellowship of Chautauqua was recognized as a UUA Welcoming Congregation last Spring. We have had Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays meetings all summer on Thursday evenings at the UU Denomination House. Speakers included Rev. Ross McKenzie, Megan Smith, Vice President of Google X, Phil Stevens, PhD of the University of Buffalo, a transgender person who describes the issues involved with sex change, and students involved in the Gay/Straight Alliance at Fredonia. The meetings will continue next summer, and we hope for good attendance, as we fly the multicolored flag at the UU House.

Our New Denominational House on the grounds of the Chautauqua Institution

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 Denominational House Page tab above to learn more.

The 2015 Summer Speaker Schedule

The UU Fellowship of Chautauqua is pleased to present a group of outstanding speakers on Sunday mornings at 9:30 am in the Hall of Philosophy.

You can find .pdf versions of many of our speakers' presentations to print HERE.

June 28

Rev. Frank Hall

Westport, CT, retired

July 5

Rev. Allison Wohler

Amherst, MA

July 12

Rev. David Breeden

Minneapolis, MN

July 19

Rev. Kate Walker

Alexandria, VA

July 26

Rev. Rod Richards

San Luis Obispo, CA

August 2

Rev. Jason Cook

Santa Ana, CA

August 9


Chautauqua Award Recipient

August 16

Rev. Joan Gelbein

Arlington, VA

August 23

Rev. Michael McGee

Sarasota, FL

August 30

Rev. Steve Aschmann

Erie, PA

The 2015 UU Ethics Lecture Series

The Ethical Lecture Series for the 2015 Season sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will take place during Week Four (July 20 - 24) in the Hall of Philosophy at 9:30 am.

The series this season is based on the theme "Ethics and the Arts”. Each speaker represents a distinct artistic form of expression and will address ethical questions related to their particular discipline:  Theater, Architecture, Literature, Visual Arts and Music. 

 Monday: Theater – Andrew Borba, Actor, Director and Producer, Associate Artistic Director of The Chautauqua Theater Company.

Tuesday: Architecture – William Laubscher, Architect.  Career architect based in Cleveland, Ohio.  Designer of many of the new and remodeled homes and denominational houses built in recent years at Chautauqua.

Wednesday: Literature – Steve Tigner, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Toledo who also taught regularly in Boston University’s Core Curriculum of the College of Liberal Arts and in the School of Education.

Thursday: Visual Arts – Audrey Kay Dowling, award winning artist and co-owner of the Portage Hill Art Gallery in Westfield, NY.

Friday: Music – David Levy, Professor of Music, Director of Flow House, Vienna, and Associate Dean for Faculty Governance at Wake Forest University. 

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 an e-mail to the President, Roger Doepke.

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