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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 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 2014 Summer Speaker Schedule

The UU Fellowship of Chautauqua is pleased to present a group of outstanding speakers on Sunday mornings at 9:30 in the Hall of Philosophy thanks to the efforts of Marjorie Girth, our Program Committee Chair.

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

June 22 Rev. Frank Hall Westport, CT, retired
June 29 Rev. Daniel Kanter Dallas, TX
July 6 Rev. Nathan Detering Sherborn, MA
July 13 Rev. Alison Wohler Amherst, MA
July 20 Rev. Terry Sims Surprise, AZ
July 27 Rev. Lisa Ward Harford County, MD
August 3 Shari Woodbury Chautauqua Award Recipient
August 10 Rev. Lee Barker Pres. Meadville Lombard Theological School
August 17 Rev. Renee Ruchotzke UUA's Leadership Development Consultant for the Central East Regional Group
August 24 Rev. Daniel Budd Cleveland, OH

The 2014 UU Ethics Lecture Series

The Ethical Lecture Series for the 2014 Season sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will take place during Week Three (July 6 - 12) in the Hall of Philosophy at 9:30 am.

The series this season is based on the theme "The Ethics of Love".Each speaker will address our attitude toward other(s):

Monday - Ross Evans - A Catholic views how Pope Francis has refocused the Church on a vision of a social order that includes "Compassionate Love For All of Humanity"

Tuesday - Bob and Carol Reeder - Behind the brave steps taken by a gay son or lesbian daughter is the story of the parents who still embrace their child with "Compassionate Love For A Close Other"

Wednesday - Rev. Susan McKee - Engaging in a fight for hope, healing, justice and peace for people we may never meet demonstrates a commitment to "Compassionate Love For A Stranger"

Thursday - Dr. Jeannette Ludwig - A Buddhist perspective: the love of a man for a woman and a woman for a man is often the floor to which people fall after the collapse of other dreams. "Compassionate Love For Each Other"

Friday - Rev. Michael McGee - "Compassionate Love for Ourselves - Behavior, Feeling and Thinking about Humanity"

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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