Who We Are
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 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. As part of our effort we host the weekly meeting of the Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays which takes place at the UU House on Thursdays from 7 to 8:00 PM.
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 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.
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.