Ministries are functions of or services provided by our organization.
Promotion of Social Justice
See separate page.
As a small close-knit congregation, UUCJ is often aware of problems or issues facing congregants. In the past, we've successfully addressed their needs on an informal basis. Recently, five of our members: Tina and Bruce Anderson, Linda Hiers, Susan Kalfas and Ellen Butkus, attended pastoral care training in Erie and have agreed to form a Caring Committee at UUCJ. In accordance with our first principle: The Inherent Worth and Dignity of Every Person, the group will provide a ministry of hope and caring.
Among the services we can offer are: supporting those going through life crises, visiting the ill, delivering meals, providing occasional transportation, maintaining contact with those unable to attend services due to illness or disability, comforting the bereaved, and supplying information and education about available community resources. The group meets monthly and is comprised of those who attended the training, as well as Reni Bob. Any congregant interested in receiving assistance or learning more from the group is invited to contact a committee member.
Please check out the table in the back of the dining room for cards that can be signed and mailed by the church to people in need. If you have any cards to donate for this effort, please feel free to place them on the table. We appreciate everyone's help!
Ex-Cult Member Support Group
Men's Discussion Group
The UUCJ Men’s Discussion Group is a small format discussion group that meets monthly to discuss selected topics.
Religious Exploration Program for Children
Our congregation welcomes children, and provides child care for younger children. The Religious Exploration program encourages children and youth ages 4 and up to become familiar with and practice living through our seven principles. Fun activities are also offered.
To learn more, go to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown's parent group on Facebook. In this group, you can find information about our upcoming Religious Education (RE) programs, as well as inspiration for how to practice Unitarian Universalism at home with your family.
Our Guiding Principal is Unitarian Universalist’s Seventh Principle:
Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
The Green Sanctuary Committee is a standing committee composed of members of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown NY. Our committee was formed to promote the concept of reducing our negative impact on the earth by consuming as little of earth’s resources as possible. We hope to set an example in our personal lifestyle choices and for others in the community.
We welcome anyone at our meetings to help us discover new ideas and strategies for respecting the interdependent web of all existence.
We are committed to the concept of Reduce-Reuse-Recycle. Through our action plan, we will make changes in our congregation, itself. We will reduce energy usage. We will reduce waste. We will re-use resources rather than buying new. We will publicize and promote our action items within our congregation. We will invite the congregation to propose other ideas that we haven’t thought of to help in the effort.
We have completed a green audit of our congregational building. We intend to review and update it on a regular basis. We will do this to help identify areas we can improve and to evaluate our progress.
We believe that sustainable living is about choosing to live in a way that nurtures life of all living things on earth, not just humans. Sustainable living builds relationships and rejects material consumption as the sole determinant of “the good life.” As a Green Sanctuary Committee, we aim to be a model of commitment to the Whole Earth.