Jamestown, N.Y. – “The World is Heating Up” is the message Dr. Tom Erlandson will present to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown (UUCJ) on Sunday, May 1, 2022.
At the 10:30 a.m. hybrid service, Erlandson will reflect on climate warming and its effects on the environment, with particular reference to Chautauqua County.
With an MS in Entomology and a PhD in Zoology, Erlandson taught a variety of biology and geology courses at Jamestown Community College for 27 years, spent 30 years as a consultant for Forecon, Inc., and was administrator of the Ohio River Consortium for Research and Education. The recipient of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation’s prestigious John D. Hamilton Community Service Award has been involved with many environmental and water quality organizations including the South and Center Chautauqua Lake Sewer District Board, Chautauqua County Water Quality Task Force, Chautauqua Lake and Watershed Management Alliance Science Committee, and Chautauqua Lake Harmful Algae Bloom Steering Committee.
Erlandson served as president of the Chautauqua County Board of Health and as the biology advisor and a board member with the Chautauqua Lake Partnership. For his service, the Chautauqua County Parks Commission and Chautauqua County Legislature designated a clearing on Oak Hill Road in his hometown of Frewsburg as Erlandson Overview Park.
Erlandson’s presentation relates most closely to the final of the seven Principles that Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
A social time follows the service.
While not mandated, vaccines, masks, and appropriate distancing are encouraged for those who participate in the service in person.
Participation can be either in person at 1255 Prendergast Avenue in Jamestown or online. To join virtually, use the link at UUJamestown.org/calendar.
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown is a progressive, liberal religious community serving the southern tier of Western New York and Warren County, Pa. The UUCJ’s mission is to support and celebrate each other, encourage spiritual and individual growth, and serve the wider community.