Jamestown, N.Y. – Rev. Renee Ruchotzke, congregational life consultant in the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), is visiting the 10:30 a.m. service of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown (UUCJ) on Sunday, October 3. She will deliver a sermon on “Emergent Community.”
The minister asks, “What does it mean to build Beloved Community when we don’t have a common identity?” She notes that creating a sense of belonging among diverse people takes intention and practice, and she promises, “We will explore ways we can transform our understanding of inclusion by engaging with our assumptions about what binds us together.”
The message relates to four of the seven Principles Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote: The inherent worth and dignity of every person; justice, equity, and compassion in human relations; the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large; and the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.
After the service, there will be coffee and Rev. Ruchotzke will host a community conversation around members’ hopes for the future.
Rev. Ruchotzke (ruh-HUT-skee) is the UUCJ’s primary contact with the Central East Region of the UUA. She has been with the UUA since 2010, specializing in leadership development, and she says she “loves working with lay people, helping them to make their congregations awesome.” She is a local community organizer and activist in Kent, Ohio, where she lives with her spouse, Randy. They practice sustainable living with solar panels, an electric car, a backyard permaculture food forest, and a front yard pollinator on their city lot. Before being called to ministry, she was a mechanical design engineer and project manager and was awarded a patent for one of her designs.
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.