The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua (UUCNC) is welcoming the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown (UUCJ) to their virtual service on Sunday, March 21, 10:30 a.m.
The service is “Pushing Up Daisies — What’s a Body To Do?” with Diane Clark and Bill Moran.
In describing their presentation, the pair said, “There are many commitments which we, as Unitarians Universalists, fulfill every day. This is what makes up the minutiae of our lives. Today we will consider our commitment after death. How can a funeral service and burial reflect a deep commitment to the earth? How can it honor both the person and the body? How can it produce a sense of flowing into the Great Mystery? We will offer an alternative option, a natural burial, as one commitment made after death.”
Diane Clark is the founder and director of Greystone Nature Preserve, an experiential environmental education teaching facility on a beautiful 75-acre property right outside of Fredonia. She has taught at all levels, from nursery school to university, including being an outdoor adventure educator at the Cassadaga Job Corps. She has been a speaker and an adamant environmental awareness organizer throughout the United States, Europe and Asia and is an active member of the Wolf Clan Teaching Lodge of the Seneca Nation.
Bill Moran is the operational manager and music director of Greystone Nature Preserve. A talented musician of guitar, percussion, and vocals, he has played in many local bands. He was also an outdoor adventure
educator at the Cassadaga Job Corps and has been a leader in a number of
environmental efforts. Last spring Greystone received the SUNY Fredonia Career Development Office’s inaugural Excellence in Internship Advancement Award.
Participants in the service are encouraged to arrive as early as 10:15 a.m. in order to reflect quietly and to enjoy the pre-worship music video. For those who are interested, an optional coffee hour in breakout rooms follows the service.
Because of COVID-19 limitations, both congregations’ Sunday services are currently virtual. The home of the Northern Chautauqua congregation is at 222 Temple Street in Fredonia. Jamestown’s is at 1255 Prendergast Avenue.
Anyone is welcome to participate by emailing UUJamestown@gmail.com to receive a Zoom link for the 10:30 a.m. service. The link goes out on Friday afternoon, but you can request to join until the start of the service on Sunday.
You can learn more about the UUCNC at uucnc.org and the UUCJ at jamestownuu.org.