Greetings and Welcome to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Cortland!

Hi, Iā€™m Kathy Tew Rickey, minister of this small but mighty congregation. I am so glad you are here! Whether you are in search for a church, exploring your spirituality, or know yourself and our community well, I welcome you to our website. I invite you to explore our spiritual home where together we nurture and care for each other in our spiritual quests for truth and meaning; where we honor and support each other in our diversity; and where we embrace being the change we want to see in the world.

We gather around three main activities: worship, religious education, and justice work. In many ways, the three are interwoven into church life here. I will introduce you briefly to each but encourage you to explore our website for more information and to ask questions by contacting me. Or better yet, join us on a Sunday morning and ask in person. ALL are welcome!

Finally, a few words about your minister: I am a Master of Divinity graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School, Chicago, Illinois. I hail from Southern states and enjoy gardening, cooking, walking my dog, reading, and crossword puzzles. I also like to downhill ski and golf occasionally.

My spirituality and my call to ministry both spring from a deep sense of gratitude ā€“ gratitude for the life given me and for the myriad of graces which come into my life every day, unearned and unbidden. Theologically, God is a very abstract notion for me; I use God language but more as a pointer to that which cannot be described or defined but known only intuitively, in glimpses, from the heart place within.

Unitarian Universalism is a religion very rooted in the Judeo-Christian tradition; at the same time it is pluralistic ā€“ a place where we are invited to explore our own spirituality while agreeing to do our best to be in right relationship with each other and with the world that surrounds us. I invite you to join us in our search for truth and meaning on a Sunday soon!

Peace and blessings,

Kathy Tew Rickey