First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany
 Thursday, June 15--Thursday,  June 22, 2017

Sunday Schedule

9:00 AM
-Mindfulness Meditation - Sanctuary

9:45 AM
-Nursery/Toddler rooms open

10:00 AM
-Service in Emerson
-Summer Session Religious Education

11:00 AM 
-Fellowship Hour - Emerson Alcove

11:45 AM
-Social Responsibilities Meeting
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June 2017 Newsletter


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The Social Responsibilities Council will have their last meeting until September this Sunday, June 18. All those interested in social action are welcome to join!


Resources for members and friends:


-Send an email to

-Sign up at the Sign Up Site in Channing Hall


-Call the church office, 518.436.7135

If childcare is offered for the event, please let us know you need it when you register. (Include names and ages of children.)

Sunday, June 18, 10:00 AM  "Searching for Self in an Age of Selfies," Rabbi Norman Mendel

In focusing on the superficial exterior, are we losing the ability to find ourselves within?

After serving congregations here and abroad for the past 50 years, Rabbi Norman Mendel will be coming out of retirement (that lasted all of three years.) In July, he takes a part-time position as Congregational Rabbi of Temple Beth El in Glens Falls, NY. He has always focused on the importance of interfaith dialog and has taught Judaism, World Religions, Biomedical Ethics and Social/Political Philosophy at universities and colleges across the US. After living in California for the past 20 years, he and his wife Heather now call Clifton Park home.

Music: Elena Karpoff
Albany UU to be honored!
The staff of Sheridan Preparatory Academy will honor Albany UU at a school assembly this Friday, June 16 at 8:15 am.  Staff will present Albany UU with a plaque commemorating the congregation's assistance in purchasing and installing new playground equipment. Everyone is welcome to attend.  The school is located at 400 Sheridan Avenue.

Sally Downes Memorial
A memorial gathering for Sally Downes will be held on Saturday, June 17, at 3:00 PM in Channing Hall. Contributions of finger foods are welcomed.

Channing Circle
Monday, June 19, 12:00 noon
Join your retired friends with your lunch. Coffee and tea are provided and the program is always interesting. This month we invite UU musicians Dick Dana, Dave Metz and Kathy Harris to talk about having music as a significant part of their lives.

Albany UU Humanists
Tuesday, June 20, 7:00 pm, Room B-8
All interested in learning more about humanism in Unitarian Universalism are welcome to join. This will be the last meeting until September. For further information on Humanism in Unitarian Universalism, visit  here , or for general information, visit the

Summer services begin this Sunday, June 18 and continue through September 3. 

How is a summer Sunday at Albany UU different from other Sundays, you ask?

--The 9:00 a.m.  Meditation continues.
--We have  Service at 10:00 a.m. Summer services are coordinated by Randy Rosette, with a delightful list of guests in the pulpit. 
-- Children of all ages meet for activities (in an air conditioned classroom) and youth are invited to help or attend service. Childcare for infants/ toddlers is provided by paid staff. 
-- Coffee Hour becomes Iced Tea and Lemonade (in Emerson Alcove.)
--The  people you've enjoyed all year are still here, plus it's a time we often have visitors who are on their summer voyages from elsewhere.
--Contributions of  flowers from your garden for the service are welcome!
-- If you can volunteer to help on a Sunday, we have openings for Greeters and Ushers. Call the office, 518-463-7135, or sign up at under Volunteer Opportunities.

For more information about summer services  click HERE.


Summer Meet Ups in Washington Park 
Join families and other adults from Albany UU to picnic and play in Washington Park after the service (around 11:30). The first Meet Up is on June 25 and is hosted by Elizabeth Baldes. Bring your own lunch, chairs, blankets and your favorite lawn games. We'll meet near the playground. Dates for other Meet Ups are July 9 and Aug 13. Sponsored by the REC.

Denominational Connections
Eight Albany UUs, along with Rev. Sam, will represent our congregation as delegates at General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association June 21-25. Tom Chulak, Dick Dana, Jean Poppei, Matt Schultz, John Sherman, Peggy Sherman, and Jacqui Williams will travel to New Orleans, while Kathy Harris will participate from Albany as a remote delegate. Leah Purcell will also attend General Assembly, actively working with other religious education leaders.  At this year's meeting, delegates will elect the next president of the Unitarian Universalist Association and vote on a statement of conscience on the topic of inequality. Program sessions will focus on. Issues of justice. Please ask your delegates for more information, and watch for our reports!

Pledge year alert!
As our church fiscal year (2016-17) winds to a close (June 30, to be exact) this is a good time to remind everyone to write on your checks which pledge year you are contributing to. Some folks have already started paying on their 2017-18 pledge, some still are on 2016-17. Please, please write 'Pledge' and the fiscal year you're paying toward on the memo line.
Year-end pledge statements will be coming out soon, check your email to find out what your balance is! (Or, log on to your record in ChurchDB and find your balance instantaneously.)

Lost anything this year?
You might try looking in the coatroom, especially on the Lost and Found shelf. Of special note is a large collection of travel mugs...

As has been our practice the last few years, we will give all remaining items to Grassroots Givers. Grab your goods before July 1!
Photos wanted: UUs in social action
Share your activism by sending photos of yourself and other UUs at social justice events. Send photos to . Be sure to include what event you're attending, where it is, a brief description and who is in the picture, if appropriate. We will then post them to our Face Book page or other social media. Thank you!
Sunday morning volunteers - still needed for Summer Services
Part of what makes our Sunday morning services so organized and enjoyable is our volunteers! You can volunteer for any Sunday as far in advance as you would like by visiting . Check it out, we couldn't do it without you!
Social Responsibilities Council (SRC)
The Social Responsibilities Council will meet for its final meeting of the church year on this  Sunday, June 18 at 11:45 am in Room B-7. This will be a combined meeting of new, continuing, and cycling off members. Anyone is welcomed to attend and encouraged to share ideas about social justice.    

Green Sanctuary reminders:

Plant trees, add beauty, and help the environment
We have been having hot, hot summers. As you drive along neighborhood streets, you can feel heat radiating from areas where no trees provide shade. Shade keeps homes cooler, reduces the need for air conditioning, helps reduce noise and dirt, provides habitat for birds, helps direct water down to the water table, and possibly slows traffic. In the past two years, Albany UU has been responsible for planting 14 trees: 2 on Washington Avenue, 2 on West Street, and 10 in an American forest. Soon there will be a poster on the wall in Channing.  If you plant a tree or trees, please add your tree and any information you may wish to share.
Please continue to fill out a DO MORE PLEDGE if you haven't done so already. They can be found on the bulletin board in Channing next to the door to the Sanctuary.  
-Betsy Wright
Raise Your Voice for End of Life Choice - SAVE THE DATE
July 10, 12:15-2:00, Colonie Library 
Providing comfort at end of life through hospice and palliative care, a panel chaired by Beth Mahar, Director of Operations for the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of New York State (HPCANYS).
-Leah Purcell, Director of Religious Education

Keep up with what's happening for children and families and other events by visiting  

Summer Session Starts this week June 18:
We need adult volunteers to staff Summer Session - our more casual program for children in Pre-k through 5 th grade. Parents and current or past RE volunteers are eligible. We also invite other adults from the congregation to present workshops. Do you have a talent or skill that could be a hands-on project for the kids? Cooking, woodworking, making or assembling things, science, sewing, crafts - Leah can help you create a workshop with any skill like that. You can volunteer to staff or present a workshop one Sunday or as many as you like. Contact Leah Purcell at . Or indicate your interest on the sign-up sheet on the Summer Bulletin Board in the main level hallway

A few openings left to volunteer in Religious Exploration:
Let Leah Purcell know now if you would like to get in on the fun and fundamental work of faith development for our children and youth next year. Are you interested in helping out on a team? Each semester Leah organizes the teams so that each one has some experienced volunteers and one new volunteer. Early in the fall there is an orientation for new volunteers and also a development session for all the volunteers. Check out the program descriptions at the bulletin board in Channing Hall and fill out an Interest Form there. Or email Leah Purcell at

Now is the time to register your child for RE for 2017-18
You can register on line  HERE or pick up a form at the RE office.


As always, feel free to contact Leah Purcell at dre@albanyuu with questions.
First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany


Phone: 518.463.7135


Address: 405 Washington Ave., Albany NY 12206

Main entrance is on Washington Avenue. Rear entrance is on West St. Both have ramp access. The building is fully handicapped accessible.

Parking: Parking is available on the street. On Sundays (and for some special events) Albany UU has permission to use the University at Albany's downtown campus parking lot: the Hawley Lot on Robin Street at Washington Avenue.


Office hours:

September-June: Monday-Friday, 9:00-3:00
July-August: Monday-Thursday 9:00-1:00