First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany
 Thursday, Jan. 11-Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018

Sunday Schedule

9:00 AM
- Mindfulness Meditation, Sanctuary

9:45 AM
- Nursery/Toddler rooms open

10:00 AM
- Service, Emerson
- Programs for children and youth

11:00 AM
- Coffee Hour

11:45 AM
- 175th Anniv. Committee Mtg.
-  Inclusivity Team Mtg.

5:30 PM
- Walker Book Group
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Resources for members and friends:


-Send an email to

-Sign up at the Sign Up Site in Channing Hall


-Call the church office, 518.463.7135

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

Sunday, January 14, 10:00 AM,   "No Justice, No Peace"  Eileen Casey-Campbell

As we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his commitment to nonviolence, we explore what peace requires of us. Even when we are aware of the cost of violence, it is easy to ignore the cost of peace. What does it mean to be a people of peace, amidst the crisis of injustice? (This service includes a baby dedication as well as a special offering to benefit Black Lives of Unitarian Univeralism.)

Music:  Dr. Richard Porterfield

Mindfulness Meditation Workshop
This meditation training and practice workshop will be led by Rev. Trumbore, on 
Friday, Jan. 12, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, and Saturday, Jan. 13, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. It gives participants an opportunity to learn Buddhist mindfulness meditation techniques and/or refresh and deepen their meditation practice. All are welcome from first timers to experts. There will be a vegan potluck lunch on Saturday and all are encouraged to bring something to share.  (A voluntary donation can be offered at the end) Register by sending an email to

Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism: Special Collection This Sunday
The Promise and Practice of Our Faith campaign is an opportunity for UUs to address broken promises and white supremacy culture within Unitarian Universalism. This Sunday we will take up a special collection, in support of this campaign and the UUA Board's commitment of $5.3 million in funding for Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU). 
Your gift will be multiplied! Several committed Albany UUs have already pledged to match Sunday's contributions one for one, up to a total of $4000.  On top of this, our congregational contribution will be matched by donors to the UUA.  Please make a generous contribution to this historic effort.  Make your check payable to Albany UU and put "BLUU" in the memo line.
For more background, including links to resources on the history of Black Lives and the UUA, please click HERE.

Emerson Name Change
The Board of Trustees has resolved to rename Emerson Community Hall and to establish a joint committee of Board and Inclusivity Team members to create a process for doing so. In the interim, the Board plans to refer to it as Community Hall. The congregation is invited to do the same, as so inclined.

This discernment process inspired much thoughtful discourse, and we are appreciative of the congregational feedback we received. As we look forward to a new name for our community hall that is more welcoming and better communicates our UU principles, we also look forward to devising a way to honor Emerson's contribution to Unitarianism and Transcendentalism, and which explains our decision to rename our hall.

Walker Book Group
Join the Walker Book Group for a potluck and discussion on Sunday, Jan. 14 at 5:30 pm in Channing Hall. Bring your favorite dish to share and a small contribution to cover beverages. We will discuss History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund.  

Attention Committee Chairs!
If your program, committee or group need funds in the next fiscal year,  your budget request must be filed by Jan. 14Contact Steve Moskowitz with questions:, 439.6347.

Martin Luther King Jr Celebration
Monday, Jan. 15, 7:00 PM
At Metropolitan Baptist Church
This annual interfaith gathering will include prayer, music and remembrance of MLK. Keynote speakers this year are the Reverend Kaia Greer and Dr. Shai Brown Butler, Vice President at The College of Saint Rose.
The offering proceeds will go to the Martin Luther King Scholarship which is awarded each year to a graduating college-bound senior. If you cannot attend the service but would like to make a contribution, send your check to MLK Scholarship, Capital Area Council of Churches, 646 State St., Albany, NY 12203

UU Humanists
Tuesday, Jan. 16, 7:00 pm, Room B-8
Albany UU Humanists regularly meet on the third Tuesday of the month. All interested in learning more about humanism in Unitarian Universalism are welcome to join us.

Warmth for the Homeless
Even though it might feel a bit warmer, the weather promises more cold in the very near future. Please gather any extra blankets, sleeping bags, warm coats, etc. for those who are homeless and put them in the bin in the coatroom. Thanks for helping.

Guest at Your Table
Support the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, the social justice arm of the UUA. To do this, families often place a donation box on their tables and invite family members  to put money in as they are willing and able . Pick up your box at the RE Window today. Please return your box or bring your donation check to the RE Office Window by January 21 . For more info check out the website here or contact Leah Purcell

Be sure to scroll down and check out the ways to support Social Action under our Social Responsibilities Council (SRC) heading. If you would like to learn more, stop by the SRC table during Coffee Hour on Sunday.

Also scroll down to learn more about what's happening in our Religious Education Program for children and youth. Our Director of Religious Education, Leah Purcell, can answer any questions:

Last chance! Sign this week for the Chili cook off, brownie bake off and game night!
Saturday, Jan. 20,  5:00 pm - games until 9:00
Fundraiser for the senior high service trip to NYC in March -  Bring chili or brownies (there will be winners in many categories!) and your favorite board game. If you can't bring food, contribute to the "tip jar". Cost: $10.00/adults; $5.00/children under 12. To register, send an email to . We do have permission to use the UAlbany Hawley Lot for this event.

Calling UUs who live East of the Hudson
Join us  Friday, Jan. 19 at 6:00 PM  for an East-of-Hudson Potluck  at the home of Kristen and Geoff Abbas (in Wynantskill.) To RSVP contact  Kristen: text to 585-472-3414 or email .

A "Note"worthy Start to the New Year
Join us on  Sunday, January 28, at 3:00 pm
at Albany UU for an fun, musical afternoon of folk rock  with Alyssa Yeager on guitar and vocals. She will  play your favorite tunes from the 60s and 70s plus  originals. The concert will be family friendly and  include light refreshments. Suggested donation  is $10 and all proceeds will go to Albany UU.
Please contact Randy:
if you have any questions. We do have permission to use the UAlbany Hawley Lot for this event.

Consider Cultivating Compassion

Saturday, Feb. 3, 9:30-4:30 pm, Channing Hall
Cultivating Compassion is a workshop to learn and practice communication that builds rather than breaks relationships. Join Philomena Moriarty, LCSW for this dynamic training. To register for this workshop, see upper left.

Getting to Know UU
We invite you to join us Saturday, Feb. 3 for "Getting to Know UU". This orientation for newcomers is from 8:45 a.m. to noon.

We'll start with coffee and snacks and getting to know each other. You'll learn about Unitarian Universalism and about our congregation, and you'll get a chance to ask all the questions you've been collecting. We'll talk about how to get involved in the Albany UU community and about becoming a member. All in all, it's a fun morning of conversation and fellowship, and a pleasant first step on the path to membership!

Childcare is available: please let us know you need it when you register. To sign up, see upper left.

Sending Out HUUGs
We're gathering donations for packages for our fledgling young adults.
Whether they are now working or volunteering, serving in the military or in college, those who have recently left senior high group so appreciate a package with notes and goodies from us at Albany UU!

Please bring donations to the bin in the Work Room (where the photocopier is) by Sunday, Feb. 4 in the morning.  We are assembling the boxes that morning.

Suggested items 
* packets of soup, noodles, 
* dried fruit, 
* tea, coffee, hot chocolate, 
* candy, gum
* popcorn
* granola bars
* lip balm
* a note with your good wishes

From the Auction Committee: Calling All Photos!
If you have any pictures from past Auction Events that you attended or contributed, please consider sending a copy to .
We are collecting photos for a slide show so that newcomers, members and friends can learn about this fun, annual gathering/fundraiser. Thanks!

Openings for RE volunteers - Winter/Spring 2018 (Feb through May)
We have a few openings in our Sunday morning programming for children and our youth program. Each position requires an application to be reviewed by Leah Purcell and the Religious Education Council.

Nursery/Toddler room:  Volunteer in the happiest room on Sunday mornings with our paid staff worker, Aaliah Francis.   

Team member for the Blue Group (3rd/4th grade). Work with experienced team members to facilitate sessions from the curriculum or that Leah prepares. 
Congregational Conversations on creating a Congregational Covenant
For the last 15 months, at the direction of the Board of Trustees, the Congregational Covenant Planning Team and its successor the Congregational Covenant Team (CCT) have been working behind the scenes to craft a process for creating this congregation's first ever congregational covenant. The Team is "going live," starting this month, with a series of three congregational conversations. All members of our community will have the opportunity to come and voice their preferences as to what they would like to see in our congregational covenant.
Please take the time to attend one of our three conversations:
Sunday, Jan. 28 at 11:45-1:15 PM
Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 7-8:30 PM
Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 1:30-3 PM

Planning for weather emergencies
Rarely do services or activities cancel due to weather, but if the need arises, there is a plan in place. 

A decision to cancel RE classes will be publicized by 9:00 PM SaturdayA decision to cancel Sunday meditation and the service will be publicized by 8:00 AM Sunday.

The cancellation of all other classes, programs and meetings depends on a decision by the chairperson. We hope to receive information enabling a cancellation announcement two hours before the event start time.
Cancellations will be announced on our website (, and by email sent through Constant Contact.  
Volunteer opportunities!
Would you like to be involved in the Sunday service in a more meaningful way? Head over to to find out about all the ways you can volunteer. We thank you and could not do it without you!

SRC Suggests: 
January 13: International Folk Dancing to Benefit Family Promise of the Capital Region.  Sponsored by B'nai Sholom Reform Congregation, Delmar Presbyterian Church, and Journey United Church of Christ.  6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Delmar Presbyterian Church, 585 Delaware Ave, Delmar.
Raise Your Voice for End of Life Choice - Join us!


  • Create a Twitter account for yourself.  Follow @CompnChoicesNY.  Ask others to do the same. Elected officials follow Twitter and your participation can make a difference. 
  • January 25, 7-8:30 pm:  Attend a webinar on Wishes and Values at Life's End:  Getting the Care You Want and Deserve.  Register in advance at
  • January 31, 7-8 pm:  Attend a webinar on Volunteer Public Speaking Introduction hosted by Compassion and Choices NY.  Register in advance at
  • February 1, 7 pm, East Greenbush Library:  Death with Dignity Forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters.


Green Sanctuary News:

This year, Green Sanctuary will provide a monthly green issue petition for your signature on the second Sunday of each month. Chris Bystroff will have the petitions available at the SRC table. If you have ideas for petitions, let Chris know.
-Leah Purcell, Director of Religious Education

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

Nursery/Toddler Room opens - starting at 9:45, both Sundays

For the faith development of the children and youth this week

We continue our special January program this year for children in Pre-k through
6 th  grade and Senior High. We'll explore ways to using our inner voices to  notice and to talk about race. 

This Sunday children in pre-k through 6th  grade will attend the service in the Community Hall starting at 10:00. After the story, then the children will go to their groups. We'll have mixed age  groupings.

Red Group (pre-k) will meet on their own in their room

Yellow and Orange Groups (K-2nd grade) will meet in the Orange Group room
(26 upstairs)

Blue, Indigo and Violet Groups (3rd-6th grade) will meet together in the Blue
Group Room (B-3/4 downstairs)

7th/8th grade O.W.L. will meet at 10:00 in room B-7

High School youth will attend the service in the Community Hall with their families starting at 10:00 until after the meditation. Then they will meet in their room for special programming.
As always, feel free to contact Leah Purcell at 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