First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany
PREVIEW  Thursday, Apr. 20--Thursday, Apr. 27, 2017
Sunday Schedule

9:00 AM
-Mindfulness Meditation

9:45 AM
-Nursery/Toddler rooms open

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

11:00 AM
-Coffee Hour, Channing Hall

11:45 AM
-Men's Group

1:00 PM
-Drumming Workshop with Matt Meyer
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April 2017 Newsletter  


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

Sunday, Apr. 23, 10:00 AM   "Beyond Light Bulbs: Covenant and Collective Action," Matt Meyer
Ours is a faith guided by covenant. As Unitarian Universalists, we believe that some things are better accomplished in community. A spiritual life is one of those. Social justice work is another.  Join us for a service of rhythm, music, covenantal community and collective action.

Matt is a musician and community organizer who has led hundreds of services for UU congregations across the country. He has a degree in music and has studied abroad in Cuba, Ghana and Central America. Matt is a founding resident of the Lucy Stone Cooperative in Roxbury and serves as Director of Community Life for Sanctuary Boston.

Music: Matt Meyer, Rhythm Revelations

"Sustaining Our Safe and Compassionate      Community"
GULP -- We are getting nervous!!

Please make your pledge  on-line  or by returning your form.
There are still 81 members and friends who have not made their pledge for next year. To make our goal we will need full participation by everyone.

You can drop your pledges in the box in the office this week. There are blank forms there for anyone who has not picked up their packet.

If you have not made your pledge, you can do it online! It is simple to pledge on-line by clicking the pledge button HERE.
This is where we are:
  • We are at 82% of our goal of $470,000
  • Overall average pledge increases so far are 5% but we need to maintain that to reach our goal
  • Thank you to all of you who have pledged already
Think about what Albany UU means to you when you make your pledge this year. If you want to share your answer to this question, you can send it to: or write it on your pledge form.

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Focus Food Pantry
Please consider a contribution to the Focus Food Pantry this Sunday. There will be an envelope in the order of service for your check or cash. Please do not seal the envelopes so they can be reused. Thanks for helping out.

The price of inclusivity is eternal vigilance
Albany UU has an inclusivity team! If you have ideas on how to make our congregation more multiculturally inclusive or if you want to be a part of the process in any capacity, please contact one of the team chairpeople, Annika Pfluger < > and Patti Jo Newell < >.

New Ministerial Intern!
Eileen Casey-Campbell, our new ministerial intern will be beginning work at Albany UU on Aug. 21, 2017. You can start to get to know her by viewing her video here: 
Joys and Caring Corner

Jan Satin memorial service
A memorial service will be held on  Saturday, May 13, 2:00 PM  in Emerson Community Hall, followed by a reception in Channing Hall. Contributions of finger foods for the reception are welcomed.

The Board of Trustees of the UUA recently appointed three co-equal interim presidents to lead the association of congregations until a new president is elected on June 24. The Board called on these interim leaders to help our denomination plan for and live into an anti-racist, multi-cultural future. You can read more about the appointees, the Rev. SofĂ­a Betancourt, the Rev. William G. Sinkford, and Leon Spencer, and their charge on the UU World website and the Board of Trustees web page HERE .

Albany UU Gardeners
Join the Albany UU gardening group, with a kick-off-the-season breakfast at Dorry Campano's, 818 Washington Ave, Rensselaer, on Saturday, Apr 22, 9:30 am. Members of the group each gather for 2 or 3 two-hour sessions between the months of May and September for weeding, watering and cleaning up the lovely gardens around our building. RSVP and learn more - or 283-2245.

"In Rhythm and Song"
Workshop with Matt Meyer, April 23
Matt Meyer of Rhythm Revelations will present our Sunday service on April 23 and will lead a 1:00 pm, hour-long workshop of community singing and world percussion. Join us in exploring songs of justice and feeling the beat of drums from around the world. Bring your own drum if you have one; for those who don't, enough will be provided. This workshop is most appropriate for folks in middle school and older. Register here. A free will offering will be accepted. Please contact Dawn Dana at with any questions.  
Mindfulness Meditation Workshop
Friday AND Saturday, April 28 AND 29
Adding Friday, April 28 is a correction from the Windows newsletter. 
This two-day meditation training and practice workshop will be led by Rev. Trumbore, on Friday, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm and Saturday, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. 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.)

6 to 9 at 6:09: Circle Dinners
Circle Dinner on Saturday, May 13
Please plan on joining us for the May Circle dinner, the last dinner of the church year. The dinners provide Albany UUs and visitors the opportunity to socialize over a delicious potluck dinner in a private home and become better acquainted with fellow UUs. If you have not participated in the past, please take this opportunity for a fun time. Everyone is welcome, singles and couples, regardless of dietary restrictions. We can also provide rides, as needed. We hope you will join us on May 13.

To sign up for a May dinner, you can email me at or complete the form on the sign-up board in Channing.
The deadline for signing up is Sunday, April 30. Assignments will be e-mailed after that date. If you have questions, please contact Martha Musser at 518-434-2246 or by email.  
Register Now for UU Weekend
Just a reminder - May 29th is the last day to receive the discounted price for UU Weekend at Silver Bay. First-timers will receive an additional 10% discount! Children under 6 are free with substantial discounts for older children and youth.
Friends, fun, fellowship and fall foliage all await you at a fantastic setting on Lake George from October 13-15. Here are some rave reviews from previous attendees:
Elizabeth Berberian: "My favorite Albany UU activity...I wouldn't miss it for the world!"
Debbie Reep MacLeod: "A highlight for me was making it to the top of Sunrise Mountain."  
Don't miss the deadline! Stop by the UU Weekend table during coffee hour this Sunday to check out the latest schedule of workshops and activities, get more information, and fill out a registration form.
Composting at Albany UU put on hold
We will not be composting at all here at Albany UU for a little while. Once we've had a chance to reevaluate and regroup, we will let folks know. We apologize for any disappointment and appreciate your patience.

Area code changes
Did you know that we will be integrating a new area code in our area? Soon we will have to dial ten digits instead of just seven. You can find more out about that  HERE .

Sunday morning volunteers
Part of what makes our Sunday morning services so organized and enjoyable is our volunteers! We need volunteers each Sunday for a Lead Usher, Ushers, Greeters, a Coffee Host and the Welcome Table. 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)

Raise Your Voice for End of Life Choice - JOIN US!  MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
  • May 4, 12:15-2:00 at the Colonie Library, WORKSHOP on effective communications with lawmakers. 
  • May 9, 10:30-4:00 at the State Capitol, LOBBY DAY with Compassion and Choices New York.  Register at   Meet on 3rd floor of LOB, Senate side.
Green Sanctuary Committee Reminders:

Make April Earth Month!
Albany UU is recycling rigid plastic items as well as old toys, beat-up toys, usable toys. (The collection boxes are in the coatroom.) This program will last only through April 29, so do your spring cleaning now.

If you haven't handed in your  " DO MORE PLEDGE",  please do so and drop it into the envelope on the bulletin board (over by the pinwheels) Any questions about the pledge? Ask at the SRC table .

The UUA Social Justice Committee is sponsoring a " UUs Go to the Hill initiative, i.e., a letter writing campaign to urge members of Congress to maintain and increase the budgets for the EPA and NOAA, thus reinforcing our federal commitment to critical research, programs and enforcement efforts aimed at building a sustainable world.   
GSC has prepared letters addressed to Senators Schumer and Gillibrand and to Representatives Faso, Tonko and Stefanik.  They will be at the SRC Table for the next two Sundays.  Please sign all the appropriate letters to your representative and senators with your name and address.  They will be personally delivered to the Washington offices by the UUA Social Justice Committee in early May.
March for Science
Please turn out for the March for Science on April 22, between 1 to 4 pm. Science and scientists need our support. We will  meet at Albany UU between noon and 12:30 to make signs, then we'll will march to the Capitol in Albany.

SRC Recommends:

First Amendment Forum
Thursday, April 20, 6:30 pm, Delmar Reformed Church, Delaware Ave, Delmar

Guest Panelists: Rex Smith/TU Editor, Rosemary Armao/UAlbany Journalism program, Robert Heverly, Assoc Prof at Albany Law School
The forum will consider the challenges to the First Amendment and the practice of journalism in the current political environment; and the affect of social media on news that voters need in a functioning democracy; what is "fake news" and how can we distinguish it from real news? 

There is a lot we can learn from Cuba.
Friday, April 21, 5:30 - 8:30 pm at Albany UU. The Cuban Caravan is coming to Town with Speaker John Waller. Program:  5:30 Pot Luck Dinner, 7:00 pm Poetry and Music, Speaker John Waller, coordinator of Pastors for Peace Caravan, leader of British Cuba Solidarity with expertise on Cuba's health care system.

Open House at Al-Hidaya Center
Sunday, April 23, 5:30 pm
An open house: Al-Hidaya Center, Reconciliation through Knowledge
Islamic Community Center of Troy and Latham, 322 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham. An interfaith gathering led by Imam Djafer Sebkhaoui, sharing thoughts and ideas on the importance of mutual understanding during turbulent times. Tours of the mosque will be available following the program.

Mark your calendar for the April 26 advocacy training  for lobbying on May 10th for Parole and Prison Justice/end Mass incarceration. This will be at Albany UU, Channing Hall, from 6:00 - 9:00 pm. Hope to see you there!  

Capital District Coalition Against Islamophobia (CDCAI) meets twice monthly at Albany UU. The next meeting is - 6:00 pm Wednesday, April 26. All are welcome to attend. 
-Leah Purcell, Director of Religious Education

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

In Sunday School this week:

The nursery/toddler room  will be open starting at 9:45.

The Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, and Violet Groups (pre-k through 3th grade, and 5 th grade.) will attend the first part of the service in Emerson Hall with their families and then go to their respective rooms for their RE sessions.

4th Grade OWL and 8th Grade OWL groups will attend the service with their families. Matt Meyer, the presenter is a drummer, and a lifelong young adult UU. The last session of both the 4 th grade OWL and of 8 th grade OWL will be April 30.

Neighboring Faiths (6th/7th grade); and Senior High UUth Group will meet as usual in their rooms from 10:00 to 11:20.

May 7 Teach In
Our upcoming teach in on the culture of white supremacy and racism on May 7 will include children and youth. This is an opportunity to join with Unitarian Universalists nationwide to learn about systems of white supremacy and racism so we can work for a more just society. So far over 400 UU congregations have signed up to participate. Resources are being compiled for age appropriate sessions. More information here is at Leah Purcell's blog on the members' site

Leah is inviting the RE Guides leading sessions on May 7 to meet with her after Sunday school on April 30. Parents and caregivers, if you have questions, contact Leah at

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.


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September-June: Monday-Friday, 9:00-3:00
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