First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany
 Thursday, Nov. 2-Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017

Sunday Schedule

9:00 AM
- Mindfulness Meditation

9:45 AM
- Nursery/Toddler rooms open

10:00 AM
-  Service in Emerson
- Programming for Children and Youth

11:00 AM
- Coffee Hour, Channing

11:30 AM
- Rite of Passage Mentor/Youth meeting

11:45 AM
- Green Sanctuary meeting

12:30 PM
- Rite of Passage
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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, November 5, 10:00 AM,  "A Vulnerable Humanism of the Heart," Rev. Sam Trumbore

Humanism has been associated over the years with an intellectual, critical, and aggressive approach to seeking truth and meaning. This approach is thought to be cold and prickly rather than warm and fuzzy. Humanist Chaplain at Harvard, Greg Epstein has a different view of how to do Humanism that includes the emotions, a path of heart as well as the head. Humanism can be both hard headed and warm and fuzzy too!

Music: Guest Artist Duncan J. Cumming, piano

Note: Daylight Saving Time ends. Set your clocks back one hour on Saturday, Nov. 4.


Collegiate A Cappella Concert and Pot Luck Supper
It's not too late! Join us tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 3  for a reprise of the really wonderful Collegiate A Cappella concert sponsored by the Albany UU Choir. If you were one of the dozens of people who were there last year, you will remember what a fun evening that was!
The pot luck will start at 6:00 in Channing Hall. 
Please plan on bringing a dish to pass - if possible, make a little extra since we are expecting 50 - 60 college students to join us for dinner. If you can't bring food, plan on contributing $3.00 per person to help cover the cost of drinks.
The concert will start at 7:15 in Emerson Hall. 
Admission for all over 12 years of age is $5.00 - these funds will be divided among the performing groups. Childcare will be available, but please sign up ahead of time.
If you have any questions, contact Kathy Harris (518-512-5655; 518-727-9251;

Election Day apple peeling and pie assembly
Tuesday, Nov. 7, 9:00 am, Channing
In honor of Jan Satin, bring your favorite peeling knife and help peel apples and assemble pies! Many hands make light work and everyone is welcome to join in the fun!

Community Singalong
Albany UU will host a weekly community singalong for toddlers, preschoolers, and their caregivers, led by Ministerial Intern Eileen Casey-Campbell. The singalong will gather in Channing Hall on Wednesdays at 10:00 am. Members, friends, and non-members are all welcome. No sign up necessary, just show up with your loud, proud singing voice.

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.

Soup's On and Get Your Holiday Pies
On Sunday, November 19th -- just in time for Thanksgiving -- your favorite  CafĂ© soups will be available for take out by the quart and pint, including meata- and vege-tarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Featured soups include Moosewood Gypsy, Carrot Ginger, Butternut Squash, Chili, Corn or Clam Chowder, and many more ! Delicious homemade pies will be offered for purchase too! Please support Albany UU by bringing these tasty food items home. 

Movement Matters 
Have you considered joining a spiritual development group like Meaning Matters but find that the group conversation is not the way you connect with others and your deepest self? Our new small group for adults, Movement Matters, offers a more embodied path. Led by ministerial intern Eileen Casey-Campbell and her partner, Brian Casey-Campbell, this group will use movement, connection to nature, and outdoor adventure to engage with the spiritual theme of each month.
We will engage with the Meaning Matters small group packet while finding connection with our own physicality through moving meditations. Our hope is to translate the lessons and resources of Meaning Matters into a format that is physically demanding and puts us in touch with our embodied selves. The moving meditations may include outdoor exploration, hiking, yoga, and more. Our first gathering will take place at Grafton Lake State Park on November 11 at 9:30 am. To join this group or to find out more, please contact Eileen at .

Mindfulness Meditation Workshop
This meditation training and practice workshop will be led by Rev. Trumbore, on Friday, Nov. 10, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, and Saturday, Nov. 11, 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 and email to

Walker Book Club
Join the Walker Book Club for a potluck and discussion on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 5:30 pm in Channing Hall. Bring your favorite dish to share and a small contribution to cover beverages. We will discuss The Remains of the Day, by Kazuo Ishiguro, the 2017 Nobel Prize winner in literature .

Union Thanksgiving Service
Tuesday, Nov. 21, 7:30 PM
At Albany UU
For close to a hundred years, Trinity Methodist Church, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Congregation Beth Emeth, Mount Calvary Baptist Church and Albany UU have gathered before Thanksgiving for a joint service, rotating the service between the congregations.  This year we will be the hosts.  The guest speaker will be Albany community activist and civic leader, Corey Ellis. It is our tradition for the offertory to bring canned goods to donate to FOCUS food pantry.

The Holiday Bazaar Needs You!!
Are you an artist, crafter, an avid Pinterest fan or someone who just likes to make things? The annual Holiday Bazaar - Sunday, December 3 - needs your creative talent - looking for items that would be small gifts or stocking stuffers for adults, children or pets - holiday crafts, home gifts - whatever you can imagine and make.  Please contact Sigrin Newell with your ideas or questions:   518-439-6705 or

Warmth for the Homeless
It is time again to gather blankets, sleeping bags, warm coats, etc. for the homeless. Please put them in the bin in the coatroom. Thanks for helping the homeless to keep warm this winter. 

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!
Social Responsibilities Council (SRC)

Green Sanctuary Meeting this Sunday, Nov. 5, 11:45 AM in Room B-5. GSC  will be discussing the predominant advocacy issue for the year -- the Sheridan Hollow Renewable Energy proposal.  Please join us.
SRC Suggests:

Serve Albany's Ignite volunteer event
Nov 2, 5:30-8:00 at the Sage College Armory at 130 New Scotland Ave, Albany
Looking to volunteer? This annual event aims to bring together some of the best our city has to offer in food, art, music and opportunity to make it as easy as possible to find places to serve and volunteer. 
More than 30 nonprofit organizations in our city will showcase their causes and opportunities to get involved. Serve Albany is an initiative of Christ's Church Albany.

Creating an Ecological Society: Toward a Revolutionary Transformation.
Friday, Nov. 3, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Oakwood Community Center, 313 10th Street, Troy.
A talk by Fred Magdoff. The recent disasters created by Hurricane Irma and Maria make the urgency of a response to climate change critical. More information: 518 407 3582

Grassroot Givers - Day of Simple Giving - Nov. 4 from 10 am to 1:00 pm, St. Sophia's Church,  440 Whitehall Road, Albany 12208.
Over 350 volunteers of all ages will gather together to create and assemble $30,000 worth of practical items needed by under-served residents of the community. Find out more HERE. Volunteers must RSVP ahead of time at

Collecting two specific items for Focus Food Pantry's Holiday Gift Bags . At UU Albany's service Nov. 12 and 19. Please bring rolls of 25 sq.feet of regular strength aluminum foil, and bags of microwave popcorn. These are the specialty items Albany UU was asked to collect to help create a more complete holiday bag. Questions? Contact Patty Burch ( ).

Green Sanctuary suggests:

Last Sunday, Albany UU signed approximately 35 postcards to send to Congress to urge it to approve a supplemental budget bill to allow FEMA to replace fossil fuel infrastructure in Puerto Rico, Texas, and US Virgin Islands with solar and wind power. This Sunday, Nov. 5, Chris Bystroff will again be at the SRC table after the service until 11:45 a.m. with postcards for you to sign. Green Sanctuary will send them out.
November 5, 19 and 26, Carol Butt will have her wonderful cloth gift bags at the Social Responsibility table for a free-will donation.  As you know, Christmas paper cannot be recycled. What's better than an attractive, re-usable wrap? They also make great gifts. Come and see! 
-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 opens at 9:45 

The Red, Orange, Yellow, Blue, Indigo and Violet Groups (pre-k through 6 th grade) will attend the first part of the 10:00 service with their families in Emerson Hall and then each go to their own groups.

7 th /8 th grade OWL and Senior High Yuuth Group will meet in their respective rooms starting at 10:00 am.
Please fill out your RE Registration today, if you haven't already! You can fill it out online or print the form out and bring it or mail it to Albany UU; 405 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12206.

How to be an Adult at a Con
Saturday, Nov. 18, 10:00 AM - noon
For parents of current high school youth  to learn what the roles of both adults and youth are at cons; the responsibilities and rewards; how youth and their parents can negotiate each having their own "space" at cons that parents attend as advisors. We'll use material created by our Regional UUA Staff; Evin Carvil-Ziemer and we'll see if we can Skype with the Buffalo Congregation; they'll be doing the same training simultaneously. Room B-8. Led by Leah Purcell 

Note for next Sunday, November 12. 
Next Sunday, Nov. 12 will be our monthly Family Chapel in the Sanctuary and the day Leah will hold the Parent Support Group meeting.

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