First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany
 Thursday, August 10-Thursday, Aug. 17, 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
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Check out our summer Sunday schedule HERE!


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, August 13, 10:00 AM,  Wellspring
Come and listen and participate in a Wellspring session.  We practice deep listening, singing, movement, poetry, sacred readings all in the service of being present with each other.  Let's explore and play together which is the essence of Wellspring.  Service leaders are Jan McCracken, Karen Kaufmann, Liza McKinley, Anny Lapinski, Sharon Babala.
Music: Randy Rosette

Last Summer Meet Up in Washington Park is THIS Sunday, Aug 13
Join families and other adults from Albany UU to picnic and play in Washington Park after the service (around 11:30). Bring your own lunch, chairs, blanket and your favorite lawn games. We meet near the playground. Bring your friends!

All Sides Considered meets Aug. 16
All Sides Considered is a discussion group focused on sharing information and insights on current political and social news. Next meeting will be August 16, 1-2:30 pm in Room B-7.

Albany UU Office Hours
A reminder that the church office hours during the summer months of July and August are Monday - Thursday: 9:00 - 1:00 pm.

See below under the Social Responsibilities Council heading for upcoming Social Action events!
What's this?
Find out more about the Kindness Rocks Project in the Religious Education Notes below!

Sunday, September 10

-- Bring water  (real or virtual) gathered during your summer (at home or away) to symbolize the regathering of our community.

-- Send a couple photos of your summer for inclusion in the slideshow to photos by Sept. 1.

-- Plan on lunch after the service! Everyone is invited to a light lunch in Channing hall right after the service. Please bring a "finger food" (no utensils and no heating up needed!) to share: sandwiches (cut in half), raw veggies, fruit, cheese and crackers, deviled eggs, or other appetizers. Drop off your contribution that morning in the kitchen. This is a nice time to catch up with friends and meet some new people after the summer's activities. See you then!


Can you help?
Claire Davenport was the victim of a truck-jacking incident last week that happened on an on-ramp to I-890 in Schenectady.  The thief took the car from her and later totaled it in an accident.  She jumped out of the car and was unhurt.  The Davenports are now looking for another car, preferably in the $2,000 price range.  If you have a car to sell, or would be willing to lend one, Claire would appreciate the support.  You can contact her by email:

Wellspring Sources to start in September
Wellspring Sources is the beginning program of the Wellspring series , to be co-facilitated by Liza McKinley and Anny Lapinski . Find out about Wellspring at the service on August 13: Come and listen and participate in a Wellspring session.  

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)

News from the Green Sanctuary Committee
New York's Department of Conservation lists 160 invasives -- i.e, plants, fish, insects, etc., -- that are either prohibited or regulated. Some common plants that we could eliminate from our gardens are Japanese knotweed, Japanese barberry, purple loosestrife, and oriental bittersweet. The DEC is on the alert for emerald ash borer -- the infestation of which has led to the removal of many City of Albany trees-- and Hemlock woolly adelgid. If you see borers or adelgid to report, you can report at . (Times Union, 7/2/17)

The Green Sanctuary summer planning potluck is coming up on August 25, 5 p.m., at the home of the Bystroffs in Troy.  All are welcome.  Bring a dish to share.    Contact Chris for more information and directions at  or 518-272-1248. 
The Green Sanctuary will sponsor a forum on geothermal heating, Sunday, Sept 10 at 11:45 in Emerson Hall. The presenters are Katie Ullman and  Kathy Hannun of , a Google company aiming to provide home heating using ground-source geothermal. Contact Chris ( )

Employment Opportunity
Custodian position available
Applications are being accepted for the Sunday-Monday custodian position at Albany UU. Experience required. $15.00 per hour, 9-10 hours per week, with opportunities for additional hours. Contact Amy Lent, Church Administrator for more information. ( or 518.463.7135)
-Leah Purcell, Director of Religious Education

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

Summer Session this week, August 6
This Sunday we're joining in the kindness rocks project. The first goal of this nationwide project is to inspire kindness in others by decorating rocks with positive messages and leaving them in public places. I need a volunteer or two.  Email Leah at  if you can help out!

Summer Session runs through the end of August! This is our more casual program for children in Pre-k through 5th grade. Older children are welcome to help out or attend the service with their families. We need adult volunteers to staff the program each Sunday. Parents and current or past RE volunteers are eligible.  Email Leah at  or indicate your interest to volunteer in room 24/25 or lead or assist a workshop in room 26 on the sign-up sheet on the Summer Bulletin Board in the main level hallway.  

Can you lend a hand with RE set up in August?
August is the time to set up classroom closets with material for the semester and decorating bulletin boards. And it's much easier with a pair or team working together. Maybe you can't volunteer to be an RE guide, but you could donate a morning, an afternoon, or an evening of your time to the RE program. If you can help Leah out contact her at

Surveys about your RE experience
Parents/caretakers and RE Guides - Have you filled out your survey yet? Please check your email for a parent/caretaker survey to help the REC and Leah make our RE program even better. Regardless of how often you attend, you're encouraged to give your feedback.

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

Volunteer in RE to deepen your experience at Albany UU
Maybe you don't have children in the Religious Education program, but you are looking for a way to be more fully connected with the community at Albany UU. Volunteering for the pre-K; 3, 4; 5 or 6th grade team might just be your answer. Each of these teams is looking for one more member. As a member you can expect to lead one session a month and assist a team member once a month. More about the program, the RE calendar and offerings for the fall are at Leah's blog:

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