First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany
 Thursday, Mar. 8-Thursday, Mar. 15, 2018

Sunday Schedule

9:00 AM
- Mindfulness Meditation, Sanctuary

9:45 AM
- Nursery/Toddler rooms open

10:00 AM
- Service, Community Hall
- Family Chapel, Sanctuary
- Programs for children and youth

11:00 AM
- Coffee Hour, Channing
- New Member Reception, Community Hall

11:45 AM
- Inclusivity Team
- Parent support group potluck and meeting

5:30 PM
Walker Book Group
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We are sad to announce that member Jodi Zimmerman died Monday, March 5. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 5 at 11:00 AM in the Sanctuary with a reception to follow in Channing Hall. Contributions of finger foods for the reception are welcomed and encouraged.

To share your Joy or Sorrow with our Albany UU community, you may submit it on a yellow card during the service or by using our online form.


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.)

Would you like to be involved in the Sunday service in a more meaningful way? 
Visit  Sunday Hospitality Sign Up to find out about all the ways you can volunteer. We thank you and could not do it without you!


Sunday, March 11, 10:00 AM,   "#YouToo: Overcoming Toxic MasculinityEileen Casey-Campbell

In the wake of the #metoo movement, we may find ourselves spotting violent expressions of masculinity in Hollywood, in politics, in the workplace, and even in our schools and homes. Let's unpack what is meant by "toxic" masculinity and look for paths to healing from the harm misogyny causes to people of all gender expressions.

We will also have an Ingathering of new members during service. A reception for new members, their families and the Board of Trustees will be held immediately following service.

Music: Albany UU Choir sings "Draw the Circle Wide," Folsom Prison Blues, and "Here Comes the Sun" (This is a correction from March Windows.)

Don't forget to set your clocks AHEAD one hour before going to bed on Saturday, March 10.

Do Your Part to Keep our 
Beacon Bright
Many thanks to those who have done their part and returned their pledge! We're pleased to announce that we are at 42% of our goal! Let's keep the momentum going.
If you haven't already picked up your pledge packet, please do so as soon as possible. We still have 64 packets that have not been picked up. If you have not picked up yours please find us this Sunday. We will be in the entrance to Community Hall or in Channing Hall.

We need to get all pledges returned by April 1
so don't delay. Remember to include your UU Bucks raffle ticket when you return your pledge. If you missed the Sunday Service Stewardship Kick-off you can view an edited video here.

To Return Your Pledge by April 1, you can:
4  Pledge online using this link.
4  Mail or return your pledge to the Albany UU office
4  Put your pledge in the stewardship box in Channing Hall on Sundays
4  Bring your pledge form to the Sunday service on either March 11   or 18  when we'll be collecting them during the offertory.
We'd like to know what Albany UU means to you.
We've asked you to think about what Albany UU means to you when you make your pledge this year. If you are willing to share your answer to this question, we would like to share it with the congregation. You can email Patti Jo Newell at Thank you!!

Singing Our Faith To Life! March 24-25
10th annual Hudson-Mohawk UUs celebration
Come explore a different approach to worship, community and connection with UUs from across the Capital Region and Hudson Valley. Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout, Director of Worship and Music at the First UU Congregation of Ann Arbor, Michigan - along with our region's ministers, and our singers and musicians - will lead us in a new way of using music and of blending our voices together to bring our UU faith to life.
You don't have to read music - or be an adult - to join us for our free SATURDAY WORKSHOP at Albany UU to dig in deep and awaken our voices. All are welcome! Parking is available for this event in the UAlbany Hawley Lot at the corner of Washington and Robin.
Our SUNDAY WORSHIP will be a joyous celebration at Doane Stuart School - the service will be welcoming and engaging for all ages.
This weekend will be a unique opportunity to explore and learn from a gifted UU leader. Please join us for either or both of these events. Find more information in the UPDATED flyer.
We are seeking volunteers to assist with greeting, technical needs, and coffee hour. Please contact our liaison Kathy Harris at 518-727-9251 or .

You Can't Spell Church without J-O-Y: 2018 Seaway Spring Gathering
The "event formerly known as District Assembly" has a new name but has kept the elements that most of you enjoyed! Join UUs from across New York for a day of worshiping, learning and connecting at First UU Society of Syracuse, Friday, Apr. 13 and Saturday, Apr. 14.  See flyer for details.

Your Invitation to General Assembly
Would you like to represent Albany UU at the 2018 General Assembly in Kansas City, Missouri, June 20-24?   Albany UU will pay the registration fee for members who serve as delegates. This year, thanks to an Endowment Trust grant, travel stipends are available for young adults and emerging congregational leaders. Let the Board of Trustees know that you are interested by completing a quick form available at our member site  here or in the office!  Registration for GA and GA housing opened March 1.  


Calling all congregants! Help us rename our Community Hall! 
All congregants of any age may submit a suggestion to the renaming team. All submissions should consist of a suggested name as well as a brief write up as to why you believe your suggestion would be the perfect choice for the hall and in consideration of the guidelines listed on the submission form. 

Suggestions may be submitted online at , via email to , or via paper copy  by placing it in the marked envelope on the Inclusivity Team bulletin board in Channing Hall. Submissions will close on Sunday, March 11. 

After that date , the three volunteers on the committee, Annika Pfluger, Jon Newell, and Kathy Harris, will tabulate submissions, narrowing them down to the top three and ask the youth and children in RE to vote for their favorite.

Walker Book Group
Join the Walker Book Group for a potluck and discussion on this   Sunday, March 11 at 5:30 pm in Channing Hall. Bring your favorite dish to share and a small contribution to cover beverages. We will discuss  Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah.

Intro to Islam UPDATE
Due to inclement weather, the Intro to Islam class dates have changed and are updated below.
Wednesdays, March 14, 21 and 28 from 5:30 - 6:45 pm
This class is offered to anyone hoping to build a greater understanding of our Muslim siblings and the way Muslim and Unitarian Universalist practices may even overlap. Eileen Casey-Campbell, whose area of scholarship before seminary was in Islamic Theology, will lead the class. We'll gather over three consecutive Wednesdays to discuss the story of Muhammad, fundamental beliefs and ethical principles in Islam. Please sign up by emailing .

Mindfulness Meditation Workshop
March 9-10
This 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. It gives the 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.  To register, please see above, left.

When-you-can class on Inclusivity
If you are like me, it is difficult to fix a time to attend a class at Albany UU, even remotely.  This is the launch of a weekly, when-you-can class on inclusivity.  Each week we will send out a link to a video, audio, or reading that can be digested whenever and wherever, in part or in full.  The links will be standalone for the most part, so you don't have to panic about falling behind or missing some weeks.
This week we will listen to the Robin DiAngelo lecture, What Does it Mean to be White, which can be found at  The login credentials are fuusan / Emerson405.
Come visit Unirondack's table at Coffee Hour this Sunday, March 11! You will have an opportunity to learn more about the programs we offer for kids, teens, adults and families. As you listen to our pitch, enjoy a tasty snack that'll take you back to sitting around a camp fire in the warmth of summer!

New art show in Channing Hall
The quilts on display in Channing Hall are made by Tina Raggio , an Albany UU member since 1979. Some are large--so they're hard to miss! Tina's work has been shown in the Big Apple, Long Island, Maine and Virginia.
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:


Get out your Ruby Red Slippers: 9 Days Until the Albany UU Auction!
Gather for the Over the Rainbow Auction at Albany UU on Saturday, March 17! Free child care will be available. Mix with old friends, meet new friends, eat and drink to your heart's content, and bid away.  We appreciate your payment on the night of the auction for any items you purchase.
Check out the preliminary auction catalog
and the exciting fixed price articles on the bulletin board in Channing Hall. There is still time to donate items.... please fill out a donor form by March 12.
Don't forget to sign up to attend this popular event at the discounted $5 rate by March 11.
See you there!

Openings for RE volunteers - Spring 2018 (March through May)
We still have openings in our Sunday morning programming for children. 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 Yellow Group (2nd grade). Work with experienced team members to facilitate sessions from the curriculum or that Leah prepares.

Youth group adviser - talk to Leah about this opportunity at

UU World Article
Check out the thoughtful article by member Michael Hornsby in the Spring 2018 edition of UU World!

Join the Conversation Join the fun!
Want a chance to both help Albany UU become stronger AND to get to know some of your fellow  members a little better?  You can be a Growth Through Service Conversation Leader!  We are looking for at least 10 more people to join the team.  For more information, contact Jaye Holly ( or Dick Dana (

UU Humanists
Tuesday, March 20, 7:00 pm, Room B-8
All interested in learning more about humanism in Unitarian Universalism are welcome to join us.

A film screening hosted by the Inclusivity Team
Wednesday, March 21, 11:00 AM, Channing Hall
You're invited to join members of the Inclusivity Team for a screening of the documentary "13th", directed by Ava DuVernay. This award-winning film explores the intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States. To be followed by a discussion led by Anne Marie Haber and Patti Jo Newell. Participants are welcome to bring their own "brown bag" lunch.

East of Hudson Potluck!
The next East of Hudson Potluck will be at Peter and Debbie Brown's home on Friday, March 23. If you live east of the river, join us! 
RSVP to Debbie Brown:   or cell 518-441-8579.

Renewal from Within: A Day of Meditation with Mark Hart
Saturday, March 31, 9:00 - 5:00
Set aside this Saturday in early spring to drop into presence, invite joy, and treat with kindness those sore spots in yourself you might encounter. This retreat devotes a day to communal silence, meditation, and mindfulness with instruction and dialogue to promote renewal at this turning of the season.
Lunch: Main dish provided; bring something to share and/or your own food.
Cost: $20.00 plus teacher donation. 
Please register by sending an email to 
Parking is available in the UAlbany Hawley Lot for this event.

Annual Fellowship Dinner
The Annual Fellowship Dinner will be held on Friday, April 6, 6:00 pm at the Franklin Terrace in Troy. Come join us for an evening of fun, food, fellowship, and frivolity. There will be a cocktail hour and hors d'oeuvres, dinner, a few short (we hope) speeches, a fun parody skit, followed by dancing.

We will be sending out electronic invitations. For those without email, we will of course send invitations through the post. You should receive your invitation by early March. If you want more information, call the Church Office or Bob Franklin: 518.944.9960.  

Save the Date!
REC sponsored Potluck and Game Night has been rescheduled to Friday, April 13! Find out more HERE!

Children's Peace Week, a program this summer from Aug. 13-17 for children entering grades 2 - 8 
A fun and lively peace camp for kids will be held at the Friends Meetinghouse in Albany. Registrations are being accepted and scholarships are available. Positions for teachers and interns are open and stipends available. Pre-interns (teens) and volunteers are also needed. Find more information here or  here. To support the program in any way, see or contact Jan McCracken at


March for Our Lives
Saturday, March 24, 10:00 AM
West Capitol Park, State St., Albany
Join us in marching to end gun violence in our country and in our schools. For more information on March for Our Lives, click HERE and HERE
Those not attending the HMUU workshop, may meet at Albany UU at 9:45 AM. Workshop attendees and those coming in just for the march can walk down to the park together. Parking is available in the UAlbany Hawley Lot for this event. 

SRC Suggests:

Monday, March 126:00 to 8:00 PM, Howe Library, 105 Schuyler Street, Albany -  Film Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequality by Shakti Butler. The film asks America to talk about the causes and consequences of systemic inequity. Presented as a three-part viewing/discussion group series (other two nights were March 5 and will be March 19). 

Friday to Sunday, March 9 to 11,  New York State Museum, 222 Madison Avenue, Albany - 
Annual Underground Railroad Public History Convention: LIBERTYCON 2018 - EMBRACING EQUITY IN A GLOBAL SOCIETY. Thought-provoking presentations and conversations, art exhibit, open house, and more! For complete details: 518-432-4432 or

Green Sanctuary News

Countdown to Earth Day -  If you haven't yet, contact Chris or Betsy and let them know how you did on your   "Do More" pledges! Chris ( ) or Betsy ( ), or e-mail Albany UU.
-Leah Purcell, Director of Religious Education

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

For the faith development of the children and youth this week

Nursery/Toddler Room opens - starting at 9:45

The Red, Orange Yellow, Blue, Indigo and Violet Groups (pre-k through 6
th grade)
will attend Family Chapel in the Sanctuary starting at 10:00. Then they will go to their usual groups. Groups for the 2 nd-6 th  graders will end early. Their guides will bring them to the back of Community Hall near the end of the service so they can participate in the Dance Party for a few minutes after the service. Then they will go to Coffee Hour.

7th/8th grade OWL  Starts at 10:00 in their room.

High School UUth Group  will meet starting at 10:00 in their room. Then they will prepare snacks for Coffee Hour.
SOMETHING DIFFERENT THIS WEEK: The children in grades 2-6 and high school will be invited back to the service during the last hymn to participate in the "Dance Party" at the very end of the service. Everyone will be invited to stay for a few minutes after the community hall to dance. Then the children will go to Coffee Hour and meet their families there. The High School Group will be preparing snacks for Coffee Hour this week.

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