First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany
 Thursday, Mar. 29-Thursday, Apr. 5, 2018

Sunday Schedule

9:00 AM
- Mindfulness Meditation

9:45 AM
- Nursery/Toddler Room opens 

10:00 AM
- Multigenerational Service

11:00 AM
- Coffee Hour

11:45 AM
- Green Sanctuary meeting
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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, April 1, 10:00 AM,  "Emerging Hope: The Unexpected", Leah Purcell, Eileen Casey-Campbell, Rev. Sam Trumbore

Moses didn't expect to encounter a burning bush. No one expected that Jesus' tomb would be empty. And when the unexpected happens, the world gets turned upside down! And a new way appears where there was no way before.

Note: This is a multigeneraltional service which includes children and youth. There will be no Sunday school classes this Sunday.

Music: Choir

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.  

Congregational Conversations Scheduled
As immigrants in the U.S.--both documented and undocumented--face an increasingly hostile political climate, congregations around the country are making the decision to stand in solidarity with them. Albany UU has the opportunity to do that this year. All are invited to attend an upcoming congregational conversation to give input on a resolution declaring our congregation part of the Sanctuary Congregation Movement. Conversations will be held today, Thursday, March 29 at 7 pm, and Sunday, April 8 at 11:45 am. To learn more about this movement and find some answers to frequently asked questions, you might like to explore this toolkit provided by the UU College of Social Justice:

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. 
It's not to late! 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.

The reservation deadline for the Annual Dinner is just a few days away on Monday, April 2
Drop off your RSVP when you come to service this Sunday or at the church office before April 2. It's very important that we have your reservation by April 2 since we have to give dinner choice numbers to Franklin Terrace.

Details and RSVP   are in the  printable invitation 
  For more information call the Church Office or Bob Franklin: 518.944.9960.  
We look forward to seeing you there!

Developing White Racial Literacy
7:00 pm, Tuesdays, April 3, 10, 17, 24
Led by Rev. Sam Trumbore & Eileen Casey-Campbell
Anti-racism trainer Robin DiAngelo presented three inspiring workshops at UUA General Assembly in New Orleans this past June. They were so good and so educational, Rev. Trumbore decided to shape them into a class.  With Eileen's assistance, Rev. Sam will play recorded selections from each of these workshops with breaks for group discussion and personal response. The last class will draw material from another excellent workshop that described eight things we can do as individuals and as a congregation to deconstruct white supremacy. The goal of the class is to connect our congregation to the cutting edge work happening in other UU congregations. Note: This class ran in the fall but is back by popular demand for a second run, this time with Eileen's participation and leadership.
Auction Updates!
Thanks to  everyone for your support of the "Over the Rainbow Auction" live auction.  But wait.... There are still great items available for you to buy. How about an affordable Dinner and Games Night or a Tea Tasting with Tasty Tidbits, Albany Symphony Tickets, a Gulf Coast dinner, or numerous other choices. Please check the table and bulletin board on Sundays April 1, and  April 8 in Channing Hall after the service to see what wonderful goods and services remain for your consideration. You can also review this Still Available link.
With  Much Appreciation,  The Auction Committee

When- you- can class on Inclusivity
This week's assignment is more time to complete last week's assignment, Robin DiAngelo's  Class two: White Fragility ,
which can be found at, with the login credentials fuusan/  Emerson405. Her primary audience is white people.

Each week we are sending 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.

Joys and Some Concerns
The Religious Services Committee has discussed the applause that often occurs during expressions of Joys & Sorrows in our Sunday services. Although we understand the sentiment that provokes this response, we believe that applause during the ritual is often disruptive - and the outcome is sometimes inadvertently hurtful. We'd like to discourage applause during Joys & Sorrows, and encourage congregants to instead seek out Joys & Sorrows participants in coffee hour to express your support.
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:

Getting to Know UU
We invite you to join us Saturday, April 7  for "Getting to Know UU". This orientation for newcomers is from 8:45 am to noon. 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.
Sign up now!
If you have questions about membership stop at the Welcome Table after service or call Barb Manning, chair of the Welcome Team (439-4226 or

Walker Book Group
Join the Walker Book Group for a potluck and discussion on Sunday, April 8 at 5:30 pm in Channing Hall. Bring your favorite dish to share and a small contribution to cover beverages. We will discuss Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett.

Potluck and Game Night is back on!
REC sponsored Potluck and Game Night has been rescheduled to Friday, April 13! Find out more HERE!

Annual reports due April 23
Here's your chance to document what your Albany UU group is doing this year! The deadline for reports is Monday, April 23. Committee chairs, team leaders, trustees and staff have recently been notified of the collection process and deadline by email--if you are a committee chair and did not receive this message, or have any questions about the annual report process, contact Church Administrator Amy Lent at the office (518-463-7135) or by email at

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

Event that may interest UUs

Child Abuse Prevention Month kick-off event scheduled for Monday, April 2, 11:00 AM at West Capitol Park. Find more information HERE.
-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

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

The multigenerational service includes children and youth. Our service will look a little different, right from the moment you enter the hall. And we'll be celebrating differently - singing differently and moving differently. This is our chance to embody and interact with stories from both the Hebrew and Christian bibles. But you won't' be doing it alone, Sam, Eileen Rick and I will be guiding you and as always, we'll all be in it together

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