First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany
 Thursday, May 10-Thursday, May 17, 2018

Sunday Schedule

9:00 AM
- Mindfulness Meditation

9:45 AM
- Nursery/Toddler Room opens 

10:00 AM
- Service, Community Hall
- Programs for children 

11:00 AM
- Coffee Hour

11:45 AM
- Inclusivity Team

5:30 PM
- Walker Book Group
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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, May 13, 10:00 AM, "Rite of Passage"

Our Rite of Passage youth present their credos - the distillation of their work this year. They have been meeting monthly in small groups with their mentors to explore what it's like to be a Unitarian Universalist as an adult and how UU's make meaning for themselves and respond to a troubled world. Come hear what our emerging UU's have to say about what they believe at this point in their lives.

Music: Al DeSalvo (piano)

Special Note:  In appreciation of our Rite of Passage youth, their mentors are providing refreshments for coffee hour.

Covenant Survey
In your order of service this coming Sunday will be a survey from your Congregational Covenant Team. The Team urges you to give your opinion on what should be in our covenant. Please hand it in at the table in Channing during coffee hour; or you can mail it in, or bring it in with you the following Sunday, or drop in in the mail slot in the office door any time.
Or you can take the survey in the privacy of your own home, on Survey Monkey. Just click on this link:
Thank you, in advance, for taking the time.

When-you-can class on Inclusivity
The assignment this week is to read about the proposed eighth Unitarian Universalist Principle.  After reading the text, please click on the "Learn More" button.

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.

Walker Book Group
Join the Walker Book Group for a potluck and discussion on  Sunday, May 13 at 5:30 pm in Channing Hall. Bring your favorite dish to share and a small contribution to cover beverages.  We will discuss the Machiavelli'sThe Prince.

Albany UU Humanists meet Tuesday, May 15 at 7:00 pm
Come and join Albany UU Humanists. We will be discussing aspects of humanism at this meeting. 

To join the email list: Go to >> ChurchDB Member Login. Log in, or create a password if you are a new user >> click Groups, then add your name to the Albany UU Humanists. Or you may contact Don Odell ( , (518) 366-2151), or the church office for assistance.

For further information on Humanism in Unitarian Universalism, please go to the UU Humanists website Or for general information on Humanism, visit the American Humanist Association's website.  

Art show in Channing Hall
Paintings by Ellen Chernoff and Barb Harris--Photos by Arlen Westbrook--Door paintings by Terry Way
Gardening Volunteers
Do you have two hours to contribute to maintaining the gardens surrounding Albany UU? The Gardening Committee welcomes you to sign up here, where you can select which week(s) you'd like to help. Volunteers often work in pairs. No experience necessary. For more information or to receive e-mail updates, please contact Donna Meixner at or 518/439-5947.

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:

Sunday, May 20
10:00-11:00: Service
11:00-11:45: Coffee Hour
11:30-11:45:  Parents take children to assigned rooms for childcare and sign them in with caregivers.
If families need childcare, please call the office at 518-463-7135  so we can be prepared with sufficient caregivers and snacks. Deadline for requesting childcare is this Sunday, May 13.

11:45:  Annual Meeting starts in Community Hall

Copies of the proposed budget , and any resolutions to be presented at the meeting, may be picked up in the lobby starting May 7. These will also be available at

Absentee ballots are available for members who cannot attend the meeting. Request a ballot from the church office. Ballots will be available from Sunday, May 6 to Friday, May 18. Completed ballots, sealed in an envelope, must be received in the church office on or before 11:00 AM on Friday, May 18.

Read about our candidates in the May edition of Windows 

Note: Members of the congregation must be present at the Annual Meeting May 20 in order to vote on the budget and on the resolution to become a sanctuary congregation.

Do you know that you are cordially invited to Church Administrator, Amy Lent's Retirement Party on June 8? 
Thanks to those of you who already signed up in Channing Hall or have sent an RSVP to! If you want to go, please let the party planners know!  Let's make it a fun time for everyone, especially Amy! Click HERE for more information.
Pledge year alert!
This is a good time to remind everyone to write on your checks which pledge year you are contributing to. Some folks have already started paying on their 2018-19 pledge, some still are on 2017-18. Please, please, please write 'Pledge' and the fiscal year you're paying toward on the memo line.
If you're unsure, log on to your record in ChurchDB and find your balance or call the office for assistance.

Jody Zimmerman memorial service
A memorial service  for  Jody Zimmerman will be held on  Saturday, May 19 at 11:00 AM  in  Community Hall, followed by a reception in Channing Hall. Contributions of finger foods for the reception are welcomed. Please note, we do NOT have permission to use the UAlbany Hawley Parking Lot for this event as this is the University's commencement weekend.

Bob Blank memorial service
Longtime Albany UU Bob Blank died April 30 at the age of 101. A memorial service will be held on  Monday,  May 21, at 11:00 AM in the Sanctuary  followed  by a reception in Channing Hall. Contributions of finger foods for the reception are welcomed.  

Who was John Cross and what is his legacy? 
John Cross cared about the future of this congregation to such an extent that he included a significant bequest to us in his will. This gift led to the creation of our Endowment Trust. Have you considered planned giving? If and when you include Albany UU in your will, whatever the amount, consider joining the John Cross Legacy Society. Click HERE for more information and the form. The Endowment Trust hosts an annual reception to recognize the members which will take place this year on June 15.  

Silver Anniversary of the UU Weekend at Silver Bay
Comradery, colorful fall scenery, campfires, canoeing, and culinary pleasures await you at a coveted setting on Lake George.
It all starts with driving through the mountains with those vibrant Fall colors. What a great way to begin a weekend! Add in making Star Island beads and staying up until
1 am working on those annoyingly addictive jigsaw puzzles, and there you are. 
-Bob Franklin
Remember May 28 is the last day to receive the 2015 price for the UU Weekend from October 12-14. First-timers will receive an additional 10% discount! Children under 6 are free with substantial discounts for older children and youth.

Stop by the UU Weekend table during coffee hour to check out the latest schedule of activities and fill out a registration form.

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. Find more information  here or  here . To support the program in any way, see or contact Jan McCracken at .

SRC recommends:

Poor Peoples Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival's first day of action -
Sunday and Monday, May 13 and 14         
The campaign is planning 40 days of action, beginning Mother's Day weekend, and Albany will be the center of New York's days of action. There will be mass meetings on Sundays, direct actions on Mondays, political education gatherings, arts and culture events, and more nonviolent direct action trainings throughout the six weeks.

Find more information HERE.

The campaign will need home hospitality on Sunday nights for people coming to Albany from out of town. Karen Kaufmann has offered to coordinate Albany UUs who have space to put up people (, and Matt Lesniak will arrange for some to stay at Albany UU on some weeks. Anyone can also register to volunteer directly with the campaign  as help is also needed with transportation, childcare, food, and other needs.
-Leah Purcell, Director of Religious Education

Keep up with what's happening for children and families and other events by checking out Leah's Weekly Newsletter.

For the faith development of the children and youth this week

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

In keeping with the theme of May - Creativity! - we'll play around a bit in May.

This week children in Pre-K through 2nd grade will attend the first part of the service in Community Hall starting at 10:00. After the story in the service, they will meet together in room 24/25 (the Red Group room) Parents/caretakers please pick your child up in room 24/25 at 11:20.

Children in 3rd grade through high school will attend the service in Community Hall with their families starting at 10:00 to hear the Rite of Passage participants lead the service and present their belief statements.

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