First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany
 Thursday, Sept. 28-Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017

Sunday Schedule

9:00 AM
- Mindfulness Meditation

9:45 AM
- Nursery/Toddler rooms open

10:00 AM
- Service, Emerson
- Family Chapel
- Programming for children and    youth

11:00 AM
- Congregational meeting
- Coffee Hour 

11:45 PM
- Auction Committee meeting
- Green Sanctuary Committee      meeting
- Rite of Passage
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Join us tonight, Thursday at 7:00 pm for the Green Sanctuary sponsored event - The Trump Assault on Environmental Protection with Judith Enck.


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, October 1, 10:00 AM,  "Losing Our Heroes," Eileen Casey-Campbell, Intern Minister

As we step into the month of Courage, let us begin by exploring our impulse to find courageous hero figures. Why do we so often create heroes in our own image? We yearn to be the heroes of our own stories. We want our heroes to be courageous and unwavering strivers for the Good, but what happens when our heroes fail us?

Music: Albany UU Choir

Watch the service on a "Live Stream" this Sunday!
Rev. Trumbore is experimenting this Sunday with live streaming the 10am Sunday Service on YouTube. The way to watch the service is to open your Internet browser on your computer and go to (or open your YouTube App on your phone). When YouTube is loaded, search for "Sam Trumbore". Select the first search result you see - which will be Rev. Trumbore's YouTube channel. Once you select it and the page loads, at the top of the page should be an alert that this channel is live streaming. Click on the live stream picture and enjoy the service!

Congregational meeting, Sunday, Oct. 1
There will be a congregational meeting immediately after the service on Sunday, Oct. 1. As most of you know our original 10-year mortgage to build this building has ended, and we need to sign a new mortgage to complete paying off our debt. The Attorney General's office now is requiring any congregation signing a mortgage to vote as a body to agree to the mortgage.  The language of the resolution can be read HERE.

Developing White Racial Literacy
Tuesdays, 7:00 pm, Oct. 3, 10
Led by Rev. Sam Trumbore
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. He 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. Listen to previous sessions at the Albany UU secure site. 
Select Member Login on the website menu. Select Secure Site. Type user: fuusan. Type password: Emerson405. Select which class under the heading: Robin DeAngelo Recordings.

All Sides Considered will NOT meet on 5 Oct. See you on 19 Oct.

Getting to Know UU: orientation to UUism
Saturday, Oct. 7, 8:45 AM-noon 
We invite you to join us for "Getting to Know UU". We'll start with coffee and snacks and getting to know each other. 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.
To sign up see upper left. Please indicate if you need childcare.

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.

Lost mail...
This is to inform Albany UUs who wrote checks to LREDA (Liberal Religious Educators Association) on or about June 11-- in honor of Leah Purcell's tenth year of service to Albany UU-- that the checks we mailed to LREDA never arrived.

We recommend you find out if your check has cleared your bank. And if not, you can write a replacement check to LREDA and send it directly to them (address below). Please include a note to the LREDA administrator explaining that it is a replacement check for one that was lost in the batch from Albany UU. IF the original envelope ever arrives at LREDA the checks will not be deposited.

For those of you who gave cash in the collection plate that day for LREDA, please know that Albany UU is sending another check to replace those donations.

Attention: Kari Kopnick
18685 Main St., Suite 10112
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Thank you...
...for your generous donations to the Focus Food Pantry during last Sunday's collection. You donated $619.00!

Highlights of the UU Weekend at Silver Bay
For your listening pleasure: Live acoustic music by Morris Code.

Our highly recommended and timely Jeanne Blank speaker: Dr. Michael Brannigan whose presentation is entitled "What Doesn't Kill Us...Resilience and Moral Grit -- Lessons from Japan's 3.11"

Reverend Dave Munro will preside over the Sunday morning worship service.

Fill out the registration form at the UU weekend table during coffee hour and send it with a deposit to Linda Way. (Her contact information is on the form.) First-time attendees will receive a 10% discount!!!
Can't come for the whole weekend? Consider coming for part of the weekend at a reduced cost. Join in the fun from October 13-15, 2017!  

Bridge group
Tuesday, 1:00-3:00 pm
About three decades ago Mim Rider and Marge Collins started a bridge group at Albany UU: party bridge, "bridge for fun" for all skill levels, a social event for that game. If you like to play bridge, or want to learn to play bridge, come join us! All are welcome.

Please consider joining the Flower Committee!  
No special talent needed if you like flowers.  Vases and instructions provided for filling this beautiful part of our Sunday service. Contact Sandy Stone - 518-489-8293 or e-mail

Feeling crafty?
Calling all folks who would like to make wood, metal, fabric, yarn and other crafted items at home for the December 3rd Holiday Bazaar. Please contact Sigrin Newell at 518.439.6705 or if you have any questions.

Save the date!
J oint HMUU/NYSCU event at Albany UU
Friday, Oct. 20, 7 pm concert 
Saturday, Oct. 21, conference
This joint event will bring together our Hudson Mohawk UU (HMUU) Cluster of congregations (Saratoga Springs, Glens Falls, Schenectady, Albany and Kingston) with the New York State Convention of Universalists (NYSCU) Annual Meeting. 

Friday night we'll be entertained by the fabulous folk musician
Dan Berggren.  

Saturday morning's keynote speaker will be retired UU minister from Rochester, New York, the  Rev. Dr. Richard S. Gilbert delivering a talk titled, "Climate? Change?"   In the afternoon there will be eight different workshops after a delicious lunch.  Register for the Saturday conference HERE

Home Hospitality is needed for attendees at the HMUU/NYSCU event. If you can host an overnight guest or two, Friday-Saturday, Oct. 20-21, please call the church office (518-463-7135) to let us know. Thank you!

Get Connected Activity Fair!
Sunday October 22, in Emerson Community Hall immediately after the service. The Fair is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the many diverse activities and programs at Albany UU and how you can benefit from getting connected! 

Representatives from a wide variety of groups, ranging from Religious Services, Gardening, Social Justice, Partner Church and the Caring Network, to name just a few, will be there to help in your exploration of opportunities that meet your personal interests while also deepening your connections within our community. Committees and programs that have not already done so can sign up to participate by letting Paula Moskowitz ( or 518-439-6347) know of your interest. To make the whole experience more fun, there will be a raffle to participate in - one for kids and one for adults.
---Barb Manning and Paula Moskowitz, Co-Chairs 

Come spend Saturday October 28 learning and practicing basic skills in Effective and Compassionate Communication. Facilitated by Albany UU members, Jan McCracken and Philomena Moriarty, we will explore the intention and practice of nonviolent communication. All are welcome, regardless of experience.  Please pre-register by October 22. Child care provided with one week advance notice. 

Albany UU music lovers
Interested in the Albany UU music program? With our new Music Director Richard Porterfield on board we need to re-establish the Music Committee. If you are interested in working with Rick and developing our music program, please contact Kathy Harris at 518-512-5655.

Albany UU Directory available
Printed copies of the Albany UU Directory have a new location. They have moved to a more accessible shelf on the bookcase across from Amy's desk in the church office. Pick up your copy during office hours or on Sunday morning.

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)

News from the Green Sanctuary Committee
The Trump Assault on Environmental Protection and what you can do about it.
Join Judith Enck tonight, Sept. 28 at 7:00 pm here at Albany UU in Emerson Community Hall to learn more. Judith Enck is the former Regional Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and former Visiting Scholar at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University. Face Book event link HERE. This event is a free and open to the public. Invite your friends.

The next Green Sanctuary meeting   will be held on Sunday, October 8 at 11:45 am, in Room B-5.  The primary topic will be the Green Sanctuary focus for the year.  Come and express your opinion.

Still functioning incandescent lights bulbs can be taken to the Habitat for Humanity Restore on Fuller Road. There may be a box at the Green Sanctuary table in Channing during coffee hour later this fall for collecting them, too.  

On October 15 and 29, Betsy Wright will be in Channing at the SRC table to discuss composting outdoors and the use of a water barrel. What she does not know, she will endeavor to find out for you. Please also check out Green Sanctuary on October 22 at the Get Connected Fair.

News from the Social Responsibilities Council 

A Seat at the Table: Representing Women's Rights in the Syrian Peace Talks -Tuesday, October 3, 4:00 pm
A forum sponsored by the Center for International Education and Global Strategy featuring Nawal Yazeji, Chair of the Women's Advisory Board for the UN Office of the Special Envoy to Syria. Humanities 354 at the UAlbany uptown campus. For more information, the flyer is HERE.

-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 Family Chapel of the year in the Sanctuary with their parents or caretakers, starting at 10:00. Family Chapel goes until about 10:25; then the children go to their groups.

Children in Pre-k through 6th grade   are invited to bring their backpacks to the Sanctuary at 10:00 for the Blessing of the Backpacks ceremony in Family Chapel

7th/8th grade OWL and Senior High Yuuth Group will meet in their respective rooms starting at 10:00.

Parent Support Group during Sunday school from 10:30 to 11:45 - This is time for parents and caretakers to explore the topic of the month, Courage, and to learn parenting skills grounded in Unitarian Universalist values. Room B-8

Rite of Passage: small group meetings from 11:30 to noon in small classrooms of your choice; large group meeting from 1:00 to 3:00 in Room B-8. Bring a brown bag lunch.

Parents of 7th/8th Grade OWL participants: check out this document with the schedule of workshops for October

Parent and Caretakers of Senior High Youth:

Check out this google doc with more info about the YSOP trip, which is sponsored by Leah Purcell. Next YSOP events: Youth needed to do announcements in the service 10/22; Chalice necklace making workshop to raise money Nov 19 after Sunday school; Selling chalice necklaces (and other items) at the Albany UU Bazaar Dec 3 at Coffee Hour (parents needed to help with the Bazaar until youth group is over at 11:20)

Please fill out your RE Registration today, if you haven't already! You can fill it out online or print the form out and mail it to Albany UU; 405 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12206.

Parents and Caretakers - check out this resource for you - A Handbook for Families.
You can check here when you have a question  about our Religious Education Program, Like "What's the program look like this fall?" or  "When are the Family Chapels and Mulitgenerational services?" or "What are the health guidelines to help me know when I can bring my child?" I'm always updating it, so check here first when you have a question.

Button, button, who's got a button - at home?
We're making name buttons for children who are new to us this fall and for anyone who needs one. If you're a returning family and your child needs a new button, please email Tammy Hathaway at
Check out the RE Fall Calendar and the list of RE adventures for each group.

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