First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany
 Thursday, June 14-Thursday, June 21, 2018

Sunday Schedule

9:00 AM
- Mindfulness Meditation

9:45 AM
- Childcare rooms open (ages 7 and younger)

10:00 AM
- Service, Community Hall

11:00 AM
- Fellowship Hour - Community Hall alcove

11:45 AM
- Social Responsibilities Council 
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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 this without you!

Sunday, June 17, 10:00 AM, " On Patriotism," Rev. Chris Antal

What have those who came before us had to say about patriotism? How might we distinguish patriotism from nationalism and reclaim a genuine love for country?
Rev. Antal was ordained by Albany UU in 2011. Since then, he served a tour as an Army chaplain in Afghanistan, and earned a doctorate from Hartford Seminary.

Music: Richard Porterfield, Chris Bystroff (viola)

UU Outing at Thacher Park
The UU Schenectady Green Sanctuary Team invites you to celebrate the transition of spring into summer.
Saturday, June 16, noon picnic followed by a hike at the Thacher Park, Hopfield Picnic area.
Please bring picnic ware, a potluck dish to share, footwear for hiking, insect repellant, a water bottle and your family dog if you choose (must be leashed).
Parking fee of $6 per car per day.
For more information, contact Nancy Peterson: or mobile: 518-588-7505
Peter Mayer in concert at 
Albany UU!
Friday, June 22, 7:30 pm - Tickets are $20.00 at the door
Minnesota-based singer/song-writer Peter Mayer has been a full time performer for over 20 years. His songs delve into the human journey, science and spirituality, with some good humor along the way. He has 10 albums to his credit.

Peter May is the author of the ecological hymn "Blue Boat Home" and the sacred science song "Holy Now".
Last chance to complete the Covenant survey!
The Covenant Team needs your help in crafting a covenant that will represent all of us. This is your last chance to participate in a survey to help us in this process. To t ake the survey online, use this link:
Thank you, in advance, for taking the time.

Job openings at Albany UU
We are now accepting applications for three positions. Complete information can be found at
Our summer services start this Sunday, June 17 and continue through September 2.
How is a summer Sunday at Albany UU different from other Sundays?
--The 9:00 am Meditation continues.
--We have Service at 10:00 am. Summer services are coordinated by Randy Rosette, with a delightful list of guests in the pulpit.
--Rather than offering programming for children this summer, we are offering child care for children ages 7 and younger. One room will be for infants and toddlers, the other for ages 3 to 7. Children and youth ages 8 and up attend the service with their families.
--Coffee Hour becomes Iced Tea and Lemonade (in Community Alcove.)
--The people you've enjoyed all year are still here, plus it's a time we often have visitors who are on their summer voyages from elsewhere.
--Contributions of flowers from your garden for the service are welcome!
--If you can volunteer to help on a Sunday, we have openings for Greeters and Ushers. You can sign up here anytime! Or you can call the office, 518-463-7135, or sign up at under Volunteer Opportunities.
--For more information about Summer Sundays, click HERE!

Welcome baby!
Members Peter and Ali Schaeffing welcomed their first baby, Patricia Alma, named after their maternal grandmothers. She will be called "Patsy". 

New WIFI password at Albany UU
For those of you who might have our WIFI information stored on your device, we have a new password! The user name is FUUSA GUEST and the password is: BeOurGuest. 

Have you been looking for an opportunity to help Sheridan Preparatory Academy?  
Sheridan staff are requesting volunteers for the following:
On  Thursday, June 21 at noon , (note date/time change) Sheridan's new community coordinator, Abigail Gomes, will hold a spa afternoon for teachers and staff. The end of the school year is stressful for teachers and staff and Abigail plans to provide relaxing activities. She had hoped to recruit volunteers from local masseuse and beauty schools, but she has not been successful. She has recruited a friend who will lead yoga, but she needs volunteers with other skills, such as manicuring, that would fit into the spa afternoon theme.
To find out more and/or to volunteer, please contact Martha Musser by phone (518-434-2246) or email ( ).

Last call - Don't Miss Out
Join your fellow UU friends at the annual Satin Auction Picnic  on Sunday, June 24 at 3:00 pm at the Henry Hudson Park on Rt. 144 in Selkirk.
A nice picnic menu complements a wonderful park venue with pavilion, outdoor games,  river watching and boat launch. Family friendly. Price to attend is $25/adult, $10/child  10-17 yrs old, Max $60/Family. 

Please contact Randy Rosette at  or 518-783-2637 for questions and reservations. Thanks for your support.

Making Heart Connections with Self and Others: an introductory training in nonviolent communication led by Philomena Moriarty
Three Wednesday evenings on July 11, 18, August 1 at the home of Sharon & Mike Babala in East Greenbush, hopefully on the deck, weather permitting!  Contact Philomena Moriarty for more information and to register at 

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.

Children's Peace Week August 13 - 17 in Albany for rising 2nd - 8th graders
A creative program to practice peacemaking inside and out. There is still room for campers and volunteers! We have hired an incredible staff, including two skilled teachers and a music coordinator from our congregation. Contact Jan McCracken 518-275-8709 for more information or visit the website (link). 

SRC recommends:

Workshop on Sociocracy
Saturday, June 16, 8:30 AM
Groups around the world -- from schools, to businesses, to intentional communities -- use sociocracy to design their work, run their meetings and make decisions together. Led by SoFA founder Jerry Koch-Gonzalez. Sponsored by Capital Bookkeeping Cooperative and Sociocracy for All. For more information, cost and venue location, click HERE.
Sixth Week of the Poor Peoples Campaign 
Sunday / Monday, June 17 & 18       
There will be trainings, mass meetings, and educational sessions on Sunday, and opportunities to join demonstrators from around New York State in Albany on Monday. For details, the organizers are asking for people to register at

Confronting Racism in America
Thursday, June 21, 7:00 pm at Macedonia Baptist Church, 26 Wilson Ave, Colonie
A public event open to ALL faith communities p resented by the Muslim-Catholic Dialogue Committee.
Speaker: Deacon Gregory Owens; followed by a collaborative group dialogue and call to action. 

SRC Forum "Big Pharma" screening and discussion
June 24, 11:30 AM in Community Hall.
We will show the movie "Big Pharma". Third in a series (in previous years we have shown "The Health Care Movie" and "Fixit"), "Big Pharma" focuses on the pharmaceutical industry and associated problems of cost and access.  The movie is about 52 minutes long and will be followed by a Q & A and discussion period, with Dr. David Ray and others from CDAUH.  Light refreshments will be available. This will be a joint presentation by SRC and CDAUH - the Capital District Alliance for Universal Healthcare (CDAUH).
Community roundtable on the immigrant and refugee experience
Monday, July 2, 7:00 PM, Community Hall
This program is a joint project of our Social Responsibilities Council and Opera Saratoga. The panel will feature a diverse group of individuals who have relocated to the Capital Region from different countries, who are willing to share their experiences. The discussion will shed light on the difference between the experience of immigrants versus refugees, and will also explore both sides of the issues surrounding Sanctuary Cities.
Admission is free.
The forum will be moderated by Seth Leech, a partner with Whiteman Osterman & Hanna, whose primary practice area is immigration law, including family-based immigration and asylum.
This discussion is one of a number of events presented in conjunction with Opera Saratoga's new production of Menotti's The Consul, an opera about the struggle for freedom against oppression, and the maddening nature of unrelenting bureaucracy.

-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 childcare rooms will be open starting at 9:45 AM (ages 7 and under)

Summer calendar at a glance

- The Nursery/Toddler Room is open each week from 9:45 to 11:20
- June 17- Summer Session of Religious Services and Childcare Starts:
      *Childcare for infants through age 7 will be in the Nursery and in Room 24/25
      *Children and youth ages 8 and up will attend the service with their families
- July 1  Leah will be presenting the service on the theme of Blessing 
- Summer Session runs through Sept. 2.
- September 9 - Multigenerational Ingathering and Water Ceremony Service
- September 16 - Sunday School Resumes

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