Windows Weekly March 5, 2020
Albany UU Windows Weekly


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W e welcome everyone. Our Unitarian Universalist community seeks truth and deeper meaning, pursues justice through inspired action, and cultivates compassion and love for all connected by the web of life .
Sunday Service 10:00 AM
March 8, “Valuing Truth More Than Power,” Rev. Sam Trumbore

Lies are incompatible with seeking truth and developing wisdom. Many Trump supporters are willing to overlook his lying because they like his use of power. Let us examine the belief that “the ends justify the means.” Is making lying excusable good for democracy?

Music: Elena Karpoff with Guest Musicians Joseph Benevento, upright bass and Randy Rosette, vocal

HYMN 187:  It Sounds Along the Ages
HYMN 90:  From All the Fret and Fever of the Day
HYMN 189:  Light of Ages and of Nations

Here is a place  you might find the words to our hymns.
It's that time again! Don't forget to set your clocks ahead before you go to bed this Saturday, March 7!

10:00 am

March 15, "From You I Receive," Dan Miyake, Intern Minister

Graceful receiving is hard. How can we receive from others without feeling guilty, embarrassed, or obligated? What can we receive from each other and this congregation?

Music: Elena Karpoff with special guests, the Albany UU Hand Bell Choir, directed by Dan Miyake

March 22, “Helping the Ones Who Don't Get Recognized - Celebrating the UUSC at 80,” Rev. Sam Trumbore

The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee acts on our behalf in the service of those in need and in crisis situations at home and around the world. The specialize in helping those who get left out and behind by other aid organization. Come hear about their good work on our behalf and ways we can be part of that work.

Music: Elena Karpoff with Guest Musicians: Chris Bystroff, Viola and Randy Rosette, flute and voice

March 29, “Scriptural Wisdom,” Rev. Sam Trumbore

In an age of quantum physics and gene splicing, ancient holy books can still guide our hearts. As Easter approaches on April 12, come hear inspiring Biblical stories that can transmit wisdom across thousands of years. We need not believe them literally to get great metaphorical meaning from them.

Music: Albany UU Choir; Elena Karpoff, accompanist ; Guest Musicians: Ann Brandon, piano and Tanya Hotalen, recorder


Sensible Preparedness
Albany UU staff are taking steps to ensure we do our best to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
In the interest of helping to mitigate the unnecessary spread of germs, Rev. Sam suggests for the Community Greeting during the Sunday service, we refrain from shaking hands. Alternatives include bowing, nodding, smiling, waving, elbow bump and other ways of greeting each other that do not involve physical contact. Be creative!
We have flyers up to remind folks about good hygiene habits.
We have hand sanitizer available in the building.
Our goal is to do our part to prevent infection in our congregation and the spread of this potentially dangerous virus. Note that these practices will also prevent the spread of other viruses like colds and flu.
Here are two things you can do to prevent getting the virus and not passing it to others.
  1. As a spiritual practice, try not to touch your eyes, nose, or mouth without first washing your hands
  2. Learn and practice the most effective way to wash your hands
For the best handwashing technique backed by scientific testing, uses the World Health Organization technique:

Peggy Slocum Memorial Service
A memorial service will be held for Peggy on  Sunday, March 29 at 2:00 pm  in the Sanctuary, followed by a reception in Channing Hall. Contributions of finger foods for the reception are welcomed and encouraged. We do have permission to park in the UAlbany Hawley Lot for this event.

Harvest the wisdom of your life experience! 
Join us for the AGE-ING to SAGE-ING® Workshop series led by Audrey Seidman with Rev. Sam Trumbore, Wednesdays, 2:00pm - 4:30pm, April 22, May 6, 20, June 3 and 17. In five Wednesday afternoon sessions, learn powerful tools for gathering and giving expression to the wisdom of your own ripening life and find inspiration through the gift of mortality. Based on the teachings of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi and other spiritual wisdom leaders. 

All who seek to find meaning in the aging process are welcome.

Albany UU Members: $120
If space remains after April 1, Non-Members, $150
Seats are limited. RSVP to the church office. Learn more here.

Ruth Salter Memorial Service 
A memorial service will be held for Ruth Salter on  Saturday, April 25 at 11:00 am  in the Sanctuary, followed by a reception in Channing Hall. Contributions of finger foods for the reception are welcomed and encouraged.  We do have permission to park in the UAlbany Hawley Lot for this event.

Our BLM banner and Pride flag
Some of you may have noticed that our Black Lives Matter banner has been damaged by the wind. We have taken this one down and will either fix it or put up a replacement.

Some of you may have also noticed that our Trans Pride Flag is no longer flying above our Washington Avenue entrance. Rotted window casings (and a slight breeze) impacted this. Rather than risk damage to the flag, we decided take it down and wait until closer to spring to find a more suitable location to reinstall it. Hopefully soon!

Financial Aid for GA 2020 in Providence 
General Assembly is an immersive, inspirational experience that is open to everyone, whether you are a lifelong UU or just getting to know our congregation. GA will take place in Providence, RI from June 24-28 . Apply now for Albany UU travel stipends using  this form . Additionally, the UUA offers financial aid; information and applications are at and due by March 31.  

Scholarship funds available
A $2000 fund is available to assist those wanting to be campers this summer at Unirondack, a Unitarian Universalist camp in the Adirondacks. Unirondack offers weeklong camps for youth ages 9-18, a weeklong camp for families, and a variety of weekend camps. If you are involved in the RE program or are a pledging family and want more information, please contact  Lois Bailey , Carol Butt, or Ed Hancock  by March 29th.  Complete descriptions of all Unirondack programs may be found at

Are you--or a friend--looking to make some money occasionally?
Albany UU MUST build a larger pool of Building Hosts and Dishwashers. These are occasional gigs that are needed for rental events. Building Hosts ensure events go smoothly and dishwashers help when food is being served. The pay is $15.00 per hour. I've got one additional person interested, I could use several more!

If you are interested in hearing more about this opportunity, contact Tammy Hathaway, Church Administrator at 518-463-7135 or . And pass this on to anyone who might be interested!
Sunday Schedule

9:00 AM
- Mindfulness Meditation, Sanctuary

9:45 AM
- Nursery/Toddler Rooms open

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

11:00 AM
- Coffee Hour, Channing Hall
- Artist Reception, Channing Hall

11:45 AM
- Inclusivity and Intersectionality Team, Room B-7

5:30 PM
- Walker Book Group, Channing Hall

Quick Links

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Sign up for a class or event

- Send and 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, including names and ages of children.

Offering envelopes
We appreciate donations of cash during the offering that occurs as part of our Sunday service. If you would like to have cash contributions recorded and acknowledged in writing for tax purposes at the end of the calendar year, please use and write your name on one of the envelopes that are available on the table in the Community Hall lobby. Thank you very much for your generosity.

Albany UU Safety
A reminder that the West St. door will remain locked on Sunday mornings. Though it will be locked from the outside, the West St. door may still be used to exit the building at any time. The Washington Ave. lobby doors will be locked 15 minutes after service begins and reopened again from 11-noon. A Welcome Table or Greeter volunteer will remain in the Lobby for the duration of the morning to monitor doors. We continue to appreciate your patience as we make this transition. If you have questions, please call the church office .

Planning for Weather Emergencies
In the event of severe weather, a decision to cancel Sunday morning RE classes will be publicized by 9:00 PM Saturday.

A decision to cancel Sunday meditation and the service will be publicized by 8:00 AM Sunday.

The cancellation of all other classes, programs and meetings depends on a decision by the chairperson. We hope to receive information enabling a cancellation announcement two hours before the event start time.

Notice of all cancellations will be posted on our website and Facebook and by email sent through Constant Contact. Sunday service and programs will also be announced on local TV and radio stations through the “School Closing Network”.

Publication deadlines
This is an important reminder that the news and article deadline for Windows Weekly is 9:00 AM on Monday and submissions to the OOS is 9:00 AM on Tuesday . The office has been pretty soft on holding folks to these deadlines. We need to tighten this up, making these deadlines more firm in order to be more effective in our work. We thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Warmth for the Homeless
Please gather blankets, sleeping bags, warm coats, etc. for those experiencing homelessness and put them in the bin in the coatroom. Thanks you!
Our stewardship campaign is underway! Many thanks to all those who have already pledged.

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.
To Return Your Pledge by April 1, you can:
Pledge online using this link . (A raffle ticket will be filled out for you.)
Mail or return your pledge to the Albany UU office.
Put your pledge in the stewardship box in Channing Hall on Sundays.

“What It Means to be Black in America“– six short films representing diverse experiences, including the story of Ed Dwight Jr., who trained as the first African American astronaut, but was never sent into space. The films are seven to twenty minutes long and can be accessed here.

Newly released books:
River of Blood: American Slavery From the People Who Lived It, edited by Richard Cahan and Michael Williams 
A powerful and moving book, described as a “tapestry of oral history testimony and rarely published portraits” from the 1930’s Slave Narratives. “When you hear Bill Homer explain that he was given away as a wedding present at the age of ten in 1860 and then look at his photograph as a proud old man, the true meaning of slavery starts to sink in.”

Driving While Black, by Gretchen Sorin. The author uses the famous Green Book to recount the creation of a “parallel, unseen world of travel guides, black-only hotels and informal communications networks” that helped African Americans travel safely, have family vacations and resist oppression by exercising the independence that automobiles offered, especially during the Civil Rights Movement.
I attended the performance of  Whitewashed: The Racism Project  at the Opalka Gallery in Albany on February 1. The performance presented racism from a historical context through modern-day personal experiences, including personal experiences of the performers. The latter half, which focused on the modern-day experiences was especially moving to me. Afterwards, there was a talk-back session where the audience expressed appreciation and the performers gave more details about the production, their own lives, and how these intersect.
At  Whitewashed I learned something  that I somehow hadn't quite understood clearly until then. The point of this performance and other antiracist efforts is in large part to win hearts and minds rather than to further any particular action. I had already understood (1) the value in attending antiracist events in order to better educate myself as a white person and (2) the value of publicly supporting these activities so that they are recognized as popular by the press and are financially supported. However, I was still unsure about what to do next; I asked myself what steps besides watching should I do to actually fight racism?
I am thinking that a big part of what I need to do is (3)  encourage other white people  to deeply understand racism with their hearts and minds. This is why. Structural racism has survived centuries, changing form from slavery, to legal discrimination under Jim Crow, and to mass incarceration that is just as effective at racism though in the guise of fighting crime -- and the problem is that racism will find new forms into the future even as we dismantle the old forms. Stamping out the current incarnation of structural racism is a matter of life and death to the affected people and communities, but also exceedingly important is winning over the hearts and minds of us relatively unaffected whites, so that structural racism does not reincarnate itself. That is, unless the majority of Americans deeply understand, heart and mind, how severe, pervasive, and current racism is, the efforts to dismantle the current incarnations of racism will meet with temporary success at best.
So, here I am urging white people to deeply educate themselves about racism. More importantly,  I implore you to join me in urging others . How might you do that? -- glad you asked!

-Whitewashed: The Racism Project  will be at Albany UU on March 13, but unfortunately it is now sold out. If you didn't get a ticket, I recommend looking for an upcoming performance; they will be announced at .

-To learn about how mass incarceration is akin to Jim Crow, I urge you to read  The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (10th Anniversary Edition)  by Michelle Alexander. The preface to the tenth-anniversary edition is an incredibly strong overview of the problem and is accessible to those without much spare time. Beyond that, I found Chapter 6 to be especially enlightening. It explores what civil rights advocacy can do to fight the newest forms of racism.

-Read  White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism  by Robin DiAngelo, which is written by a white person for white people. This  New York Times  best-selling book explores the counterproductive reactions white people can have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.

-Lee Newberg, Inclusivity Chair

More from our blogs:

Don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead this weekend...a sure sign that spring is on its way! Then make plans to spring on over to the Springing in the Rain Auction on Saturday, March 21 at 6:15 PM. 

Check out the Preliminary Auction Catalog in Channing Hall this Sunday to see all the donations submitted so far. Exciting fixed-price items can also be found on the bulletin board in Channing Hall. Check the board often for new auction offerings. Note: You can bid on fixed-price items even if you cannot attend the auction. 
And while you are in Channing Hall, be sure to sign up to attend the auction at last year’s prices of $5 ($7 at the door). This fee will be waived for first-time auction attendees. Free child care will be provided. Attendees can bid on wonderful items and enjoy tasty hors d’oeuvres, beverages, and desserts with new and old friends.  

Donations are still welcome. Fill out a donation form and drop it off in the specially marked basket in the lobby. Please submit donations no later than March 17. 
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.  

Join us in keeping our members and friends in your thoughts as they share their joys and concerns.

We are sad to announce that member, Thelma K. Gerdine died on February 29, after a long battle with lung cancer. Her smile and grace will be greatly missed! Cards may be sent to Peter Gerdine:
427 Coburg Village Way, Rexford, NY 12148

We are also sad that member, Bunni Vaughn died on March 2. There will be a memorial service for her this Saturday, March 7 at 11:30am at West Sand Lake Community Church (her daughter Polly’s church): 4363 NY-150, West Sand Lake, NY 12196

Need to Talk? Albany UU Pastoral Care Associates are here to listen!
Our Pastoral Care Associates have been trained in compassionate listening skills and are available to all members and friends of our congregation. To contact a Pastoral Care Associate, email: , contact Rev. Sam Trumbore , the Albany UU office at 518.463.7135, or one of them personally. They are: Sharon Babala, Chuck Manning, Donna Meixner, Dan Miyake, Phil Rich, Randy Rosette, Dee VanRiper and Erik F. vonHausen.

Albany UU Caring Network
The Caring Network (CN) reflects the words of the Albany UU chalice lighting - “to sustain a vital and nurturing religious community.” The CN provide encouragement and short term support to Albany UU members who, due to hospitalization, sickness, loss, or isolation, need assistance. Services typically include transportation to medical appointments, meals and shopping during recovery, and friendly visits and “check in’s” from Caring Network members. Please reach out to the Caring Network if you need.
Intergenerational Potluck - Sponsored by SRC
Bring a dish or dessert for a relaxing evening in Channing Hall on Friday, March 6, 6 to 9 PM (that's tomorrow!) . We will have some short films from Young Voices for the Planet. Find out more here

Wine and Cheese!
It's the 15th Annual Wine and Cheese tasting event on  Saturday, March 7, 7:00 pm . Find out more here .

Artist Reception
Photography Exhibit currently on display in Channing Hall features work by Shannon Simpson. Join us for an Artist Reception on Sunday, March 8 during Coffee Hour.

Walker Book Group
Join the Walker Book Group on Sunday, March 8 at 5:30 pm in Channing Hall. We will begin with a potluck supper followed by a lively book discussion. Newcomers are always welcome. Find out more here .

Community Breakfast
Saturday, March 21 - Volunteers are always needed to make this a good experience for our neighbors and community members. Sign up in Channing Hall or contact Carol Butt for more details: 518-439-6629 or

Getting to Know UU
We invite you to join us Saturday, April 4 for “Getting to Know UU”. This orientation for newcomers is from 8:45 a.m. to noon. Learn more here.

Building a Community of Communities - A Workshop with Paula Cole Jones
Come experience what being a part of a community of communities feels like! Join UUA Regional Staff Member, Paula Cole Jones on Saturday, April 4, 1-4:30 at Albany UU. For more information, check out the flyer!

HMUU Joint Worship Service
All are invited to a joyous Sunday worship service on April 5, 10:30 am at Doane Stuart School.
There will be no service or activities at Albany UU on this day. 
For more information, check out the flyer!

Trans 101 Workshop
Gender Equality New York (GENY), in conjunction with our Inclusivity Team, will present a Transgender 101 workshop and panel discussion titled, “Everything You Wanted to Know About Transgender, Non-Binary, & Intersex People… But Were Afraid to Ask!” Tuesday, April 7, 6:30 pm in Community Hall. Learn more here.

UUA Central Region East Sources of Hope: Seaway Spring Gathering
Join our regional gathering on Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18 at the May Memorial UU Society in Syracuse. Friday, 7:00 pm Gould Discourse: Growing Souls in Congregations, presented by our very own, Leah Purcell, CRE. Find more information here .

-Leah Purcell, Director of Religious Education and Family Ministry (DREFM),

For the Faith Development of children and youth this Sunday

The Nursery/Toddler Room opens at 9:45.

Children in Pre-K through 6th grade start the morning at 10:00 in the service with their families in Community Hall.The story this week is Anansi and The Pot of Wisdom. After the story (at about 10:20) the children leave for their Sunday school groups. Parents/caretakers are welcome to escort them to their rooms and also to visit the groups.

7th/8th Grade OWL starts at 10:00 in Room B-3/4.

High School YoUUth Group meets starting at 10:00 in Room B-8.

Children and youth are welcome to attend the regular service with their families instead of RE groups.
The theme for March is Wisdom: Find out more about the theme and ways to bring it home with the Soulful Home packet, which you can find at our  member's secure site   (email for access) and the Monthly Messenger.  Hard copies of both are available in the RE office and in the second floor and basement hallways.

Pot Luck and Family Circle Training, Friday, Mar. 13 Pot Luck and Family Circle Training We’ll gather to learn a tool for you to use as families, to strengthen your connections and communications at home. Learn more here .
-Matt Lesniak, SRC Chair, email

SRC Recommends:

Reminder - Single use plastic bags are now officially banned in NYS. Keep in mind as this day fast approaches, many second hand shops have supplies of reusable bags - cheap.

Raise Your Voice for End of Life Choice

GET INVOLVED. Compassion and Choices staff are urging supporters of the Medical Aid in Dying Act to join them at the Capitol. They attribute enactment of New Jersey’s end of life choice legislation to the constant presence of volunteer advocates in Trenton and want to replicate that presence in Albany. Try it; you’ll like it! Session days include March 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 30 and 31. Get details from Amanda at .

Save The Date.  On Thursday, March 19, from 12:15-2:00 at the Colonie Library, Death with Dignity - Albany presents "An Insider’s View of the Medical Aid in Dying Legislation - What You Need to Know,” featuring Amanda Cavanaugh, Campaign Organizer for Compassion & Choices NY, and David Pratt, MD. They will review key elements of NY’s bill, the bill’s status, and how similar laws have been implemented in other states. 
March 27-28
This meditation training and practice workshop will be led by Rev. Trumbore, on Friday 6:00pm to 9:00pm, and Saturday 8:00am to 3:00pm. 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. Please register with the office (call 463-7135) if you would like to participate. (A voluntary donation can be offered at the end to the Minister’s Discretionary Fund for charitable purposes)

Rev. Trumbore has practiced Buddhist Vipassana or insight meditation for over 35 years and is Past President of the Unitarian Universalist Buddhist Fellowship. This meditation technique is one of the best for Unitarian Universalists. It helps people train their minds to strengthen concentration and intensify moment-to-moment awareness. Regular practice of this technique quiets and sharpens the mind, opens the heart and can improve one's physical and mental health.

We thank Larry Gambino for the donation of six books on Black history to the Joy Library. These books will be found at the indicated call numbers:

Two Nations Black and White, Separate, Hostile, Unequal / Andrew Hacker (1992) 305.8 HAC

Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery and the Troubled History of American Universities / Craig Steven Wilder (2013) 379.2 WIL

The Historical and Cultural Atlas of African Americans / Molefi K. Asante & Mark T. Mattson (1992) 973 ASA

The Promised Land: The Great Black Migration and How it Changed America / Nicholas Lemann (1991) 973 LEM

A Far Cry From Freedom: Gradual Abolition (1799-1827): New York State’s Crime Against Humanity / L. Lloyd Stewart (2005) 973 STE

Forever Free: The Story of Emancipation and Reconstruction / Eric Foner (2005) 973.8 FON


These books will be in the new-books rack in the Joy Library for a while, and later will be located at the indicated call numbers.

Scripture Unbound: A Unitarian Universalist Approach / Jonalu Johnstone (2019) 208 JOH

Fluent in Faith: A Unitarian Universalist Embrace of Religious Language / Jeanne Harrison Nieuwejaar (2012) 230 NIE

Upcycle Your Congregation: Creative Ideas for Transforming Faith Communities / Editor: Sarah Lammert (2018) 253 LAM

Sparks of Wonder: Theme-Based Ministry for the Whole Congregation / Becky Brooks & Erika Hewitt. (2019) 264 BRO

Mistakes and Miracles: Congregations on the Road to Multiculturalism / Nancy Palmer Jones & Karin Lin. (2019) 289.1 PAL 

The Unitarian Universalist Pocket Guide: Sixth Edition /  Edited by: Susan Frederick-Gray (2019) 289.132 FRE

Some of My Friends Are ... The Daunting Challenges and Untapped Benefits of Cross-Racial Friendships / Deborah L. Plummer (2020) 305.8 PLU

Breathe: A Letter to My Sons / Imani Perry (2019) 306.85 PER

We Want To Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom
/ Bettina L. Love (2020) 371.829 LOV

In Time's Shadow: Stories About Impermanence / Marilyn Sewell (2019) 813.6 SEW

The Spirit Leads: Margaret Fuller in Her Own Words / Editor: Barry M. Andrews ( 2010) 818.309 FUL
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Regular events and meetings
Many of these events and meetings take a hiatus in the summer, check with the church office before coming in.

11:45 AM     Inclusivity Team (2nd)
5:30 PM       Walker Book Group (2nd)
11:45 AM      Social Responsibilities Council (3rd)
11:45 AM      Green Sanctuary Committee (4th)
6:15 PM        Religious Education Council
                               (1st, Nov., Feb., May)
10:00 AM      Philosophy Discussion (weekly)
1:00 PM        Bridge (weekly)
10:00 AM      Projects & Quilts (weekly)
7:00 PM        Choir Rehearsal (almost weekly)
1:00 PM       All Sides Considered (1st & 3rd)
6:30 PM       Board of Trustees (4th)
9:00 AM      Community Breakfast (3rd)
Going to miss a Sunday?

You can listen to the entire Albany UU Sunday service at home or on your mobile device. The two most recent services are available as MP3 files on the Albany UU member resource website. Here is how to access:

username: AlbanyUU
password: EEthelredBrown405

Our sermon archive (select Ministry/Sermon Archive on the left website menu) has pdf files of sermons texts (when available) and audio files of sermons. You can also request the office put a service on a CD.
First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany
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 Hawley Parking Lot on Robin Street at Washington Avenue.

Office hours (unless otherwise posted)
September-June: Monday-Friday, 9:00-3:00
July-August: Monday–Thursday 9:00-1:00


Building use
To reserve a room for an Albany UU activity or to rent a hall or classroom space , for a personal or non-Albany UU activity, contact Administrative Assistant Sapphire Correa (518.463.7135 or ).

Photo credit: Jeannie Thompson
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