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October 6, “Relationship Restoration,”
Rev. Sam Trumbore
During the Jewish High Holy Days leading up to Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, Jews ask forgiveness, make amends, and forgive those who ask sincerely for forgiveness. May we join with them in this beautiful tradition to renew our relationships and begin again in love.
Choir, Choir Director- Chris Jensen, Musician- Ann Brandon, piano; Guest Musicians- Debbie Reep MacLeod and Randy Rosette, flutes, and Britany Orlebeke, violin
Come Sing a Song with Me
We Begin Again in Love
October 13, “The Grace of Acceptance,”
Everyone has an innate need to feel accepted. When we experience the grace of acceptance, it is as if space opens up for us to live into our potential without having to live under the shadow of judgment, misunderstanding, micro-aggression, or fear. For LGBTQ people, being fully accepted (rather than just tolerated) is a critical yet often missing aspect of life. How can Albany UU become more accepting and welcoming to the LGBTQ community?
Musician- Ann Brandon, piano; Vocal Ensemble- Dick Dana, Linda Hunt, Chris Jensen, Randy Rosette
October 20, “Whose Are You?” Leah Purcell
We all know that belonging is not just about place, but people as well. Quaker teacher, Douglas Steer gets at this beautifully: “The ancient question, ‘Who am I?’ inevitably leads to a deeper one: ‘Whose am I?’ – because there is no identity outside of relationship. You cannot be a person by yourself. To ask “Whose am I” is to extend the question and wonder…”
This service for all ages is much like our regular services but more interactive, and with a shorter sermon. Childcare for children ages 7 and under will be available after the story in the service.
Musician- Ann Brandon, organ
October 27, “Wheel of Life Service:
A Jack-o-lantern’s Heart”
Each year, when some religious traditions believe the veil is thin between the worlds of the living and dead, we honor major life transitions. Please bring a picture, memento or object that remembers a birth, a life transition such as gender identity, maturity, graduation, marriage, employment, ability changes, retirement, loss or death. We will collect them on an altar for recognition and appreciation during our service. The theme of the service this year will be guided by Peter Mayer’s song “John’s Garden” which illustrates the wheel of life through the spiritual journey of some little pumpkins.
Choir, Choir Director- Chris Jensen, Musician- Ann Brandon, piano; Guest Musician-- John Sherman, guitar
Focus Food Pantry
Please consider a contribution to the Focus Food Pantry this Sunday. There will be an envelope in the order of service for your check or cash. We ask that envelopes remain unsealed for reuse. Thank you for your help.
Can You Help Us?
The Albany UU Auction Committee wants you! In particular, we need assistance with organizing/setting up food to serve at the annual event to be held on Saturday, March 21. We have lots of fun prepping for and running the biggest fundraiser event for our Albany UU Community. New committee members encouraged to join in. Please come to the meeting on
Sunday, Oct. 6, at 11:45 am in Room 23.
Or for more information, contact Randy Rosette at
or 518-783-2637. Thank YOU!
Albany UU Get Connected Activity Fair – Postponed!
The Albany UU Get Connected Activity Fair that was scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 27 has been postponed to
Sunday, January 26, 2020
. Save the date now to come and learn about new opportunities to get involved and meet more fabulous Albany UUs! Committee and Council Leaders - please put this new date on your calendars now to plan on having your committee or council represented. Let’s have all of what Albany UU has to offer on full display!
Annual Evacuation Drill
We will have our annual evacuation drill near the end of service next
Sunday, Oct. 13
. There will be a verbal announcement and printed instructions in your Order of Service that day explaining how the drill will work. The Albany Fire department will have a fire truck at the Robin and West St. point for the younger children to enjoy.
Training and Practice Group for Nonviolent Communication
Two different options! (Sign up for either Session 1 or 2)
Thursdays, Oct. 24 and 31, Nov. 7, 14 and 21, and Dec. 5,
(sign up by Oct. 2
Thursdays, Nov. 7, 14 and 21, Dec. 5 and 12, 12:30-2:30 pm (
sign up by Oct. 28
This training and practice group will offer an environment of mutual learning and support in the practice of nonviolent communication.
To register: send an email to email@example.com with subject line: NVC Training & Practice Group Registration. Include in the body, which session
number, cell phone number and email address.
For more information contact Philomena Moriarty: firstname.lastname@example.org or
Dan Miyake's first service as Intern
If you missed our Ministerial Intern's first service, you're in luck, you can WATCH it on
Do you have a comfy, fairly attractive couch to donate?
The youth group is meeting in Room B-8 because the group is bigger and better attended so...they need more space. They are asking for a donation of a couch to make their meetings more comfortable. There will still be room in B-8 for adult meetings at other times and for rentals. If you have such a couch, please contact Leah Purcell at
We have a volunteer with a van to move it.
Save the Dates for Circle Dinners
Watch for upcoming signups for Circle Dinners, which are potluck gatherings hosted by UUs in their homes. Circle Dinners will take place at 6 PM on Saturdays on November 2, January 18, February 22, and April 25.
Endowment Trust Grants
The Endowment uses the income generated by its investments for special congregational projects beyond the reach of the operating budget. They currently have about $9,000 to award before the end of the calendar year. If you have an idea for a special project consistent with the congregation’s mission please apply. Applications may submitted through the
Albany UU website.
Concert with former Albany UU Choir Director, Matt Edwards
An Evening of Musical Theater, Classical and Jazz Standards with Matt Edwards and Victoria Benkoski
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 7:30 pm
Carl B. Taylor Auditorium, Schenectady County Community College, 78 Washington Ave., Schenectady.
Warmth for the Homeless
It is time again to gather blankets, sleeping bags, warm coats, etc. for those experiencing homelessness. Please put them in the bin in the coatroom. Thanks you!
- Mindfulness Meditation, Sanctuary
- Nursery/Toddler Rooms open
- Service, Community Hall
- Family Chapel, Sanctuary
- Religious Exploration for Children and Youth
- Coffee Hour, Channing Hall
- Auction Committee Meeting, Room 23
- Rite of Passage Group Meeting, Room B-8
Denominational Affairs Links
Helpful Local Links
Sign up for a class or event
- 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.
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.
UPCOMING LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES WITH OUR MINISTER
Mindfulness Meditation Workshop
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) Mark your calendars NOW!
Rev. Trumbore has practiced Buddhist
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.
Transforming Hearts: Transgender Inclusion in Congregations
Led by Rev. Sam Trumbore and Dan Miyake
Begins Tuesday, Oct. 22, 7:00pm (continues 11/5 & 19, 12/3 & 17, 1/14)
This course is for those who want to increase their knowledge and skills to help our congregation become fully inclusive and affirming of the full breadth of gender diversity. Over six sessions we will deeply explore the intersection of trans identity, spirituality, and faith community to gain the grounding, context, and skills for this transformative work.
This course is for everyone
from novices on trans identity to those with decades of life experience. Rather than simply offering a “trans 101,” this class pushes participants to the next level of congregational welcome, relationship-building, and skills-building. It counters mainstream narratives about who trans people are; supports understanding of non-binary identities (such as genderqueer, agender, and two spirit); and employs a deeply intersectional approach.
Whose Are You?... All in One Place
From our Soul Matters partners
We all know that belonging is not just about place, but people as well. Quaker teacher, Douglas Steer gets at this beautifully:
“The ancient question, ‘Who am I?’ inevitably leads to a deeper one: ‘Whose am I?’ – because there is no identity outside of relationship. You cannot be a person by yourself. To ask “Whose am I” is to extend the question far beyond the little self-absorbed self, and wonder: Who needs you? Who loves you? To whom are you accountable? To whom do you answer? Whose life is altered by your choices? With whose life is your own bound up, inextricably, in obvious or invisible ways?’
It’s such a powerful and important truth: we are who we belong to. But it’s also a hard truth to remember. The world around us doesn’t help. Its focus is on becoming not belonging. It wants us to wake up every morning and ask, “Am I succeeding?” not “Who needs me?” “Who loves me?” or “With whose life is my own bound up?”
So this month why not engage in a bit of course correction? Why not see what happens when who we belong to is front and center at the start of every day?
This exercise is designed to help with this. Here are your instructions:
- Clear off a space on a table, dresser, desk or shelf in your house.
- Over a few days or a week populate that space with pictures of people who come to mind when you ask yourself “Whose am I?” Find or print out the pictures. Add as many as feels right. Push yourself to think beyond the obvious answers: your family, your church community, etc. Treat the question as a meditation practice. Asking it each day will lead you to unexpected pictures: a mentor from your past, an unknown boy on the other side of the world suffering because of climate change caused by us, those who have been excluded from our faith because of white-centered structures. Or maybe it will take you beyond people, to a pet from your childhood or that park you walk in every Saturday in the Fall.
- Once the space is filled with your chosen pictures, spend another week or two using it as an altar of sorts. Pause briefly before it every morning. Or maybe more than briefly.
- Pay attention to how bringing your network of belonging changes your days. Journal about it. Discuss it with your partner or friend.
You don’t have to do this exercise by yourself. Consider doing it with your partner, roommate, a friend, or with your children as well.
I’m giving this a try this month. It will be interesting for me because I come from a small family, and my husband and I are “empty nesters”. So, I will certainly have to move beyond the obvious. And I’d like to think about how other people think of who they belong to. A congregant shared a video about “belonging” and a middle school aged girl. I was really struck by how she grounded herself in remembering who she belonged to.
I hope you check it out.
Is it something that you were taught as a child? How does your childhood influence your questions of “whose am I?”
“Whose are you?” is also the topic of the service I’m presenting October 20th. This is the second year I’m presenting the service on the Sunday of UU Weekend at Silver Bay. When I’m in the pulpit, it’s a chance for me to try out new things.
In a summer service this past August, I presented on what I learned on my sabbatical. Of particular interest to those there and people I’ve talked to since, was how the UU congregation in Marietta, GA (outside Atlanta) does their Sunday mornings. There, they have a "Two Hour Model": with the worship service and "RE for All" separately every Sunday morning and a half hour “coffee and snack time” in between. It does make for a long morning - if you go to both “hours”- but they have choices built in to make it accessible to all. For example, they have childcare for young children after the story. Albany UU parents and adults without children at home have told me they are excited about the possibilities this model would create - RE guides would have the opportunity to go to the service every week; in the RE for All time, children and youth could partner with adults on projects.
The service on Oct 20th will be a small trial of the “first hour” of the "Two Hour Model". I’ll make it much like our regular services, but
more interactive, and with a slightly shorter sermon.
And childcare for children ages 7 and under will be available after the story in the service. I hope those of you who won't be at UU Weekend at Silver Bay will come try this out with me. I'll have time after the service to chat with anyone who would care to stay for about 15 minutes about what they thought of the style of this service and talk more about the "Two Hour Model".
In joyful service
Director of Religious Education and Family Ministry
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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
Please join us in lighting a candles of concern for several members:
, who recently fell and cracked her ribs.
Cards may be sent to:
67 Glendale Ave., Albany, NY 12208
, who recently lost both her dad and her aunt.
Cards may be sent to:
14 Crannell Ave., Delmar, NY 12054
, who lost her dad at age 107.
Cards may be sent to:
3132 Lone Pine Road, Schenectady, NY 12303
who lost her beloved dog, Lillie.
Cards may be sent to:
25 Clarendon Rd., Albany, NY 12203
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:
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 Erick 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
if you need.
Getting to Know UU - It's not too late!
We invite you to join us
Saturday, Oct. 5 at 8:45 AM
for “Getting to Know UU,” an orientation for newcomers. Learn more
Albany UU Young Adults (AUUYA) Meetup!
The Albany UU Young Adults will be meeting after the service on Sunday, Oct. 6. We will be walking over to Washington Park for a cider and donuts social and all are welcome! Learn more
Walker Book Group
Join the Walker Book Group for a potluck and discussion on
Sunday, October 13 at 5:30 pm
in Channing Hall. We will discuss
by Jennifer Egan. Learn more
UU Weekend: Don't miss out!
Have you registered for UU Weekend at Silver Bay from
? First-timers will receive an additional 10% discount! Children under 6 are free and there are substantial discounts for older children and youth.
New Year, New Opportunities - Get Connected Activity Fair!!!
Attend the Albany UU Get Connected Activity Fair on
Sunday, October 27
and find out about new opportunities to both get involved and meet more fabulous Albany UU members and friends! Learn more
For the Faith Development of the children and youth this Sunday
- The nursery/toddler room opens at 9:45
- Children in pre-k through 6th grade start the morning in Family Chapel, in the Sanctuary starting at 10:00 with their families. Older children might enjoy attending without their parents or caretakers. Family Chapel runs until about 10:25; then the RE guides take the children to their Sunday school groups. Parents/caretakers may join the regular service in Community Hall at that time (the ushers will have reserved seats for you) or you can join Leah for our first Parent/Caretaker Support Group of the year.
- 7th/8th Grade OWL starts at 10:00 in their room (B-3/4)
- High School YoUUth Group starts at 10:00 in Room B-8 - We're tying this room out for size for a while.
Parent/Caretaker support group meets this week
Each month after Family Chapel, Leah Purcell facilitates a discussion group for parents and caretakers to explore the theme of the month and ways of parenting as a Unitarian Universalists. This is a drop-in group, open to all parents with children at home. We'll meet from 10:30 – 11:15 in room 23, upstairs. PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF MEETING ROOM FROM LAST YEAR.
We have a new staff caretaker for our nursery/toddler room
Nell Guilbault will start work on Oct 13. She is a lifelong UU, and previously worked in the nursery/toddler room at the UU congregation in Providence, RI. She currently works at a local childcare center. Please make her feel welcome.
First Rite of Passage Meeting is this Sunday
We meet in Room B-8. This Sunday, Oct. 6, we’ll start at noon and end at 2:00. We’ll serve snacks, but folks are welcome to bring a bag lunch. The youth will have until Wed, Oct 9 to make their final decisions about participating and put in request for which mentor they would like. Then Rev. Sam and Leah Purcell will review the requests and make the final matches.
High School YoUUth Group Welcomes Announcements from Adults in the Congregation
Starting this week, the group will have announcements the last 10 minutes of their meeting time. They will also welcome adults from the congregation, starting at 11:10 to come talk to them about what adults would like youth input on/help with. The YoUUth Group meets in Room B-8.
SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES COUNCIL (SRC)
-Matt Lesniak, SRC Chair,
Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration - Friday, Oct. 4, 5:30 to 7:30 PM
at Albany City Hall, 24 Eagle St.
There will be authentic Hispanic food from local business, music by DJ Rolo, dance performances and much more. For more information (518) 465-1145 or 334-9211.
Reversing Runaway Inequality Training by Capital District Demand Justice Saturday October 5, 10:30 – 3:00
, 94 Central Avenue, Albany – This FREE training to address the increasing inequality in our society is designed to help us better understand the problems we see in our city and community. Includes lunch. Register with Citizen Action of the Capital District.
Community Forum on Voting Rights, Early Voting and US Census Monday Oct. 7, 3:30 to 6:30 PM
at SEIU1199, 155 Washington Ave. Will discuss the changes to New York State Voting laws, Early Voting, and the US Census, why its important to participate, and what communities stand to lose if residents don’t/won’t take part. Please join to get informed, and to learn how to get engaged and get the word to our families and communities. Materials will be available to take back to where we work, live or congregate.
Knock Down the House
screening, part of Howe Library's Social Justice Film Series, Monday Oct. 7, 6 to 8 PM
, Howe Branch of the Albany Public Library, 105 Schuyler St. An inspiring look at four exceptional women and the 2018 midterm elections that tipped the balance of power. Meant for adults.
Raise Your Voice for End of Life Choice - Save the Date: Conversation Sabbath.
On November 3, Albany UU will join
hundreds of congregations taking part in Conversation Sabbath, sponsored by The Conversation Project, an organization founded by former Boston Globe columnist Ellen Goodman. Our Sunday service will reflect UU thinking about end of life issues and inspire you to have “the conversation” with your loved ones and your doctor(s) about your wishes for living well until the end, to make sure they are known and honored. Rev. Sam says,
“We think that if we don’t talk about it, it won’t happen. The reality is that it always feels too soon to have the conversation--until it is too late.”
After the service, from 11:30-2:00, Bonnie Edelstein, founding director of Death with Dignity – Albany, will lead a free Conversation Workshop in Community Hall. The workshop will be open to the public and begin with a light lunch. As a workshop participant, you will prepare for having “the conversation” about what matters most to you, and leave with your notes in a workbook.
To ensure adequate space, materials and child care, register by November 1
or at 518-463-7135.
FALL GATHERING OF THE HUDSON- MOHAWK UU CONGREGATIONS
Preemptive Radical Inclusion: Bear Witness, Save Lives
Fall Gathering of the Hudson Mohawk Cluster of UU Congregations with presenter CB Beal, M. Div, recipient of the UUA’s 2019 Angus MacLean Award for Excellence in Religious Education.
Saturday, October 26, 2019, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady
, 1221 Wendell Ave., Schenectady.
Join other area UUs in Schenectady on
Saturday, October 26
, to learn and share new skills and strategies for strengthening and transforming our congregations as we increase equity and justice. We will reflect upon the complexity of privilege, marginalization, and oppression; notice and assess our own perspectives and invite new ones; bear witness to one another; deeply feel our responses, our wondering; and explore how we live out our commitment to justice in our congregational life. We will do this with worship, music, reflection, sharing and bearing witness, hula hoops and post-it notes, video and humor.
This workshop is appropriate for high-school-aged and older.
Childcare will be provided if requested by
Monday, Oct. 21.
Lunch will be provided with voluntary donations requested to cover the cost of this and our presenter’s expenses.
Same day registration is OK, but pre-registration is better!!
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UNLIKELY PARTNERS FOR PEACE
Monday, November 4
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Congregation Ohav Shalom
113 New Krumkill Road, Albany 12208
In the West Bank, Palestinians and Israelis live in separate universes without real human contact. Roots/Shorashim/Judur is changing that reality, fostering a grassroots movement of understanding, nonviolence and transformation.
Come hear firsthand the personal stories of Shadi Abu Awwad, a Palestinian activist, and Hanan Schlesinger, an Orthodox rabbi and passionate Zionist settler, who came together – with painful hope – to build dialogue and cooperation.
Our speakers do not come with blueprinted peace plans in hand, but with the deep conviction that human understanding and trust are the prerequisites for lasting justice, freedom, and peace in the land they both call home. Come to learn and be inspired! In these times of increased polarization – nationally and internationally – we have much to learn about how to listen, to open our hearts and minds and support peace.
For more information about Roots visit www.Friendsofroots.net
This presentation is sponsored by the:
First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany Nigel Wright Fund
and Congregation Ohav Shalom.
Supporters: Capital District Board of Rabbis
We welcome Justin Wright as Albany UU's new Sexton! Justin will be working on Sunday as well as most Tuesdays for a total of ten hours per week.
Aside from doing well as Sexton at Albany UU, Justin has a great passion for web design, graphic design and technology as a whole. He is going part-time to Hudson Valley Community College for the Associate’s Degree in Web Design, and spends his spare time fixing computers and devices. He believes in the ideals and principles of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany, and strongly believes that people should feel welcome and comfortable coming to and taking part in all activities in the church.
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)
7:00 PM UU Humanists (3rd)
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)
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:
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 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)
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
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