Windows Weekly June 11, 2020
Albany UU Windows Weekly

Welcome to Windows Weekly, Albany UU's central source for news and updates. Please stay safe and stay connected to your Albany UU Community during this uncertain time in the many ways provided online - all described below.

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-Blessings and Be Well
We 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 .

June 14, "Roots and Wings," Dan Miyake, Intern Minister
These times, they are a’ changing … Unitarian Universalism is a Living Tradition – one whose faith is not dead and stagnant, or chained to concrete slabs of dogma or creed. Our denomination lives and breathes by its ability, its necessity, to change while holding onto its roots for stability. In our roots we find our strength and foundation, but change is the vehicle by which we move forward to new ideas, new visions, and new actions. Now, more than ever, we must hold onto our roots very tight as we prepare to fly full force into an unknown future.

Music Provided b y Elena Karpoff, Chris Jensen and Randy Rosette

Use this link and password to join the service:

To dial in by phone: 1-929-436-2866:
Meeting ID: 299 018 7785
Password: 0000
The summer schedule begins with Sunday, June 21

Albany UU Virtual Summer Services
The last Sunday of the regular service year is June 14; our summer services start June 21 and continue through September 6.

8:30 a.m. Virtual Sunday Meditation continues through the summer and we will have Virtual Service at 10:00 AM each Sunday. Summer services are coordinated by Randy Rosette, with a delightful list of guests in the pulpit, including Rev. Sam and an opportunity to virtually attend the General Assembly service!

Find more information about our summer services here .

June 21, "Who Are You?" Dan Miyake
We make instant assessments of other people based on their clothing, accent, mannerisms, demeanor, age, and other factors within just a few seconds of meeting them. In a way, we create that person's identity in our minds before we ever, if ever, get to know them - the real person. It is our assumptions of what we think someone should be like that is often projected onto them, instead of us allowing that person to reveal who they are. Can we truly see another person's true soul without making judgments and assumptions?
Dan Miyake is currently serving Albany UU as our ministerial intern. He hails from Dayton, Ohio, and claims the Miami Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Dayton as his home congregation. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Earlham School of Religion (a Quaker seminary) in Richmond, Indiana, and worked as a Chaplain Resident at a level 1 Trauma Hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina. Upon completion of his internship here, Dan will be moving to Michigan to serve as the minister of his own UU congregation.

Dan also holds a Master of Music Education degree, and plays the French horn. He currently lives in Albany with his partner, Erica, and their and their two tri-pod cats. They both enjoy fishing, going to parks, collecting rocks and gemstones, and exploring antique stores. 

June 28  UUA General Assembly Worship Service

Join us virtually at 10:00 AM for the largest annual gathering of UUs joining in worship. The worship service will include a collection for the Tomaquag Museum , an indigenous museum featuring an extensive collection and archive of Southern New England tribal communities. Join the live streaming of this service here.

Joys and Concerns for Online Services
We have three ways that you can share your joys and concerns.
  • One: Use the online form. If you use this form, you can indicate if you would like to have your joys and concerns shared at the Sunday service, and you can leave contact info if you would like a Pastoral Care Associate to follow up with you.
  • Two: Email your joy or sorrow to before Sunday morning to have them read aloud during the service
  • Three: We will be giving you instructions during the Sunday service about how to share your joys and concerns then.

Sunday Offering
If you would like to make a contribution to the Sunday Offering "Plate", click or send your check, with Sunday Offering on the memo line, to the church: 405 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12206. Mail is still being processed while the building is closed.

Text to Give
Try our text to give option! Simply text the amount and fund (for example: 20 offering or 20 pledge) to  844-976-2618 . There's a  helpful video  to watch with step by step instructions and a informative  written guide  with visuals.

Sunday services will be online via Zoom at 10:00 AM EST. There will be no service, religious education or other activities in the church building until further notice.

Wearing your Zoom “Name Tag”
When signing into a Zoom worship service on a Sunday morning, you can't put on your traditional name tag to be welcoming to others, but you CAN rename your screen so that it displays your full name. This is the new way to practice hospitality with everyone who is part of the online worship service.

To change your screen name, look for three white dots, usually appearing in the upper right corner of your zoom window when you hover over it with your cursor. Click the dots, and a dropdown menu will appear. One of the options in the dropdown menu is "Rename." Click that option, and a box will pop up that displays the name currently showing in your Zoom window. If it's not your full name or names, change it to your name(s) and click the "Save" button.
If you have any questions, feel free to send an Usher a message in the Chat on a Sunday or email Tammy Hathaway - anytime. Thanks for taking this extra step to be welcoming!
Start your Sunday Morning with Meditation - 8:30 - 9:15 AM
Sunday morning meditation, led by Rev. Sam, begins with a ten-minute talk by Sharon Salzberg or Joseph Goldstein from their course on Insight Meditation. We will sit together for twenty minutes then have some conversation about the talk, meditation methods or experiences followed by a live loving kindness meditation. 
Use this link to join:

To dial in by phone call: 1-929-436-2866 and enter
Meeting ID: 299 018 7785
Password: 0000

Philosophy Group
At 10:00 AM every Tuesday , the Albany UU Philosophy Group will meet via zoom and discuss their topic of the day. All are welcome.

Use this link to join:

To dial in by phone, call: 1-929-436-2866 
Meeting ID: 987 7102 4708
Password: 0000

Congregation Zoom Check In
Get connected during the week with other Albany UU members and friends by coming to the Zoom checkins on Thursday, June 11 (that's today!) and June 18, 4-5pm , led by Rev. Sam .

Use this link to join:

Meeting ID: 518-366-4532
Password: 4051842

Walker Book Group
Join the Walker Book Group, this Sunday, June 14 at 6:00 pm . We will discuss  Olive, Again  by Elizabeth Strout. Learn more here .

Use this link to join:
To dial in by phone: 1-929-436-2866:
Meeting ID: 299 018 7785
Password: 0000

Ps and Qs
Projects and Quilts (Ps and Qs) will zoom on Wednesday, June 24 at 10:00 AM.

Use this link to join:

To dial by phone: 929-436-2866
Meeting ID: 970 3238 2631
Password: 0000

Albany UU Sings -- New Dates for Summertime!
Sing along in Virtual Community on the following Wednesdays for the Summertime:

   June 24
   July 8 and July 22
   August 5 and August 19

At 7:00 PM,  join your friends and sing your heart out! We will supply the music and the lyrics. Hope to see you there.

Use this link to join:

By phone: 1-929-436-2866 Meeting ID: 935725639
Kimberly Jones, Co-Author of " I'm Not Dying with You Tonight " on the why of current "civil unrest":

Trevor Noah video that Jones references - on the broken social contract between America and black Americans:

Our Inclusivity Team is offering resources for our ongoing education and reflection to address white supremacy culture at Albany UU. Are you finding that you have some time for reading and watching videos these days? Consider settling in with these titles by authors of color to help you become familiar with a diversity of human experiences. 
For adults and youth (with guidance, as needed):
Just Mercy: A story of justice and redemption. By Bryan Stevenson. (2015). A true-life story, this book points out a myriad of problems with our broken justice system. It was a 2015-2016 UUA Common Read. Available to borrow in digital and audio format from the library on Libby.
The adapted movie (2019) is now streaming for free in the month of June. Look here to find a link to the platform that will work for you:
For all:                                                   
My Princess Boy. By Cheryl Kilodavis. (2009). This is a beautiful story. It’s available to borrow in digital and audio format from the library on Libby. Here is a tender, strong read-aloud version, showing the book’s illustrations (2 minutes long):

BLM Yard sign
If you would like a Black Lives Matter yard sign (pictured), email Peggy Sherman at . We have some now and can order more. $11.00 each.

For Reflection
Read the important message from our Inclusivity Team.

Read today's Times Union article by Chris Churchill featuring members of Albany UU living their UU values!

If you are considering ways to help , here is a link to a directory of community bail funds. There is one in Albany NY for black citizens. Consider making a contribution to a  community bail fund near you .

Virtual Sunday Service Survey
We’ve been doing online Zoom services for three months. As we head into our summer service schedule, it is a good time to evaluate how we are doing in the virtual Zoom environment creating meaningful, stimulating, uplifting, challenging, inspiring, moving, and connecting services on Sunday morning. Please give us some feedback on your satisfaction using this form:
The survey is designed to be very quick to fill out, 2 minutes, to let us know how we are doing. While testing the survey we’ve already identified a good change to improve the experience, you’ve got others too. Please don’t delay, and fill out the survey TODAY! Thanks from your Sunday service Production Team. 

You’re Invited to Virtual General Assembly!
From June 24 to 28, UUs from across the US and around the world will join together online for General Assembly, the annual meeting of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations (UUA). Albany UU will be represented by 7 delegates appointed by the Board of Trustees, but everyone is invited! There are 2 ways to participate:

  • Drop in for the public events, which include the General Sessions (reports, presentations, voting on UUA business) and 3 very special worship services.

  • Register as an online participant for $150 per person, which in addition gives you access to the Ware Lecture to be given by Naomi Klein, the Welcoming Session, and a variety of workshops and special events on topics including anti-racism, colonialism, spiritual practice, stewardship, and more. You will be able to watch and ask questions in live sessions, while our delegates will also be able to propose amendments, participate in debates, and vote.

More information can be found at , or contact Peggy Sherman (  
Helping an Albany UU Member or Friend in Economic Distress
There are times our members find themselves in a temporary economic shortfall and need some help to get through their crisis. There are two ways you can help.
The first way is our Economic Distress Fund that was created in 2008. This fund is a very modest fund without a lot of money right now but can make a big difference when it is needed. If you’d like to contribute to this fund to help an Albany UU member in need in the future, make a donation to the fund by denoting it should go to the “Economic Distress Fund.”
The second way is helping one person. You may know of a specific member or friend in financial need. If you wish to assist that person and would like to have your donation be anonymous there is a way to do that through our congregation. You may 1) make a donation to the Minister’s Discretionary Fund, 2) alert the minister that you have done so and the person you would like to direct the money to. 3) A check will be written to that individual in that amount (or collating several donations as one) and 4) be sent to that person with a note from the minister.
Either method is a way for members and friends of our congregation to help each other when they find themselves in economic distress.

Pledge year alert!
As our church fiscal year (2019-20) winds to a close (June 30, to be exact) 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 2020-21 pledge, some still are on 2019-20. Please, please write ‘Pledge’ and the fiscal year you’re paying toward on the memo line.

Log into Church DB ( Getting Started with Church DB ) to find out your balance or email Assistant Treasurer, Kathy Harris: 

Scheduling Zoom meetings
We currently have two zoom accounts that we can use for meetings. To request a Zoom meeting, please do so just as you would when requesting a room to use in our building - using Church Database. When you choose your resources, or "room", choose between Zoom 1 and Zoom 3. There are links to instructions below. This is the preferred method but requests can also be sent via email to Sapphire:

When you send an email, please have a few dates and times that will work for your meeting to minimize a lot of time consuming negotiating. Thank you!
Staying the Course
Patti Jo Newell

This is a crucial time.

In one sense, our UU values and principles provide a beacon for how to respond to the murder of George Floyd by the Minneapolis police and to the militaristic response to mostly peaceful protests throughout the country. In another sense, that’s really too easy. Big ideas enlighten, but the work that really matters is way down deep in the details. And for most white people, myself among them, this is where we stumble.

Generally speaking, it is human nature in a crisis to rise to the occasion. The moment demands it of us. Reactions to what we’ve witnessed unfolding since George Floyd was murdered have flowed effortlessly in our outrage. How could anyone not be horrified? It is harder to take in the devastating details of racism’s many faces and the microaggressions that Black people and people of color experience while going about the ordinary business of their day. White people have difficulty staying present to these realities, to maintain the necessary focus to interrupt the everyday pressure of white supremacy and racism.

I remember a time nearly two decades past, I was on a panel concerning the intersection of racism in the anti-violence against women movement. It had been an intense conference and this particular session was equally so. After our presentations and during the audience discussion a Black colleague sitting next to me startled the audience and panelists alike saying, “You can’t handle the truth. You don’t really want to know.” It was one of the rawest things I’ve ever heard. The moment cycles in my memory with some regularity, each time reminding me that I don’t see the whole picture, that a good portion of the time I don’t want to see it.

And therein lies the rub.

Our attention span for this difficult work is absurdly short. We retreat into the relative safety of our lives because we can. People of color have no such option. We can be heartened that the spotlight is finally on the systemic nature of racism. Mainstream news outlets are loud with the devastating details. Real change seems possible. But it is the nature of spotlights to fade. What about the silence sure to follow?

This is a crucial time. We at Albany UU have begun our anti-racism work. We’ve started to look internally at how white supremacy culture is rooted within our congregation, just as it is outside of it. We’ve begun to explore white privilege. We want to become better allies.

But it is only a beginning. And we have a long way to go. It is incumbent on us to stay the course, to maintain energy behind our commitment to interrupt racism and white supremacy, especially when it is flagging elsewhere. People of color know too well how good intentioned white people get riled up and embrace The Cause, only to see us lose energy, lose focus. There will be opportunities ahead to learn, to grow, to engage. We’re fortunate to have the Inclusivity Team to create and to connect us with these opportunities. Albany UU can do better, can be better.

This is a crucial time.
-Leah Purcell, Director of Religious Education and Family Ministry (DREFM),

Survey for Parents and Caretakers About Summer RE Offerings
Leah Elizabeth and, the RE Council would like to hear from you and use your input for planning offerings for children, youth and families this summer. There are lots of possibilities, so we'll need your guidance. Even if your answer is “no thanks,” please fill out this survey  by FRIDAY JUNE 12. 

Short Family Chapel Zoom
This is a time for children, youth, parents/caretakers and RE volunteers to gather for 10 -15 minutes while the first part of the Sunday service is happening. It will be a chance for us to see each other and check in. We’ll also have a chalice lighting and a meditation. The Zoom Family Chapel will be a separate Zoom meeting from the regular service. We’ll start at 10:05 and finish around 10:20. At that time you can join the Zoom meeting for the service or just move on with your day. If you join the service, you’ll be in time for joys and sorrows and the meditation, the story and the sermon. You might want to settle your children in with some quiet activity nearby if you want to hear the sermon.

Zoom Meeting for Family Chapel
Password: 4051842 (our address and the year the congregation was founded)
Dial in: 1 929 436 2866 Meeting ID: 931 0179 4118

Story Time
Tracey Hickey and Leah Purcell are taking turns readings chapter book. It's a great time for your child to jump on line with other children from Albany UU and start listening. We start with an opportunity for the children to check-in with how things are going for them; that has been really nice for the children.

Chapter books 7:00-7:30 pm Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays  - geared for children in 2nd-6th grade.

Open to people of all ages. Supervise your kids as you would at Coffee Hours; keep an eye on them, but you don't have to be right there all the time.

Zoom link to join:
Dial in: 1 929 436 2866 Meeting ID: 801 480 305
Password: 4051842 (our address and the year the congregation was founded)

Check the recently updated Family Ministries Page for Resources for Families to talk about recent events
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.

Member Mairetta Angelotti and Pong Chan share a sorrow: Our family experienced sorrow that a neighbor left an anonymous angry note about our Black Lives Matter chalk art on our driveway.

Member and DREFM, Leah Purcell shares a transition: My stepfather had a fall recently. He didn't break anything; he was in rehab and has moved to assisted living. He also turned 96.

Member, Rick Piet share a joy: This week I discovered a cranberry-apple pie in our freezer from last fall’s bake sale. There’s nothing like a UU pie to chase away the blues! 

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 provides 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 friendsly “check in’s” from Caring Network members. Please reach out to the Caring Network if you need.
In early 2019, I received a call from Al DeSalvo. He was calling on behalf of the nominating committee, and I assumed he would ask me to run for another term on the Social Responsibilities Council. Needless to say, his ask surprised me: He wanted me to run for a position on the Board of Trustees. 

At first I wondered, “Why me?” I’d only been a member for a few years. Occasionally, people still approached Kelly and me to ask if we were visitors! But after giving it some thought, I accepted (Al can be very persuasive). Last May at our annual meeting, the congregation elected me to a three-year term.

Despite my initial nerves, I’m glad I said yes. I’ve learned so much about our congregation by reading, listening to conversations, and asking questions. It has also been fulfilling to work with others as we move our community forward. 

I can’t run through everything we’ve done in the past year, but I’m especially proud of our work to become a “visioning” board. This was no small feat given the difficulty involved in changing our governance structure. But we’ve made steady progress by working with our newly-formed Ministry and Operations Team. Soon, you will see a brand-new “vision statement” crafted and approved by the Board.

Our congregation has also faced its fair share of challenges during this time. The ongoing pandemic has been tough. We’ve lost our physical community, and we’ve had to make tough budgetary decisions due to revenue shortfalls. And as the police and citizens continue to take Black lives, we must wrestle with how we work to dismantle white supremacy - in ourselves, in our congregation, and in the world at large. 

For our incoming Board members, welcome aboard! I look forward to working with you. If you’re brand new, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I would love to talk about my experiences. If you’ve already done a stint on the Board, I’d also enjoy talking to you. There’s so much left for me to learn. 

And to the congregation, thanks for placing your faith in me to fill this important role. I’m excited to see what the rest of my term holds. 

-Zach Cunningham

More from our Blogs:

Early bird deadline extended for UU Weekend at Silver Bay
October 16-18

Make this weekend the highlight of your fall season!

I love getting to spend a whole weekend with our UU families! I encourage Albany UU members to contribute to the scholarship fund so more people can attend this year.
-Jill Peckenpaugh

See a preliminary schedule of activities here . Some confirmed workshops include Sex with Jill and Brian , led by two seasoned OWL (Our Whole Lives) instructors, Y oga Dance, Beatles Spirituality, Photography, Swinging and Swaying to the Music-A Introductory Lesson to Beginning East Coast Swing, From Global Warming to Climate Emergency: What We Can Do Now? and Affirming Female Sexuality.

Access the registration form here and follow the mailing instructions.

The deadline to receive the early bird discount price for UU Weekend at Silver Bay has been extended JUNE 30!  Children under 6 are free with substantial discounts for older children and youth.

Note: We are currently experiencing a time of physical distancing and cancellations of group gatherings due to Covid-19. If the UU Weekend at Silver Bay is cancelled because of continued or reinstated restrictions, registered participants will receive a full refund. Learn more here .
The Green Sanctuary Committee (GSC) would like to thank the 64 households that completed our survey. Currently, 43 of these households use some form of renewable sources to supply their electricity.

Here are some other interesting results from the survey:

  • 19 households have personal solar panels at their residences. The consolidation of the solar installation business that has occurred is obvious because nine of these installations were done by companies that are no longer in business.

  • 28 households get their electricity from suppliers who use renewable sources including solar and wind. Nine households have solar panels but still get additional electricity from renewable suppliers to supplement the power produced by their panels.

  • 5 households get their energy from a local solar farm. 

The GSC’s original plan, prior to the Covid restrictions, was to display these results on a thermometer in Channing Hall but we had to settle for the picture that accompanies this article. Thanks to John Cooley for making the thermometer. The thermometer shows the number of Albany UU households getting electricity from renewable sources. 

After reviewing the results the GSC has decided to set a goal of having 100 Albany UU households using renewable sources to generate their electricity by Earth Day 2021. We will be working on this goal by:

  • Researching alternative energy suppliers and putting articles in Windows with recommendations.

  • Reaching out to households who completed the survey and indicated an interest in using renewable energy.

  • Helping households through the process of switching to renewable sources.
Virtual Service Ushers
This is a great opportunity to volunteer on a Sunday morning! Ushers are needed on Sunday mornings to help provide a safe and enjoyable virtual experience. W e STILL need folks who would be willing to volunteer to help. Tammy will provide a quick and simple training. PLEASE contact her if you'd like to learn more:

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 Meixne r or 518/439-5947.

YOU can make a difference!
We at Albany UU are making an effort to increase our visibility and connectivity online. YOU can help, and it's quick and easy! Simply like, follow and share pages and posts on any of our social media platforms, or leave a positive Facebook or Google review. Google Albany UU or find us here:

Publication deadlines
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Regular events and meetings

Many of these events and meetings will continue online, however dates and times may vary. Please contact the Team or Group Leader or email if you have questions.

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 Ps and Qs (June 10, 24)

10:00 AM      Philosophy Discussion (weekly)

1:00 PM       All Sides Considered (1st & 3rd)
6:30 PM       Board of Trustees (4th)
Going to miss a Sunday?

Online service are generally recorded

Sunday, June 7, watch it here.

Sunday, May 31,  watch it here .

"Religion, Sex and Politics: A Conversation for Polite Company" with Rabbi Dennis Ross watch it here.

Sunday, May 24, watch it here

Sunday, May 17, watch it here

Building Justice, Equity and Compassion in Human Relations: A Trauma-Informed Perspective with Jaye Holly and Danisha Burnett-Bonner, May 17, watch it here

Partner Church slide show, watch it here

HMUU Join Service with Paula Cole Jones, Sunday, April 5, watch it here

Community of Communities workshop with Paula Cole Jones, watch it here

For previous services, before quarantine:
You can listen to the entire Albany UU Sunday service at home or on your mobile device. March 1 and 8 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 - when the building reopens: 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:
The Albany UU Office is closed during this time of physical distancing. Sam, Leah, Tammy and Sapphire have their messages forwarded to their personal cell phones and are available by email.


Zoom use
To reserve Zoom for an Albany UU online meeting, contact Administrative Assistant Sapphire Correa (518.463.7135 or ).

Photo credit: Jeannie Thompson
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