Windows Weekly September 17, 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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This Sunday, Sept 20 we begin "RE for ALL". Check out the ways to renew your spirit on Sundays plus the many opportunities to engage during the week. Don't see what you're looking for? Tell us what you'd like offered! Send an email to We appreciate your input and feedback.

-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.
10:00 am

Sept 20, "Bringing Beloved Community to Life,” Rev. Sam Trumbore
As part of working to update and improve our governance, your Board has been working hard to take your guidance from our mission and the January World Café to craft a vision of where we are going to unify and direct our efforts. The Board and the Ministry and Operations Team will announce it and help us recognize how we can be involved in bringing this vision to life.

Music provided by Elena Karpoff, Chris Jensen and Randy Rosette

Use this link to join:

To dial in by phone: 1-929-436-2866:
Meeting ID: 299 018 7785
Password: 0000
Albany UU Virtual Services - Live via Zoom

Begin your Sunday morning with Rev. Sam guiding an 8:30 Virtual Meditation session until 9:15 (see below under Upcoming Ways to Connect for more info). We then have Virtual Service beginning at 10:00 each Sunday and a chance to stay online for virtual "Coffee Hour" followed by RE for ALL, beginning Sept 20 at 11:30. Look for more info about RE for ALL below.

Use this link to join Sunday service:

To dial in by phone: 1-929-436-2866:
Meeting ID: 299 018 7785
Password: 0000
Sept 20, "Bringing Beloved Community to Life,” Rev. Sam Trumbore
As part of working to update and improve our governance, your Board has been working hard to take your guidance from our mission and the January World Café to craft a vision of where we are going to unify and direct our efforts. The Board and the Ministry and Operations Team will announce it and help us recognize how we can be involved in bringing this vision to life.

Music provided by Elena Karpoff, Chris Jensen and Randy Rosette

Sept 27, "Return to Love … Again,” Rev. Sam Trumbore
The Jewish High Holy Days begin to end tonight with Yom Kippur. These Days of Awe, a time of repentance and renewal come to a focus during these last twenty-four hours. Unitarian Universalists can join in by reflecting on where we have fallen short and caused harm, reconcile and make amends, renew and restore relationships and return to love … again … for another year.

Music provided by featured artist, Olivia Karis-Nix in addition to Elena Karpoff, Chris Jensen and Randy Rosette

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 being processed while the building is closed.

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 an 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. Not familiar with Zoom? Our minister, Rev. Sam Trumbore will give you a brief tutorial.

Use this link to join the Sunday service:

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

Zoom Etiquette - NEW
Participation in a Zoom Sunday Service needs everyone’s cooperation for it to be successful. By being careful about your video and audio while attending a UU Zoom Sunday service, you can help can make the service a pleasant, welcoming, inspiring and meaningful experience for everyone.

If your video is on, please be attentive to what others are seeing. If your audio is on, please mute it, and be aware that if you are accidentally un-muted, anything you say could be broadcast to everyone and disrupt the service. It is wise to treat entering a Zoom Sunday service as if you had just walked into Community Hall during a silent meditation

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 during service or email Tammy Hathaway - anytime. Thanks for taking this extra step to be welcoming!

Every Sunday beginning this Sunday, Sept 20

Note: all Adult RE for All offerings will be found leaving the Albany UU Zoom #1 where the Sunday service can be seen and heard and moving to Rev. Sam’s Zoom #2. The link will be visible in the Zoom Group Chat after 11:15am.

Conversational Response – This is your opportunity to reflect with the Sunday service presenter on what the service has elicited from you and listen to the responses of others. The purpose isn’t to debate the rightness or wrongness of the service, though references, anecdotes, and stories might be further explored, and fact checked. The goal is for people to go deeper with the service through the process of mutual reflection and response. The first meeting will be after the September 20th service at 11:30am until noon.

Planned for the future:
  • Forums – Social Responsibilities Council or Green Sanctuary or Inclusivity Team will have a guest presenter (not every Sunday) or an announced discussion topic of general interest.
  • Adult Education Classes – UU History, UU Theology, other topics to stimulate growth and development.
  • Learn About Albany UU – Meet with a person from the Membership Committee who can answer your questions about Albany UU and give you information about ways to get more involved in our congregation.

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:

By phone: 1-929-436-2866
Meeting ID: 299 018 7785
Password: 0000

Philosophy Group
At 10:15 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:

By phone: 1-929-436-2866 
Meeting ID: 987 7102 4708
Password: 0000

Ps and Qs
Projects and Quilts (Ps and Qs) will zoom next on Wednesday, Sept 23 at 10:00 AM.
Save this Wednesday dates at 10:00 AM for this fall.
Oct 7, 21
Nov 4, 18
Dec 2, 16

Use this link to join:

By phone: 929-436-2866
Meeting ID: 299 018 7785
Password: 0000

A NEW chance to Connect and Build Community!
Connect with Three
The best way to feel connected in our congregation is to meet people and get to know them. Connect With Three randomly matches you with another person for a 15 minute conversation three times. The conversation can be free form or guided by questions centered on our theme of the month, “renewal” in September, depending on each pairing’s desires. At the end of an hour, you’ll have had three interesting conversations and met or renewed connections with three people.

Wednesday, Sept 23 from 4-5pm
Tuesdays, 29 from 7-8pm

Use this link to join:

By phone: 929-436-2866
Meeting ID: 299 018 7785
Password: 0000

No reservations required, just show up! (Note that if you arrive late you might be required to wait in the waiting room before being admitted – so come a little early!)

Albany UU Sings
Join your friends and sing your heart out in Virtual Community! We will supply the music and the lyrics.
Save these Wednesday dates at 7:00 PM for this fall.
Sept 23
Oct 7, 21
Nov 4, 18
Dec 2, 16
Hope to see you there.

Use this link to join: (Note new Zoom link and meeting ID)

By phone: 1-929-436-2866
Meeting ID: 979 5961 1765
Passcode: 0000

A Virtual Orientation for Newcomers on Zoom!
Getting to Know UU
Saturday, September 26th, is a great chance for some of us at Albany UU to get to know YOU -- but it's also a perfect opportunity for you to learn about this Unitarian Universalist congregation, explore the roots of "UUism," and begin to figure out how participating in congregational life can enhance your personal journey.

Please join us:
10:00 AM to noon - Note update time
Saturday, Sept 26

Use this link to join:

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

Signing up is preferred, but logins the day of are welcome!
To sign up: Send an email to

Dear Members and Friends,

I hope you and yours are faring well during the pandemic. While this has been a difficult time, I’m heartened by the community we’ve been able to sustain virtually. I know, too, that folks have been wondering about the status of the building, so I wanted to take this time to provide you with an update.

First and foremost, our building is closed.

Staff occasionally use the building for a limited time when there are tasks that cannot be accomplished offsite. There are others who enter the building to perform limited tasks, such as the handling of our finances, watering plants, checking plumbing, etc. And we are very grateful for those who are helping to keep things going in the absence of regular use.

However, the building is beginning to see more traffic than what is described above. It’s important that we all continue to treat the building as closed and refrain from using it as a site of convenience. Staff makes a point of scheduling their time in the building so as to minimize, as much as possible, contact with other staff who might need to use the building. The point of that is defeated when members are turning up during those times. And our commitment to staff safety is compromised.

So, we’re going to implement a strategy to help manage building traffic for use that is deemed necessary to the work of the congregation. This strategy would need to be implemented anyway in the event of a gradual reopening in order to comply with NYS regulation. We’re going to start using it now to manage the limited use we’re already seeing. The new procedure is as follows:

  1. All members and friends must receive pre-clearance from staff (at this point, Tammy: before entering the building. This will enable staff to schedule those who need to enter the building so that there is minimal overlap among individuals. The assumption is that these visits will be brief.
  2. Each individual needs to fill out a short health survey prior to or immediately upon entry of the building, each time they enter. The survey is available online (preferred) and will be in paper form at the membership desk if needed.
  3. All members, friends and staff must wear a mask while in the building.
  4. Members and friends will please limit the duration and frequency of time spent in the building.

Staff will provide further details about this process as necessary. I thank you in advance for your support of this strategy and for prioritizing the safety of staff, members and friends of our congregation.

Finally, the Board is finalizing a set of guidelines for the Ministries and Operations Team to use at some point when considering whether a function may be held in the building, and establishing criteria for its use. Here, too, the baseline assumption will be that most functions will continue to be held virtually.

Thank you for all you do on behalf of our beloved congregation.

Patti Jo Newell

More from our Blogs:

Race in the Workplace
Thought-provoking for individuals and organizations exploring race, including Abany UU...
"Join Shaun Harper, one of the world's leading racial equity experts, and Zoom's Chief Diversity Officer Damien Hooper-Campbell, for a multi-part series focused on practical approaches to improving and advancing racial equity, diversity, and inclusion in organizations."   View the first three episodes here and watch for six more, beginning September 24th:

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 authors of color to help you become familiar with a diversity of human experiences.

For All:
I Am Enough, by Grace Byers. (2018). Poem, litany, meditation, this short book, read on audiobook by the author, is a 3-minute-long treasure.  Available in hard copy, digital download, and digital audio book from the Upper Hudson Library System (UHLS).

Engaging in Actions of Immediate Witness
Our Social Responsibilities Council (SRC) has been charged with “engaging the congregation in discussion and discernment of the UUA 2020 General Assembly [two] Actions of Immediate Witness for recommendation to the Board regarding a course of action for Albany UU.

It was previously announced that there would be opportunity for discussion in break-out rooms following the September 20th service. That discussion had been moved to following the September 27th service. Read the whole announcement from Sept 8, keeping in mind the date for discussion has changed. Contact Jean Poppei, Chair of SRC, at with questions.

Community Breakfast - Grab and Go Bags
Grab and go bags will be put outside this Saturday, Sept 19. Some suggested items needed for the bags include cheese sticks, bananas, other fruit, snack bars, juice containers, water bottles, yogurt and spoons, muffins, breakfast bars, bread slices, cookies, or even masks. Food items need to be individually wrapped or bagged. 

Contact Carol by e-mail ( or call/text (518) 275-7497 if you can help with supplies or on Saturday. Saturday participation will be limited so volunteers can keep their distance. 

Much thanks for your enthusiastic support!

Remember to UU the Vote!
Are you worried about voter suppression distorting the upcoming critical elections?

Here's an opportunity to make an impact from the safety and comfort of home!

We are partnering with Reclaim Our Vote to send thousands of postcards to voters of color in states with voter suppression problems to make sure they know how to take advantage of early voting. ROV campaigns have a proven record of making an impact on voter turnout.

This is a nonpartisan effort, but we firmly believe that the more people vote, the better it will be for candidates who share our values!

Packets of postcards with instructions will be available continuing into October. Please contact Karen Kaufmann at if you are interested and to get the details of how to join up. 

And spread the word! Non-UUs are welcome to participate!

UU the Vote reminds us that to help lead in the fight against voter suppression and authoritarianism, this work requires all of us to act. Take the Vote Love Pledge today!

Find more information about UU the Vote here:

Recycling Reminder
Don't forget! It's time to start turning in our collected corks, personal products, toothpaste tubes and toothbrushes and Brita filters. These items can be dropped off at Betsy Wright's and left in the plastic container under the front steps. Please call the office for more information: 518.463.7135. Albany UU is also starting to recycle used ballpoint pens. These can also be dropped in the container. Thanks. 
The Green Sanctuary Committee 

Calling all artists
Ellen Chernoff, our Art Wall organizer, would like to call artists to get those paintbrushes painting, pencils drawing, cameras rolling, etc. and make some art! The building will not be opening any time soon, but when it does, Ellen would like you to be ready for a member art show.

Open to artists of all ages, media (watercolor, pastel, photography, etc.) skills, and styles.
Art work should be framed, wired, and ready to hang. Attach a 3x5 index card on the back of the
work with: artist name & contact information, the title of the work, and the price (if for sale).
Questions may be directed to Ellen Thea Chernoff 518-463-5503.

When we are once again able to be together in person, the show will be put together for viewing in Channing Hall.

Submitting announcements for the "Announcement Slide" or to be read during virtual Sunday service
Announcements pertaining to Albany UU activities can be read by either Rev. Sam, the Sunday Service Associate, or the person submitting the announcement. Announcements can ALSO be added to the Sunday service "Announcement Slide".

  • Submit your announcement to Tammy Hathaway, Church Administrator (, by Friday, 9:00 AM, to be incorporated into the announcement portion of the upcoming Sunday service. Please specify how you would like your announcement handled - to be read aloud and by who, added to the Announcement Slide or BOTH
  • Announcements must be submitted ahead, even if the person submitting will be reading their own announcement.
  • Please write out in words the name of your committee. Too many initials result in confusion and is not welcoming: SRC = Social Responsibilities Council RSC = Religious Services Committee
  • Include contact information if folks should have questions or would like more information.

If you have questions, please contact Tammy. Thank you so much!

Scheduling Zoom Meetings
We understand that during these challenging times, things can get chaotic but please try and remember to request your Zoom meeting several days in advance. If we receive a request on a Saturday for a Zoom meeting the next day, Sunday, that request will not be processed in time and you and your team may be disappointed.

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!

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

-Elizabeth Baldes, Religious Education Coordinator,

RE Registration
It's especially important for parents/caretakers to register their children this year. This way we will know how to plan for each group, and ensure you have the passwords to our online events. Correct contact information is vital for communication this year as we are meeting virtually and won’t see each other in the halls or at coffee hour. We’ve shortened up the form to make it as quick and easy as possible.
PLEASE NOTE: 8th GRADERS MUST BE REGISTERED BY 9/20 and 9th GRADERS MUST BE REGISTERED BY 9/21. This is so that we can order special materials and make other special arrangements. Click here to register

All parents, children and youth are invited to join our Mighty Network, The Treehouse
This includes families who are not registering their children for online RE.
This is our own multigenerational community to live our UU values. Our topics include UU’s in Action; UU’s at Play; UU’s at Church; UU’s in Spirit; and UU’s at Home. Click here or mail a Leah for details to join:

This Sunday, Sept 20, RE for all the children and youth starts at 11:30 AM
We'll start with a short (15 min) Family Chapel that will include the story for the week. Then we'll have break out rooms for each group in 8th grade and younger and for youth in 10th-12th grade. Click here for the zoom link Ninth graders choosing to do the Coming of Age program will meet starting next Sunday, Sept 27. Ninth graders may choose between Coming of Age and joining the 8th grade Book Group this year.

Pick up your supplies for children in PreK through 5th grade
Pick up all activity supplies for online RE, this Saturday, Sept 19 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm outside our church building at 405 Washington Ave. or contact Leah Purcell at for alternate times or home delivery.

The RE Roundup – the Newsletter for the RE community for children and youth includes details on the program this year. Wondering about what’s being offered and at what time and on what Sundays? Check out the Q and A.
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, Al De Salvo shares a concern: While spending time on the northern edge of the Adirondack Park, Susan Thompson fell and broke her wrist, resulting in five weeks in a cast

Member, Michael Braunstein shares a joy: I'm happy about the camaraderie at the vigil for Black Lives Matter on Saturdays at the Troy Farmers Market. Thanks Ann Marie and Archie.

Members, Patti Jo Newell & Bruce Rodgers share a joy: We're pleased that Mateo is doing well and settling in at SUNY Plattsburgh, and that the university is taking student, faculty, and community safety seriously.

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, Phil Rich, Randy Rosette, Sandy Stone, 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 friendly “check in’s” from Caring Network members. Please reach out to the Caring Network.

Silver Bay Revisited

This is my end-of-the-summer joy. I don’t mind the winter coming after this glorious weekend..  Darnell Rohrbaugh

Lake George in the fall is spectacular. This year, the UU weekend at Silver Bay on Lake George from October 16-18 will be a unique experience. It will be smaller and less workshop-oriented, but it will be awesome!

The weekend will focus more on outdoor activities including archery, disc golf, nature hikes, boating, hiking, tennis, and other fun experiences.  Almost all kids’ activities are outside or on a large covered deck.  Many adult programs are outside.. All indoor activities, including enticing workshops and a keynote address by cartoonist John McPherson, will be held in large spread-out spaces to ensure social distancing.  The auction is cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions. There will be a not-too-social social on the front and side porches with a four piece band called “Oldies But Goodies.” 

There is still time to register for the weekend. Information, including the registration form, is available at the Albany UU members site here.   
Questions about the weekend can be directed to Mike D’Atillo at or 518-577-1399.

Note regarding safety:
Silver Bay staff have assured us that the facility is following and will continue to follow all appropriate local, state and federal guidelines and protocols related to COVID-19 to ensure the safety of all staff and guests. Updates on those guidelines and protocols will be provided in our publicity. The most current guidance in effect will be shared with all attendees just prior to the weekend. Dining during the weekend will be at tables placed a minimum of 10 feet apart. About one week before the event, attendees will be asked to identify individuals with whom they would like to share a dining table for the entire weekend. 
Registered participants who decide not to attend will be able to request a full refund up to 48 hours prior to the start date of the UU Weekend. If the Weekend is cancelled altogether because of updated social restrictions, all registered participants will receive a full refund. Individuals who prefer a single room can obtain one at the same per person rate as a shared double room. If you have already signed up for a double room and wish to change to a single, please contact Linda Way at

Note regarding affiliation: While many Albany UU members and friends organize, promote and participate in UU Weekend, it is not an Albany UU event and is not subject to Albany UU policy.

Virtual Service Ushers - We need more volunteers as we begin the service year!
This is a great opportunity to volunteer on a Sunday morning! Ushers are needed on Sunday mornings to help provide a welcoming, safe and enjoyable virtual experience. We 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 still needed
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 or 518/439-5947. Our gardeners have the grounds looking beautiful!

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
This is an important reminder that the news and article deadline for Windows Weekly is 9:00 AM on Monday. Thank you for your cooperation.

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Regular events and meetings

Most of these events and meetings 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)

10:15 AM      Philosophy Discussion (weekly)

10:00 AM     Ps and Qs (alternating)
7:00 PM     Albany UU Sings (alternating)

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

Online service is generally recorded

Sunday, Sept 6 watch it here.

Sunday, Aug 30 watch it here.

Sunday, Aug 23 watch it here.

Sunday, Aug 16 watch it here.

Sunday, Aug 9 watch it here. Read the text here.

Sunday, Aug 2 watch it here.

For previous services, pre-pandemic:
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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