Windows Weekly October 18, 2018
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Sunday Service 10:00 AM
October 21, “Thomas Starr King Revealed,” Sigrin Newell

In California in the 1860s, Unitarian minister Thomas Starr King worked with John Muir to save Yosemite. He also started a predecessor of the Red Cross and helped California join the Union as a free rather than as a slave state. Two mountain peaks and a UU seminary are named in his honor. With the help of David MacLeod and Debbie Reep MacLeod we will explore a fascinating, little known piece of American and UU history.

Dr. Sigrin Newell has been active with Albany UU for nearly 30 years. She recently retired from Walden University, a distance-learning graduate school where she taught education to doctoral students.

Music: Albany UU Choir sings music of the Civil War and Abolition

The hymns we will be singing are:

HYMN 276 “Oh Young and Fearless Prophet”
HYMN 295 “Sing out Praises for the Journey”

Here is a place you might find the words to our hymns.
Sunday Services
10:00 am

October 28, “How Can We Be a Sanctuary For Each Other,” Rev. Sam Trumbore and Leah Purcell

Sanctuaries can be a physical place that we go for safety, protection, sustenance and renewal. A congregation like ours can also offer it by the community we create for each other. One important way we do this is by honoring the births, deaths, marriages and major life transitions in our lives. The metaphor we’ll be working with is an umbrella.

NOTE: This is our Wheel of Life service, traditionally on the last Sunday of October. Anyone who has experienced a major life transition is invited to bring a picture, a symbol, or a memento of that event. It can be brought forward during service to honor that transition (and may be retrieved after service ends).

Music : Albany UU Choir and Youth Choir led by Richard Porterfield


Give Away the Plate
All contributions in the plate this Sunday, Oct. 21 will be given to SHARE (Sheridan Hollow Alliance for Renewable Energy), a 501©(3) organization, unless otherwise marked. If you write a check, make it payable to SHARE. Checks for your pledge should be made payable to Albany UU, and have "pledge" written on the memo line. As always, envelopes will be available for cash contributions that you want to earmark toward a specific fund or pledge.

SHARE’s mission is to stop the State’s proposed fracked gas power plant in the nearby Sheridan Hollow neighborhood, and to compel a renewable energy alternative. Funds are needed so that SHARE can continue to conduct forums at neighborhood churches to garner community support. Merton D. Simpson, Jr., Albany County Legislator and Co-Chair of SHARE will be available on Sunday to tell us more.

PLEASE! Help keep our shared space clean!
This is a reminder that we are ALL responsible for ensuring the cleanliness of our space. Our contracted cleaner is here Mon-Fri in the early morning only. Izzy does a good job in the limited time he is here on Sundays and Mondays. The rest of time, it is up to us to keep our spaces clean. If you or your group use any part of our building, please leave it better than you found it. This is especially important if you bring in or make food. Our cleaner is NOT responsible for the kitchen. WE ARE. (And Izzy is when he is here.) If you use anything in the kitchen, even if it's just one cup, wash it, dry it and put it back. Then wipe down the counters and clean out the sinks. The more we keep our spaces clean, the less problems we will have with unwelcome critters! Thank you!

Don’t Miss Out on the Photo Directory! Last Chance for Appointments
Photo appointments for our new photo directory are still available on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at Albany UU. We want all members and friends to be a part of it!  Sign up online or at the Get Connected Fair on Sunday. You can also call a Lifetouch representative at 1.866.756.0281 and tell them you want to schedule a photo session for the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany.

If you can’t make it to a photo session, you can still be part of the directory by submitting a photo. E-mail your photo (at least 250 dpi and preferably in horizontal format) to Peggy Sherman . If it was taken by a professional, there is a release that the photographer needs to sign.
Can you spare 2 or 3 hours to welcome and sign people in for their appointments at Albany UU?  Volunteers are needed for afternoons and evenings on October 24-26 and for the morning and afternoon of Saturday, October 27. Please let Peggy Sherman know if you are interested. Find more information here .

The Holiday Bazaar Needs You!!!
Are you an artist, crafter, knitter or avid Pinterest fan? Do you love to make things? The annual Holiday Bazaar on Sunday, December 2  needs your creative talent. We are looking for items that would make great small gifts or stocking stuffers for adults, children or pets, holiday crafts and gifts for the home - whatever you can imagine and make. Please contact Sigrin Newell with your ideas or questions: 518-439-6705 or .

Warmth for the Homeless
It's that time again to gather blankets, sleeping bags, and warm coats, etc. Please put them in the bin in the coatroom to be given to those who are homeless. Thank you for helping.
Sunday Schedule

9:00 AM
- Mindfulness Meditation, Room B-8

9:45 AM
- Nursery/Toddler Rooms open

10:00 AM
- Service, Sanctuary
- Programs for children and youth

11:00 AM
- Coffee Hour, Channing Hall
- Get Connected Activity Fair, Community Hall

11:30 AM
- Youth Choir, Room B-3/B-4

Quick Links

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.

Board of Trustees 2018-2019



Ex-officio Members
Sam Trumbore, Minister
Jim Hutchins, Chair, Religious
Education Council
Matt Lesniak, Chair, Social Responsibilities Council

Elected Officer (not on Board of Trustees)
Seth Edelman, Assistant Treasurer

Rev. Sam Trumbore,  

Church Administrator
Tammy Hathaway,

Director of Religious Education and Family Ministry
Leah Purcell,

Music Director
Dr. Richard Porterfield,

Music Associates (volunteer)
Randy Rosette, Chris Jensen

Administrative Assistant
Sapphire Correa,

Religious Education Assistant
Elizabeth Baldes,

Lead Youth Adviser
Tracey Hickey

Izzy Wright
From Our Blogs
Update on Sanctuary Activities: Board Column for October 2018

In brief, our partners the Albany Friends (Quakers) are preparing the space we are hoping to offer for physical sanctuary. We would like to have this space certified as ready to go, and then make a public announcement of Albany UU’s and the Friends’ support of Sanctuary.

The details: When we sought buy-in from the Albany UU congregation this past spring, the informal Sanctuary task force provided a list of activities we would like to consider to aid immigrants and asylum seekers. More than the other activities, offering physical sanctuary was only realistic if the congregation was on record as supporting it. As it turned out, preparing for physical sanctuary was also the most time-consuming of the activities. Fortunately, the Sanctuary task force (now operating under the aegis of the Social Responsibilities Council) was able to put in many hours over the summer contacting other congregations, and Jean Poppei has been indefatigable this fall at consolidating interested groups.

In researching other congregations’ experiences hosting asylum seekers, it quickly became apparent that the volunteer requirements were large, beyond the scale of the Friends and of the Albany UU Sanctuary Task Force. One team will be needed to feed the guest or guests, another to assure overnight coverage, and still another to coordinate health care, communications, translation, clothing, and worship services, as needed.

We have received positive responses from Unity Church, Trinity Methodist, and the First Church (Dutch Reformed). There are interested members at the Shrine Church of the Americas and at St. Vincent’s Roman Catholic, even though those organizations have opted NOT to be known as Sanctuary congregations. In order to consolidate the interested groups, we are working on setting up a planning meeting in an Albany house of worship. The pending meeting should settle on a structure, and general agreement about what the groups can offer or not offer. One tool Jean Poppei found that we think will be very useful is the Cambridge Covenant, which was used for exactly this purpose recently in Massachusetts.

Since the Albany UU congregation passed its resolution supporting Sanctuary in May, these things have happened:
  • federal agencies announced and implemented a truly inhumane child separation policy;
  • crossing the border, even to seek asylum, was converted from a civil violation to a felonious act, allowing ICE to declare law-abiding refugees and asylum seekers as criminals and target them for deportation;
  • a lack of space in the southwest border caused hundreds of asylum seekers to be transported to the Albany County jail and other facilities far from family and legal support;
  • the Rensselaer County sheriff spurned the security the county could have had by supporting its immigrant residents, and chose instead to enter into a cooperative agreement with ICE (becoming the only sheriff in the state to do so);
  • a Rensselaer County mother of two (and an immigrant from Australia) was detained and targeted for deportation because of a traffic infraction;
  • in a direct assault on poor immigrants, federal authorities have proposed a new regulation that would deny residency and citizenship to immigrants who have legally accessed any public assistance, or might be expected to in the future.

Many groups, congregations, and even state agencies have spoken up and fought against these events. Speaking up directly against these policies, the Poor Peoples Campaign focused one of its weeks in the spring on the issue, and that organization has remained intact. Week after week, however, the group which most clearly opposes these policies has been ICE-Free Capital District. They coordinate protesters at political events, and make sure to have observers / supporters outside ICE check-ins. I bring up this group because they are doing some of the things that we say Albany UU should be doing, and Albany UU could learn a lot from these committed activists. Things are not likely to change for the better until showing up at ICE check-ins becomes a mainstream activity, something that a group from Albany UU can join in or coordinate as a group from Albany UU. If we are clear about what we speak for and why we do what we do, then it will be acceptable to take the lead from a group like ICE-Free Capital District.

Albany UU is fortunate to have members who work or volunteer providing direct service to refugees and immigrants. So far, we have not been able to settle on exactly what we can do as a congregation to meet the needs of immigrants and asylum seekers, besides offering physical sanctuary. Some Albany UUs have even said they would be willing to host immigrants in their homes, something that the Sanctuary Task Force has not really considered to this point. We see our role at this point as exploring ways that Albany UUs can help immigrants and asylum seekers while also leveraging the protection we get from being a house of worship, both legal protection and moral protection.

So the progress on Sanctuary is ongoing, with most of the momentum on setting up physical sanctuary. We look forward to continuing to put the other aspects of sanctuary together, with the overall goal of being as welcoming a congregation as we can be to people in many different situations. 

- Submitted by Matt Lesniak, Social Responsibilities Chair and Ex-officio Board Member

More from our blogs:

Upcoming Learning and Discussion Opportunities with the Minister!
Building a House for Hope with Rev. Trumbore
Six sessions, Nov. 6, 13, 27, Dec 4, 11, 18, 7:00 pm, Room B-8
Deepen your appreciation for our Unitarian Universalist purposes, principles, history, values, and traditions using the excellent book House for Hope by Rebecca Parker and John Buerhens. Find out more here .

Mindfulness Meditation Workshop
Nov. 9-10
Rev. Sam will be leading a meditation workshop/practice session Friday, from 6:00 pm till 9:00 pm and Saturday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm with a light vegan potluck lunch at about noon. If these dates are not good, this workshop will be repeated on Feb. 8 and 9, 2019. Send an email to  to sign up. Find out more  here .
Family Ministry with Leah Purcell
Family Ministry - building strong connections between families and the congregation; and equipping parents and caregivers to engage in their child’s faith development at home.  

Saturday, Oct 20, 3:00 – 5:00 PM - Unplug the Christmas Machine
***This class has been cancelled due to low participation
Denominational Connections
Ysaye Barnwell to be theme speaker for Central East Region Summer Institute
The 40th   anniversary of SI is already ramping up the awesomeness with the announcement of Ysaye Barnwell as the 2019 Theme Speaker. A former member of the vocal group Sweet Honey in the Rock, Barnwell is an energetic and beloved workshop leader in the UU community. She has a deep knowledge of the African-American vocal tradition, and of music’s power to connect, motivate, inspire, and teach. Come and share in the experience of building beloved community through a collective voicing of our shared joys, concerns, and humanity. Learn more at .

Want to know what is happening in the Central East Region? Looking for information on workshops and offerings? There are several ways to keep in touch and know what’s happening. Visit the CER website, Subscribe to the Central East Newsletter, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @ceruua.

Hudson Mohawk UU Fall Gathering! UU Saratoga on Oct 27!
All are invited the HMUU Fall Gathering at UU Saratoga (624 Broadway), Saturday, Oct. 27, 10:00am-3:00pm. The sessions will include break out sessions for participants to apply these concepts and skills to particular areas of congregational life and leadership because culture impacts all we do from stewardship and finance, to religious education. Please bring a brown bag lunch. Coffee, tea, and snacks will be provided. View the flyer here . Find more info about HMUU here .

Emma's Revolution is coming to Kingston!
Support the UU Congregation of the Catskills and see Emma's Revolution in concert! Friday, Oct. 19, 7:30 pm . Find more info here .
Election Day apple peeling and pie assembly!
Tuesday, Nov. 6, 9:00 am, Channing Hall
Here’s something else to do on Election Day--before or after you vote! Join your Albany UU friends peeling and cutting apples for homemade apple pies to be sold at Coffee Hour on Nov. 18. This lovely tradition was started by Jan Satin some years ago, and continues on led by Sandy Stone and Dorry Campano (whom you can see here in the process of making 125 pie crusts!). Bring your favorite peeling knife and help peel apples and assemble pies.

Pictured at left: Dorry Campano and Sandy Stone

N.Y. State Convention of Universalists 192 nd Annual Convention
Friday and Saturday, October 19-20, the N.Y. State Convention of Universalists holds its 192nd Annual Convention in Syracuse. Keynote speaker is Dr. Gretchen S. Sorin. She is co-writer working with Ric Burns on the soon-to-be shown PBS documentary “Driving While Black: African Americans on the Road in the Era of Jim Crow,” which is based on her research.  Find more information here .

Getting to Know UU: orientation to UUism
Saturday, Oct. 20, 8:45 am-noon
We invite you to join us for "Getting to Know UU" to learn about Unitarian Universalism and about our congregation. Learn more here .

Feeling Lost? Get Connected!
Attend the Albany UU Get Connected Activity Fair on Sunday October 21 and find out what you might be missing!  Find more information here .

East of Hudson Potluck!
The next East of Hudson Potluck will be at Jean and Abe Bolgatz's home on Friday, Oct. 26 at 6:00 pm . If you live east of the river, join us!
RSVP to Jean: 518 274 2501 or jandabolgatz@

Circle Dinner - Saturday, October 27
Please plan to join us for the October Circle dinner, the first dinner of the church year. Circle dinners provide Albany UUs and visitors the opportunity to socialize and become better acquainted over a delicious potluck dinner in a private home. Find more information here .

Art Exhibit/Salon Show Oct. 1- Oct. 28 
Visit the gallery in Channing Hall to see works by Sheryl Galinski and Marjorie Ward.

Sheryl Galinski is a long time resident of the Capital Region and frequently sells her work at the Poestenkill.

Marjorie Ward lives in Latham and has exhibited her work throughout the Tri-city area. Reception with the artist, Sunday Oct. 28, 11: 30 am. Find more information here .

Practice Group for Nonviolent Communication
Begins Nov. 8, 2nd and 4th Thursdays thru March 14, at 6:45 pm 
This practice group will offer an environment of mutual learning and support in the practice of nonviolent communication. Basic understanding of Marshall Rosenberg's framework for nonviolent communication is requested of participants. Find more information here .

Walker Book Group
Join the Walker Book Group for a potluck and discussion on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 5:30 pm in Channing Hall. Bring your favorite dish to share and a small contribution to cover beverages. We will discuss Revolution Song: A Story of American Freedom by Russell Shorto. Find more information here .

Albany UU Humanists
Thursday, Nov. 15, 7 PM, Room B-8 (note day change for Nov. only)
All interested in learning more about humanism in Unitarian Universalism are welcome to join us.
Sunday Volunteers
Would you like to be involved in the Sunday service in a more meaningful way?
Visit Sunday Hospitality Sign Up to find out about the ways you can volunteer on Sunday morning. We thank you and could not do what we do without YOU!

Sheridan Prep Academy Volunteer Opportunity
A gardening club is forming at Sheridan Prep for students in grades 3-5. The adviser for the club has purchased hydroponic gardening kits and will need some help setting them up and working with the students after school. If you are interested, contact Chuck Manning at
-Leah Purcell, Director of Religious Education (RE) and Family Ministry,

Keep up with what's happening for children and families. Check out Leah's RE Newsletter!
Check under the Family Ministry heading for upcoming opportunities!

Check out the interactive bulletin boards for children, youth and adults in Channing Hall and the 2nd floor and basement hallways – and make a contribution!

Nursery/Toddler Room opens at 9:45 for children and infants under 2 years old

For their faith development this Sunday

  • Children in grades 7 and younger will attend the first part of the service in Community Hall with their families

  • 8th/9th grade group and high school youth group will meet in their respective rooms starting at 10:00

If you haven't already, register your child for Religious Exploration!  
Register for RE  on line  and pay the registration fee  on line  too! Or, pick up a paper copy in the RE Office. Make your check out to Albany UU and put RE Registration in the memo line or pay in cash. Call the office at 463-7135 or email Leah at with questions.
-Matt Lesniak, SRC Chair, email

SRC Recommends the following:

Immigrant Solidarity Cocktail Hour, Thursday, Oct. 18, 5 - 6:30 pm. Speakers to report on ongoing direct aid for immigrants in Troy and the Capital District. Donations will be accepted, hors d’oeuvres provided. Sunhee's Farm and Kitchen, 95 Ferry St., Troy.
Lecture by Virginia Eubanks, an author, U Albany professor, and activist, Friday, Oct. 19, 7-10 pm. Professor Eubanks will talk about her new book, Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police and Punish the Poor. The book investigates the impacts of data mining, policy algorithms, and predictive risk models on working class people. University Club, 141 Washington Ave. Albany
Renewable Energy & Sustainable Living Fair, Saturday, Oct. 20, 10- 4. Attend the fair and also volunteer with the Zero Waste Ambassadors. PAUSE and Zero Waste will have tables at the event and need volunteers. Doane Stuart School, 199 Washington Ave., Rensselaer
Meeting of Capital District Standing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), Tuesday, Oct. 23, 6 pm . SURJ is a national network of groups and individuals working to undermine white supremacy and to work toward racial justice. Social Justice Center, 33 Central Ave., Albany
Literacy Tutor Training by Albany’s OASIS, Saturday, Oct. 27, 9:30 - 3. The OASIS Tutoring Program pairs adult tutors with K through 4th grade students once/week in individualized, one-on-one sessions . Volunteer tutors are provided with free training and materials, lunch and in-school support. Register: (518) 475-6360 or at Harriet Gibbons, 75 Watervliet Ave. (across from the food coop)

Volunteers needed for the FOCUS Food Pantry, Saturday, Oct. 27, 10-1 . Albany UU has a leading role to staffing October's pantry. Please let Matt Lesniak know if you would like to participate at . Emmanuel Baptist Church, 275 State St. Albany

Raise Your Voice for End of Life Choice
Ask a Candidate.  It’s election season, with a general election on November 6. When a candidate asks for your vote, ask whether that candidate supports medical aid in dying.  Click here to take the pledge to “Ask the Candidate.”  NOTE: You are not required to make a financial pledge, regardless of where the website routes you.

How to Influence Your Legislators.   Attend a presentation by the leaders of Compassion & Choices NY, Corinne Carey and Amanda Cavanaugh, Oct. 24, 1:00-3:00, Bethlehem Public Library .

Workshop: Your End of Life Wishes.  This workshop will give you the tools and the confidence to have "the conversation". Hosted by the UU Congregation of Saratoga Springs, and led by Death with Dignity Albany’s Director, Bonnie Edelstein, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2:00-4:00, at 624 Broadway in Saratoga. RSVP Marian Bigelow 518-587-3847 or
Inclusivity Team Recommends
UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray Responds to Racist Hateful Letter Sent to Christina Rivera and Daughter

Dear Ones,
It is with such a heavy heart that I share with you a terrible incident that happened at the UUA this weekend, when both the UUA Board of Trustees and the General Assembly Youth staff were in town. On Friday, the UUA received an anonymous, hateful letter addressed to one of our GA Youth staff volunteers, a youth of color, who is also the child of the UUA Board’s Secretary, Christina Rivera. The letter was an expletive laden note insulting and attacking Christina and her child. This is completely unacceptable in our faith community. Read the full letter here.
Green Sanctuary's Tip of the Week!
Practicing Our Seventh Principle:
Use a power strip on your computer and other appliances (ex., microwave, TV) to cut down on phantom electricity use. Turn them off when you will not be using them for awhile.
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.

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: Chuck Manning, Phil Rich, Randy Rosette, Sandy Stone, Lisa Barron, Donna Meixner, Dee VanRiper and Sharon Babala.
Regular events and meetings
Check Windows Weekly for changes to date, time and location. 

5:30 PM       Walker Book Group (2nd)
11:45 AM      Green Sanctuary Committee (4th)
11:45 AM      Social Responsibilities Council (3rd)
6:15 PM        Religious Education Council (1st)
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)
10:00 AM Woman's Group (1st & 3rd)
1:00 PM       All Sides Considered (1st & 3rd)
7:00 PM       Program Coordinating Council (2nd)
7:00 PM       Board of Trustees (3rd)

**In November, UU Humanists will meet on the 3rd Thursday, Nov. 15
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: fuusan, password: Emerson405.

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
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 ).
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