Welcome to multi-platform Sunday Service. What does that mean? It means you have choices. Service is offered both in-person with limited seating and live online via Zoom each Sunday at 10:00 AM EST.
(Not familiar with Zoom? Look for some helpful tips and a Zoom orientation with our minister, Rev. Sam Trumbore, a little further down on this page.)
We will provide in-person distanced “pod” seating for 50 people in Community Hall. Those interested in coming to service in-person will need to RSVP by Fridays at noon, using this link: https://rsvp.church/r/FQ4SoJA9
Face masks are required. To protect our children ineligible for vaccination; eligible youth and adults are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated to attend.
Mindfulness Meditation will also be Multiplatform beginning at 8:30 AM – no signup required.
There will be no food or beverage after the service. Access to Channing Hall will be limited, however there is a member art show that we encourage folks to view in small groups.
Socializing before or after service is encouraged outdoors.
Start your Sunday mornings with Multi-platform Meditation from 8:30 – 9:20 AM
We will sit together in our traditional Sanctuary for twenty minutes then have some conversation about the talk, meditation methods or experiences followed by a loving kindness meditation.
To dial in by phone call: 1-929-436-2866 and enter
Meeting ID: 299 018 7785
Service this Sunday
September 19 “REconnection and REsilience,” Dr. Michele Townsend Grove
Learning is a vital component of congregation transitions. Albany Unitarian Universalist Society has experienced a great deal of change including a transition in professional religious education leadership which means you now have the chance to embrace the opportunities embedded in these transitions. This is a great time to reflect, celebrate, converse and dream! Join Dr. Michele Townsend Grove, our worship leader and religious education consultant at we look at the possibilities and opportunities embedded in religious education transitions.
With more than 30 years of experience in Lifespan Religious Education and Program Development for the United Methodist and the Unitarian Universalist Church, Michele Grove will be our Interim RE Consultant. The interim work Dr. Grove will do with us will be three programs for September, October and November to help us reflect on the history and heritage of our RE program, clarify its current identity, and finally vision where we would like the program to go in the future.
Music: Chris Bystroff, Randy Rosette, Chris Jensen
Those wishing to access closed captioning/live transcript can turn on the function in their Zoom toolbar. To update to the latest version of Zoom, please do that within the software by finding the menu link and “check for updates”.
Join us for Virtual Fellowship and Conversation in breakout rooms following the service, if attending via Zoom.
Those attending in-person may also wish to remain in Community Hall after service for Congregational Response, an opportunity to reflect with the Sunday service presenter on what the service has elicited from you and listen to the responses of others.
Remain on the Service Link to participate, if attending online:
If you would like to make a contribution to the Sunday Offering “Plate”, click https://tinyurl.com/AlbanyUU-Contributeor 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 a informative written guide with visuals.
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.
On a regular basis, we’ll have a member of the congregation bring you a short, inspirational, personal message about some aspect of our congregational life. These messages will be a way to connect with our community and help us live out our mission and vision in the world. To find out more, contact Tammy Hathaway: email@example.com.
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. Attire and backgrounds should be appropriate for all ages. If what’s happening in your video is distracting or potentially embarrassing, an usher may turn it off. For example, if someone falls asleep during service, that could be embarrassing so that person’s video will be turned off. If an usher turns off your video, they will let you know via private chat.
If you notice that 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 or service.
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org anytime. Thanks for taking this extra step to be welcoming!