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Sunday at a Glance
 
 
 
Information about Religious Education for children and youth can be found here.
 

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.
 
OR Use this link to join virtually:
 
To dial in by phone call: 1-929-436-2866 and enter
Meeting ID: 299 018 7785
Password: 0000

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

Learn more about the Exploring Our Religious Education Heritage Workshops with Michele Townsend Grove here.

Scan the QR code below for this week’s Order of Service

Use this link to join Sunday service online:
 
To dial in by phone: 1-929-436-2866:
Meeting ID: 299 018 7785
Password: 0000 
 
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 other
s.

Remain on the Service Link to participate, if attending online:

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

Sunday Offering

If you would like to make a contribution to the Sunday Offering “Plate”, click https://tinyurl.com/AlbanyUU-Contribute 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 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.
  • Two: Email your joy or sorrow to joysandsorrows@albanyuu.org 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.

Pastoral Care

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: listeners@albanyuu.org or contact Rev. Sam Trumbore.
 

Community Message

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: admin@albanyuu.org.
 

Zoom Tips and Information 

 
 

Zoom Etiquette
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 – admin@albanyuu.org anytime. Thanks for taking this extra step to be welcoming!
 

 
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Welcome!

Our services are held every Sunday morning at 10:00 AM and feature a dynamic service with musical offerings, a brief sermon to enrich your life, and educational services for kids. 

As we come together on Sundays to renew our spirits, we join with others who can affirm our beliefs, celebrating the unique qualities that set us apart, and bind us together.

We welcome you to join with us, learn more about us, and grow with us!