Information about Sunday’s events for children and youth, including Zoom linkscan be found here.
Start your Sunday mornings with Virtual 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.
To dial in by phone call: 1-929-436-2866 and enter
Meeting ID: 299 018 7785
Sunday service is LIVE online at 10:00 AM EST via Zoom. There will be no service, religious education or other activities in the church building until further notice. 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.
Service this Sunday
January 24, “Queer Theology,” Rev Sam Trumbore
The Bible, historically, has been interpreted by Christians as reinforcing patriarchy and hetero-normative views of gender and sexuality. Gender non-conforming and non-heterosexual theologians are studying the scriptures and finding an innovative understanding of Jesus, of God, and an affirmation of being non-normative. The theology they are discovering is quite friendly to Unitarian Universalism!
Music provided by Elena Karpoff, Chris Jensen and Randy Rosette
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.
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 – email@example.com anytime. Thanks for taking this extra step to be welcoming!
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. For now, we will hold services online.
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!