Our Sanctuary and social hall were constructed in 1925. Our building has grown over the years with the addition of the Religious Education wing and administrative offices in 1962, followed by the Community Hall wing in 2007.
It is with gratitude and humility that we acknowledge that we are learning, speaking and gathering on the ancestral homelands of the Mohican people?who are the indigenous peoples of this land. Despite tremendous hardship in being forced from here, today their community resides in Wisconsin and is known as the Stockbridge-Munsee Community. We pay honor and respect to their ancestors past and present as we commit to building a more inclusive and equitable space for all.
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The colonial-style Sanctuary has a barrel vault ceiling, tall arched windows and a custom-built pipe organ. The Sanctuary is used today for Mindfulness Meditation, Family Chapel, and Christmas Eve services, as well as some other services. Our regular Sunday worship takes place in the larger Community Hall.
Community Hall has a quiet, modern grace. The soaring open space, filled with natural light, is the center of our church week. With flexible seating, it is used for much more than worship, both by us and by the community. We are proud of our beautiful hardwood floor that was recycled from an Albany public school about to be demolished, with many hours of volunteer labor. Refinished seats from the same school were installed in the balcony.
Our social hall is named after noted Boston minister William Ellery Channing. This large room serves many functions, the most frequent of which is Sunday morning coffee hour. The kitchen is connected to this hall.
Our main lobby opens onto Washington Avenue and links Channing Hall with the hallway down to Community Hall. Both this entrance and the kitchen hall door on West Street have handicap ramps.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION ROOMS
On the basement and second floors we have 13 classrooms, with both age appropriate and flexible options, and a library.
We take seriously our commitment toward sustainability: Albany UU recycles and collects solar energy using solar panels that are out of sight on the roof.
The entire building is handicapped-accessible, with an elevator to all three floors, and a lift to the stage in Community Hall, as well as accessible bathrooms in the new wing.
Our grounds outside the building are small, but our volunteer gardeners assure our gardens are beautifully maintained and are appreciated by our urban neighbors.