There are many ways to get involved, from attending a Sunday Service to reaching out and growing your beliefs. Albany Unitarian Universalist puts the power in your hands to grow at your pace.
Get Involved at Albany Unitarian Universalist!
Wear a name tag! We try to wear name tags at all church events as it makes it easier for both new and old members to learn names. Guests are given yellow name tags to help all of us reach out to newer folks and make you feel welcome! Whenever you feel you are ready, you may request a printed name tag and start keeping it on the name tag board in the hallway. You can request a printed name tag at the Sign Up Site in Channing Hall, or at the Welcome Table.
Sign up to receive our publications: When you fill out the blue Guest Card (found at the lobby Welcome Table), be sure to give both your postal and email addresses. Announcements are sent in a weekly email Preview, a monthly newsletter Windows, and are in the Sunday order of service, too. And while most of our communication is electronic, you wouldn’t want to miss the occasional special item that comes by mail! You can use a Guest Card for a change of address, too.
Make the most of the Sunday experience:
- Attend services regularly to get a feel for the flow of our worship.
- Have your school aged children attend a Religious Education class.
- Ask questions at the Welcome Table.
- Browse the bulletin boards and activity tables in Channing Hall at coffee hour.
- Help with Sunday Hospitality: volunteer to be a greeter, usher or coffee host.
Make Connections through social events: There are many ways to meet people and make connections at Albany UU try some that appeal to you! (Check our publications for dates, times, locations, and details. Information below may change from time to time.)
6 to 9 at 6:09: Circle Dinners provide the opportunity to socialize over a delicious potluck dinner in a private home and become better acquainted with fellow UUs. Everyone is welcome, singles and couples alike, regardless of dietary restrictions. We can also provide rides, as needed. Watch our publications for the next dinner date and sign-up information. Circle dinners are hosted approximately eight dates per year, at multiple locations.
Multi-generational Potlucks: Friday night potlucks for all ages are scheduled once a month from September to May, and are held in Channing Hall. Different committees or programs step up to host each dinner, and often present an event, film, or discussion after the meal. You can either bring a dish to share or pay a nominal fee instead. Depending on the after-dinner activity, child care may be provided during the program.
Channing Circle: Retirees gather for a brown-bag lunch at noon on the third Monday of the month, followed by a discussion or presentation. Dessert and coffee are provided.
Walker Book Club: We offer a potluck supper and book discussion on the second Sunday of every month at 5:30 p.m. in Channing Hall. Read our newsletters to find out what the upcoming book title and dates are!
Personal Growth and Development
Lifespan Learning classes are offered throughout the year; check our publications for upcoming offerings.
Small Group Ministry is one way of connecting members, friends and newcomers in intimate circles for sharing, learning, and spiritual growth. (Groups form in fall.)
Mindfulness Meditation on Sundays at 9:00 a.m., and two or three two-day workshops during the year: beginners welcome.
Meaning Matters groups also focus on sharing personal experiences, questions and insights, but are directed toward exploring the theme of the month as a source for seeking truth and deeper meaning. A packet of material including links to articles, videos, books and movies is used to prepare for the monthly meeting. (Groups form in fall.)
Wellspring is designed to promote personal growth and development and, using a specific curriculum, group members commit to meet twice a month for 10 months. There are specific reading requirements before meetings, and participants must agree to develop a daily spiritual practice and work monthly with a spiritual advisor. (Groups form in fall.)
All Sides Considered: This group explores liberal and conservative viewpoints in considering current social and political issues. These take place on the first and third Wednesday of every month at 12:00 p.m..
Bridge: Beginners are welcome at our social bridge games, which take place on Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m.
Choir: The Music Program welcomes all who want to sing. The choir rehearses most Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m., and performs approximately three out of every four Sundays.
Earth Spirits: These monthly meetings take place on the third Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m, and focus on different experiential practices such as drumming circles, guided visualization, and other rituals. Come with an open mind and a willingness to explore unfamiliar terrain!
Green Sanctuary Committee: This committee works on environmental and energy issues within the church, and in the community at large. It meets on the first Sunday of month at 11:45 a.m.
Philosophy Group: This informal discussion of everyday ideas in everyday language takes place every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m.
Projects & Quilts: Get together to crochet, knit, embroider, and quilt, either for personal use or for a group project to benefit Albany UU. This takes place on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m.
Social Responsibilities Council (SRC): SRC coordinates and informs the congregation on social issues, takes action on position and policies of the Society and collaborates with other organizations in the community on issues of social concern. SRC welcomes all interested persons to its meetings every third Sunday of the month at 11:45 a.m. (September through June – unless there is a conflict) and to take part in its activities.
UU Humanists: Conversations about Humanism in Unitarian Universalism happen on the third Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m.
Do I need to become a member to participate in events at Albany UU?
The short answer is all services, activities, and meetings are open, and you are welcome to attend!