Family Ministry

Family Ministry: You can do it; Albany UU can help.

So often you parents and caretakers are learning about Unitarian Universalism as you are raising your children. Congregations have a potentially powerful role in helping you in learning about our faith tradition and in helping you to identify your values and share them with your children.  Rev. Peter Morales has said that he wishes we had come up with the Loews slogan first – “You can do it; we can help!”  In the pages under this one, you’ll find tools and thoughts to help you – good reads, table blessings, ideas for other rituals, etc.

Tips to Unplug the Christmas Machine

Parent Support Group

Each month after Family Chapel Leah Purcell facilitates a discussion group for parents to explore theme of the month and ways of parenting as a Unitarian Universalist. This is a drop-in group, open to all parents with children at home. It meets from 10:30 – 11:15.

Resources for Parents and Caretakers on Talking About Race

  • Raising Race Conscious Children: a resource to support adults who are trying to talk about race with young children.
  • Teaching Tolerancea place where educators who care about diversity, equity and justice can find news, suggestions, conversation and support


TED Talks:

Other Recommended Resources for Families

Books for parents:

Tending the Flame – The Art of Unitarian Universalist Parenting by Michelle Richards
How to Talk so Kids Will Listen and Listen so Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
Spiritual Parenting – A Guide to Understanding and Nurturing the Heart of your Child by Hugh and Gayle Prather
How to Bury a Goldfish and Other Ceremonies and Celebrations for Everyday Life by Virginia Lang and Louise Nayer
Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and Their Parents) by Eline Snel


Raising Race Conscious Children
Hand In Hand Parenting

Facebook Pages:

Alice the Chalice
UU Parenting

Reading for ‘Tweens and Teens to Spark Ideas and Ideals of Spirituality

For middle-schoolers: 4th-7th grade:

  • One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
  • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  • The View from Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg
  • Safe At Home by Sharon Robinson
  • Wonder by R. J. Palacio
  • Confessions of a Closet Catholic, by Sarah Littman

For 7th graders and older

  • Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaardner
  • Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri
  • A Begonia for Miss Applebaum by Paul Zindel
  • Crossing the Deep, by Kelly Martin
  • Ten Things I Hate About Me, by Randa Abdel-fattah

Books for children:

Unitarian Universalism is a Very Long Name by Jennifer Dant
In God’s Name by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso
What I Believe by Alan Brown
Religions Explained: A Beginner’s Guide to World Faith by Anita Ganeri
A Faith Like Mine by Laura Buller
God Is in the Mountain by Ezra Jack Keats
Because Nothing Looks Like God by Lawrence Kushner
Where Does God Live? By August Gold
What Is God? By Etan Boritzer

Divorce is Not the End of the World – and other books to help with coping with divorce

  • Divorce Is Not the End of the World: Zoe’s and Evan’s Coping Guide for Kids by Zoe Stern
  • Mom’s House, Dad’s House for Kids by Isolina Ricci
  • The Kids’ Book of Divorce: By, For and About Kids, Fayerweather Street School
  • My Parents are Divorced Too: A Book for Kids by Kids by by Melanie Ford. Steven Ford, Annie Ford and Jann Blackstone-Ford