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First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany


Sunday, August 31, 10:00 AM    “The Meaning and Dignity of Work,” Robb Smith

The NY Constitution says “labor is not a commodity.” What does that mean? The founder of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, said the the two things you need to be happy are love and work. Why? As we prepare for Labor Day, let’s take a closer look at the work we do and what makes it so important in our lives.

Robb Smith is a UU Lay Community Minister and Executive Director of Interfaith Impact of NYS, the UU legislative ministry for New York. 

Music: Taylor Abbitt, Patrick Grace, Alex Wollyung



Sunday, Sept. 14, 11:45 AM Forum: How goes our solar? How much energy have we made and how much money have we saved?  An update us on FUUSA’s solar array–and other UUs will talk about their personal experience with solar. Sponsored by Green Sanctuary Committee.

Sunday, Sept. 21: People’s Climate March in NYC Now is the time to demonstrate support for climate initiatives. Sign up for a seat on the bus at the SRC table on Sunday.


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Detailed Event Schedule

Aug. 19, 7:00 PM–Wellspring–Foundation informational meeting

FOCUS School Supplies Collection: 

  • Aug. 26–last day to donate school supplies for FOCUS. Details here.
  • Aug 26-27; 9:00 am-1:00 pm–Help fill the backpacks with school supplies. (A good family volunteer project!)  Sign up by contacting  Becca Leet at beccal@focuschurches.net
  • Aug. 27, 7:00 PM Blessing of the Backpacks–details here.
  • Aug 28-29; 9:00 am-1:00 pm. Help distribute the backpacks. Contact Becca Leet, who is coordinating this event at beccal@focuschurches.net

Sept. 7, 10:00 AM–Homecoming Sunday, followed by lunch

Bring water (real or virtual) gathered during your summer (at home or away) to symbolize the regathering of our community.

Send a couple photos of your summer for inclusion in the slideshow to admin@albanyuu.org by Aug. 25.

Plan on lunch after the service! Everyone is invited to a light lunch in Channing hall right after the service. Sandwiches and beverages will be provided. Please bring a “finger food” to share.

Sept. 14, 11:30 AM: FUUSA Picnic,  Washington Park Playground

Oct. 17-19, 2014: UU Weekend at Silver Bay

Need event information shared in a FUUSA publication? Submission deadlines to windows@albanyuu.org are:

  • Preview Email: 9:00 a.m. Wednesday
  • Order of Service: 9:00 a.m. Thursday
  • Windows Newsletter: Third Friday of the month prior


Sunday Hospitality: sign up here to volunteer.
Gardening at FUUSA: sign up here to volunteer.

Donate school supplies for the FOCUS backpacks–there is a collection box in the FUUSA coatroom.


Complete details on all classes can be found here.

Small Group Ministry
These groups meet twice a month using a topic selected by the group as a starting place for conversation. These groups are focused on sharing personal experiences, questions and insights connected with the topic chosen by the group. If you are looking for community, this is a good way to find it. Rev. Sam Trumbore coordinates these groups.

Meaning Matters
Much like Small Group Ministry, Meaning Matters also focuses on sharing personal experiences, questions and insights. The difference is the topic is connected with the Sunday services theme for the month. The groups use a monthly packet of material including links to articles, videos, books and movies on the theme that can be used in preparation for the meeting. The meetings are more directed toward exploring the theme as a source for seeking truth and deeper meaning. Groups meets once a month. Rev. Sam Trumbore coordinates these groups.

Multiple groups for both Small Group Ministry (SGM) and Meaning Matters will be created based on the participants’ time availability. To do this we need to know all the times you might be available to participate. Please fill out the form here

This program requires a 10 month commitment (September – June) to meet twice a month to go through a specific curriculum that is designed to promote personal growth and development. There will be specific reading requirements before meetings. Also, participants must agree to develop a daily spiritual practice and work monthly with a spiritual advisor.

UU Wellspring–
the introductory Wellspring program, provides a rich spiritual deepening experience.  The curriculum guides participants through an exploration of the historical roots of our faith, our philosophical influences such as Transcendentalism, Buddhism and Humanism, and what our UU faith tells us about human nature and what we are called to do in the world. Meets first and third Tuesdays, Sept. 16 through June.

To sign up contact. Karen Kaufmann at kkaufman@nycap.rr.com or Sharon Babala at smbabala@earthlink.net  or download the application here.

UU Wellspring–
Faithful Action
is open to folks who have completed the introductory course Classes will meet on second and fourth Tuesdays, from Sept. 9 thru June, from 7-9 pm.

If you are interested in the Faithful Action course, please contact facilitator Dave Munro at dmunro@nycap.rr.com.