FUUSA brings together in one community a wide diversity of beliefs and backgrounds ranging from theistic to nontheistic to atheistic, from humanism to Unitarian Christianity, and including earth-centered and Eastern-focused practices. While we are not all on the same path, nor do we expect to arrive at the same destination, we have chosen to share our religious journey. The differences we bring to our spiritual search contributes to our respect for, and commitment to, liberal religious and ethical values in the larger community.
Currently a congregation of nearly 400 members, we first began meeting in Albany in 1830, as the Albany Universalists. Throughout our history, we have engaged with the local community and struggled with not only local, but also national and international issues, living our Unitarian Universalist (UU) values in word, action and deed. For an overview of our interesting and activist history, take a look at our “History and Symbols of FUUSA” brochure. For a more detailed examination of our first 150 years, visit the Joy Library and borrow a copy of First Unitarian Society of Albany 1842 – 1992. For a look at where we are focused now, see the Strategic Plan.
While we and another 1,000 UU congregations belong to the Unitarian Universalist Association that represents our interests through out the world, we are self-governing. Authority and responsibility are vested in the membership of our congregation. Our society adopts its own bylaws, elects its own Board of Trustees, and approves its budget. Every member is encouraged to take part in all activities. More information about our society can be found in our Annual Report.
We are also a growing, nurturing religious community bound by mutual respect and compassion; striving to establish a safe place where questions may be fearlessly addressed, the mind freed, and the soul nourished. We strive to be a caring community, supportive of the individuals within, involved in the world without.
We commit ourselves to serving the wider community, working for peace and justice, and preserving the beauty and majesty of the world and all life.