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First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany



  • Phone: (518) 463-7135
  • Fax:    (518) 463-1429


Matt Edwards,  Music Director

Matt has served as the music director of FUUSA since 2000. Matt EdwardsHe received his music degree from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and has a Master’s Degree in Education from Walden University. Besides his work at FUUSA, Matt teaches choral music in Bennington, runs a piano studio in Greenwich, directs a community chorus in Cambridge, and performs with several local music groups. Matt is married to Mary Edwards, and is the proud father of Henry, Clara, and Oliver.

Amy Lent,  Church Administrator
Email: alent@albanyuu.org

Amy LentAmy is responsible for and can assist you with:

  • General direction and administration of church operations and facility management
  • Supervision of administrative and custodial staff including managing human resources
  • Congregational communications
  • Support for church programs in general, the Board of Trustees, and the Public Relations, Building Use, and Building and Grounds committees
  • Support for the membership process—from welcoming guests on Sunday morning to answering newcomers’ questions and supporting the membership committee.

Amy is a member of the Association of UU Administrators and the UU Association of Membership Professionals, and served as chair of the St. Lawrence District Growth Committee.

Leah Purcell,  Director of Religious Education
Email: dre@albanyuu.org

Leah PurcellLeah is responsible for:

  • Assisting people of all ages explore and develop their religious beliefs in the context of our seven UU principles. The greatest and most direct involvement of the DRE is with programming at FUUSA for children and youth.
  • Leah partners with parents by equipping them with resources to become actively and intentionally involved in the religious growth of their children. She is also a resource for parents when they are having difficulties in their family lives.
  • Leah lends guidance, support and direct involvement with Religious Education programming for lifespan faith development for adults (of any age).
  • Leah is a member of FUUSA’s Safe Congregation Task Force which guides implementation of the Board’s policy, Toward a Safe Congregation.
  • Leah participates in and facilitates the activities of UU organizations in the larger world. This includes the Capital Region UU’s of NY (CRUUNY) cluster, the St. Lawrence District, the Central East Regional Group and LREDA (Liberal Religious Educators Association).

Leah received her RE credentialing through the Unitarian Universalist Association in 2011 at the Credentialed level. She is the convener of the DRE’s of CRUUNY. She serves on the St. Lawrence Nominating Committee. She also serves on the LREDA 21st Century Fund Grant Committee and as a mentor in the credentialing program through the Unitarian Universalist Association.

Tammy Hathaway,  Administrative Assistant
Email: thathaway@albanyuu.org

Tammy HathawayTammy is the former Office Administrator of the Bismark-Mandan Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Bismark, North Dakota. She is now working as the Administrative Assistant for Albany UU half-time. Tammy can assist Albany UUs with room reservations, financial questions, publications and volunteering. Her office hours are 9:30-1:30 Monday-Friday.