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!
During this time of physical distancing while our building is closed, many of our ways to get involved have moved online.
The single best way to stay connected is to receive our Daily Reminders (sent out each morning, Monday-Saturday) and Windows Weekly (our weekly e-newsletter).
To sign up to receive our e-news, see below or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We know our congregations are not our buildings, but our people.
Stay connected! Sign up to receive our Daily Reminders and Windows Weekly, our e-News and central source for communication and updates.
Join an eGroup! Stay connected with different groups at Albany UU by signing up for one of our eGroup listservs. Learn more here: http://members.albanyuu.org/wp/pdf/2018_Egroup_Instructions.pdf
Make Connections through online social events: There are many ways to meet people and make connections at Albany UU try some that appeal to you! (Check out Windows Weekly for dates, times, locations, and details. Information below may change from time to time.)
Join RE for ALL Congregational Response: This is your opportunity to reflect with the Sunday service presenter on what the service has elicited from you and listen to the responses of others. Takes place each Sunday following virtual service at 11:30 AM. Learn more here.
Growth Through Service (GTS)
GTS is about tapping into what connects you to Albany UU. We want to learn about you so that we can help you connect and collaborate in ways that mean the most to you. And we want to celebrate all that you bring to Albany UU. For more information or to get involved, call the church office.
To watch what service means to Albany UU members, check out this video!
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 four dates per year, at multiple locations. (During the pandemic, this is happening online!)
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. (Not happening during the pandemic)
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. Check out Windows Weekly to find out what the upcoming book title and dates are! (During the pandemic, this is happening online!)
Community Breakfast: Every third Saturday of the month, we offer a free Community Breakfast to all those who come to our door. This is a collaborative, fulfilling opportunity to be involved in something larger. If you are interested in volunteering to help make these breakfasts a success, please contact the church office: 518.463.7135. (Not happening during the pandemic)
UU Weekend at Silver Bay: An October weekend retreat for UUs across the Hudson Valley.
Personal Growth and Development
Lifespan Learning classes are offered throughout the year; check our publications for upcoming offerings.
Mindfulness Meditation on Sundays at 9:00 a.m., and two or three two-day workshops during the year: beginners welcome. (During the pandemic, this is happening online beginning at 8:30 AM!)
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.) (During the pandemic, this is happening online!)
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 Thursday of every month at 1:00 p.m. (Not happening during the pandemic)
Bridge: Beginners are welcome at our social bridge games, which take place on Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. (Not happening during the pandemic)
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. (During the pandemic, this is happening online!)
Green Sanctuary Committee: This committee works on environmental and energy issues within the church, and in the community at large. It meets on the forth Sunday of month at 11:45 a.m. (During the pandemic, this is happening online!)
Philosophy Group: This informal discussion of everyday ideas in everyday language takes place every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. (During the pandemic, this is happening online!)
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. (During the pandemic, this is happening online!)
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. (During the pandemic, this is happening online!)
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!