Welcome to Family Ministry & Religious Education at Albany UU!

Family Ministry at Albany UU includes a vibrant Religious Education Program for children and youth (commonly called RE), as well as guidance and support for families who want to explore and develop their faith at church or at home.


We’re not meeting in person right now, but you can contact our Director of Religious Education & Family Ministry, Leah Purcell, at dre@albanyuu.org to receive her newsletter and get connected with our community online. Once our building re-opens, we’d love for you to visit with your kids in person!


What RE Offers

The RE program doesn’t teach your child what to think, instead it teaches your child how to:

  • Respect oneself, each other and the natural environment
  • Think for oneself and ask questions
  • Develop religious beliefs and values about humanity, life, death and God
  • Understand worship practices and holy days of world cultures
  • Explore sexuality in healthy ways
  • Develop a responsible and meaningful personal faith

Sunday morning is a time made special and unique from the rest of the week for children and youth to grow in Unitarian Universalism. In our Religious Education program for children and youth (RE), paid staff and adult volunteers work together to create communities where everyone can deepen their sense of being at home with the universe; where they can think about their own experiences and explore what meaning other stories have for them; and where they can practice compassion among themselves and become better able to carry their values to the wider world.


“The great end in religious instruction is not to stamp our minds upon the young, but to stir up their own, not to make them see with our eyes but to look inquiringly and steadily with their own…to awaken the soul, to excite and cherish spiritual life.”
– William Ellery Channing, 19th Century Unitarian Minister