September Newsletter for Families – 9/17 edition

September RE Newsletter for Sept 17 I’m trying something new this year. – a monthly newsletter for you that I’ll updated weekly with fresh info about what’s happening in RE this Sunday morning;  ways for you to bring the message home; and notification on family-oriented events and adult ed offerings geared to […]


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Handbook for Families

Do you have questions about our Religious Education Program? What’s the program look like this fall? When are the Family Chapels and Mulitgenerational services? What are the health guidelines? All this and more is in the Handbook for Families google doc. I’m always updating it, so check here first when you have […]


YSOP Service Trip for High School Youth March 23 and 24, 2018

All Albany UU youth (grades 9-12 during the 2017-18 school year) are invited to participate in an exploration of social justice and social action.   We are planning a trip with the youth from the UU congregation in Binghamton to the Youth Service Opportunities Project (www.ysop.org) in New York City […]


Teams of RE Guides (Teachers, Facilitators, Advisors and Assistants) for Fall 2017

Group Room Curricula RE Guides Nursery Toddler 22 Rose Tell-Drake Cindee Herreck Laurie Beberwyck Pre-K (Red) 24/25 UU Play Elizabeth Berberian – assist Britany Orlebeke Amy Jesaitis Christine Vanderlan K/1 (Orange) 26 Fall – World of Wonder;  Spring- OWL Jill Peckenpaugh Mary Fellows Leah Akins Brian Frank Elisa Grimm 2nd […]


Cultivating Sympathetic Joy – A Tough Row to Hoe

The parable of the Prodigal Son was one that Jesus of Nazareth told to help his followers understand the nature of god’s love and the kingdom of heaven.   In contemplating the story recently I am struck by all the heart-aches. First there is the younger son languishing by the […]

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RE Job Descriptions

RE Job Descriptions Adopted from Rev. Dr. Elizabeth M. Strong, Minister of Religious Education   Lead Volunteer The person who, in rotation with other teachers, is responsible for the preparation and execution of the weekly lesson; preparation takes about 1-2 hours for each session. With a team of 4, each […]


Resources for Parents and Caretakers on Talking About Race and White Supremacy

Resources for Parents on Talking About Race Blogs: Raising Race Conscious Children: a resource to support adults who are trying to talk about race with young children. Teaching Tolerance: a place where educators who care about diversity, equity and justice can find news, suggestions, conversation and support Articles: Teaching Young […]


RE Calendar Fall 2017-18

September 10          Multigenerational Service – Homecoming – Water Service – Childcare for infants and toddlers 17          Regular Session -First Day of Sunday School 24          Regular Session October                              1            Family Chapel Day (Pre-K through 6th grade) Follow up activities for Family Chapel – […]


Religious Exploration – Groups and Curricula 2017-18

Groups and Curricula 2017-18 Group Curriculum Room Pre-k (3 and 4 year olds) UU Play 24/25 K/1 World of Wonder- Fall /OWL – Spring 26 2nd Signs of our Faith 21 3rd/4th Faithful Journeys B-3/4 5th Love Will Guide Us B-6 6th Love Will Guide Us B-1 6th/7th Jr. High […]


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May 7 Teach In

On May 7, our congregation will respond to the call by the Black Lives of Unitarian Universalists to disrupt business as usual to participate in an Association wide teach-in and assessment of where we are in our commitment to dismantling systems of oppression in our society and our congregations. The […]


Proactive techniques of behavior management

Realizing everyone has needs, we can look at techniques developed for children with special needs to use in our classrooms for any child.   Based on Sally Patton’s book Welcoming Children With Special Needs, A Guidebook for Faith Communities.   Teaching the anxious child All children experience anxiety sometimes. Some are […]


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The Power (and Potential Danger of) Story

From Soul Matters: Our lives are not just made up of stories; they are also made by stories. . Indeed, who of us hasn’t felt controlled by a story? Stuck in a story? Hopeless about the way our story will end up? As an adult you might have as part […]