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 […]


Info for Flyer for Trick or Treating for Food Pantry Donations

Trick or Treating for Food Pantry Donations   Sponsored by The First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany On Saturday, October 30th   Trick or Treaters will come around your neighborhood between the hours of 9 am and 12 noon to collect non-perishable food and personal care items.  Items of particular […]


Our Unitarian Universalist Principles – in kid-friendly language

Unitarian Universalists have many ways of articulating our seven Principles in simpler language. Here’s the way our Tapestry of Faith children’s program describe them: 1st Principle: We believe that each and every person is important. 2nd Principle: We believe that all people should be treated fairly and kindly. 3rd Principle: […]

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Talking to Our Children and Youth about Racism and Violence

Our website promotes Sunday school as “Sunday morning is a time made special and unique from the rest of the week for children and youth to grow in Unitarian Universalism. Adult volunteers work to create communities where everyone can deepen their sense of being at home with the universe; where […]


Multi-generational Ritual of Remembrance and Renewal

Multi-generational Ritual of Remembrance and Renewal in response to recent racial violence in the US – July 10, 2016 As I wrote this,  we adults were responding to the recent killings in Baton Rouge, LA; Falcon Heights, MN; and Dallas TX.  With the help of my DRE colleagues on line, I […]

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Update on YUUth Group Activities

For incoming 9-12th grade youth: 1. This summer the group plans to paint and decorate their new meeting space – room 23 upstairs. That room will be pretty much their own and not used for other meetings. I’ll let you know when the painting/pizza party will be. 2. I have […]


Flat Sophia

Flat Sophia Sophia Lyon Fahs was a UU religious educator. She wanted children to be active and doing things; to explore outside; to hear wonderful stories. Print out Sophia from the image below (there are two of her on this photo; you only need one) and take her with you […]

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Get your Summer Take out Box

Get your “Take Out” box next time you’re at Albany UU. I’m packing up pizza boxes with UU activities for children ages 4-10, including “Flat Sophia”.  In honor or Unitarian Universalist Religious Educator, Sophia Lyon Fahs, I invite you to take a cut out of her along with you on […]


A Story On Differences and Community

The Blind People and the Elephant, a tale from India, this version by Donelle Blubaugh and adapted Long ago six people lived in a village in India. Each was born blind. The other villagers loved them and kept them away from harm. Since the blind people could not see the […]

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Come into the circle of love and friendship. Come into the community of justice and goodnes.  Come and you will know peace and joy!

Service to Service

Each year, while the Annual Meeting is taking place after the service, the Religious Education Council sponsors a service event for children, youth, and adults who are not members. This is a great opportunity for parents to attend the Annual Meeting while their children are engaged in meaningful activities. This year the […]