First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany


Youth Con Dec 1-3 Especially for First-Timers – like our UUth and You! 1

Dear parents and guardians, I serve as regional staff supporting our programming for teenagers. We focus particularly on high schoolers (ages 14-18) including leader training, social justice events, and community events commonly called “cons”. These are weekend long experiences of living in covenantal community including chances to form deep relationships, […]

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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 – […]


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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 […]


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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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 […]


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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Taking the Complaint Free Challenge

What’s wrong with complaining? Here’s some hits to help you explain the Complaint Free Challenge to children: It’s ok to be disappointed. But remember that things always change. You can change the way you think. “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” […]


UU Jams – Sunday school with workshops on the theme of the month (grades 3-6)

What does UU Jam look like? • After the story in the service until 10:40: All the children in grades 3-6 gather together in the large classroom downstairs for focused check in; a spiritual practice; and a review of the story from the service. With input from the kids and […]

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Forum and Resources on Responding to Hate and Violence at School

RESOURCES FOR RESPONDING TO HATE AND VIOLENCE AT SCHOOL You may have heard common advice to children and youth about speaking up (or not) when they encounter bias at school. “Say something to the person”; “Think about your emotional and physical safety.” “Don’t hit or threaten or cry.” “Tell a […]