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Discos, Divas, and Walking Down the Red Carpet

Joel Gomez Dossi

While today’s world is more welcoming for LGBT people than ever before, consider the wonderful possibilities if we weren’t just welcoming, but if we actually rolled out the red carpet for everyone, celebrating them for the individuals they are.  

Circles – Highlights

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Connections – Member Stories

I came, I saw, I immediately felt at home

When I agreed to do this Connections talk, Margret sent me her description of them.  She suggests, for example, that we describe “an instance that was important to you, that made you feel connected or supported in this church.”  And I thought, just one???  Just one instance, one story??  Holy moly, I have felt supported or connected to this place every week for years!   Read more here:

Christy Multer

2016-05-29T15:55:55+00:00

Christy Multer

When I agreed to do this Connections talk, Margret sent me her description of them.  She suggests, for example, that we describe “an instance that was important to you, that made you feel connected or supported in this church.”  And I thought, just one???  Just one instance, one story??  Holy moly, I have felt supported … Continued

Roots hold me close . . .

I love to sing -- and play guitar.  But, I’ve come to recognize my limitations in both of these areas.  (I have recently concluded that I may never be the rock star I envisioned when I was in high school).

Why do I bring this up?  Because this place – UUSS – is a place of great connection for all – even those with limited vocal range. Read more here:

Dan Leonard

2016-06-02T19:50:48+00:00

Dan Leonard

I love to sing — and play guitar.  But, I’ve come to recognize my limitations in both of these areas.  (I have recently concluded that I may never be the rock star I envisioned when I was in high school). Why do I bring this up?  Because this place – UUSS – is a place … Continued

There’s more to being green . . .

I think I’ve always been somewhat green. One of my earliest memories of my green connection was a dress my mother mail-ordered. She always ordered pink for me and blue for my sister.  But they were out of pink, so they sent a green dress, with a little red cherry embroidered on the white collar. That’s when I started thinking green.  Read more here:

Nancy Peterson

2016-06-02T13:30:55+00:00

Nancy Peterson

I think I’ve always been somewhat green. One of my earliest memories of my green connection was a dress my mother mail-ordered. She always ordered pink for me and blue for my sister.  But they were out of pink, so they sent a green dress, with a little red cherry embroidered on the white collar. … Continued

Connecting with all my roots . . .

As a gay man I’ve “come out” many times, beginning with realizing who I was and accepting it...Coming out to my family when I was 19 was an entirely different ordeal but was very much a positive influence in my life. But that’s not the full reason I've connected with this loving community of people at UUSS. Read more here:

Francisco Gomez-Dossi

2016-06-02T20:22:26+00:00

Francisco Gomez-Dossi

As a gay man I’ve “come out” many times, beginning with realizing who I was and accepting it…Coming out to my family when I was 19 was an entirely different ordeal but was very much a positive influence in my life. But that’s not the full reason I’ve connected with this loving community of people … Continued

Full circle…

Simply put, it was a circle that led me to this church. Let me explain. I grew up in this area but left for many years to pursue career and then raise a family in the mid-west, returning after 20 years, coming full circle, discovering the UU faith in the process.  Read more here:

Rosemary Bishop

2016-05-21T07:33:04+00:00

Rosemary Bishop

Simply put, it was a circle that led me to this church. Let me explain. I grew up in this area but left for many years to pursue career and then raise a family in the mid-west, returning after 20 years, coming full circle, discovering the UU faith in the process.  Read more here:

Every week was a new experience . . .

In 2009 I gave birth to twins. I don’t have to tell any of you out there who are parents that in that moment everything changed. Priorities changed. Schedules changed. The way I saw and thought about the world changed. It was time to start a new journey. The scary part was that I was starting this journey not only for myself, but for my children. Read more:

Morgan Myatt

2016-06-12T15:31:45+00:00

Morgan Myatt

In 2009 I gave birth to twins. I don’t have to tell any of you out there who are parents that in that moment everything changed. Priorities changed. Schedules changed. The way I saw and thought about the world changed. It was time to start a new journey. The scary part was that I was … Continued

Past, present, future . . .

I grew up in a UU church in Rochester, and while I always identified with the message, I never felt myself a member of its community.  As I became an adult, I visited other UU societies but it was not until I came to UUSS that I found my home in this amazing group of people.  Read more here:

Bridget Almas

2016-06-02T19:56:54+00:00

Bridget Almas

I grew up in a UU church in Rochester, and while I always identified with the message, I never felt myself a member of its community.  As I became an adult, I visited other UU societies but it was not until I came to UUSS that I found my home in this amazing group of … Continued

A leap, fifty years later . . .

Before I share with you my connection with this congregation, let me first give you a brief glimpse of my background. I was born in South America. Ecuador was 80% Catholic, I would guess, at the time my family emigrated to the US in 1946. My father was educated at a Jesuit school, my mother at a German Catholic School, my siblings and I also attended a German Catholic School.  As you could gather, I could not be any more Catholic than that!!  Read more here:

Angela Calabria

2016-05-30T15:34:40+00:00

Angela Calabria

Before I share with you my connection with this congregation, let me first give you a brief glimpse of my background. I was born in South America. Ecuador was 80% Catholic, I would guess, at the time my family emigrated to the US in 1946. My father was educated at a Jesuit school, my mother … Continued

Welcomed into Camping

I love that this segment of the service is called Connections. Luchia and I are here to share our UUSS Family Camping Connection with you.

We started coming to UUSS around this time last year. At the time, we had not yet finished mapping out our summer plans. I then came across an announcement for the Family Camp in August, a month when we like to have adventures.  Read more:

Melissa and Luchia

2016-06-12T15:28:26+00:00

Melissa and Luchia

I love that this segment of the service is called Connections. Luchia and I are here to share our UUSS Family Camping Connection with you. We started coming to UUSS around this time last year. At the time, we had not yet finished mapping out our summer plans. I then came across an announcement for … Continued

And service is its prayer . . .

The first time my husband and I came to Schenectady, in the fifties, he was assigned to the G.E. Physics Training Program and we were not inclined to settle down and create roots in what we both felt to be only a temporary home. But, as time went on, and several assignments later, he was assigned permanently to the Research Laboratory in Niskayuna - a dream come true because we had really come to love the area and our new friends.  Read more:

Judy Farrell

2016-06-12T15:21:15+00:00

Judy Farrell

The first time my husband and I came to Schenectady, in the fifties, he was assigned to the G.E. Physics Training Program and we were not inclined to settle down and create roots in what we both felt to be only a temporary home. But, as time went on, and several assignments later, he was … Continued