Love is the Spirit of This Church
Rev. Margret A. O'Neall
How do we move from the loving connections that unify this congregation, flowing from the heart center of the mission statement, to the active practice of love as we go forth to live our values in the world?
Circles – Highlights
- Minister’s Blog: United Against Hate
In United Against Hate February, I joined a local interfaith group called Schenectady Clergy Against Hate. ...
- Hudson Mohawk UU Joint Worship Service
Sunday, March 26 at Doane Stuart School: Unitarian Universalists from the Capital Region and beyond ...
- Organizing 101: Turning Frustration Into Action
Friday, March 3rd in the Great Hall at UUSS from 5:30–7:00pm. Civic engagement is fundamental to a ...
- UUA General Assembly 2017
June 21-25, New Orleans, LA: General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association ...
- Earth Circles at UUSS
In the Steps of the Peacemaker (PEACEMAKER CIRCLES): Monday evening, March 13th at 7pm in the Fireplace ...
- Julie Rigano, DLRE: New Year, New Learning
Happy New Year! With the New Year brings hope, revitalization, and new opportunities for growth and ...
- Alliance Special Appeals 2017!
The Women’s Alliance is seeking requests for donations from our Special Appeals Fund. Over the years, ...
- The Women’s Alliance: March 2nd
The next gathering of the Women’s Alliance will be on Thursday, March 2 at the Turf ...
- Change is Our Choice – Creating Climate Solutions
Join us for a book discussion course, “Change is Our Choice, Creating Climate Solutions.” Course topics ...
- Getting To Know UU Spring 2017 Classes
Whether you just came through the church doors or have spent years trying to figure this ...
- The 4th Annual Chili Cook-Off & Trivia Night!
Saturday, March 18th – 5pm-8pm: Calling all chili chefs: make a big pot of your best ...
- A Place For Folk: February 24
A Place For Folk warmly invites you to join us on Friday February 24th, 2017 at ...
- Philosophy Group Book Schedule
We are now reading The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity Toward Truth, Justice ...
- Ministerial Search Committee This Week…
We’re continuing to review records, conduct interviews and check references of interested ministerial candidates. You can ...
Connections – Member Stories
What got me here?I didn’t know that most middle class kids didn’t sit at their family dinner table to eat a lovingly prepared meal with lit candles on the table and, depending on their father’s whim, classical music, bagpipe music, or music from the opera Nixon in China playing (blaring?) in the background.
My spiritual journey involves my realization that my dad was a nonconformist.... Read more here:
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Robyn Salvin & Ralph Smith
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
The music we have in the UU Schenectady community is incredible ….Folks, the music we have in the UUS of Schenectady community is incredible. Under the leadership of Gary Griffiths, we frequently have the top musicians from the area as part of our services, interspersed with young performers, some of which, despite being young, ARE some of the top musicians from our area. Read more here:
Love – we start with love. . .I remember when I first came to visit this church. I read the Bond of Union silently with awe. I was (and am) impressed that this church says what it means. Over time I’ve also learned that this church does what it says. Powerful, and uncommon....Read more here:
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:
Unitarian Universalism is a frontier religion . . .Two years ago, a paper sign with three words "Black Lives Matter" was placed in the glass case in front of our church, our "wayside pulpit.” The wayside pulpit, a roadside welcome that contains an inspiring, uplifting thought is a tradition in many churches. Most of the time (at most churches) the thought changes, sometimes weekly, sometimes less often. "Black Lives Matter" was never replaced. Once it was posted, it stayed.
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:
I came, I saw, I immediately felt at homeWhen 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:
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:
- Organizing 101: Turning Frustration Into Action