Sing of Hope
Rev. Margret A. O'Neall
The gifts of the Christmas season include the music that engages our memories and dreams, our hopes and longings. Lifting our voices together, we fill the space with the sounds that lighten our spirits in this season of darkness and light.
Circles – Highlights
- 2016-2017 UUA Common Read!
“The Third Reconstruction”: Looking for a good read? Inspiration? Social justice ideas? Holiday gift? Now’s the ...
- Green Sanctuary: Climate Justice
The Paris Agreement One Year Later: A year ago, our Climate Justice project was a petition ...
- EBWA Program & Dinner: December 15th
“Stranger in a Strange Land: A Unitarian in Tel Aviv” Join the Evening Branch of the ...
- Minister’s Blog: Light in the Darkness – December
At this time of the Winter Solstice, especially on those overcast December days, I often find ...
- The EBWA 2016-2017 Calendar
All women are welcome
September 29th: Dr. Ellen McHale, author and executive director, N Y Folklore ...
- Ministerial Search Committee This Week…
We will submit our completed Congregational Record to the UUA Transition Office by November 30. On ...
- Annual Holiday Party!
December 3rd 5:00-9:00pm in the Great Hall! Please plan to bring the whole family and bring ...
- Dining for Dollars Lasagna Dinner-December 14th On Wednesday, December 14, 2016, volunteer cooks, pastry chefs and delivery drivers will present the tenth ...
- Women’s Alliance Luncheon: December 1stWomen’s Alliance invites one and all (male and female!) to our December 1st Luncheon at the ...
- Diaper Drive Returning to UUSS!More than five million babies nationwide live in low- income families without adequate access to ...
- Philosophy Group
We are continuing with The Brain: The Story of You by David Eagleman. For the full ...
- Soup Kitchen News
Welcome and thank you to nine new Soup Kitchen volunteers who signed up at our Congregational ...
Connections – Member Stories
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
- Women’s Alliance Luncheon: December 1st