As Unitarian Universalists, we are brave, curious, and compassionate thinkers and doers. We are diverse in faith, ethnicity, history and spirituality, but aligned in our desire to make a difference for the good. We have a track record of standing on the side of love, justice, and peace.
We have radical roots and a history as self-motivated spiritual people: we think for ourselves and recognize that life experience influences our beliefs more than anything. In the following pages you can find out about:
At a Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady worship service or meeting, you are likely to find members whose positions on faith may be derived from a variety of religious beliefs: Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, naturist, atheist, or agnostic. Members might tell you that they are religious humanists, liberal Christians, or world religionists.
Our Mission and Vision
Connecting in spiritual community,
we celebrate life with joy
grow in compassion
The vision of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady:
- We will boldly live our Unitarian Universalist Principles, within our church and in service to the larger community
- We will nurture mind and spirit through lifelong learning, engagement and growth
- We will create a community that welcomes, embraces and supports all
- We will worship in ways that comfort, inspire and challenge
Our Ministers and Staff
Rev. Wendy Bartel and Rev. Lynn Gardner
Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees governs the Society, with authority delegated to it by the Congregation. Two or three members of the seven-person Board are elected each year at the congregation’s Annual Meeting in May. The Board meets on the third Monday of each month at 7 PM.
Schenectady Unitarian Universalists have a diverse religious background. Only about 10-15 % of us are lifelong Unitarians. About 60% were once associated with one of the many Protestant groups and about 20% come from a Roman Catholic background. Other members range from Zoroastrian and Greek Orthodox to Quaker, and a bit more than 10% ascribed to no religious group prior to associating with us.
We are an LGBTQ Welcoming Congregation
We are a Welcoming Congregation, recognized by the Unitarian Universalist Association. This means we affirm and include people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer at every level of congregational life—in worship, in program, and in social occasions—welcoming them as whole people.
The Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady (UUSS) is located at 1221 Wendell Avenue in the historic GE Reality Plot, a block away from Union College and centrally located between Schenectady’s downtown and Upper Union Street business districts.