Circles – Highlights

Thank you!

Shortly after the UUA published “Singing the Journey,” (the teal songbook we use nearly every Sunday), UUSS member Barbara Vivier donated 150 copies to the church. She made this generous gift in memory of her husband Roger Kambour, recognizing an opportunity to fill our sanctuary with new, wonderful music. Something he would have loved. Barbara … Continued

Minister’s Blog

Transitions: When I began my service here as your interim minister, way back in September 2014, I wrote, “I am an intentional interim minister, and my commitment is to work with the congregation in this time of transition to energize and strengthen the church as you prepare to call your next settled minister.”  It is … Continued

DLRE Blog

Passions of Our Community: As our fall-spring RE schedule comes to a close, we are prepping for Summer RE here at UU Schenectady. This summer our curriculum will be “Passions of Our Community.” Members of the congregation can come and share their passions and love of learning with our kids in RE. As Mark Twain … Continued

Green Sanctuary Celebration

In the early days of Green Sanctuary, before we got busy with the Climate Justice Project, we worked on four realms of the Green Sanctuary program. One was called Worship and Celebration.  On Saturday, June 3rd we will be taking a hike at Schodack Island State Park. I would like to suggest we pause and … Continued

Our New Ministers – Rev. Wendy Bartel and Rev. Lynn Gardner

The Ministerial Search Committee is THRILLED to announce that Rev. Lynn Gardner and Rev. Wendy Bartel have been called as our Settled Co-Ministers. Thank you to everyone who came out for events during candidate week and to worship services last Sunday and today. We look forward to a joy-filled and exciting future together!  Pictures from … Continued

Ministers Blog: Declaring in Conscience

The first image of “conscience” that I remember in my own life was that of Jiminy Cricket singing to Pinocchio, advising him to “always let your conscience be your guide.”   The challenge that Pinocchio faced, of course, was how to make the transition from puppet to real boy, and how to live as a human … Continued

Stewardship Video!

Bending Toward Justice, Acting in Love – What draws people to UU Schenectady? What do they love here, and why do they give? Take a few minutes to hear from some of our members. Special thanks to our videographer Kurt Warner who produced this excellent production as part of our Stewardship Campaign.

DLRE Blog: Saving the World vs. Saving Yourself

by Julie Rigano  Lately I have been finding myself thinking back to an exercise we did in last year’s Coming of Age class. The class was told to choose between two options and then defend their choice. Some of the options were being kind or being popular, being independent or being cooperative, accepting all viewpoints … Continued

Minister’s Blog: United Against Hate

In February, I joined a local interfaith group called Schenectady Clergy Against Hate. In my first meeting with them, we discussed a variety of initiatives to promote the positive values of our faith traditions, and they shared a pledge they had written for members of local congregations to make for themselves – a pledge to … Continued

UUA General Assembly 2017

June 21-25, New Orleans, LA: General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Anyone may attend; any church member wishing to be a delegate and vote on issues including the election of the new President of the … Continued