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Circles – Highlights
Thank You and Farewell!: Someone who has known me a long time told me recently that I seem more at peace in myself now than I have ever been, and they speculated that it might be, at least in part, because of the experience I have had here in Schenectady — an experience of mutual … Continued
What an Interim Minister Leaves Behind: A few weeks ago, the first minister my family met at the congregation my parents still attend passed away. Her name was Rev. Cynthia Ward and she had a huge influence on my life. She gave my parents the spiritual home and foundation to raise three kids in the … Continued
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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