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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

UU Schenectady Picnic at Thompson’s Lake

Save The Date: Saturday, August 5th: Join your UU Schenectady friends at Thompson’s Lake Campground at Thacher State Park, where we’ve reserved 2 campsites directly across from the beach to be the center of our day-long festivities. Come as early as you’d like to swim, hike, rent a rowboat or paddle-boat, launch your own boat, … Continued

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

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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

Earth Circles

Sunday, July 9, 10:30 am in Great Hall – “All Our Relations: The Sanctuary of Nature” Earth Circles has planned a wonderful experiential multi-generational service for the whole congregation. We will sing, drum, connect to all of creation, and spiral out of the Great Hall to toss flowers in the stream from the bridge next to church … 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

SICM Summer Lunch Program

Volunteers Needed: Summer vacation is almost upon us! Every summer the Schenectady Inner City Ministries serves hot lunches on weekdays to food insecure children at sites throughout the city of Schenectady. UUSS has been assigned two separate weeks to serve lunch at Jerry Burrell Park on Hamilton Hill. We will be serving lunch the weeks of … Continued

DLRE Blog: Removing the White Lens

I have something to admit. The first time I heard the phrase Black Lives Matter, my first thought was, “Well, yeah, but don’t all lives matter?” I scrolled through my Facebook feed slightly offended that no one seemed to point out that my life mattered. After scrolling offended for a while, I started to realize … Continued