Religious Education

RE Community Covenanting Dec 3rd, 12pm-1pm

In October, members of the RE Community including teachers, parents, advisor, and RE Team members, came together to create the RE Community Covenant for 2017-2018 which can be seen on the Learning pages of our website  On December 3rd, we ill have the opportunity to check in and see how we are doing and update … Continued

Job Position Opening

Director of Lifespan Religious Education. Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady, membership 375, seeks full-time experienced, professional Director of Lifespan Religious Education to join our staff team during a time of new beginnings and growing energy in the congregation. Current enrollment for the children/youth Religious Education program is 134; programs include nursery-through-high school curricula, Coming of … Continued


Word Choice:  By Julie Rigano  When I was growing up, my grandfather had a phrase he would say whenever a job was done, but not perfect: “Good enough for the girls we date.” It wasn’t until a few years after he passed that I realized how problematic that phrase is. Partly due to this phrase, I … Continued

Covenant Circles: A Place of Connection

A Covenant Circle is a small group where members get to know one another and deepen their own spirituality by participating together in discussions of topics of universal human significance. The spirit of community that develops in a group radiates outward, increasing the members’ connection to UUSchenectady and to the wider community. Covenant Circles offer: … Continued


Welcoming: September is a time of welcoming and beginning.The school year begins for our children and youth. Both Rosh Hashanah and Muharram, the Jewish and Islamic New Year respectively, are in September. Mabon, or the autumnal equinox, recognizes that the Earth is in balance for the day with equal number of hours of light and dark … 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


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

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

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

Youth Scholarship Opportunities

The Aninger Fund: These scholarships provide money for Junior and Senior youth to attend leadership and spiritual programs. Find out more and download application forms HERE. The deadline for applications is March 31.