Serving the Larger Community
The Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady (UUSS) is a member congregation in the Unitarian Universalist Association and participates in the St. Lawrence Unitarian Universalist District. In addition, UUSS participates in efforts in the larger community such as New Orleans and Guatemala.
Capital Region Congregations
There are four Unitarian Universalist congregations in the Capital Region. We’re located in Albany, Glens Falls, Saratoga Springs and Schenectady. Each congregation is different, yet we are all united in shared values of personal spiritual growth, inclusiveness, and social justice.In the Capital Region of New York Unitarian Universalists have been a prophetic liberal religious voice for over 150 years. Our oldest church, First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany was founded in 1842. Our newest congregation is in Saratoga Springs. It just celebrated its 10 year anniversary last year. Each congregation is different ? Our Schenectady church has over 400 members, our Glens Falls church feels “more like family” with less than 100.
Visit the Hudson-Mohawk Region Unitarian Universalists website for more details on our local congregations.
St. Lawrence District
First Unitarian Society of Schenectady participates in the St. Lawrence Unitarian Universalist District (SLD). One of the missions of SLD is to foster Social Justice.
The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) is a nonsectarian organization that promotes human rights and social justice worldwide. Their programs are based on Unitarian Universalist principles that affirm the worth, dignity and human rights of every person.
Through a combination of advocacy, education and partnerships with grassroots organizations, UUSC supports programs and policies that empower women, defend the rights of children and support the struggles of indigenous people and oppressed racial and ethnic groups.
Each year Guest At Your Table boxes are distributed to FUSS members and friends between Thanksgiving and the December holidays. Families place their Guest boxes on their meal tables; as they sit down to share meals together, they discuss the stories of people whose lives have been affected by UUSC’s work and place money in the box to help UUSC continue its work.
The UUSC Coffee Project was launched in June 2001, just as world coffee market prices were beginning to collapse. During its first year, the Unitarian Universalist congregations across the country increasingly were making a difference in the lives of small coffee farmers. At least 200 UU congregations now participate, purchasing over 10,000 pounds of fairly traded coffee and offering hope to small farmers at a critical time. Fair trade coffee, purchased under the UUSC partnership project with Equal Exchange, a worker-owned fair trade organization founded in 1986, is used at the FUSS coffee hour. Packages of fair trade coffee are also available for purchase at the Social Action Council table in the Great
UUSS members & friends hare the spirit of the holiday season with beautiful UUSC holiday cards. Sales of these greeting cards will help UUSC protect basic human rights and advance social justice in the United States and around the world.