Serving the Larger Community
The Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady (UUSS) is a member congregation in the Unitarian Universalist Association and participates in the Central East Region of the UUA. In addition, UUSS participates in efforts in the larger community such as New Orleans and Guatemala.
Hudson Mohawk UU Congregations
There are five Unitarian Universalist congregations in the Hudson River and Capital District region of New York state. We are located in Albany, Glens Falls, Kingston/Catskills, Saratoga Springs, and Schenectady. Each congregation is different, yet we are all united in shared values of personal spiritual growth, inclusiveness, and social justice. Our oldest church, the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany, was founded in 1842. Our newest congregation is in Saratoga Springs, founded in 1996.
Starting in 2009, our congregations have enjoyed getting together for a combined Sunday worship service once every spring at a central location.
UU Service Committee
The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) is a national, 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 congregational 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 Schenectady coffee hour. Packages of fair trade coffee are also available for purchase at the Social Action Justice Team table in the Great Hall following Sunday worship services.
UUSS members & friends share 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.
For more examples of social justice projects sponsored by our congregation, see UU Schenectady Social Justice