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Celebrating Differences: Beloved Community in Action
Saturday, October 27, 10am – 3pm

Unitarian Universalist congregations are called to celebrate multiculturalism and to be inclusive of all. On the surface, this is an easy theological statement. In practice, we’ve learned that despite our intention to be more widely inclusive, we often miss the deeper cultural differences and continue our practice of congregational life the way we’ve always done. Then people whose cultures are different than the majority in our congregations continue to experience being excluded, even as we are trying to include them.

This day will be an exploration of cross-cultural and intercultural skills and perspectives to help congregational leaders examine and shift these deeper layers of culture to create wider and deeper inclusion. The sessions will include break out sessions for participants to apply these concepts and skills to particular areas of congregational life and leadership because culture impacts all we do from stewardship and finance to religious education.

Workshop Leaders: Rev. Evin Carvill-Ziemer & Rev. Dr. Hope Johnson

10am-3pm at UU Saratoga
624 N Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Please bring a brown bag lunch. Coffee, tea, and snacks will be provided.

Give Away the Plate Program

This Sunday, in Recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we are giving our offering to Wellspring, Saratoga, an organization that has for almost forty years been committed to helping survivors of relationship abuse (domestic violence). Originally focused on providing basic shelter and crisis services, Wellspring now supports, as well, a series of programs aimed at ending relationship and sexual abuse in our community.

If there is an organization you would like the Social Justice Committee to consider for If there is an organization you would like the Social Justice Committee to consider for the Give Away the Plate program, please send your suggestion to

General Announcements

UU Buddies is Back! Last Registration Day – Sunday, October 14th!
It’s time, once again for UU Buddies! Just like “Secret Santa”, you’ll be matched up with another member of the Congregation.  However, UU Buddies matches up an adult congregant with a youth congregant in an effort to forge new connections and friendships. Sunday, October 14th is the last day to sign up!
For more information, see the attached flier link below, or contact Julie Lewis

Voicing Opposition: Responsibilities and Risks – Community Forum and Circle – Sunday, October 14, 1pm – 4pm
“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies,
but the silence of our friends.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Silence is complicity. We want to voice our opposition in clear, respectful and peaceful ways. What does that mean and how do we do it? What is our moral responsibility to stand up and speak out? What do we risk? When do we call people in and when do we call them out?

Join us, and some special guests, to explore these questions together. Mediation Matters will facilitate large and small group discussion. Please plan to stay for the duration of the program.

Refreshments will be served. RSVP by October 12 to, or call 786.269.8030

This event is being organized and sponsored by several area groups: Frederick Allen Lodge #609, MLK Saratoga, Mount Olivet Baptist Church, Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church Social Concerns Committee, Saratoga Immigration Coalition, Saratoga Peace Alliance, Temple Sinai, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs, United Methodist Church of Saratoga Springs, Veterans for Peace – Adirondack Chapter 147, League of Women Voters of Saratoga County. Click the following link for more information:

Evening Renewal: Sunday, October 14,  5-6 PM
Empathic Listening
The recent political situation has challenged many of us in different ways. Speaking personally, I have struggled with emotions that make it difficult to really listen.
In this Evening Renewal, we will take some time to consider and practice empathic listening, based on Carl Roger’s person-centered approach.  The activities will be based on the book, How to Use Forum Theatre for Community Dialogue by Angelo Miramonti. Betty recently attended a workshop given by Angelo in New York City.  
We will gather in our sanctuary at 5 P.M. on Sunday. We look forward to seeing you.
Questions? Contact Betty Hurley at or 518-577-5970

UUCSS Book Group Meeting
The Saratoga Unitarian Book Group meets on the 3rd Monday of the month throughout the year. We begin at 6 P.M. in the King Room with a light supper brought by members of the group. Around 6:45 P.M. we then begin a discussion of the book for that month. The discussion lasts about an hour. We are happy to have additional folks join us whether it’s to be a regular participant or a contributor for a particular book. TRY US OUT. Contact Pat Goodale with questions: 584-0588.

October 15 – “God: A Hyman History” – Reza Aslan

‘Learning About UU’ classes now scheduled
The next round of Learning About UU classes has been scheduled.  This is now a one-part series that will be held on Thursday, October 18 from 7 to 9 P.M.  These classes give newcomers to the congregation an opportunity to learn more about our congregation and our faith as well as to meet other new congregants.  A sign-up sheet will be in the back of the sanctuary. Please affix your name thereto or email any of the following people to sign up or ask questions: Nedra Stimpfle (, Dennis Herlihy (

‘In Her Shoes’ – A Glimpse Into the Lives of Women Experiencing Domestic Violence – Sunday, October 21, 1pm – 4pm
The scenarios in ‘In Her Shoes’ are based on true stories – the real-life experiences of women with abusive partners. It is a stimulation to help participants understand, in a very compressed period of time, the ups and downs that victims of domestic violence experience over the course of many years.
This event is sponsored by Wellspring and UUCSS. Please click on the following link to view the flyer

End of Life Program – The Conversation Workshop – Sunday, October 28, 2pm – 4pm
The UUCSS Care Team will be facilitating our second program on End of Life Issues.
The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for End of Life Care.
Join us for a workshop that will give you the skills and the courage to have these conversations.
Workshop leaders: Bonnie Edelstein, Director Death with Dignity-Albany and Nancy Willie Schaffer, advocate for Medical Aid in Dying legislation.
RSVP’s appreciated to guarantee materials for your use.
Contact Marian Bigelow 518-587-3847 or

Sunday October 28, 2018, 2pm-4pm
UUCSS Sanctuary 624 N Broadway

October’s Theme: Sanctuary
It is in the shelter of each other that the people live.
—Irish proverb

This month you are invited to explore sanctuary as a spiritual theme.  It is an opportunity to reflect on the sanctuaries that shelter and restore us, as well as a time to turn our attention to the practice of creating sanctuaries.  

You’ll find a packet of resources and fun and helpful prompts for exploration here:

Kudos and Gratitude
UUCSS sure spreads the Love!

Special Reminders

Safe Exiting of the Building
In the event that we need to leave our building quickly, there are three exits: the front door, a door to the left of the chancel, and the office door downstairs.  People in the front half of the congregation should exit through the door to the left of the chancel.  This exit leads to the playground.  People in the back half congregation should exit through the front door.  Children downstairs will be led by teachers outside to the playground through the office door.

Safety in the Congregation
Parents and Caregivers, please remind your children to walk inside the congregation building, especially in congested areas such as the stairs and during coffee hour. Also, when children are outside playing they must remain inside the playground. If any member of the congregation member sees a child running or playing in the gardens or parking lot, please give them a gentle reminder to stay inside in the playground for their safety. Our concern for everyone’s well-being is a top priority and it takes a village!

Thank you!


NYSCU 192nd Annual Meeting, Fellowship, and Workshops Event
All Unitarian Universalists are warmly invited to attend the NYSCU’s weekend of fellowship and workshops at their 192nd Annual Meeting to be held at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Syracuse. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Gretchen S. Sorin where the subject of her lecture will be “Driving While Black”: African Americans on the Road in the Era of Jim Crow. Please click on the following link to view the flyer containing more information on this event and how to register to attend.

Gospel Festival with Dr. Raymond Wise – Saturday, October 20, 2018
The Mohawk Valley Chorus invites adults and high-school students to join them for a day-long workshop at Johnstown High School which includes a master class and rehearsal, followed by a 30-minute concert for family and community members. Lunch and snacks will be provided and included in the ticket price.
Please click on the following link for more information and to view the flyer.

EOC Soup Kitchen Needs Our Help to Stock the Food Pantry
Please help the EOC Soup Kitchen, located at the Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church, stock its food pantry. Place donations of nonperishable food items or financial donations in the basket on the middle table at the rear of the Sanctuary. Your contributions are brought weekly to the Soup Kitchen.

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Connect with a Group

Building and Grounds
Care Team
Green Sanctuary
Religious Education
Social Justice
Welcoming Congregation

Book Group
Inquirers Group
Ladies Who Lunch
Men’s Breakfast Group
Religious Education Pancake Breakfast
Religious Education 4th Saturday Potlucks
Soul Matters
Third Saturday Potlucks
UU Family Hikes


Event Calendar

October 2018

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  • Nikki Williams - Private Meeting
  • Sustainable Saratoga Meeting
  • Governance Task Force
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
  • Admin out of office
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • Men's Breakfast
  • Choir Rehearsal
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • 1st Sunday Pancake Breakfast
  • Coffe Chat: Planning Committee
  • Service for Those Hurting
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
  • Worship Committee
  • Women's Luncheon
  • Finance Committee Meeting
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • Membership Committee Meeting
  • Choir Rehearsal
  • Whole Building Carpet Cleaning
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • Drumming Circle Intro Meeting
  • Leadership Committee
  • Voicing Opposition: Responsibilities & Risks
  • Evening Renewal
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
  • UUCSS Book Group
  • Board of Trustees
  • Care Team Meeting
  • RE Committee Meeting
  • Small Group Ministry Meeting
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
  • Small Group Ministry Meeting
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • Men's Breakfast
  • Learning About UU
  • Choir Rehearsal
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • Social Justice Committee Meeting
  • In Her Shoes. Wellspring workshop
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
  • LGBTQ Support Group
  • Building & Grounds Committee Meeting
  • Stewardship Committee Meeting
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • Choir Rehearsal
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • Celebrating Differences: Beloved Community in Action
  • Coffee Chat - The Future of Religious Exploration and All Ages Worship
  • End of Life Program: The Conversation
  • Governance Task Force
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)