Rev. Joe Wants You to Know

A Message from your “Welcoming Congregation” Team
Your team: Matt Memmelaar, Linda Miner, Sue Ward, Nikki Williams. We are looking to connect with the Congregation. Please reach out to us at

CHECK OUT THE BULLETIN BOARD IN THE BACK OF THE SANCTUARY! Educational information PLUS upcoming community events! Please join the UUCSS family to attend events in our community!

Virtually Resist and Rejoice at General Assembly 2017
You can register to attend the 2017 UUA General Assembly in New Orleans, Louisiana, June 21-25 online! Registering will give you access online to multiple workshops and forums in addition to the big marquee events. General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of the UUA, where attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through the democratic process. This year’s theme of GA “Resist and Rejoice!” will awaken and deepen the commitment of Unitarian Universalists to the power and possibility of working in solidarity with those on the margins. Highlights include the 2017 Ware Lecture from Bryan Stevenson, executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative and author of Just Mercy, and the UUA presidential election. Learn more and register today.

This Summer’s Theme:
Theme: Joy
In my own worst seasons, I’ve come back from the colorless world of despair by forcing myself to look hard, for a long time, at a single glorious thing: a flame of red geranium outside my bedroom window. And then another: my daughter in a yellow dress. And another: the perfect outline of a full, dark sphere behind the crescent moon. Until I learned to be in love with my life again. Like a stroke victim retraining new parts of the brain to grasp lost skills, I have taught myself joy, over and over again.” — Barbara Kingsolver

Please consider yourself invited to an opportunity for discussion of this summer’s theme of “joy” with Rev. Joe.  We’ll meet on Sunday, August 27 at 4:00 in the King Room at 624 N Broadway.  Before the gathering, please read through the packet you’ll find here:

Experiment with one of the spiritual practices. Reflect on one of the questions. If you like, watch a video, listen to a song, read one of the recommended books.  Consider your reflections on the way joy as a theme has been part of Sunday morning services this summer.  Notice moments of joy this summer. Then, come to the discussion and together we’ll share our insights and deepen our reflection on the place of joy in a Unitarian Universalist theology and in our daily lives.

Give Away the Plate Program
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

Help Needed for a Fellow UU!
A UU from Oneonta is in town with her daughter who is being treated at Four Winds for anxiety.
Commuting from Oneonta isn’t really a workable option. They have booked an AirBnB for this week,
but if someone (or a series of someone’s) had a room or two they could use, that would be a huge
help to them. They need the housing for the next 3 or 4 weeks.
If you can help, please send an e-mail to
The Care Team.

Office Administrator’s Office Hours
My usual office hours are 10:30 A.M.–2:30 P.M. Tuesdays & Wednesdays, and 10:30 A.M.–3:00 P.M.
Thursdays & Fridays.
However, I will be out of the office on June 27 (Tues). I will, instead, be in
the office on the Monday of that week, 10:30 A.M.–2:30 P.M., should you need to contact me.
Thank you!

Evening Renewal will be taking a hiatus for July and August.  It will resume in September with Betty Hurley at the helm, so look for her announcement toward the end of the summer vacation.  If anyone is interested in working with Betty on this series, please contact her at

Thanks to everyone who supported this offering over the past year by presenting and/or attending.  We loved creating and being part of the experience and are grateful to Betty for stepping up to make sure it continues.

In gratitude,
Linda Wilkes and Nedra Stimpfle

Resistance & Transformation: UU History & Social Justice – July 5, at 6 P.M.
Perhaps the best way to learn about the character and the promise of a non-creedal faith tradition
like Unitarian Universalism is to study its history. In a moment of heightened awareness of division in
our country on issues of social justice, it seems appropriate to explore that history using a social
justice lens to help us to ask the justice questions that pertain to our lives, congregations, and society
today, and identify the social justice challenges of our era.

Tonight’s topic: Utopianism
“Those of us who are alive in these times have a clear and evident mission. We have a compelling
moral purpose that can direct our lives and our energies: We are about saving the world. So what is
our part? The place is to begin at home- that is, with ourselves. Notice what is life-denying and resist
it. Live with the moral authority that comes from compassion and non-violence. Form communities of
people who will sustain you in living as you wish to live, whether they are study groups or alternative
living arrangements or socially responsible, sustainable businesses. Our congregations must be
central gathering places for such community.” — Marilyn Sewell, “Reclaiming the American Dream,”
in A People So Bold
Simply defined, “Utopianism” is the belief that a vision of righteousness can be actualized in time
and space. One can describe as “utopian” a community in which usual social norms are annulled
as a means to reach a higher standard for human life in community. Four well known utopian
communities are part of our Unitarian and Universalist histories: Rakow, in 17th-century Poland, and
Brook Farm, Fruitlands, and Hopedale in mid-19th century New England. None of these
communities lasted more than a couple of decades; most collapsed within a short time. Despite their
brief existence, these communities have had lasting impact on Unitarian Universalism. Prominent
Unitarian and Universalist theologians, literary figures, and activists including Faustus Socinus,
Margaret Fuller, Adin Ballou, and Nathaniel Hawthorne were inspired by and involved with them.
This workshop explores how these utopian communities have shaped Unitarian Universalist tradition
and examines the relationship between Unitarian Universalist theology and utopian thought.
The workshop defines utopianism and its opposite, apocalypticism, before offering a brief history of
Brook Farm and its relationship to the Transcendentalist movement. As participants learn the history
of Brook Farm, they consider whether or not utopianism is an effective strategy for building and
sustaining social justice movements. The workshop closes with a reflection on the ongoing
relationship between utopianism and Unitarian Universalism.
Feel free to bring a dinner for yourself if you like.

Saratoga Unitarian Book Group
The Saratoga Unitarian Book Group meets on the 3rd Monday of the month throughout the year.  We begin at 6PM in the King Room with a light supper brought by members of the group. Around 6:45 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.
Book selection for July 17 – “Lab Girl”, Hope Jahren
Please see last page for a list of future meetings and book selections.

Resistance & Transformation: UU History & Social Justice – July 19, at 6 P.M.
Perhaps the best way to learn about the character and the promise of a non-creedal faith tradition
like Unitarian Universalism is to study its history. In a moment of heightened awareness of division in
our country on issues of social justice, it seems appropriate to explore that history using a social
justice lens to help us to ask the justice questions that pertain to our lives, congregations, and society
today, and identify the social justice challenges of our era.

Tonight’s topic: Counter-Culture
Those who find the more conventional communities unsatisfactory sometimes band together to form
a new kind of community—an experiment. The kibbutz, Brook Farm, Amana, and Summerhill are
diverse examples of such communities.
On a limited basis, LRY is also an experimental community. Sharing interests, ideas, many of the
same problems and visions, we try to relate to each other, and through each other, to the society
beyond. — from the “Concepts of Community” in the Liberal Religious Youth 1968 Continental
Conference program
The autonomous Unitarian Universalist youth movement Liberal Religious Youth (LRY) was heavily
influenced by and involved in the counter-culture of the 1960s and early 1970s. Members
of LRY challenged gender norms, organized against the Vietnam War, experimented with drugs, and
rejected many accepted social standards. Often, they organized conferences and other gatherings
where conventional social norms were temporarily suspended. Some experienced these events as
brief utopian spaces—what the author Hakim Bey calls temporary autonomous zones—where a new
society could be glimpsed and even experienced. Sometimes what happened at these events
influenced not only Unitarian Universalism but the larger culture. For example, Tom Wolfe’s
book The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test recounts the story of a Unitarian Universalist conference that
took place in the mid-1960s in Asilomar, California that was one of the starting points of the
decade’s psychedelic drug culture. Eager for Unitarian Universalism to be at the vanguard of social
change, including the use of psychedelic drugs to heighten spiritual experience, a group of ministers
called the Young Turks invited Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters to the conference. The group
shared both their lifestyle and drugs with many of the youth and adults in attendance. However,
incidents like the one at Asilomar were not typical.
Today, creating temporary community where typical social conventions are suspended is still
appealing to many Unitarian Universalists, in our youth movement and beyond. Unitarian
Universalists of all ages report that their experiences at camps and conferences allow them to escape
the norms of the dominant culture and explore an alternative value system. Some claim their
experiences at camps and conferences are life-changing. Using the Unitarian Universalist youth
movement as a case study, this workshop asks: Are these counter-cultural experiences actually
transformative? Do Unitarian Universalist camps and conferences give us opportunities for social
experiment and revitalization not available elsewhere? How much have they shaped contemporary
Unitarian Universalism? Do they help us share transformation outside our movement? How are they
a manifestation of a parallel approach to social justice work?
Feel free to bring a dinner for yourself if you like.

Volunteers Needed for The Blessings of Animals Service
The Blessings of Animals Service will be held on Sunday, August 6. Are there any volunteers
interested in organizing it – choose a focus, find readings, select songs, publicize, create
Order of Service, etc? If you would like to be a part of the planning and/or execution,
please contact Nedra Stimpfle ASAP:, 587-4980. We need to
get started.
Thanks for considering being a part of this warm and wonderful service.

away an average of 25 BILLION pounds of textiles a year. That’s about 82 pounds of waste
per person, per year. Of that, 15% is donated or recycled, 85% ends up in a landfill. We
can do better!!!
• Save textiles: old clothes, coats, shoes, rags, sheets, towels, quilts, blankets, curtains,
comforters, tablecloths
• Save electronics (except old TVs or computer monitors) $5 charge per household for
• Save old bicycles for repair and reuse
• Save anything that has to do with sewing, knitting and needlecrafts for a creative
reuse organization
Bring all you have saved to the Saratoga Springs High School Parking Lot on Saturday,
October 21, 2017
For more information call Julie 518 368 2350 or Audrey 518 430 2094

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 wellbeing is a top priority and it takes a village!

Thank you!


Yoga Camp for Kids
Compassion Camp, a mindfulness and movement camp for kids, is running for 2 separate weeks
this summer at Yoga Mandali in Saratoga Springs, and there are still open spots!
Compassion Camp provides a counterbalance to the busy world today’s kids live in by encouraging
them to tune into their own inner compass. In this camp, children will create stronger awareness
about themselves and their feelings. Through yoga, mindfulness activities, creativity, and games
children will develop skills they can use throughout their lives to approach stressful times in a
healthier way.
July 24-28
August 8-12
The cost of the camp is $225/week, and it runs from 9 am – 3 pm each day. It’s led by yoga
teacher Kristin Brenner.
This camp is designed for kids ages 8-12. Campers will bring their own nut-free lunch and snacks.
Weather permitting, we will be spending time outside.
For more information and to register, click here:

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

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

June 2017

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  • Men's Breakfast Group
  • Choir Rehearsal
  • 12 Step Meditation (rental group)
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • K-5 RE Classes
  • Evening Renewal
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
  • Chalice Group
  • No Choice 12-Step Group (rental group)
  • Green Sanctuary
  • Women's Luncheon
  • Yoga Group
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
  • NIA with Linda Wilkes
  • Resistance & Transformation: UU History, Theology, and Social Justice
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • Wellspring Group
  • Choir Rehearsal
  • 12 Step Meditation (rental group)
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • Flag Day Parade
  • K-5 RE Classes
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
  • Welcoming Congregation Meeting
  • Worship Committee
  • No Choice 12-Step Group (rental group)
  • Yoga Group
  • Finance Committee
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • Men's Breakfast Group
  • Social Justice Committee Meeting
  • Planning committee
  • 12 Step Meditation (rental group)
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • Evening Renewal
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
  • UUCSS Book Group
  • No Choice 12-Step Group (rental group)
  • Board of Trustees Meeting
  • Rel. Exploration Committee
  • Yoga Group
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • 12 Step Meditation (rental group)
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
  • No Choice 12-Step Group (rental group)
  • Building & Grounds Committee
  • Care Team Meeting
  • Yoga Group
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • 12 Step Meditation (rental group)