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Resistance & Transformation: UU Social Justice History
Discussion series on Unitarian Universalist history and social justice continues!
Perhaps the best way to learn about the character 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 using a social justice lens to explore Unitarian Universalism.

The curriculum “Resistance and Transformation” is grounded in the belief that both the successes and the failures in our history can be instructive.  The program presents and explores the ongoing struggle of our faith tradition to live up to its ever-evolving ideals of social transformation.

Remaining workshops in the series:
September 20:  Sexuality Education as a Social Justice Issue
October 4:  Beyond Binaries: The Struggle for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Equality
October 18:  Is There More? An opportunity to reflect on what we’ve learned and how it could influence how we move forward into tomorrow.

Bring your own dinner/desert/munchies. We start noshing at 6 and start the program by 6:30. We finish at 8.

Save the date: Sunday September 24.
Plan to attend the Peace Fair at the New England Congregational Church. UUCSS is partnering  with them to provide an event that will include exhibits that celebrate ongoing efforts for peace. There will be live music, family-friendly activities, fair trade items for sale, and a community
luncheon to promote a sense of community as we eat together. The event will be held from noon to 4:00, so plan to go right after church for the luncheon and then enjoy the entertainment and exhibits. We would like to have a team of UUCSS volunteers to help with set up and take down,
staffing the UUCSS information table and the Sweet treats table of goodies donated by members of our congregation. Many other foods will be provided by other organizations. and vendors Go to for a complete schedule of activities that will go on throughout Saratoga
during Peace week, Sept 21 to 26. You can also sign up to help at that site.
For more information, see Cathie Currin or Joanne Karger. See below for more information on the week’s activities.

Special Message from the Planning Committee

Let’s Plan to Build our Future|
Sermon: “Building our Future with Courage” followed by a Coffee Chat
Sunday, October 15th 10 am-noon

Potluck and Facilitated Small Group Discussion
Saturday, November 11th 6 pm-8:30pm

Vote on our Next Step
Sunday, December 10th at our annual meeting

Please mark your calendars now, details to follow.

Questions can be directed to any member of the Planning Committee:
Hal Bigelow, Rev. Joe Cleveland, Pam Collins, Kris Dallas, Louise Gava, Judy Halstead, Jim Mihuta and Nedra Stimpfle.

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!

year on National Coming Out Day, we celebrate coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender,
queer (LGBTQ) or as an ally. Oct. 11, 2017, marks the 29th anniversary of National Coming Out
Day. Coming out – whether it is as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or allied – STILL
MATTERS. When people know someone who is LGBTQ, they are far more likely to support equality
and justice. Furthermore, our stories can be powerful to each other.
Our friends over at Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church are marking the entire month
by providing a film series occurring each Wednesday of October, with film viewing folowed by a
panel discussion.
Please join the Welcoming Congregation Team and the entire UUCSS family in taking part in this
great series!

“Coming Out Month” film series.
Presbyterian—New England Congregational Church, 24 Circular St., Saratoga Springs.
Co-sponsored by Saratoga Pride.
Schedule (subject to change):
Oct 4 Milk (biopic about gay activist Harvey Milk)—2008; dir. Gus Van Sant; 2 hr 8 min; rated R—
starring Sean Penn
Oct 11 Ma Vie En Rose (a child identifies as a “girlboy”)—1997; dir. Alain Berliner; 1 hr 20 min;
rated R—French with English subtitles
Oct 18 God Loves Uganda (documentary about evangelical American missionaries promoting
homophobia)—2013; dir. Roger Ross Williams; 1 hr 23 min; unrated
Oct 25 For the Bible Tells Me So (documentary about growing up and coming out gay in 5 different
Christian families)– 2007; dir. Daniel Karslake; 1 hr 35 min; unrated
Show time 6:30 PM. Each screening followed by panel discussion.

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

Grow with Us! Guide, Help & Connect with RE this year!
Building community, developing a UU Identity, defining our faith or beliefs, and wearing our faith all week in the larger world. Those are the tasks we are called to do as Unitarian Universalists. How are
you building, developing, defining, and wearing your faith? Explore these ideas by volunteering in our Religious Exploration classes this year. We have a place for everyone to help our young members grow! Your commitment can be as short as a couple of weeks or as long as a few months.
Classes begin September 17.

T-Shirt Order:
Anyone interested in ordering a T-shirt with the UUCSS name can place their order using the order form located at the back of the sanctuary or by sending their information to The T-shirts will cost $25 each. If you would like a T-shirt but cannot afford one, please contact Rev. Joe Cleveland.
Each order should include the following information:
1) which type you want (Men’s or Women’s short sleeve), 2) the size you want, 3) quantity, and 4) your contact information (email/phone number). Color is limited to black.
The design can be viewed by:
• going to and entering (51750453 for men’s) or (51727319 for women’s) in
the search box, or
• entering the following URL in the browser
Please make provide payment (cash or check) before the date of the order (tentatively 10/13/17).
Our church administrator, Janice, will collect payments and submit the final order.

For those that live in the Saratoga City Voting District!
We will be voting, YES or NO, on the New Charter (form of City government) this November 7th. It is important for each of us to make an INFORMED decision.
Come get informed!
Sunday September 17th
11:30 am
624 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs
Unitarian Universalist Congregation Saratoga Springs

Saratoga Unitarian Book Group
The Saratoga Unitarian Book Group meets on the 3rd Monday of the month throughout the year.  We begin at 6 PM 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 Sep 18 – “Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem”, David Oshinsky.
Please see last page for a list of future meetings and book selections.

Saratoga Peace Fair/ Saratoga Peace Week
Peace Week in Saratoga is from September 21 – 27 will kick off with the Empty Bowls Project; a collaborative event with Creative Sparks, the Adult & Senior Center of Saratoga and Druther’s Brewery on Thursday, Sept. 21, the date of the United Nation’s International Day of Peace.
All our welcome to come to Creative Sparks on Phila Street, the week prior, Thursday, Sept 14, between 10am-9pm, to paint and donate a bowl.
The newly-decorated bowls will then be available for purchase during lunch at the Adult & Senior Center between 12:30-2:00pm. A selection of soups and salads will be offered courtesy of Druther’s Brewery.
All “Empty Bowls” will cost $14 and 100% of the proceeds will go to the EOC’s Food Pantry.
For a complete list of events please go to
Volunteers are needed to set up our table on Sunday September 24th from 9:30 and on as well as staff our table from noon-4pm at the Presbyterian New England Congregational Church. We also need volunteers to bake as we committed to contribute 100 desserts for the luncheon.

Please contact Cathie Currin or Joanne Karger about volunteering.

Resistance & Transformation: UU History & Social Justice – September 20, at 6 P.M.
Perhaps the best way to learn about the character 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 using a social justice lens to explore
Unitarian Universalism.

Topic for September 20: Sexuality Education as a Social Justice Issue“The sexuality education program is about wholeness and healing. It is about justice and equity. It is about responsibility to self and to others, and it’s about enhancing the meaning and value of life itself, and those are all religious pursuits.” — Judith A. Frediani, quoted in the 1999 UU World
article “From Liberation to Health” by Dan Kennedy The title of this program, Resistance and Transformation, also characterizes our Unitarian
Universalist journey with sexuality education. Our advocacy for comprehensive sexuality education is rooted in our quest for justice and in our resistance to social and religious pressures that seek to limit information about and acceptance of the sexual aspects of what it means to be human. The transformation of Unitarian Universalist attitudes and actions concerning comprehensive sexuality education was a process that required years of study, theological reflection, and commitment to engaging with real world questions and concerns.
For centuries, Unitarian and Universalists have wrestled with Western Christian theological concepts relating to human sexuality—for example, the notion of original sin, the condemnation of homosexuality, acceptance of the virgin birth of Jesus, and the belief that our physical self is separate from and inferior to our mind or spirit. At times, these concepts fostered oppressive social and cultural standards regarding human sexuality and sexuality education. In the latter half of the 20th century, as our tradition began to assimilate ideas from the feminist movement and the sexual revolution and come to terms with problems like HIV/AIDS and sexual abuse, Unitarian Universalists have often found themselves at the forefront of transformative justice work around the issue of sexuality.
This workshop explores what “sexual justice” means in the context of our faith, presents the recent history of our comprehensive sexuality education, and examines the broader social reaction to the Unitarian Universalists taking a religiously grounded, liberal stance on sexual justice issues.
Bring your own dinner/desert/munchies. We’ll start noshing at 6 and start the program by 6:30. We’ll be done at 8.

Evening Renewal
Evening Renewal is back!
This wonderful contribution to our community by Nedra Stimpfle and Linda Wilkes is continuing. The planning group for the coming year will be Betty Hurley, Joanne Karger and Diane Lake, with Nedra continuing on as a consultant.

REFLECTIONS ON NATURE – Sunday, September 24, 5-6 P.M.

Given the latest collection of severe weather for the U.S. and its neighbors, some are saying that “Mother Nature is angry.” In this evening renewal, we will reflect on indigenous approaches to Mother Earth, Father Sky and all the elements. More secular approaches to natural events will also be shared. Time for meditation and music will be included.

Resistance & Transformation: UU History & Social Justice – October 4, at 6 P.M.
Perhaps the best way to learn about the character 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 using a social justice lens to explore Unitarian Universalism.

Topic for October 4:
Beyond Binaries: The Struggle for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Equality
“The program presents the problems of the invisible minority as they face a society where the majority view homosexuality with confusion, fear, and hostility. The emphasis throughout is on
understanding and accepting all people as human beings of worth and dignity.” — from the 1972 Leaders Manual for The Invisible Minority: The Homosexuals in Our Society, published by the
Unitarian Universalist Association.
The fight for marriage equality has been a success of modern Unitarian Universalist activism, which has been instrumental in changing marriage laws in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont,
Connecticut, Iowa, and Washington, DC. Unitarian Universalists’ work for marriage equality continues across the country, extending our history of working for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and
Transgender (LGBT) rights. In 1969, Unitarian Universalist minister James Stoll was the first United States clergyperson affiliated with a religious denomination to publicly “come out.” Unitarian
Universalists ordained openly gay and lesbian ministers and officiated at same sex unions long before many other religious groups. In 1970, at General Assembly, the Unitarian Universalist
Association (UUA) became the first religious denomination to decry discrimination against “homosexuals and bisexuals” and to acknowledge the presence of bisexual, gay, and lesbian clergy.
By 2006, more than half the Association’s congregations were designated as Welcoming Congregations—congregations with a commitment to be “inclusive towards bisexual, gay, lesbian,
and/or transgender people.”
Nevertheless, there are still Unitarian Universalist congregations, which, in practice, will not consider calling an LGBT minister or allow LGBT youth advisors. This workshop invites participants to reflect on their own congregation’s work for LGBT rights and inclusion—the work that was necessary in the congregation to change attitudes about LGBT members and leaders, and the work which still needs to be done. Participants explore how the UUA’s public position on LGBT rights has influenced the nation overall and strengthened the ability of the Association and its member congregations to advocate for social change.
The title of this workshop, Beyond Binaries, emphasizes that the movement for LGBT equality is, in part, about persuading people to think beyond the simplistic notions of gender and sexuality that
pervade the dominant culture: male/female, gay/straight. Full, fair inclusion of LGBT people requires an understanding that expressions of sexuality and gender identity fall along a continuum and are
fluid in nature.
Bring your own dinner/desert/munchies. We’ll start noshing at 6 and start the program by 6:30. We’ll be done at 8.

‘Learning About UU’ classes now scheduled
The next round of Learning About UU classes has been scheduled. The two-part series will be held on Thursday evenings October 19th and 26th 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 ( or Audrey Belt (

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!


The Trump Assault on Environmental Protection, and What You Can Do About It
The Green Sanctuary of Albany UU is sponsoring a lecture by Judith Enck on Thursday, Sept. 28 at 7:00 pm in Emerson Hall. Judith’s lecture is entitled “The Trump Assault on the Environment, and What You Can Do About It” This event is free. Contact Carol Butt (
Please click following link for flyer

SUSTAINABLE SARATOGA is sponsoring SARATOGA RECYCLES DAY.   The U.S. throws 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 hats, gloves, purses, socks…for distribution to people in need or to be repurposed such as for dog beds.

Save electronics (except old TVs or computer monitors) – $5 charge per household for electronics.

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.

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

September 2017

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  • 12 Step Meditation (rental group)
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
  • No Choice 12-Step Group (rental group)
  • Women's Luncheon
  • Yoga Group
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
  • Resistance & Transformation: UU History, Theology, and Social Justice
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • Men's Breakfast
  • Evening Reflections Planning Group Meeting
  • Planning Committee Meeting
  • Choir Rehearsal
  • 12 Step Meditation (rental group)
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
  • Worship Committee
  • No Choice 12-Step Group (rental group)
  • Chalice Group
  • Men's Group Meeting
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
  • Membership Committee Meeting
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • Saratoga Immigration Coalition Meeting
  • LWV Voter Registration Day Training Group
  • Choir Rehearsal
  • 12 Step Meditation (rental group)
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • Saratoga Springs New Charter Info Session
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
  • UUCSS Book Group
  • No Choice 12-Step Group (rental group)
  • Board of Trustees
  • Care Team Meeting
  • Yoga Group
  • Finance Committee Meeting
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
  • Resistance & Transformation: UU History, Theology, and Social Justice
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • Men's Breakfast
  • Social Justice Committee Meeting
  • 12 Step Meditation (rental group)
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • Evening Renewal
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
  • No Choice 12-Step Group (rental group)
  • Building & Grounds Committee
  • Yoga Group
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • Choir Rehearsal
  • 12 Step Meditation (rental group)
  • Weekly Housekeeping