Rev. Joe Wants You to Know

Towards a Just New York State Budget in the Glens Falls/Saratoga Springs Region
February 19, 2019 – 3:00pm Teach-In and 4:30pm Press Conference
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs, 624 N Broadway, Saratoga Springs

As our lawmakers prepare the state budget, how will taxing and spending priorities meet the needs of the Glens Falls/Saratoga Springs region? How do we address the affordable housing shortage? What can we do about meaningful property tax relief? What about education aid and money for the region? Can we have a Green New Deal? How do we better welcome our immigrant neighbors? Please join Saratoga Springs resident, Ron Deutsch, Executive Director of the Fiscal Policy Institute and the New York Council of Churches for an economic analysis and budget review. We will have a lot of room for questions and conversation followed by a press conference. You can read the New Hope, New York Budget Principles which form a foundation for our discussion and register for this event and other stops on our statewide tour by going to A Facebook Event for your to share can be found at Contact The Reverend Joe Cleveland, Minister of Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs at 315-657-4329 or, or The Reverend Peter Cook, Executive Director of the New York State Council of Churches at 508-380-8289 or for more information.

Is It Too Late? Healing the Earth and Our Spirits
The 11th Annual Hudson-Mohawk Cluster Sunday Celebration
Sunday, April 7 at 11am at Doane Stuart School, 199 Washington Ave, Rensselaer, NY 12144

What does it mean to engage climate justice as individuals, families, congregations, and a region? Using story, music, poetry, reflections, and visual arts, we will explore what it means when resources are depleted, how to address systems that harm the interdependent web, what it means to say yes to change, where to reclaim hope in our selves, our communities, and the planet.

After the service, plan to join in a pot luck lunch, a time of fellowship and conversation, and some discussions about various aspects of climate justice (class, patriarchy, white supremacy, conservation, capitalism, advocacy, green sanctuary, etc.).

Nursery care will be available, along with service-related activities for elementary-aged children.
More details will be available in March.

Minister’s Office Hours
Mon 3:00-5:00 P.M., Tues 9:30-11:30 A.M., Thurs 1:30-3:30 P.M.
For these office hours, and other times, please schedule an appointment by visiting Alternatively, you can call or text Rev. Joe at (518) 290-0284.

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

General Announcements

Evening Renewal – Sunday, February 17 @ 5pm
Our next Evening Renewal will be on Sunday, February 17th from 5-6 PM.  The topic will be “Matthew Fox and The Order of the Sacred Earth”.  Here is a summary of what is written in his new book on the subject:
“In the midst of global fire, earthquake and flood – as species are going extinct every day and the shadow of  nuclear war looms – the planet doesn’t need another church or religion.

What it needs is a new Order:…a sacred community and movement:
…A movement of communities welcoming all the peoples of Earth: our varied belief systems (or non-belief systems), genders, races, classes, abilities, and nations.

…A deeply spiritual movement, free of religious institutions and grounded in the Wisdom traditions of both East and West, in leading-edge science and indigenous tradition.

…A radically inclusive Order of mystic activists, uniting our energy and intention in one sacred vow:
I promise to be the best lover and defender of the Earth that I can be.”

 Come join a conversation about our sacred Earth and how we as individuals and a community can love and  defend her.

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: (518) 584-0588

Feb. 18 – “Behold the Dreamers” – Imbolo Mbue

Please see last page for information on future meetings and book selections.

“In Their Shoes” Workshop – February 24  
 February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month! To raise awareness and promote discussion about teen dating violence, Wellspring is joining with the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs to offer In Their Shoes. In Their Shoes is a scenario-based workshop designed to help teens and adults alike recognize unhealthy patterns in dating relationships and learn to talk with one another about the problem in a useful way. We want to encourage people to think creatively and act intentionally to assist teens struggling with unhealthy and abusive relationships.

UU Youth Revival!
Are you a youth yearning for connection with other UU youth? Interested in exploring spiritual practices that help us survive and thrive in the world? Wanting to learn more about justice issues from activists and organizers in the field? We’re excited to announce registration for Youth Ministry Revival 2019: Answering the Call of Love in Bethesda, MA March 1-3 is now open!

Youth Ministry Revivals, or YMRs, are national, weekend-long conferences open to Sr High youth in grades 9-12 as well as young adults and adults who support youth ministry in congregations. We had our first YMR in 2016 in Portland, OR and the second in 2017 in Chicago, IL. For more information about YMRs see this UUA webpage:

February’s Theme: Trust
The question of trust is both vexed and necessary.  In order to put one foot in front of another, we need to risk trusting that there is a foothold ahead.  And everyone has been let down in one way or another. In a month dedicated to African American history, and looking ahead to a month dedicated to Women’s history, we might think of what trust one might put in American culture, society, people and institutions.  We all need to be able to trust in order to heal, rest, recover. There is also a trust we need to have in order to raise our voice, confront systems that privilege whiteness and maleness. This month, we pay special attention to this issue of trust, where we have found we can place our trust, and perhaps the most significant question: How does one, and how does a community, become trustworthy?

Find words, music, and more to guide an exploration of trust in the theme packet you’ll find here:

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!


Dispatches from the Border:
The Reality of the Asylum Process on the US-Mexico Border

NEW DATE – Monday, March 4, 7:00 PM
Emerson Auditorium, Palamountain Hall, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs.

Presentation by SIC member and Skidmore faculty member Diana Barnes based on her recent volunteer work at the Texas border.  Co-sponsored by Saratoga Immigration Coalition.

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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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

February 2019

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • 1st Sunday Pancake Breakfast
  • All Congregation Coffee Chat
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
  • Chalice Group
  • Women's Luncheon
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • Men's Breakfast
  • Choir Rehearsal
  • Potluck jam with Pete’s Posse
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • RE Committee Meeting
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
  • Worship Committee
  • Postponed - Finance Committee Meeting
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
  • New Hope, New York Budget Principles
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • Membership Committee Meeting
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • Social Justice Committee Meeting
  • Evening Renewal
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
  • UUCSS Book Group
  • Board of Trustees
  • Rescheduled New Hope Budget presentation?
  • Small Group Ministry Meeting
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
  • Small Group Ministry Meeting
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • Men's Breakfast
  • Choir Rehearsal
  • Governance Task Force
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • Chocolate & Wine Coffeehouse?
  • All Congregation Vote
  • In Their Shoes
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
  • LGBTQ Support Group
  • Building & Grounds Committee Meeting
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • Choir Rehearsal