Headlines

These headline stories are the most important things you should know this week. Stories that affect the entire congregation are found here, as are notices of events happening in the next week. Click the title of each story for more information.

Top Stories of the week

Locks Changed: Essential Use Only

The door codes to enter the meetinghouse and offices have been changed. Click above for more information.

Message from UUCSS’ Board President

By Laurie Singer, UUCSS President. I love metaphors. I’ll sometimes latch onto an idea from something I’m reading, and re-imagine what it’s saying to me. Those of you who regularly enjoy Journey Well might recall that in January, I spoke about the mossy tinder that the Haudenosaunee people held sacred; just a spark could ignite this tinder into the fire that sustained the community’s life. Click above to read more from our President of the Board of Trustees.

Preemptive Radical Inclusion Discussion: Tuesday, March 9 at 7pm

You are invited to join with other members of UU Saratoga, via Zoom, on Tuesday 3/9/21 at 7pm for a conversation about further exploring the principles of PRI and using them as a lens through which to inform our actions as a congregation. If you are interested in this topic, we’d love for you to come! Click above for more information.

Important Message from the Leadership Committee

Greetings from the members of your Leadership Committee! We are launching a congregation-wide survey in order to understand better the talents, interests and secret skills that we know you have, and that you would love to share with our beloved community. More information, and the survey itself, will appear in the near future. For now, the Leadership Committee wants to know about you because: (Click above for more information).

Special Statement from UUCSS

We, the people of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs, unequivocally condemn the terrorist attack on our U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. We condemn any and all attempts to overturn the results of a democratic election. As Unitarian Universalists, we affirm and promote the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large. Please click above to read the rest of this special statement.

Kindness is a Breeze

It’s great to connect with each other through Zoom worship and other UU Saratoga Zoom programs for children, youth and adults, but we can also reach out to one another any day of the week via phone, email and the U.S. Postal Service — and fortunately, we have Breeze to make that easier!

This Month's Theme

A Spiritual Theme for March: Commitment

There’s a natural, and important, go-getter quality to this month. After all, huge payoffs come when we keep our commitments. Maintaining loyalty to healthy habits not only lengthens our lives but enriches them. Faithfully following through on our relationship commitments allows us to fully realize ourselves as the interdependent creatures we are, as well as increases just about every metric of happiness, meaning and success out there.

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Announcements

Announcements include upcoming activities and events, as well as information you will want to be aware of as a member of the UU Saratoga community. Click the title of each announcement for more information.

We’re Giving Justice in New York State a NYUUJ!

NYUUJ is New York UU Justice and it is our new official statewide UU justice advocacy network. NYUUJ (say it kinda like “nudge”) will be a way of gathering the collective power and energy of UU’s across New York to advocate for our values in the state we call home. Click above for more information and on how you can get involved.

Choir Registration for GA – March 15

For many, singing in the choir is a key part of coming together as UUs at General Assembly. This year, instead of joining our voices in person, let’s join our voices in a virtual choir!

GATP for March

Our Give Away the Plate recipient for the month of March is the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. The Regional Food Bank has been helping to feed the poor and hungry in our communities since 1982. It is the only organization of its kind in northeastern New York.

Virtual Women’s March – Saturday, March 6

A group of local high school students are organizing a virtual women’s march to take place Saturday, March 6, at 3:00. Click above to find out how you can join in.

Opportunity for YOU to Sing With a Virtual Choir Featuring Multiple UU Congregations!

Our Hudson Mohawk region of five UU Congregations will be having a Joint Zoom service on April 11th. Since we can't have a live joint choir this time, our goal is to feature a Virtual Choir comprised of many singers from each congregation. An ambitious goal perhaps... but we can do it with Your participation. Click above for more information.

Join Us for Our Soul Matters Web Camp

Each week we experience an inspiring and thought provoking Sunday service based on the Soul Matters themes used by UUs across the country. Join us in a smaller setting to explore and share our personal reactions to and experiences with these themes. Each session stands alone, so come for all sessions or come as you can. Just two sessions in this current offering!

Covid-19 Vaccine and Community Help Facebook Group

This information has been shared in our Facebook UU members group (thank you Susan Hamlin). If you have Facebook, it's one more way to keep up with scheduling information in and around the Capital District area for the Covid vaccine. Click above for more information.

Save the Date for Susan

This year’s combined worship service of the Hudson Mohawk UU congregations will be Sunday, April 11. Leading our worship as well as preaching will be Rev. Dr. Susan Frederick-Gray, President of the UUA!

A BIPOC Speculative Fiction Reading List

After last Sunday’s sermon on speculative fiction as a way of imagining in new ways, many asked for a list of the books written by Black and Indigenous women that I’ve been reading. Here you go! At the top of my list are works by N.K. Jemisin and Octavia E. Butler. If you don’t read anybody else, read them. Click above for the list and more information.

UUCSS Book Group Meeting – March 15

Anyone is welcome at the monthly UUCSS Book Group, which meets on the 3rd Monday of each month throughout the year. During this time of sheltering in place, we meet virtually on Zoom. At 6:30 P.M. on the appointed day, we check in with each other and then discuss the book for that month. March's book selection is: “Visionary Women: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall and Alice Waters Changed Our World" by Andrea Bamet.

BIPOC Caucus on Climate Justice

Climate change promises not to be kind on anyone, least of all on us in the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities. Time and time again, we have witnessed the disproportionate and disastrous impacts of climate change on communities of color...

The COVID-19 Vaccine Is Here!

The first COVID-19 vaccines are here. Due to limited supply from the federal government, availability is limited. More and more New Yorkers will become eligible as the vaccine supply increases.

Jeremy Sykes Memorial Fund

Jeremy passed away on Sunday, December 20th. He was a very active and beloved member of our congregation and would be very happy to know he is still contributing in some way.  Please click above to read words from his wife Tari Lee, and to find out how you can donate in his memory.

Join Rev. Joe for “Reading the Tao te Ching”

Join Rev. Joe every Wednesday at 6pm on Zoom for "Reading the Tao Te Ching"! During these gatherings, we read one verse of the Tao te Ching in several translations and meditate on and discuss the insights we find there.

Covid-19 and End of Life Wishes

As hard as it is to think about, and as difficult as these conversations may be, it seems more important than ever to have your wishes known.

UUCSS Book Group List for 2021

Check out the UUCSS Book Group list of books planned for 2020-2021!

Check Here for Updated Online Opportunities for Connection

As of 1/23/21. In a time of maintaining physical distance, we are trying to be sure we connect socially more than ever! Here are some chances to get together via Zoom with Rev. Joe and others this week.

Zoom Basics

Click the title above for a handy Zoom Basics Tips Sheet.

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Call for Volunteers

Volunteers Needed to Help Monitor Our Zoom Worship Service

Help!! The usher/safety team could use some assistance with monitoring our weekly service on Zoom. Three of us are now taking turns. A few more would be very helpful.

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Announcements, Calls for Volunteers, and Community News can be added by any member of the UU Saratoga community. The process for submitting news involves filling out a simple form. Click here to submit an announcement