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Sunday Services

Go to the Services Page for all the info on our weekly worship services.

All of the events and groups below are either on hiatus due to the pandemic, or are being held on Zoom

Prayer and Meditation ON HIATUS

Sundays 10:15-10:45 AM in the large upstairs classroom.
We offer Sunday morning meditations each week between morning services.  The regular practice of meditation builds peace and calmness within and helps us strengthen our awareness of our connection with the Divine.  Group meditation makes the process easier and helps us move more deeply into the meditation experience.  Please arrive before 10:15 AM as the doors will close to hold the silence for this sacred gathering.

Sunday prayer and meditation is discontinued in the summer (Memorial Day weekend though Labor Day weekend inclusive)


The Jane Bloom Spiritual Study Group ON HIATUS

Tuesdays at 10:00 to 11:30 AM (on hiatus)
This daytime discussion group, dedicated to founder Jane Bloom, explores contemporary writers: Unity, general New Thought and related spiritual teachings.  The group meets in the church library on Tuesdays  from 10:00 – 11:30 AM.

See our Current Events Calendar for updates on current topics and books discussed.


Fitness ON HIATUS

YOGA with Deb Foss
Mondays from 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Unity Church Fellowship Hall

This class will help you connect with your body, mind and spirit while reducing the stress in your life and having a great workout. It is suitable for the beginner or anyone desiring a gentle class. Bring a yoga mat, wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to relax, renew and find a smile.  Deb is a Kripalu certified yoga and meditation instructor and may be reached at (518) 944-9858 to answers your questions and concerns.

Check it out – your first class is free!
$96 for 8 weeks or $17 to drop in
Scholarships are available

 


Unity Small Group Ministry ON HIATUS

Group Leader: Bill Newman

In the spring of 2019 we initiated a welcoming group, intentionally small in number, to consider a semi-monthly topic and enlightened it with quotes from our favorite authors and Spiritual-minded guides. It has proved popular to revisit those core Unity (God’s) teachings and intimately share with others our own deeper meaningful soul experiences.

We are opening our remaining Spring 2020 2nd and 4th Wednesday meetings to the greater Unity community. Next Zoom session will be on Wed., May 20, continuing on June 3 and 17. Check in is at 10am, and the closing reading is at 11:30am.

To join, send me an email request: william.newman18@gmail.com or call 518-860-2301. The next topics and series of quotations may be centered on these themes: LOVE, the greatest of God’s gifts; GRATITUDE, giving thanks to our Spiritual Source; and COMPASSIONATE EMPATHY, why we are here. We just completed STAYING POSITIVE in times of uncertainty. Be most happy to send a copy on request.

If you’re interested in an alternative time evening meeting, say 6pm to 7:30pm, please let us know which night you may be available and we’ll accommodate as many participants as possible.

 


A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love Study Groups Held on Zoom

a course in miracles and a course of lovePerhaps you have already tried reading A Course in Miracles and found it difficult to make it through the text and 365 daily lessons? The Course is challenging, and it is a powerful tool for spiritual growth. And, the metaphysics of the Course are highly compatible with Unity teachings. While the Course is designed for individual study it is helpful to have a “support group” to share your questions, discoveries, and to journey with. Bring your book, or you can view the text for free on a smartphone or tablet.

A Course of Love was received by Mari Perron and first published in 2001. It is seen by many as an extension of the teachings of ACIM. Perron describes it as a living course that leads to the recognition, through experience, of the truth of who we really are as human and divine beings a truth much more magnificent than we previously could imagine. In the absence of knowing who we truly are, humans are doomed to continually re-create a world of suffering.

A Course in Miracles / A Course of Love Study Group  –  This group, originally begun in the home of our former Pastor Rev. Jim Fuller as A Course in Miracles study group currently meets on the 2nd and 4th Mondays at 7:00 pm on Zoom. In the spring of 2021 the group began reading and reflecting on A Course of Love and expects to circle back to ACIM in the not-too-distant-future. Email office@unityalbany.org if you are interested in joining the group.

A Course in Miracles with John – Our congregant, Rev. John Frederick, is currently leading a weekly, informal group on Zoom from his residence in Paris, France on the teachings of A Course in Miracles. Wednesdays, 12:00 Noon, New York time (6:00 pm Paris Time). Email John for more info: janthony10 [AT] yahoo.com

You can find information about A Course in Miracles study groups across the United States, and beyond, at www.miraclecenter.org.

Information about A Course of Love may be found at acourseoflove.org

These groups are always open to new students as well as those who have already been working with these teachings.


Committee Meetings

5/5: Healing Racism ON HIATUS

This group meets on the second Sunday of the month from 12:30 to 2:00 pm.

A small group of people at Unity church in Albany recently began meeting one Sunday a month since the end of April to discuss and begin taking action on the long term task of healing racism in Albany and beyond. The impetus for this group was a 2 day conference called Building the Beloved Community: Racism and Beyond held at the First church of Albany, and sponsored by the FOCUS churches of Albany, Friends for Racial Justice, Capital Area Council of Churches, and First Lutheran Church. UCIA was well represented by eleven interested people including our minister, Rev. Crystal, at this event. The presenters, Sister Patty (a person of color) and Sister Ann Louise (who is white) have been doing this training together for a long time and are members of Pax Christi, a Catholic organization started after WW II that is dedicated to furthering peace through social justice.

If you are interested in becoming more aware of your own biases, white Privilege or internalized racial oppression and educating yourself more about the history of racism and how it has become institutionalized and systemic in our culture, and what you can do in conjunction with FOCUS programs to further the process of healing racism, contact Dottie Frament (dottie_frament@hotmail.com or leave a message at 518-346-7940)

5/5: What’s in a Name?
“5/5” is an abominable historical reference to the “Three-fifths Compromise” of the 1787 US Constitutional Convention. Only 3/5 of the number of slaves would be counted, for the purpose of taxation and representation.

We affirm that not only is EVERYONE a complete and whole “5/5ths” of a person — in Truth all beings are One, United, Indivisible.


Unity EarthCare Committee ON HIATUS

We have begun as a ministry to pursue the implementation of the Unity EarthCare Program. Anyone is welcome to join our EarthCare Committee and/or attend meetings on the 3rd Sunday of the month following the 11:00 am (10:00 am in summer) service.

The Unity EarthCare Team, a ministry team of Unity Worldwide Ministries, has designed the Unity EarthCare Program to assist congregations in integrating an earth-oriented spirituality into their ministry.

More info


Fall and/or Spring Retreats

We usually schedule an overnight retreat each autumn, at either the Dominican Retreat House in Niskayuna or the Carondelet Hospitality Center in Latham, NY . They run from Friday evening through Saturday evening dinner. We invite a guest retreat master to lead us each year in a relaxed time of reflection, sharing and community.

At times a Spring retreat may also be held, usually on a Saturday at the church. (Our 2020 Spring Retreat with Rev. Paulette Pipe is an exception, having been rescheduled from Fall 2019.)


Open Mic Night Coffeehouse ON HIATUS

coffeehouseThese are scheduled seasonally. It’s an open mic night with music, poetry, humor and more.  Sign in before 6:45 to share your talents, or just come at 7:00 and enjoy the show.  Admission is only $5 and includes refreshments. Check our Current Events Calendar for the next opportunity.

3 Comments

    • Aaron,

      We don’t currently have a Quest group scheduled, unfortunately. It tends to happen every couple of years, and it’s been a couple, actually.
      Thanks for your interest. I will mention it to others in case someone feels inspired to start it up.
      Meanwhile, there are some other classes and groups just getting going for the fall. Check our Events page and see if anything appeals to you.
      All the best!
      Roger

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