Go to the Services Page for all the info on our weekly worship services.
Prayer and Meditation
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 7:00 PM in the downstairs fellowship hall or in the sanctuary.
Sundays 10:15-10:45 AM in the large upstairs classroom.
Jerry Patel and friends 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 meets from 9:15-9:45 am in the summer (Memorial Day weekend though Labor Day weekend inclusive).
Book Study Group
Tuesdays at 10:00 to 11:30 AM
This daytime discussion group 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. Licensed Unity Teacher, Jane Bloom facilitates the group.
Call or email Jane Bloom for more info: 802-430-4490, firstname.lastname@example.org
See our Current Events Calendar for updates on current topics and books discussed.
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
A Course in Miracles / A Course of Love Study Groups
Perhaps you have already tried the Course 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. Unity Church supports three A Course In Miracles study groups. Bring your book, or you can view the text for free on a smartphone or tablet.
A Course of Love was received Mari Perron over three years (1998-2001) in the same manner and from the same Source as A Course in Miracles. It renews the revelation begun in A Course in Miracles. The relationship between the two courses is described this way: “A Course in Miracles attempted to dislodge the ego-mind that has provided you with an identity that you but think you are. A Course of Love then followed in order to reveal to you who you truly are.” (T2:4.3)
We currently have three groups studying these teachings:
- ACIM / ACOL Study group. This group meets Sunday evenings at 7:15 PM in the church library and integrates both of these teachings, working with the Lessons from A Course in Miracles and the text of A Course of Love.
- ACIM Study Group 1 – This group, originally begun in the home of our former Pastor Rev. Jim Fuller now meets on the 2nd and 4th Mondays at 7:00 pm at the home of Leslie and Joe Coffaro, in Albany (Delaware Ave. area near Spectrum Theater). Email email@example.com for more info or call Leslie at 518-465-3399.
- ACIM Study Group 2 – A third group began in April, 2017 and is led by our congregant John Kane. It meets on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at the church. For further info, call or text John at 518-935-8038.
All groups are open to new students as well as those who have already been working with these teachings. You can find information about A Course in Miracles study groups across the United States, and beyond, at www.miraclecenter.org. The official website for A Course of Love also lists groups here: acourseoflove.org/get-connected
Social Action Committee
Unity Church in Albany’s Social Action Committee meets on the first Sunday of the month from 12:30 to 2:30 pm. The committee is currently committed to working with Albany’s FOCUS churches, working on healing racism, and being involved with the Global Peaceful Cities project. We are in the process of deciding where else we most want to put our time and energy, through surveying the congregation to see where peoples’ interests lie.
More info on the Social Action page.
Building the Beloved Community: Healing Racism
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at 518-346-7940)
Quest Study Groups
If you are looking for a way to better understand and integrate Unity’s New Thought Teachings, this study group is for you! The Quest is a 48-week series of lessons that explore Unity teachings and your own spiritual ideas. Each lesson includes a brief reading and questions/exercises to reflect on. The weekly study group is your opportunity to discuss the readings and share your discoveries with others studying the Quest. (And yes, it’s fine to miss a few sessions during the year.) Quest groups are offered every year or two. Quest books (a two book set) are available in our bookstore.
We schedule an overnight retreat each October, usually at the Dominican Retreat House in Niskayuna. 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.
Open Mic Night Coffeehouse
These 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.