Friday, July 9, 2021

Worship this Sunday

Sunday, July 11, 2021, 10:30 a.m. on Zoom

Unitarian Universalist tradition draws from many sources, the first of which is the direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces that create and uphold life. Though transcendent experiences often feel unique, they are quite common. These moments tie us inextricably to each other.

The service will be led by Rev. Rachel Baker, Interim Minister. She will be joined by Michael Frye-Hunt, Worship musician, and Justine Roefs, Worship Associate. Special thanks to Zoom tech Sue Cotter.

Order of Service

Worship through Zoom:
Worship by Phone: +1 (929) 205-6099
Meeting ID: 876 1146 2928

Next Week's Service: Swap Sunday Worship (TBA)

This summer UUSO is participating in a summer worship swap with ministers and congregations across the country. On the Sundays that the Rev. Rachel Baker is not leading worship, worship will be pre-recorded.

TIME CHANGE: Bob Rothenberg's Celebration of Life

A Celebration of Life for Bob Rothenberg will be taking place on Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 12:00 p.m., in person at Chapin Memorial. All guests must correctly wear face masks through the service and while inside the buildings. 

Save the Date

Save the date for the graveside interment of the ashes of Swamp Webster. The service will be on Saturday, July 24, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. The location will be published soon.

Together in the Park

What and When? Picnic in the Park, 2nd & 4th Tuesday of every month at 6:00 p.m.

Where? Wilber Park Small Pavilion (lower level, past the pools)

Who? All UUSO Members and Friends

Why? To enjoy some time outside with each other

How? Bring your own picnic dinner and drinks. There are a few tables in the pavilion, or bring a blanket if you wish.

Every Week at UUSO

Sunday Worship

Sundays at 10:30 a.m. on Zoom; or phone (929) 205-6099
Meeting ID: 876 1146 2928
For information about upcoming services, click here for the Worship Schedule. The schedule is updated monthly.

Share Our Plate

Each month the congregation shares the Sunday morning offering with a local nonprofit organization that manifests Unitarian Universalist principles in the greater community. For more information and a comprehensive list of the current Share Our Plate program recipients, click here

This month our contribution will go to Family Planning of South Central New York. Family Planning’s mission is to advocate and to provide individuals, families, and organizations in our region with information, education, and health-care services pertaining to human sexuality and reproductive health.
Give by Mail:  UUSO, 16 Ford Ave, Oneonta, NY 13820
Give Online:  UUSO website, donations page
Give by Text:  (833) 937-0789, type FUNDS

Good to Know about UUSO

Sounding Board

The Sounding Board is one way to share ideas, ask questions, or raise concerns to the Board of Trustees. The Board reviews and responds to the Sounding Board issues each month. When you email the Sounding Board, your email will be forwarded to the Board member who is monitoring the Sounding Board for the month.

Meet with Rev. Rachel Baker
Rev. Rachel is available to meet with members and friends of the congregation. The best way to arrange a meeting with her is to use her automated calendar system. All meetings through Calendly will be on Zoom. After you choose a time to meet you will be sent a confirmation. If you do not find a time that works, feel free to email Rev. Rachel; she often has other times available.
To schedule appointments: 
Email:  RevRachel@UUSO.ORG

Give to UUSO

Give by Mail:  UUSO, 16 Ford Ave, Oneonta, NY 13820
Give Online:  UUSO website, donations page
Give by Text:  (833) 937-0789, type FUNDS


Request events for the calendar and Zoom room

Worship Service Recordings

Past services are available on podcast. Visit

Many of Rev. Rachel's sermons may be watched or read on her website: 

Committee & Team Meetings

Social Action Team:  1st Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
Finance Committee:  2nd Wednesday, 4:30 p.m.
Board of Trustees:  4th Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.
Green Sanctuary: Every Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.
Connections Ministry Team: Every Friday, 6:30 p.m.

Contact the office for information about other committees and teams, including Aesthetics, Endowment (quarterly meetings), Mali Education, Memorial, Nominating, Personnel, Properties, and Religious Education.

To Schedule Committee and Team Meetings:
  1. Check the UUSO calendar for possible conflicts with other scheduled events.
  2. Email CALENDAR@UUSO.ORG with the name of the event, date, time, a brief description, whether or not the meeting is repeating, and whether or not you would like the Zoom link published publicly. A Zoom link will be scheduled at the same time. The calendar email address will be checked weekly, usually on Wednesday.

Submissions to the Newsletter

Send UUSO-related event invitations and brief relevant articles to NEWSLETTER@UUSO.ORG. Please send submission by Wednesday, 10:00 a.m.; the newsletter will be sent out on Fridays. Edit your submissions for clarity and proofread. Do not use acronyms or other abbreviations. Include full names and UUSO association, leadership role, or title. Assume that many who are reading your submission will not know what you are talking about; write accordingly.
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