The New York State Convention of Universalists
Report to the St. Lawrence and Metro New York Unitarian Universalist Districts
The New York State Convention of Universalists was
organized in 1825, and survived the creation of the
UUA. Today the Convention administers two large
endowments. One provides pensions* for retired New York State
Universalist ministers and their families; the other is used to promote the growth of the UU movement and to uphold the Universalist heritage, most notably through annual meetings and a program of grants and loans.
In addition, the Convention appoints the majority of the Board of the Saint Lawrence Foundation for Theological Education, which uses proceeds from a third endowment to support students studying for the UU ministry.
The Convention was pleased to continue its direct support of district programs this year, providing block grants of $11,000 to Metro NY and $17,000 to SLD. The Convention also approved $19,625 in grants for thirteen
special projects, including a promotional brochure for the Saint Lawrence District, a second year of programming by Unirondack at the Chautauqua Institution, the sesquicentenial celebration at Rochester's First
Universalist Church, an R.E. curriculum kit on Universalism in Ontario being prepared by the Rev. Margaret Gooding, the Murray Lecture at the UUA General Assembly, and a new journal on UU parenting that is being
launched under the auspices of the Metro NY district. This last project, entitled Inward Springs, promises to be an outstanding resource for parents seeking to enrich the spiritual lives of their children. The first
issue is to be tested within the Metro district this spring; the second should be available at GA.
The Annual Meeting of the Convention was held this year in Watertown, NY. The Rev. Elizabeth Strong, of Syracuse's May Memorial UU Society, was the keynote speaker. Jill Carter (NY 4th), Ray Nasemann (Auburn), and
Michael Scott (Rochester downtown) were re-elected as President, Vice-President, and Secretary of the Convention, respectively. Bert Brown (East Aurora) and Alyson LeFeve (Rochester downtown) were elected to the
Board of Trustees. Jean DeBruyn (Buffalo) and Tom Cutter (Watertown) were elected to the Nominating Committee. Clara Baldwin of Rochester retired from the Board after six years of dedicated service, the last several
as chair of grants and loans.
The 1996 meeting of the Convention will be held October 18--19 at the UU Church of Utica, NY. The keynote speaker will be the Rev. Janet Bowering of Haverhill, MA. While voting rights in the Convention extend only to
representatives of the 26 member societies, business is a comparatively minor aspect of the meeting. All UUs are warmly invited to attend, for a day and half of workshops, worship, and fellowship.
Michael L. Scott, Secretary
18 March 1996