2001 Annual Report


The New York State Convention of Universalists

2000-2001 Report to the St. Lawrence and Metro New York Unitarian Universalist Districts

The Convention is pleased to continue its direct support of district programs, providing block grants of $11,000 to Metro NY and $17,000 to St. Lawrence districts. In addition to our ongoing support for each district’s operating budget, in 2001 the Convention supported a special leadership grant of $5,000 for the St. Lawrence District.

The Convention has an outstanding loan of $50,000 to the First Universalist Church of Southold and approved a new $143,000 loan for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Amherst. In addition, the NYSCU granted $78,165 for nineteen special projects. These include:

  • a fifth year of UU participation in New York State Interfaith Impact www.interfaithimpactnys.org
  • continued co-sponsorship of the John Murray Distinguished Lecture at the UUA General Assembly www.murraygrove.org
  • capital improvements and international staff/camper scholarships at Unirondack www.unirondack.org
  • continued support for the Unitarian Universalist Women’s Heritage Society www.uuwhs.org
  • purchase of the complete Universalist Leader from 1897-1961 on microfilm for the Meadville Lombard Theological School’s Wiggin Library www.meadville.edu
  • publication of the history of First Unitarian Universalist Society of Syracuse
  • training for Our Whole Lives. — Adults for ministers and Directors of Religious Education through the Iroquois Chapter of the UU Ministers Association
  • workshops on leadership (North Country) and small group ministry (Albany area) arranged for and offered cooperatively by geographically close congregations
  • implementation of “Soulful Sundowns” by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Utica
  • additional projects that promote the growth of Unitarian Universalism

The Annual Meeting of the Convention was held this past November at the UU Church of Amherst, NY. The keynote speaker was Denise T. Davidoff, Moderator of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Workshops during this meeting highlighted past grant recipients of the NYSCU, including Interfaith Impact of NYS and the Unitarian Universalist Women’s Heritage Society.

The 2001 meeting of the Convention will be held November 2-3 at the UU Church of Albany, NY. The keynote speaker will be The Rev. Jose Ballester, Associate Director of Member Action of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee www.uusc.org. While voting rights in the Convention extend only to representatives of the 23 member societies, all Unitarian Universalists are warmly invited to attend, for a day of workshops, worship, and fellowship.

For further information about the Convention and our grants and loans opportunities, visit our web site at http://www.nyscu.org or write to NYSCU c/o Susan M. Shaw, 9A Evergreen Circle, Liverpool, NY 13090-3347.

Susan M. Shaw, Secretary
27 February 2001

The New York State Convention of Universalists was organized in 1825. 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. 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.


* Legally, the NYSCU “pension” program is a noncontributory service gratuity.
   In recent documents the Convention prefers to use this more accurate term. 

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