The New York State Convention of Universalists
2006–2007 Report to the
St. Lawrence and Metropolitan New York Unitarian Universalist
The New York State Convention of Universalists was organized in
1825. Today the Convention administers two large endowments. One
provides “gifts” for retired New York State Universalist
ministers and their spouses; 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.
The Convention is pleased to continue its direct support of district
programs, providing block grants of $9,000 to Metro NY and $17,000 to
St. Lawrence districts. At
the district level the Convention also
provided $5,000 to the Iroquois Chapter of the
UU Ministers’ Association for
continued funding of their innovative ministerial internship program.
This year NYSCU has made a loan of $18,000. to
the All Souls Unitarian
Universalist Church of Watertown, NY, for roof repair and water
The Convention granted money for the following projects and support this
District Program or Multiple Congregations
The 2006 Annual Meeting was held October 6–7 at the First Unitarian Universalist Society
Keynote speaker was the
Rev. Michael Schuler, parish minister of the
First Unitarian Society
of Madison, Wisconsin. He explained how outreach, excellence,
and connections have made that congregation the largest in the Unitarian
Universalist Association. The conference theme was “Growing into
Excellence”. The Rev. Schuler and the conference in general were
very well received. Opening worship was led by the Rev. Sam
Trumbore. Workshops included a keynote round table, Archival
Techniques, Stitchery for Celebration, a handbell choir concert, Drama
in Lay-Led Services, and Outreach and Social Justice.
The 2007 Annual Meeting will be held October 12–13 at the
Unitarian Universalist Society of
The keynote speaker will be the Rev. John Buehrens.
He is a former President of the Unitarian Universalist Association.
His keynote speech is titled “A House for Hope: Liberating the
Spirit of Liberal Religion”.
We hope to see you all in Oneonta.
Fred Boreali, Secretary