2012 Annual Report


The New York State Convention of Universalists

2011–2012 Report to the
St. Lawrence and Metropolitan New York Unitarian Universalist Districts

The New York State Convention of Universalists (NYSCU) continues to be a major financial supporter of the St. Lawrence and Metropolitan New York districts of the Unitarian Universalist Association, as well as individual programs of those districts. In addition, the NYSCU provides funds to various programs within the UUA, to congregations and individuals, and to interfaith programs congruent with the NYSCU mission.

In 2011, the following grants were awarded:

St. Lawrence District (operating budget) $14,600
Metro District (ongoing support) 8,600
St. Lawrence Foundation for Theological Education
(ministerial internship in NYS) 2,500
UUA Church of the Larger Fellowship
(Online Sanctuary program) 3,000
Murray Grove Association (DVD project) 2,000
  (John Murray Lecture at GA) 500
Interfaith Impact of NY State
(Democracy in Action advocacy) 2,300
May Memorial Society of Syracuse
(teaching internship) 2,500
UUs of the Capital Region
(Wellsprings program) 2,500
UU Congregation of Saratoga Springs
(growth program) 2,000
Washington, VT, UU church
(extemporaneous preaching prog.) 1,000
  2011 total $41,500

Loans in effect in 2011:

Unitarian Church of Barneveld
(ADA ramp project) $8,600
1st Universalist Church of Rochester
(major gutter work) 40,000
UU Church of Oneonta
(accessible restroom) 3,000

On October 8, 2011, the Annual Meeting of the NYSCU was hosted by the Binghamton UU Congregation shortly after they were (again) flooded by the Susquehanna River. The congregation’s energetic cleanup efforts were greatly appreciated by both NYSCU attendees and those from the Pennsylvania Universalist Convention, who shared the time, program, and place for their annual meeting. This joint venture was a first for both conventions, we think. Keynote speaker Dr. Daniel McKannan is the first holder of the Ralph Waldo Emerson UUA Chair at Harvard Divinity School. His address, “Before Clarence Skinner: Rediscovering Early Universalist Radicals,” is available online at the NYSCU website: NYSCU.org.

Current officers of the NYSCU are Joyce Gilbert, president; Alexa Carter, VP; Thomas Hackett, secretary; Margaret Maguire, treasurer. Tim Hart chairs the service gratuity program (for qualified ministers who served NY Universalist churches prior to merger). Other board members are Julie Alexander, Fred Boreali, Aaron Broadwell, the Rev. John Rex, and Ruth Stewart.

Faithfully submitted,
Joyce T. Gilbert, President, NYSCU

Unitarian Universalist Association

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