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SLD District Assembly
SLD District Assembly
2016-04-01 00:00:00
2016-04-02 23:59:59
Friday, April 1, 2016 to Saturday, April 2, 2016

Type of event: Meeting

Sponsor: Central East Region of the UUA

April 1, 2016—First Unitarian Universalist Society of Syracuse, NY

April 2, 2016—Crowne Plaza, Syracuse, NY

Theme: Covenant

The Gould Discourse will be presented by Rev. Margret A. O'Neall on "Transformers"

Rev. Dr. Margret A. O’Neall is an accredited interim minister serving our Unitarian Universalist churches in times of ministerial transition.   Margret came to intentional interim ministry following a 35-year career working in the public and private sectors, and her call to ministry follows her passion for the transformational process that individuals and organizations may engage in times of change. Margret has served interim ministries in Sarasota, FL, and Buffalo, NY, and currently serves in Schenectady, NY.

The Keynote Speaker is Rev. Sue Phillips, speaking on "Heresy, Hubris and the Future of our Faith"

Somewhere along the line, for a large swath of our people, "congregational polity" became conflated with congregational autonomy. Somehow our people started telling the story that Unitarian Universalist congregations are fundamentally independent, that above all else we value—and therefore protect—our freedom from outside interference. Rev. Sue's keynote will explore why independence sometimes trumps interdependence in our movement, and how the future of Unitarian Universalism depends on us reclaiming the radical covenant at the heart of our faith.

A former lay leader and parish minister, and current avowed congregational polity enthusiast, Sue serves as our Unitarian Universalist Association's (UUA's) Regional lead in New England. She is the creator of Unitarian Universalism's crowdfunding site FAITHIFY.

For online registration forms, the brochure, youth forms, workshop descriptions and scholarship applications, please visit the SLD website.


Friday, April 1 at First UU Society of Syracuse, NY

6:00-7:00 pm Registration Open
7:00-7:30 pm Musical Entertainment
7:30-8:30 pm Gould Discourse: Rev. Margaret O'Neall
8:30-10:00 pm Reception and Coffeehouse

Saturday, April 2 at Crowne Plaza Hotel, 701 E Genesee, Syracuse, NY

8:00 am Registration Opens & Coffee Available
9:00-9:30 am Opening Worship
9:30 - 10:30 am Keynote Speaker: Rev Sue Phillips
10:30 - 10:45 am Break
10:45 - 12:15 pm Business Meeting & Vote on Regionalization
12:30 - 1:15 pm Lunch
1:30 - 2:45 pm Workshop Session One
2:45 - 3:00 pm Break
3:00 - 4:15 pm Workshop Session Two
4:30 - 5:00 pm Closing Worship and Bridging

Firm Deadlines

March 1

  • Childcare
  • Scholarships
  • Crowne Plaza Hotel Group Rate

March 15

  • Online/Advance registration will close – after that date you may only register on-site
  • Youth Caucus registration due – Youth who register onsite may NOT stay overnight at the church

If you wait to register onsite, please know this:
We must give a final count of all participants for lunch to the hotel by March 21st. If you have not registered or you have not contacted the district office to let us know you are coming by then, we cannot guarantee you lunch.

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United States
Apr 1 - May Memorial UU Soc. & Apr 2 - Crowne Plaza Syracuse

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