'History and Heritage Convocation' unites four independent organizations.
The convocation, which drew approximately seventy people to a conference center in Waltham, Massachusetts, October 8–10, 2010, was sponsored by Partners in Unitarian Universalist History and Heritage, a council formed in 2009 by four independent organizations: the UU Historical Society, the Universalist Heritage Foundation, the UU Women’s Heritage Society, and the UU Religious Education History Group. Collegium, an organization of UU religion scholars, jointly held its annual conference in the same location on October 7–8. The UU Funding Panel provided financial support.
The Rev. Barbara Coeyman, a trustee of the Historical Society, said the history and heritage organizations had started talking about working more closely together after the UUA Board of Trustees redefined and eventually eliminated the status of “independent affiliate organizations.” Each group retains its independence, but they are sharing exhibit space at General Assembly and plan to sponsor future events together.
Copies of the papers presented at the conference are available online. Topics included the influence of Universalism on Mormonism’s founder Joseph Smith, the demographics of Universalism in New York, the history of the UUA’s About Your Sexuality curriculum, and Olympia Brown’s feminism.
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Christopher L. Walton is editor of UU World. He holds degrees from Harvard Divinity School and the University of Utah and is a member of the Church of the Larger Fellowship.
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