the 50th Anniversary of
The Hotel Syracuse
(site of Saturday's events) no longer offers guest rooms, so
participants need to make reservations elsewhere. We
• United Inn
1308 Buckley Rd.
North Syracuse, NY 13212
Shuttle to Hotel Syracuse
available, UU conference room rates of $69 & $79 good until Oct.
• Courtyard by
6415 Yorktown Circle
East Syracuse, NY 13057
King or 2 doubles = $150.47
"It Happened at Syracuse" - A District Conference celebrating the Birth and
of Unitarian Universalism is coming to Syracuse, NY
on October 30-31, 2009
Fifty years ago, shortly before noon on Saturday,
October 31, 1959, a very important vote was taken in the Grand Ballroom
of the Hotel Syracuse, in Syracuse, New York.
After years of discussion, representatives of what was then the American
Unitarian Association (AUA) and the Universalist Church of America (UCA)
overcame the final obstacle and voted to adopt a common statement of
purpose and a formal Plan for Consolidation, creating the new "Unitarian
Exactly 50 years later, we will gather in the very
same Ballroom that they did to examine what they accomplished, how far
we have come since 1959, and how far we have yet to travel.
The 2009 Conference at Syracuse will:
• Relive the music, liturgy, faith
practices and actions of that historic period.
• Revisit significant events leading up to
the Conference at Syracuse.
• Explore the growth of the UU movement in
the past 50 years.
• Consider the nature of our faith and the
threads that weave our theological diversity into a common identity.
• Help us embrace the challenges we face in
working to advance our future as a unique religious people with
something to offer the world.
In conference general sessions, workshops, and worship, four
questions will guide our quest:
1. Where did we come
2. What has happened
since the 1959 Conference at Syracuse?
3. What do our
principles, purposes and practices say about our identity?
4. What is our future?
Four prominent UU scholars will be on hand to
share their insights and perspectives about the meaning of "What
Happened at Syracuse." The Revs. David Bumbaugh, David Parke, Richard
Gilbert and Elizabeth Strong have each played important leadership
roles in the growth of the Unitarian Universalist movement. They will
bring a considerable body of experience and great insight to bear on
these four questions.
Registration and more details
Please see the links above right to read much
more about the Conference at Syracuse and to print the brochure with
Registration for the conference will be limited to
200 people & will close on October 16.
The 2009 Conference at Syracuse is supported in
part by a grant from the New York State Council of Universalists.