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The New Massachusetts Universalist Convention

Annual Meeting 2001--All UUs Invited!

 Universalism and UU Renewal

Saturday, May 19, 2001, 8:30 - 4:30

 

Location:

Unitarian Universalist Church of Worcester, Holden Street & Shore Drive 
   

Cost:

Program with Continental Breakfast and Lunch, $16
   

Reservations:

Please mail your check by May 12 (by May 5 if requesting child care) to:

New Massachusetts Universalist Convention
c/o 30 Briarwood Circle
North Easton, MA  02356-1706

Checks should be made payable to "New Mass. Universalist Convention"

 
 

Program

8:30 - 9:30 Continental Breakfast, Registration, and Schmoozing
9:30 - 10:00 Worship
     Rev. Edmund Robinson with Rev. Aaron Payson
10:00 - 10:15 Break
10:15 - 11:45 "What We're Doing Here"
     Rev. Richard Trudeau with sharing by attendees and previews of workshops
11:45 - 12:00 Group Photo
12:00 - 1:15 Lunch
1:15 - 2:15 Simultaneous Workshops
    "Prison Ministry--Going Behind the Walls" with Dr. Art Judge
    "Is There Still Room for Mystical Universalism?" with Rev. Aaron Payson
      "The Historical Jesus" with Rev. Richard Trudeau
2:15 - 2:30 Break
2:30 - 3:30 Workshops Repeated
      "Prison Ministry--Going Behind the Walls" with Dr. Art Judge
      "Is There Still Room for Mystical Universalism?" with Rev. Aaron Payson
      "The Historical Jesus" with Rev. Richard Trudeau
3:30 - 4:30 Social Time
   


Child Care

Child Care is available for children 5 years old and under if registration is mailed by May 5.  Please include the names and ages of children for whom child care is requested.


Workshop Descriptions

"Prison Ministry--Going Behind the Walls"

Dr. Art Judge tells the story of how he got involved in his prison ministry of visitation, preaching, and teaching behind the walls.
 

“Is There Still Room for Mystical Universalism?”

Rev. Aaron Payson writes: There are a variety of historical connections beween Universalism, spiritualism and mystical experiences.  Is there a place for these connections for 21st-century Universalism?  Come explore the possibilities.
 

“The Historical Jesus

Rev. Richard Trudeau shares what he has gleaned from his investigation of the numerous recent books and articles about the historical Jesus.  Scholars are uncovering a Jesus that typical, skeptical UUs would be happy to call “brother,” if only they knew about him.


Leader Biographies

Dr. Art Judge (“Prison Ministry”) has been involved in prison ministry for the past five years. He currently does volunteer work at the Suffolk County House of Correction and is on the Chaplaincy Staff at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  Dr. Judge has a Master of Divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological School. He retired in 1998 from 35 years of practicing medicine; he is the father of four and grandfather of five.
 
Rev. Aaron Payson (“Mystical Universalism”) is minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Worcester, a fourth-generation Universalist, and a second-generation UU minister.  He credits his parents’ interest in the development of the UU Psi Symposium during his youth for piquing his interest in this area of study.
 
Rev. Edmund Robinson (worship leader) was raised an Episcopalian in South Carolina, but saw the light and became a UU in 1978.  He practiced law for 20 years and, with his first wife, raised two children before coming to Harvard Divinity School in the mid-90s.  He is minister of the UU Church of Wakefield.  He still makes part of his living as a lawyer, and is a folk musician and dancer as well.  He is married to Jacqueline Schwab, a folk pianist.
 
Rev. Richard Trudeau (“Historical Jesus”) is minister of the UU Church of Weymouth and edits the newsletter of the New Massachusetts Universalist Convention.  He also teaches mathematics and the history of astronomy at Stonehill College in Easton.


Directions from I-190

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Worcester is in the northwest part of the city on the shore of Indian Lake, at the corner of Holden Street and Shore Drive. It should not be confused with the other UU church, downtown on Main Street.

If going north: Take ramp off at Exit 2. At first light (Ararat Street) turn left (going over I-190) and at next light turn left again, heading back south on access road, bearing right onto Shore Drive. Church is about 1/2 mile down, where Shore Drive ends at Holden Street.

If going south: Take ramp off at Exit 2. At light go straight onto access road, then bear right onto Shore Drive. Church is about 1/2 mile down, where Shore Drive ends at Holden Street.

Link to church website, which has a map and photo of the church:
http://www.ma.ultranet.com/%7eandyheg/uu/main/page4.html

 

 
 
 

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