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The New Massachusetts Universalist Convention

Annual Meeting 2002--All UUs Invited!

Saturday, May 25, 2002, 8:30 - 4:30



Unitarian Universalist Church of Wakefield, 326 Main Street


Program with Continental Breakfast and Lunch, $18


Please mail your check by May 18 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"



8:30 - 9:15 Continental Breakfast, Registration, and Schmoozing
9:15 - 10:00 Worship
  "The Road to Unitarianism and Universalism:  A Personal Journey"
   Dr. Ernest Cassara
10:00 - 10:15 Break
10:15 - 11:15 "Rescuing Jesus from Christianity"
     Rev. Richard Trudeau  
11:15 - 12:00 Small Group Reflection
12:00 - 12:30 Business Meeting & Group Photo
12:30 - 1:15 Lunch
1:15 - 2:15 Simultaneous Workshops
   "Envisioning the Beloved Community" with Rev. Edmund Robinson and Jim Sherblom
   "Conversation:  UU History & UUism" with Dr. Ernest Cassara
     "Conversation:  Jesus" with Rev. Richard Trudeau
2:15 - 2:30 Break
2:30 - 3:30 Workshops Repeated
     "Envisioning the Beloved Community" with Rev. Edmund Robinson and Jim Sherblom
     "Conversation:  UU History & UUism" with Dr. Ernest Cassara
     "Conversation:  Jesus" with Rev. Richard Trudeau
3:30 - 4:00 Hymn Sing
4:00 - 4:30 Snack & Social Time

Workshop Description

"Envisioning the Beloved Community"

- Rev. Edmund Robinson and Jim Sherblom
Liberal theologians often use the term “Beloved Community” to mean something like what Jesus meant by “The Kingdom of God.” What has it meant for Universalists historically, and what could it mean for UUs in the 21st century? Come to this interactive presentation and help envision it. 

Conversation: UU History & UUism

- Dr. Ernest Cassara

Conversation: Jesus

- Rev. Richard Trudeau

Leader Biographies

Dr. Ernest Cassara is Professor Emeritus of History at George Mason University in Virginia. He has also taught at Goddard College, Tufts, Albert Schweitzer College in Switzerland and the U. of Munich. He is author of The Enlightenment in America; The History of the United States of America: A Guide to Information Sources; and editor of a new edition of Abraham Lincoln by Carl Schurz. His interest in Universalist history is of long standing. His writings include Hosea Ballou: The Challenge to Orthodoxy; Universalism in America: A Documentary History of a Liberal Faith; and two “Father Ballou and His Dog Spot” mystery novels. He has contributed several biographies to the on-line Dictionary of Unitarian Universalist Biography (
Rev. Edmund Robinson ("Envisioning the Beloved Community") 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.
Jim Sherblom ("Envisioning the Beloved Community") is a UU M.Div. student at Andover Newton Theological School and as of September will be serving as ministerial intern at First Parish in Watertown. He serves on the Board of the NMUC as well as the President’s Council of the UUA. Jim, his wife Loretta, and their two children Sarah (19) and Robert (17) have been active members at First Parish in Concord for the last 16 years, where Jim also serves on the faculty of the Wright Tavern Center for Spiritual Renewal.
Rev. Richard Trudeau  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.


The Unitarian Universalist Church of Wakefield (a.k.a. “First Universalist Society”) is north of Boston, just inside Route 128, at 326 Main Street in downtown Wakefield, opposite the Post Office.

By Public Transportation

MBTA Bus: From the Malden Center stop on the Orange Line, take the 136 or 137 bus to Wakefield Square. The church is 1/4 mile further north on the right side of Main Street.

Commuter Rail: From North Station take the Haverhill/Reading Line to Wakefield. The church is about 1/3 mile from the station. Cross North Avenue, which parallels the tracks, and walk east one block to Main Street and turn left.

By Car

Take Route 128 (I-95) to exit 40, Wakefield/Reading, Route 129. Follow Route 129 East to Main Street, Wakefield. Follow Main Street along the lake shore about 1 1/4 miles to downtown. The church (white New England-style) is on the left opposite the Post Office. Park on the street.

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