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Beyond Boundaries:

Controversies, Frontiers,and

Growth in Unitarian Universalism

If you would like to make a presentation at CONVO 2016 you will need to submit an

Application to Participate before May 15, 2016.

Please submit your Application to Participate using the on-line form below. We suggest you download the Microsoft Word file (boxes on the left) to plan and prepare your submission. Once your application is ready you can fill in the blanks using the on-line form below by cutting and pasting or typing from scratch.
We anticipate a rich gathering of ministers, scholars, students, and others who cherish the history, heritage, and future of Unitarian Universalism. We invite you to present a scholarly paper, panel or workshop, performance, media exhibit, sermon, or hymn at this Convocation. Submit an application to by May 15, 2016, using the below form. SCHOLARLY PAPERS: We welcome scholarly papers that engage the theme of the conference through various disciplines and lenses, including history, theology, and ethics. Please submit an abstract of 300-500 words. (For more information, contact Stephanie May at PANELS/WORKSHOPS: We also welcome workshops and panels. These might feature formal instruction by one or two persons, structured discussion among panelists, or informal conversation engaging the attendees and presenters. Please submit a description of 500-750 words of proposed format, participants, and goals. (For more, contact Barbara Coeyman at PERFORMANCES: We welcome dramatic and musical performances, such as a short play, impersonation, poem, or song. Please submit a description of 300-500 words, indicating approximate length and space requirements. (For more, contact Barbara Coeyman at MULTIMEDIA/EXHIBITS/POSTERS: If you have an individual or organizational project to display, such as films, video, posters, material artifacts, and other exhibit models, please submit a description of 300-500 words, including a rough estimate of the space required. (For more information, contact Stephanie May at To display books or other publications, including items for sale, please contact Victor Urbanowicz SERMON CONTEST: The Convocation includes a Sermon Contest. Ministers, seminarians, and lay ministers are invited to submit a sermon on the conference theme. The winner will preach the sermon in the Convocation worship service Sunday, October 30. The winner will receive free registration and travel/hotel expenses (up to $500). Please submit a full text or audio file of your sermon. (For more information, contact Kathleen Parker at HYMN CONTEST: Submissions for a hymn contest are also invited. The winning hymn will be sung at Sunday worship and at least one other time during the Convocation. The winner will receive free registration and travel/hotel expenses (up to $500). Entries must feature new music, with or without original lyrics. Hymns on non-original lyrics should be accompanied with documentation that the text is in the public domain, or a signed and dated agreement from the copyright holder granting permission to use the text. Entries should be suitable for amateur singers and include keyboard accompaniment and/or guitar chords. Please submit a pdf copy. Up to two submissions can be made by a single composer. (For more information, contact Earl Holt at APPLICATION TO PARTICIPATE: CONVOCATION 2016 Complete and email this form to or visit for the online form and upload files. All submissions must be received by Sunday, May 15, 2016. Presentation proposals should include the information listed below, including a more detailed description or full text, depending on the participation type, as noted in previous page. If you are applying for more than one presentation, please submit a separate application for each item. Once sent, you should receive an automated confirmation. If you are having any problems or have questions, please contact either Stephanie May or Barbara Coeyman Notification of acceptance on the Convocation program will be sent by Wednesday, June 15, 2016.