Carrying the Flame Forward – Next Steps

We are very excited to be moving forward with the next steps of our UUCB Renovation Project – the Capital Campaign. The results of the Financial Feasibility Study (FFS) conducted in June, 2018 were very positive, with our consultant estimating that we should be able to raise well over $1M. Thanks to all who participated in the FFS! For more details about the FFS, please click here.

So now what? On Sunday, September 9th, after service in the sanctuary, there will be a cottage meeting to answer questions about the project and the campaign itself. A detailed prospectus will be available around that time containing the history and details of the project. On Sunday, September 23rd, there will be a congregational vote to formally kick off the capital campaign on October 1st. From October 1st – November 30th, a Visiting Steward from the congregation will meet face-to-face with everyone in the congregation to discuss the campaign and request a pledge. Visiting Stewards will be trained on Saturday, September 15th from 9 – noon. If you have been asked to be a Visiting Steward, please consider serving in this very important capacity. Many hands make a light load, and the more people who are engaged in the process, the better our chances for success! Given the strong congregation-wide support for the campaign, these should not be difficult meetings. If you haven’t been asked to be a Visiting Steward but wish to help out in this capacity, please contact Andrea Palmeri –, or 607-349-9136.

There will be two kickoff events at UUCB for the campaign – one on Saturday, September 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. and the other on Sunday, October 14 from noon to 2 p.m.  Further details about each event will be forthcoming. To summarize, the timeline for our “Next Steps” is as follows:


Town Hall meeting after service to answer any questions, discuss next steps


Visiting Steward Training – 9 – noon


Congregational Vote – after service


Kickoff Event #1    6 – 8 p.m.


Capital Campaign begins


Kickoff Event #2   12 – 2 p.m.


Capital Campaign ends


End of campaign celebration   6 – 8 p.m.

We will track the progress of the campaign throughout October and November so that everyone can see how much has been raised, and how many visits have been made. Our goal is to raise at least $1.25M and to achieve 100% participation from the congregation. Please help us to achieve our goal by making yourself available to a Visiting Steward when you are contacted, and by being as generous as you are able during this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

Any questions? Please contact Capital Campaign co-chairs Andrea Palmeri (contact info. above) or Romney White – or 607-761-5110.

Unirondack weekend for Central New York UU congregations

Unirondack weekend for Central New York UU congregations:

Friday Sept 14  – Sunday Sept 16, 2018

Families, Friends, Individuals – People of all ages are encouraged to participate in a Fall family weekend at Unirondack. Since 2008, this intergenerational Unirondack weekend has been a source of early fall community building for Syracuse UU congregations. This year, it is scheduled for Friday Sept 14(starting at 4:00) – Sunday Sept 16th, 2018 (ending at 2-3 pm) and we are inviting folks from many UU congregations in Central New York. Unirondack is a UU Camp and Conference Center, a 2 – 2.5 hour drive from Syracuse in the western Adirondacks, near Lowville, NY.  To see the Unirondack facilities/environment, the website is:

People hike, bike, read, play games, go boating, talk, nap, arts, crafts, sport games or just sit by the lake soaking in the beauty. Group activities are encouraged and are led by the weekend participants. We ask that there be no electronic games since this is a weekend to spend in community with other UUs from the area. There are cabins and heated sleeping spaces with indoor bathroom facilities! People need to bring their own bedding, towels and pillows as well as their personal items.

The 2018 cost will be:   $70/PP for those over 10 years old; Children 4-10 years $62; Children 3 and under are free.   This is inclusive of 2 nights (F, S) lodging, 3 meals Saturday and Sunday breakfast & lunch.  Our costs are $31/night to Unirondack and the small balance is for group food costs for 5 meals. Friday dinner is on your own. (eaten in the car, dining out or cooked there) Snacks and transportation are not included in this rate.  Carpooling has been arranged by individuals in the past. Meals are prepared by participants and are shared in a dining hall.  Special dietary needs are carefully addressed and refrigeration is available for individual needs. Housing placements are selected by the coordinator based on group size, health needs, and order of reservation.

A 50% deposit is required to hold your space; the balance needs to be paid 2 weeks in advance of the weekend.  Please respect this payment schedule! Reservations can be made by sending your name(s) to:

Stephanie Cross at

Deposit checks should be made to “Stephanie Cross”, given to her at MMUUS or mailed to:

3844 Pompey Center Road, Manlius, NY 13104.  Please include your contact information (phone and email), names of people attending and ages of the children attending with your check.    You will receive an email confirmation.

This is a great weekend – we hope you will join us! 

Stephanie Cross, Coordinator, May Memorial UU Society, Syracuse