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2013 Metro NY District
Annual Meeting

May 3-4, 2013
Hyatt Morristown, Morristown NJ


March for Marriage Equality

Join the March for Marriage Equality! Meet at 5:30 pm on May 3 in the hotel lobby and proceed to the Morristown Green. The Rev. Alison Miller will give an invocation, and Gordon Sauer of the Gay Activist Alliance in Morris County and Michael Maher, Field Manager of Garden State Equality, will speak briefly, followed by Annette Marquis, UUA LGBTQ and Multicultural Ministries Program Manager. Singing by Olympia’s Daughters.

Keynote Address:

Annette Marquis
UUA LGBTQ and Multicultural Ministries Program Manager

Annette Marquis serves the UUA as the LGBTQ and Multicultural Ministries Program Manager. Previously, she served for six-and-a half years as the District Executive of the Southeast District of the UUA. Since becoming a UU in 1991, she has been an active lay leader within Unitarian Universalist congregations, the Heartland District, and the Association at large. She was one of the founding members of UU Allies for Racial Equity and served as its chair for its first two years. She is also a founding member of the Living Legacy Pilgrimage, a civil rights pilgrimage through the South. As a volunteer for UU Trauma Response Ministry, Annette provided mental health and other disaster relief to victims of Hurricane Katrina. She is author of Resistance: A Memoir of Civil Disobedience in Maricopa County, published by Skinner House Books. Annette lives with her wife, Wendy, in Richmond VA.

About her keynote address, Annette says: “The Unitarian Universalist Association first called for ‘an end to all discrimination against homosexuals, homosexuality, bisexuals, and bisexuality’ in a 1970 General Assembly Resolution. Over forty years later, our understanding of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression has widen and deepened to include not only homosexuals and bisexuals but lesbians, transgender, and queer-identified people. However, we are still engaged in this struggle. This address will examine and celebrate the progress we’ve made and will ask the hard questions about where we need to go from here to assure that LGBTQ people are fully welcomed and included in our congregations and in our society.”

And Special Guest
Jim Key and Tamara Payne-Alex
Candidates for UUA Moderator

Jim Key and Tamara Payne-Alex are candidates for UUA moderator. Delegates to the 2013 UUA General Assembly will elect one of them to succeed Gini Courter, who term is ending. The UUA Board of Trustees nominated Key and Payne-Alex based on applications received by the Moderator Nominator Committee. The candidates will address the Annual Meeting on Friday evening and facilitate workshops.

Jim Key helped build his congregation, the UU Fellowship of Beaufort, Beaufort SC, from the ground up, as an organizing member and later as congregational president for five years. He has also been president of the Southeast District of the UUA and has served as chair of the UUA Audit Committee, as a member of the UUA board task force that proposed a smaller UUA board, and as a member of the board’s Linkage Working Group.

A lifelong UU, Tamara Payne-Alex has served the association at many levels -- as a youth and as an adult, in her congregations, her district, and in denomination-wide posts. She has served as president of her district’s Young Religious UUs, as co-chair of the Youth Adult Committee, as a member of the search, religious education, and canvas committees of her congregation, as an interim religious education coordinator, and as a member of the UUA Board of Trustees, the UUA Ministerial Fellowship Committee, and the UUA Black Concerns Working Group.

Guided by our living faith, the Unitarian Universalist District of Metropolitan New York exists to be a source of connection and transformation for our congregations and our larger world.