Unitarian Universalist Convocation 2016
Victor Urbanowicz, bus tour leader pointing out the Lakewood Memorial Chapel in Lakewood Cemetery. It was designed by Harry Wild Jones. The building was modeled on the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey. The mosaic chapel interior was created by New York designer Charles Lamb.
Next stop was First Universalist Church in Minneapolis at 3400 Dupont Avenue South. The congregation dates back to 1859. Early members help found Lakewood Cemetery and the Institute of Arts. The current sanctuary was formerly the Adath Jeshurun synagogue.
First Universalist Church of St. Anthony built in 1857. In 1882 it was sold and it became a home for French-speaking Catholics.
The small chapel in the new wing at First Universalist Church in Minneapolis.
Inside the Sanctuary of First Universalist Church in Minneapolis.
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October 27 – 30, 2016 at the Hilton Hotel,Bloomington, Minnesota
Beyond Boundaries:Controversies, Frontiers,and Growth in Unitarian Universalism
pre-conference bus tour of Twin Cities UU churches
First stop on the bus tour was Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
 Windows and baptistry in the former First Universalist Church of St. Anthony built in 1857. The baptistry, created for a different Universalist Church, ended up here.
Sanctuary of the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis. A humanist congregation dating back to 1881.
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Reception desks at First Universalist Church. These are staffed on Sundays
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David Breeden, minister at First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis elucidates the humanist history and beliefs of this congregation.
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Minister Rob Eller-Isaacs of Unity Church talks to CONVO 2016 participants in the Ames Chapel at Unity.
 Charles Wilburforce Ames windows in the Chapel at Unity Church.
 ABOVE: Unity Church in St. Paul. RIGHT: Sanctuary of Unity Church. Architect Richard Hammel designed the dramatic reredos at the back of the chancel.
Young people’s room at Unity.
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Wall of young people’s room at Unity.
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