San Diego Hosts Convo '97

February 28 - March 2nd, First Unitarian Universalist Church

San Diego, California

Invitation to Convo '97

It is with great pleasure that I write to update you on the planning for CONVO '97, Interweave's annual, Continental gathering. Interweave is an organization for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender people and their Heterosexual Allies. As CONVO'97 co-chair, I am happy to inform you that this promises to be an exciting and memorable event for all participants.

The program includes workshops with inspiring leaders like our keynote speaker, Reverend Scott Alexander, author and lecturer. There is also plenty of time planned to socialize with Unitarian Universalists from around the country and please allow time during your visit to explore the excitement of San Diego.

Following is a brochure describing this event, housing and registration. The information can be copied and distributed to whomever you wish. More brochures can be obtained from the registration address.

We look forward to meeting and sharing with you and other members of your congregations at CONV0'97.

OBGLTC Offers Pre-Convo Welcoming Congregation Training

Of note is a special pre-CONVO '97 workshop on The Welcoming Congregation curriculum. This workshop will begin Thursday, February 27th,, 7:00-9:30 p.m. and continue on Friday, February 28th. The cost is $10.00, payable to the UUA-OBGLTC, for materials. Meals for this pre-CONVO event are not included.

To register or for more information write: UUA, OBGLTC, Welcoming congregation Leaders' Training, 25 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02108-2800 or aontact Keith Kron, Office of Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Transgender concerns Unitarian Universalist Association, ph. (617) 742-2100 x465.

Convo '97 Program Information

WELCOME TO CONVO '97 a gathering for Unitarian Universalist Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered people and their Heterosexual allies.



Keynote Speaker: Rev. Scott Alexander, Senior Minister of the Church of the Larger Fellowship, editor of "Salted with Fire" and "Welcoming Congregation".


  1. Growing our Faith
  2. Sharing our Souls
  3. Strengthening our Community
  4. and more, to be announced

Saturday Evening

Dinner and Dance

Sunday Morning

Worship lead by Rev. Tom& Carolyn Owen-Towle

All venues are wheelchair accessible

Information Packets

Packets with complete Convo '97 information will be sent upon receiving your registration and fees regarding restaurants, maps, accommodations, hotel shuttles, things to do, and details of planned workshops, etc.

For more general information about Convo '97, email Linda Berez

Registration Information and mail-in form

Fees cover all convocation activities, Saturday and Sunday banquet, dance and meals. Fees are set on a sliding scale, depending on what participant can afford. Registration and meals starting at $70.00 up to $85.00

A $20.00 additional late fee will apply to all registrations received after January 31, 1997. For cancellations, fees will be refunded in full if received before that date, otherwise, a $20.00 registration fee will be retained by CONVO '97.

Youth Information

The Convo Youth Program along with Youth Advisors will be planning activities for youths. Youths (14 years - 17 years) will want to participate in many of the Convo events throughout the weekend especially the keynote event and the Saturday Dance. There will be workshops and sharing times specifically available for youth. It is important for youth to indicate age on the registration form so a Youth Packet may be mailed to you. Along with other pertinent information, this packet will contain, a parent/guardian sponsorship/ permission form. The permission forms need to be completed before registration fees are paid.

Childcare program

Children who come with their parents or guardians will have opportunities for age appropriate activities. For those children under two years, childcare will be available. Childcare fees are $40 per child which will cover meals throughout the weekend.

If you have questions about Youth or Child activities, please feel free to call Linda Berez at (619)281-2426.


(Feel free to use additional paper for information and questions)

Name:     ________________________________
Address:  ________________________________

Name tag as above: ____or __________________________

Phone: (       ) bus.___________________ ext________
       (       ) res. ______________________________

Continental Interweave Member (Y/N) ________________
Congregation _______________________________________
District ___________________________________________

$__________registration fee enclosed
$__________donation to support our goals

Housing: _____I will make my own arrangements
        _____ I will need home hospitality
Home Hospitality:
I am:   female____      male ____
I:      smoke____       don't smoke ____

Special needs:_____________________________________

If under 18:
Age: ____Sponsor/Guardian__________________________
Children attending ______and their special needs...

(A youth packet will be sent out with necessary permission forms)

Convo '97 participants will receive a roster list. Would you like your name
added to this list?      Yes___    No___

First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego, note Convo '97
MAIL TO:                CONVOCATION '97
                First Unitarian Universalist Church
                4190 Front St., San Diego, CA 92103


The Ramada Inn is situated one mile from Hillcrest, the Gay and Lesbian center of San Diego, and two miles to the First Unitarian Universalist Church. You'll find that major San Diego attractions are ten minutes away by car (San Diego Zoo, Sea World, Old Town, etc) . The hotel will provide shuttle service to and from the airport and Amtrack and to First Church based on availability. Public transit is also available directly across the street from the hotel.
Ramada Inn
2223 El Cajon Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 296-2101  fax (619)296-0512
  • Registration limited to 300
  • Priority registration to Continental Interweave Members and those registering before January 31,'97
  • For further registration information call: Linda Berez (619) 281-2426 or email at


    The city of San Diego has a metropolitan population of over 1,300,000 and is the sixth largest city in the USA. The climate is ideal year round and thousands of people enjoy the ocean and bays for a multitude of water sports. The San Diego Zoo and Sea World are world renowned. The desert and mountains are within an easy 2 hour drive. Yes, we go to the snow to play. It's not by chance that people from all over the world vacation here. If an international visit is your cup of tea, Mexico is only a half hour away.


    Founded in June of 1873 by a small group of Unitarian settlers. The present Meeting House, built in 1959 is the fifth building. The order of service proclaims whoever you are, whatever tradition, gender, race, sexual orientation, or age you represent, we welcome you. The San Diego First Unitarian Universalist Church hosted CONVO '86 and looks forward to hosting CONVO '97. We are one of the largest congregations in the continent and have fostered the formation and growth of several other congregations in the San Diego area.

    Our mission is to become an increasingly diverse community with differing beliefs yet shared values. In joy and mutual support we offer spiritual nourishment, create beauty, affirm the worth of each individual and honor the democratic process. From this place we encourage all ages to learn and grow together while we labor for compassionate justice in our society and on our planet.