Interweave Convocation

February 27 - March 1, 1998

Orlando, Florida

Sponsored by Interweave Continental, Inc.

Co-sponsored and hosted by First Unitarian Church of Orlando, A Unitarian Universalist Congregation
1815 E. Robinson Street
Orlando, FL 32803

Dateline: Orlando, January 26th:

Plans for Youth Announced

Youth & youth advisors will pay a substantially reduced $35 registration and sleep at the church (so bring a sleeping bag, etc.).

Youth programming will include hang out time, an orientation and worship just for youth & advisors and a discussion of sexuality just for youth, as well as participating in convo workshops, worships and events with the larger community.

Details provided by Coleen Murphy.

Schedule of Events


7:00 pm Pre-Convo Leadership Training for the Welcoming Congregation with Keith Kron


9:00 am Leadership Training continues
4:00 pm Convo Registration Starts


7:00 pm In-gathering Service with Water Ceremony
8:00 Dr. Elias Farajaje-Jones, Theme Speaker
9:00 Breakout Session
10:00 Orlando Welcome


9:00 am Interfaith Worship Service
9:30 Mark Smith, Keynote Speaker
10:30 Plenary Session
Noon Chat & Chew Lunch
2:00 - 3:15 pm

Gay Parenting, PFLAG, Bisexuality, Transgender, Dismantling Racism, Increasing Membership, Diversity at Work, and more.

3:30 - 5:00
5:00 - 5:30 AIDS Remembrance Service
7:00 Interweave Banquet (off-site)
9:00 Black Cat Cafe - an open-mike coffeehouse


8:00 - 10:00 am Interweave Annual Business Meeting.
10:45 Worship Service
12:30 pm Convo '98 Closing

Convo Officially Ends

... but between 2:00 and 4:00 pm... Afternoon Witness / Action Event consisting of a Civil Demonstration is being planned for those who want to send the statement that 'We Are Family'

Conference Highlights

Keynote Speaker - Mark Smith

Unitarian Universalist and Director of Development for The Interfaith Alliance, a national coalition whose mission is to promote religion as a constructive force. Mark will focus on how we can develop alliances with other churches that welcome diverse families.

Theme Speaker - Dr. Elias Farajaje-Jones

Starr King Professor of History and Sociology of Religion. Elias will speak on finding deeper and more diverse meanings of "family."

Pre-Convo Training for Welcoming Congregation Leaders, February 26-27

Conducted by Keith Kron, leirector of the UUA Office of Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Concerns. Workshop fee is $10, payable to the OBGLTC at 25 Beacon St , Boston, MA 02103. Contact 617-742-2100 or with questions.

About The City of Orlando

Orlando is a sunny city full of sparkling lakes and tall palm trees. Dress is relaxed and informal with February temps in the mid-70's during the days and mid-50's at night. Numerous beaches are within an hour or two of the city. Nearby theme parks include the ever-popular 'family' resort of Disney World, Sea World, Universal Studios, Busch Gardens and more.

Reduced Airline Fares

Call Continental Airlines Meeting Works Department at 1-800-468-7022

Identify Interweave and give Code NJF5RX.

Airport Transportation

Bus lines from the Orlando International Airport are 85 cents plus a 10 cent transfer fee. Taxi cabs cost about $25.


Colonial Plaza Inn

407-894-2741 or 800-321-2323

2801 E. Colonial Dr., Orlando, FL 32903

The nearest motel to the First Unitarian Church of Orlando, Colonial Plaza Inn accommodations are $52 plus tax per night, per room. Reserve early since February starts off the "Spring Break" season!

FUCO Bed & Breakfast

Members of the Orlando congregation are fundraising in a bed and breakfast style for Convo attendees. Costs are $25 per night for one person and $35 per night for two people.


Fees cover all convocation activities, Saturday banquet and entertainment. Fees are set on a sliding scale based on total annual income:

Income-based fee schedule


Registration fee
Less than $15,000


$15,000 - $30,000 $80
Over $30,000 $100

A $20 additional late fee will apply to all registrations received after January 15, 1998. Fees will be refunded in full for cancellations received before that date; a $20 registration fee will be retained by CONVO '98 for cancellations after January 15, 1998.

No online registration is available. (Maybe next year!) Please select and print registration form, fill it out and send it in. If you need further registration information call Joe Weinstein at 407-330-5929 or e-mail

Child Care

Arrangements for care of children under age 12 must be made in advance. The deadline for child care reservations is January 15, 1998. To reserve space or for more information, call Ellen Hone at 407-273-8520.

Last updated February 5, 1998 by Steve Hollingsworth