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Convo 2006

The Interweave chapter of the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater, a Welcoming Congregation, will host our next Convo in the campus of our congregation.  We are located near Tampa on the west central coast of Florida, easily accessible from the Tampa International Airport and the St. Pete/Clearwater Airport. We have a number of events planned for this weekend event, including workshops, dinner, Friday night and Sunday morning worship services, and break-out time to enjoy the vicinity of Clearwater in small groups.
We’re sorry that Ru Paul could not be confirmed for this event, but we’re delighted to announce that Sabrina Sojourner will be our keynote speaker. Ms. Sojourner was the first open lesbian to be elected to Congress, representing the District of Columbia. She works actively on behalf of gay, lesbian, African-American, and women’s interests. As Director of Diversity Programs and Women of Color Programs for the National Organization for Women, she became a nationally recognized educator on diversity and multiculturalism. Her latest work, a collection of poems and narratives, is entitled "Psychic Scars and Other Mad Thoughts."

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On the agenda:

  • Registration desk opens at noon, Friday, February 24, 2006.
  • Rev. Abhi Janamanchi, our own excellent minister, will lead the Friday night service.
  •  Friday dinner on campus.
  • Keynote speech by Sabrina Sojourner.
  • Equality Florida will do a workshop on communications.
  • Karen Doering , with the National Center for Lesbian Rights, will discuss civil unions vs. marriage.
  • Rev. Meg Riley, director of the Unitarian Universalist Association’s advocacy and witness staff group in Washington, D.C., will discuss advocacy training for people working on the national level.
  • We’re working to bring in a representative from a Gay Muslims group for a workshop.
  • Additional workshops will fill out the day on Saturday, including opportunities to meet our congregation and community to build bridges of understanding.
  • Saturday evening free to roam – Clearwater Beach? Local clubs?  Restaurants grand or funky? Musical events? We’ll have a “concierge service” to advise.
  • The Sunday service will be led by either of two excellent and topical speakers, but we don’t want to reveal the name until the decision is made.
  • And more to come!


Please register early.  Details pertaining to hotel event rates and co-housing will be forthcoming.