is to foster, promote, and support Unitarian Universalism,
and Unitarian Universalist congregations in North Carolina."
Universalist Convention of North Carolina, Inc.
(UCONCI) was first organized in 1895 to promote
the coordinated growth of Universalism in eastern North
Carolina. At that time, some very energetic circuit
riders were founding new Universalist churches in the
rural areas of our state and also in South Carolina and
Virginia. Reorganization in 1905 led to a charter of
incorporation, and even as the tide of enthusiasm for
the Universalist denomination ebbed with the subsequent
liberalization among the other more populous
denominations, this organization has held its ground and
abides today to assure mutual support (both financial
and social) among the congregations it serves.
We serve as an oasis of reasonable religion in this "Bible belt" area. People who have been disillusioned from more fundamentalist origins find us with relief, and they are usually able to gather hope for the future through an organized source of worship based in love instead of fear. Our congregations are inclusive and diverse in beliefs and forms of worship services, as well as in community support, with varied and numerous efforts to actively improve the conditions we find in our communities.
currently have thirteen
member Unitarian Universalist churches and
fellowships. Their locations
extend from Chapel Hill in central NC to Kitty Hawk on
the Outer Banks, with most of the groups in the Coastal
We also maintain a summer
campground called Shelter
Neck Unitarian Universalist Camp in the
countryside near Burgaw NC,about 15 minutes from
Interstate highway 40, and less than an hour's drive
fantastic beach communities. Shelter Neck is
the home of one of the very first Unitarian churches in
North Carolina, the Shelter Neck Chapel, built and
dedicated in 1902. We have a good time there, getting
together to have workshops, seminars, and retreats with
lots of recreation and conversation.
past two summers, UCONCI has sponsored Shelter
Neck Youth Camps during the summer, with the aim
of connecting youth from small, mid-size, and large
Unitarian Universalist congregations across eastern and
central North Carolina in a cohesive, energetic and
thriving community. Registration is currently open, and
we are also looking for counselors and volunteers.
Member congregations send delegates
to our Annual Convention in
late October. It will be held this year on October 8, 2016 at Shelter Neck UU
Camp. Our weekend events, food, and on site
lodging are free with early preregistration.
Useful InformationShelter Neck UU Camp is available for rental to UCONCI member congregations as well as to outside groups.
UCONCI Executive Board:
President - Billy Liles events@ShelterNeckUUCamp.org
Vice President - Robert Stolar
Secretary - Debbie Robertson
Treasurer - Feryl Masters firstname.lastname@example.org
Western Carolinas Cluster
Eastern Carolina Cluster
- Executive Board Contact Info and Minutes
Neck UU Camp
- "A History of Universalism in North Carolina -- 1740 to 2007" is available for purchase here.
Our companion retreat in Western NC