Denominational Affairs Committee (DAC)
Charter: Denominational Affairs Committee shall inform the Congregation about and develop interest in the Unitarian Universalist denomination and recommend to the Board of Trustees persons to serve as delegates and representatives to denominational meetings and conferences.
Messages from the Denominational Affairs Committee Chair Richard Bock
January 26, 2022: DAC 2022 GA UPDATE
Tick-tock, the clock is running out! The deadline to submit your application to be a General Assembly 2022 Shelter Rock Delegate is February 1, 2022. There are eleven slots available (one for a youth delegate) and two additional (non-voting) slots for youth observers. A block of hotel rooms in Portland is being reserved for Shelter Rock delegates, Veatch attendees, Ministers, and staff. 2022 promises to be a special GA – the first in-person gathering since 2019! And, online delegate status as approved by the UUA is available. Questions? Please contact DAC Chair Richard Bock at 516.922.6052 or
DAC welcomes Shelter Rock members to become more involved – join the DAC committee and help to communicate what’s happening in the local, county, state, and national UU world. Shelter Rock is not an isolated congregation hidden in the woods up a long driveway. UUCSR is not alone! The Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations needs us to share the news. You may also help the Denominational Affairs Committee plan for GA 2023 in Pittsburgh, PA. Yes, it’s a year away but planning is underway now for the future – especially budget items! Please reach out to get involved. Don’t wait. Next meeting is February 1, 2022 at 7:30 PM via Zoom.
Richard Bock, Chair
Denominational Affairs Committee
December 23, 2021: DAC 2022 GA UPDATE
On Thursday evening, December 16, the Board of Trustees unanimously approved the UUCSR 2022 General Assembly Guidelines and Application Form. Members interested in being considered for Delegate status to the 2022 UUA General Assembly in Portland, OR are asked to secure an application that can be found in the Main Lobby on the Welcome Desk, or submit an online application using the button above. You may also call Elaine Corrao at 516.472.2933 for assistance.
Detailed information regarding being a delegate is included in the revised and updated application packet. Members who wish to attend as online delegates are asked to complete the application and check that option on the application form. Any UUCSR members wishing to attend GA on their own are also asked to complete the application form and check the option “I wish to attend GA as a non-delegate.”
Applications may be completed online or returned to a box on the Welcome Desk in the Main Lobby, or mailed or emailed to UUCSR, attention Elaine Corrao ( ).
All Shelter Rock members who served as virtual GA delegates in 2020 or 2021 are eligible to be considered as in-person delegates in 2022.
Questions? Please contact Richard Bock at or 516.922.6052.
December 8, 2021: General Assembly (GA) 101–Part 3, Onsite and Online
All members of UUCSR interested in being considered for delegate status for General Assembly 2022 are required to complete an Application that will be available online and in the Main Lobby the week of December 20, 2021. All first-time attendees are eligible for 100 percent funding for GA Registration. In addition, UUCSR’s GA Delegates receive funding for transportation, housing, and food expenses. Delegates must have been a member of UUCSR for three years (waived for Youth Delegate/Observer). Two members of the same household may not be delegates, nor receive funding; however, one member may be funded as a Delegate and another funded as a Youth Delegate or Youth Observer. A Youth Delegate/Observer is a member of the congregation (a) registered in the Religious Education (RE) program, and (b) recommended by the Minister of Lifespan Religious Education and/or the RE Committee. No more than one Youth Delegate/Observer may be funded from the same household. A youth not in the RE program shall have the opportunity to be a Youth Delegate/Observer upon application to the RE Committee or the Denominational Affairs Committee. Other criteria includes:
a) Evidence of participation in Congregational life by attending Sunday Worship Services, serving on committees or boards, and additional participation.
b) Evidence of interest in the denomination by attending denominational activities, LIAC, and/or other UU-related organizations.
Delegates are expected to attend all five days of GA—beginning with the Opening Ceremony, all General Sessions, mini-assemblies (as necessary), and other related sessions including the final General Session and Closing Ceremony. DAC will provide several orientation/training sessions for delegates.
Questions: please contact Richard Bock at 516.922.6052 or .
November 24, 2021: Denominational Affairs Update
I am pleased to share with you the news that our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) recently announced that the 2022 General Assembly, scheduled for Portland, OR, June 22 through June 26, 2022, will be an in-person event! Shelter Rock members who wish to attend the 2022 GA on their own may register at ; Shelter Rock’s delegates will be registered by the finance office. (Specific details may be found on the UUCSR GA Application and Guidelines.)
General Assembly (GA) 101–Part 2
Members of UUCSR interested in being considered for Delegate status are required to complete an application that will be available in late December. UUCSR’s GA Delegates receive 50 percent funding for transportation, housing, and a food expense allowance set by DAC and the UUCSR Congregation Operations Administrator, and affirmed by the Board of Trustees. Shelter Rock’s Delegates must have been a member of UUCSR for at least three years. The requirement commences June 1, three years prior to the submission of an application. Youth delegates and youth observers must be members of UUCSR, but the three-year requirement is waived. Two members of the same household attending GA may not be Delegates. Two members of the same household may not receive funding; however, one member may be funded as a Delegate and another funded as a Youth Delegate or Youth Observer. A Youth Delegate/Observer is defined as a member of the congregation (a) registered in the UUCSR Religious Education (RE) program, and (b) recommended by the Minister of Lifespan Religious Education and/or the RE Committee to serve as a Youth Delegate/Observer. No more than one Youth Delegate/Observer may be funded from the same household. A youth not in the RE program shall have the opportunity to be a Youth Delegate/Observer upon application to the RE Committee or the Denominational Affairs Committee.
Other criteria for selection as a UUCSR Delegate include:
- Evidence of participation in Congregational life by attending Sunday Worship Services, serving on committees or boards, and participating in Congregational Meetings, etc.
- Evidence of interest in the denomination by attending denominational-related activities at UUCSR, the Long Island Area Council (LIAC), and/or regional and other UU-related organizations.
Every effort will be made to recommend candidates who have never, or seldom, been funded to attend GA. It has been the policy of the Denominational Affairs Committee not to recommend a member to Delegate status who has been funded as a Delegate in the past three years; however, our guidelines have been modified and those members who were UUCSR Virtual Delegates in 2020 or 2021 ARE eligible to be considered to be Delegates for GA 2022 in Portland, OR. Any UUCSR member attending GA for the first time is eligible for 100 percent funding for GA Registration.
Next time, I will review what is expected of GA Delegates.