Liberal Religious Youth

History

Between 1949 and 1951, the American Unitarian Youth and the Universalist Youth Fellowship published joint material on an experimental basis: a Youth Sunday guide, a songbook, The Youth Leader, The Liberal's Challenge, as well as material explaining the issues around merger. At their annual meetings in the summer of 1949, the two groups each passed a resolution to hold their 1951 conference and annual meeting together. A Joint Relations Committee was formed and charged with planning the Joint Convention of 1951, which was held at Camp Idlewild on an island in Lake Winnepesaukee, New Hampshire. The two groups endorsed a two-year plan for merger, to culminate in 1953, with the Joint Relations Committee and the two Executive Boards handling the transition. In 1952 the A.U.Y.-U.Y.F. Joint Convention tentatively approved a constitution for the merged organization. In 1953, the Joint Convention was held at Hanover College, Hanover, Indiana.

The final formal merger votes were held in separate business sessions. The name for the newly merged organization was Liberal Religious Youth, which held its first continental convention in 1954 at Chesire Academy, Chesire, Connecticut.

Liberal Religious Youth was disbanded in 1982 and replaced by the group Young Religious Unitarian Universalists. (From Follow the Gleam: A History of the Liberal Religious Youth Movements, by Wayne B. Arnason. Boston: Skinner House, 1980)

Using the Collections

All collections are stored off-site and must be requested at least two business days in advance (see How to Use the Collections). Every collection is identified with a bMS number. In most of the finding aids, the bMS number is followed by a slash and a box number. Please note the bMS number and box number of the collection you are interested in, and contact the archives (617.496.5153 or 617.384.7904) to inquire about the collection or to make an appointment.

diagram of bms number components

Collection Number Liberal Religious Youth
bms 11142 Liberal Religious Youth. Administrative Correspondence Files: Delaware Valley Federation, 1961-1963
bms 01405 Liberal Religious Youth. Administrative Records Re: Abortion and LRY Administration, 1972; 1978; n.d.
bms 01450 Liberal Religious Youth. Administrative Records, 1947-1981
bms 01374 Liberal Religious Youth. Administrative Records, 1960-1961
bms 10006 Liberal Religious Youth. Administrative Subject Files, 1929-1979
bms 01380 Liberal Religious Youth. Audit Reports, 1955-1962
bms 01406 Liberal Religious Youth. Committee, Publication Records, 1961-1962
bms 01156 Liberal Religious Youth. Director Records, 1959-1970
bms 01155 Liberal Religious Youth. Director Records, 1960-1967
bms 10035 Liberal Religious Youth. Director/Executive Director, Administrative Records, AUY and UYF
bms 10010 Liberal Religious Youth. Director/Executive Director, 1929-1979
bms 01157 Liberal Religious Youth. Executive Committee Records, 1953-1968
bms 10007 Liberal Religious Youth. Financial Ledgers and Reports, 1957-1961
bms 10029 Liberal Religious Youth. General Mailings, 1948-1961
bms 11122 Liberal Religious Youth. Mailings, 1950-1960
bms 10008 Liberal Religious Youth. Meeting Records, 1929-1961
bms 01160 Liberal Religious Youth. Records, 1928-1979
bms 01386 Liberal Religious Youth. Records, 1947-1963
bms 01149 Liberal Religious Youth. Records, 1955-1981
bms 01153 Liberal Religious Youth. Records, 1956-1966
bms 01287 Liberal Religious Youth. Records, 1958-1968
bms 01151 Liberal Religious Youth. Records, 1959-1966
bms 01159 Liberal Religious Youth. Records, 1961-1968
bms 01154 Liberal Religious Youth. Records, 1963-1968
bms 01150 Liberal Religious Youth. Records, 1963-1968
bms 01291 Liberal Religious Youth. Records, 1966
bms 01152 Liberal Religious Youth. Records, 1967-1976
bms 14002 Liberal Religious Youth. Records-in-Print, 1922-1945
bms 10009 Liberal Religious Youth. Regional Committee Records, 1929-1979
bms 01158 Liberal Religious Youth. Special Committee on Youth Programs Records, 1961-1968
bms 01325 Liberal Religious Youth. Theater Workshop Packet, 1972
bms 10041 Liberal Religious Youth. Youth Group Records (AUA and UCA), 1934-1957

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