Register now for our 2018 Meeting!

Please join us October 18-20, 2018 for our next Annual Meeting. We return again to the Walker Center just outside Boston. 

We are delighted to welcome the esteemed American religious historian, Catherine Brekus, as our 2018 Distinguished Scholar. Dr. Brekus is the Charles Warren Professor of the History of Religion in America at Harvard Divinity School. She will present two talks, “Chosen Nation: Christianity, Nationalism, and American Destiny” and “The Spirit of America: Unitarian and Universalist Visions of the United States, 1787-1865.”

Her talks inspire the conference theme: “American Exceptionalism: Religion, Identity, and Power.”

This theme invites us to explore the legacy of U.S. American identity as a “chosen nation” through the lenses of religious studies, ethics, theology, and history. In the midst of contemporary, political debates about American identity and values, this theme provides the opportunity for scholarly reflection on the relationship between theology and politics, religion and nationalism, identity and exceptionalism, and their relevance to the UU tradition and contemporary thinking.

Please register now to attend. 



Collegium is a mutually supportive network of academic and independent scholars, ministers, and students, most but not all of whom are Unitarian Universalists.

This group involved in scholarly pursuits related to Unitarian Universalism and to liberal religious studies more broadly has met annually since 1975 to share mutual interests and work-in-progress. Members gather for a weekend each October or November, alternating between a Boston-area location.

Sessions include papers presented by members as well as presentations by an invited Distinguished Scholar. 

Learn more about us and our Distinguished Scholars.


Since 2010, Collegium has partnered with the UU History and Heritage Society to sponsor a Convocation of UU Studies approximately every three years.

We are currently helping to plan the next Convocation to be held in 2019 along the East Coast. More information will be posted here as it becomes available.

For information on prior convocations, please visit