WHO WE ARE
Welcome to May Memorial
May Memorial is a mid-sized Unitarian-Universalist society located on the east side of Syracuse, NY, that encourages spiritual growth, building relationships and making our world a better place.
May is named for its former minister, the Rev. Samuel Joseph May, a noted 19th century abolitionist, women’s rights and social welfare advocate.
MMUUS is a liberal religious community that welcomes visitors and members who come from all faith traditions—or none. We join with other Unitarian Universalist congregations in affirming and promoting these Seven Principles:
We celebrate at our worship service each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in our light-filled sanctuary, inspired by music director Glenn Kime and our glorious organ, uplifted by the choir, talented musicians of all ages, and inspired by our minister, Rev. Jean Wahlstrom.
A tradition of progressive faith
Our namesake, Samuel Joseph May, was a leading abolitionist before the Civil War, and a champion of women’s rights, public education and temperance. He opposed the death penalty, led the famous Jerry Rescue in Syracuse in 1851, and was a leader in Syracuse’s faith community promoting good works, including new schools and hospitals. The Rev. Sam May’s legacy continues in May Memorial’s mindful commitment to social justice, and in its collaborative efforts without regard to partisanship or ideology.
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A member of the St. Lawrence District of the Unitarian Universalist Association, May Memorial is a democratically led organization driven by its members. It is governed by its elected congregational president, who chairs the board of trustees. May Memorial has a range of active committees and interest groups. A program council meets monthly so committee leaders can share information and support each other in their missions.
“The most important thing about any religious community is the web of relationships that grow between people as they move through the seasons of life and work together to make a better world.”—former interim minister Mary Hnottavange-Teleen.
- Who We Are