The AUUMM was formed as the Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network (UUMN) at a meeting during the 1982 General Assembly. The AUUMM is an international organization which currently boasts a membership of approximately 550 from the United States and Canada.
A continental mailing invited broader membership. In 1983 the UUMN Newsletter, Notes, began publication and the first summer conference was held in Boston. In 2012, an electronic newsblast, Grace Notes began publication.
An elected Board of Trustees govern AUUMM. Board members are drawn from across the continent and serve staggered three year terms.
AUUMM, as UUMN, took an active role in the development of the UUA hymnbook, Singing the Living Tradition, and the hymnal supplement, Singing the Journey. Our members served on both task forces. The Network provided support in raising development funds, collecting and evaluating material, and helping to introduce the new book to congregations and their leaders.
An Administrative Office was created in 1995 for the purposes of coordinating Network activities, providing communication among members and making contact with officers and liaison personnel. .
In 2000, our group organized the first UU Children’s Choir in conjunction with the UUA General Assembly. UU children from the US and Canada come together for five days where they prepare and present music for GA attendees. In 2016, the sixth UU Children's Choir was held in conjunction with the UUMN summer conference in Madison.
A Music Leaders Certification (MLC) program for UU musicians was established in 2006 with 10 candidates. The MLC is administered by the Music Leadership Certification Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA).
Every summer, AUUMM offers a conference where members meet to educate and inspire one another. Conference sites and hosts are listed below.
At the 2018 annual meeting, members voted to change the name to Association for Unitarian Universalist Music Ministries. The new name went into effect on January 1, 2019.
Conferences and Hosts
1983 – Boston, MA – Joyce Gilbert, Ken Orton, Leo Collins
1984 – St. Paul, MN – Ken Ford
1985 – Portland, OR – Bob Winkley, Mark Slegers
1986 – Madison, WI – Bob Winkley, Ellsworth Snyder
1987 – Washington DC – Betsy Jo Angebranndt, Niki Davis
1988 – San Diego, CA – Ken Herman
1989 – Toronto, CAN – Laurie Frasier, Jacqui Alkin
1990 – Milwaukee, WI – Bob Simiele, Christian Rich
1991 – Baltimore, MD – James Huston
1992 – San Francisco, CA – Edwin Barlow, Eric Howe
1993 – Rochester, NY - Joyce Gilbert, Ed Schell
1994 –The Mountain, Highlands, NC - Shelley Denham
1995 – Evanston, Ill. - Bart Bradfield, John Giles
1996 – Houston, TX - Dean Dalton, Kay Dunn
1997 – Santa Monica, CA – Nicole Baker
1998 – Providence, RI - Helene Gersuny, Lee Ridgway
1999 – Bloomfield Hills, MI, Sue/Dan Boyce, Barbara Woolf
2000 – San Diego, CA - Ken Herman
2001 – The Mountain - Shelley Denham
2002 – Vancouver, BC - Joyce Poley
2003 – San Antonio, TX - Bill Ross
2004 – Arlington, VA – Bob Griffith, Bea Ann Phillips
2005 – Denver, CO - Keith Arnold, Marlys Brinkman
2006 – St. Paul, MN – Sonja Johnston, Ruth Palmer
2007 – Clearwater, FL – Frank Wells
2008 – Boston, MA (25th Anniversary): Emma Jean Moulton, Mary Neumann, Beth Norton, Eleanor Toth
2009 – Portland, OR: Mark Slegers
2010 – Madison, WI: Dan Broner, Linda Warren - Conference Planning Committee Chair
2011 – Arlington, VA: Bob Griffith, Bea Ann Phillips; John Hubert - CPC Chair
2012 – Tulsa, OK: Rick Fortner, Susan Swatek; John Hubert - CPC Chair
2013– Dallas, TX: Don Krehbiel; Patrick Scofield - CPC Chair
2014 - San Diego, CA: Ken Herman; Patrick Scofield - CPC Chair
2015 - Boston, MA: Patrick Scofield - CPC Chair
2016 - Arlington, VA: Mimi Bornstein, Host and CPC Chair
2017 - Portland, OR: DeReau Farrar; Mimi Bornstein, CPC Chair
Past Presidents of UUMN
1985 – Leo Collins
1987 – David Jackson
1989 – Ken Herman
1991 – Niki Davis
1993 – Ed Schell
1995 – Eric Howe/ Bob Simiele
1997 – Scott Ward/ Bill Belan
1999 – Joyce Gilbert
2002 – Ken Herman
2005 – Elizabeth Norton
2008 – Keith Arnold
2011 – Sarah Dan Jones
2014 - Tim Anderson
2017 – Shawn McCann
left to right: Mark Slegers, Helene Gersuny, Betsy Jo Angebranndt, Barb Wagner, Ed Schell, Joyce Gilbert, Ken Herman, Barbara Woolf, Sarah Albright