October 22, 2010
I. Winter Holiday Resources
As the winter season approaches, the UUA's International Resources Office recommends consulting our Winter Holidays resource booklet for suggestions on ways to express commitment to our Sixth Principle: We Covenant to Affirm and Promote the Goal of World Community with Peace, Liberty and Justice for All.
View our resource guide of suggestions for celebrating the winter holidays!
II. IARF-India: Human Rights Education
Since 2007, the International Association for Religious Freedom's (IARF’s) India chapter has been doing inspiring work in the area of human rights education (HRE) and interfaith event organization.
Hosting numerous workshops, trainings, and conferences each year, IARF-India has trained over 3,220 youth/young adults, teachers, social workers, and students in the areas of interfaith understanding and human rights, highlighting issues around social inequality as well as the tenets of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).
Read about the IARF-India's human rights education program!
III. "Welcome to Our Global Faith" Video Resource
The UUA's International Resources Office has released a new video resource, providing an introduction to and overview of the global aspects of our Unitarian Universalism.
The "Welcome to Our Global Faith" video is designed to introduce the global nature of Unitarian Universalism to new members of Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations. Leaders of new member classes or orientation sessions can include it as part of their curricula. Congregations may find it useful in other contexts as well.
View "Welcome to Our Global Faith"
IV. Sacred Places - A Pilgrimage to India
Feb. 15 - March 7, 2011
Join Rev. Abhi Janamanchi and members of Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater on a three-week spiritual pilgrimage to India in February 2011. The group will visit sacred places in southern and northern India (Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, Muslim, Sikh, Christian, and Unitarian) including the Khasi Hills of northeast India, and experience India from a native's perspective.
This trip promises to be a cultural and spiritual immersion into the heart of India. Anyone that is interested in going on this trip of a lifetime, please contact Barbara Brandt or Rev. Janamanchi.
View this powerpoint video for additional information!
V. 2011 Dana Greeley Award
The UU United Nations Office invites you to submit the sermon or address from your UN Sunday service for the 2011 Dana Greeley Award.
Consisting of a $1,000 honorarium and the opportunity to deliver the winning address at General Assembly 2011, the award honors the memory of the Rev. Dana McLean Greeley, first president of the Unitarian Universalist Association and a strong supporter of the United Nations.
Sermons highlighting the work of the United Nations and the UU-UNO will be given priority consideration for this award. Submissions are due by February 1, 2011 to email@example.com.
VI. Transylvanian Photo Exhibit in Boston
After photographing the 24 new (built since 1968) Transylvanian Unitarian Churches (commissioned by Bishop Arpad Szabo in 2008) for the 440th anniversary of Unitarianism in Transylvania, Stephen Spinder continues his commitment to the partnership program with his new "Partner Church Book Project" (view a selection of these images). Spinder has recently returned from another trip to Transylvania photographing 32 more Unitarian churches in small hidden vilages for this book project.
An exhibition of Spinder's prints from his most recent efforts, as well as from his books Ten Years in Transylvania and Budapest Through My Lens, will be on display at the First Church Boston - 66 Marlborough St. - through November 2010.
Two lively and very animated openings were recently held in honor of his work and visit to Boston. A third 'closing reception/presentation' is planned for the end of November.
Check the First Church's website for updates and details!
VII. ICUU Global Chalice Lighting November 2010
The International Council of Unitarians and Universalists announces the 87th in its monthly series of global chalice lighting readings. Congregations worldwide are invited to participate.
All ICUU-affiliated groups have been asked to submit brief chalice lightings for the project. Every month, a reading will be distributed to Unitarian and Universalist congregations around the world. We ask each congregation to use the reading for at least one worship service in the designated month, identifying it as the “Global Chalice Lighting” for that month and naming the group which submitted it. Readings will be circulated in English and, where different, in their original language.
It is hoped that the ICUU Global Chalice Lighting Project will enhance the worship experience in our congregations and raise awareness of the international dimensions of our religious movement.
This Global Chalice Lighting is submitted in Portuguese and English by Liberal and Unitarian Christians of Portugal. It is to be used during November 2010.
O Sopro da Vida, apesar de nós;
O Sopro da Vida que os crentes chamam Deus;
O Sopro da liberdade e do perdão;
És Tu que nos fazes viver e lutar na nossa vida;
És Tu que dás sentido à nossa existência;
És Tu que nos permites viver e orar juntos apesar das nossas diferenças e singularidades;
Obrigado, Sopro da liberdade e do perdão, porque é em Ti e através de Ti que o respeito e o amor podem existir, sempre apesar de nós;
É sempre em Ti e através de Ti que, apesar de nós, podemos sonhar e trabalhar por um mundo novo, um mundo de liberdade, de amor e de perdão.
Breath of Life, in spite of us;
Breath of Life that believers call God;
Breath of freedom and forgiveness;
You give us life and sustain us in our life's struggles;
You give meaning to our existence;
You make it possible for us to live and pray together, in spite of our differences and singularities;
We thank You, Breath of freedom and forgiveness, for in You and through
You respect and love can exist, always in spite of us;
In You and through You always, in spite of us, we have the power to dream and to work for a new world, a world of freedom, love and forgiveness.
Paulo Renato Garrochinho
Liberal and Unitarian Christians of Portugal
- October 24, 2010: UN Sunday
- October 29-31, 2010: European Unitarian Universalist Fall Retreat, Mittelwihr, France
- November 4-16, 2010: UUA-UUSC JustJourney to Uganda
- December 27-January 16, 2011: ICUUW Passage to India
- February 15-March 7, 2011: Sacred Places: A Pilgrimage to India with Rev. Abhi Janamanchi
- March 11-24, 2011: UUPCC Pilgrimage: Meet the UU's of the Philippines
- April 28-30, 2011: UU-UNO Intergenerational Spring Seminar, New York City
- May 14-26, 2011: UUPCC Pilgrimage to Transylvania