November 5, 2010
I. UUSC-UUA Experiential Learning Survey
The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) and the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) know that there is deep interest in our congregations for UU experiential learning opportunities.
We are seeking exciting and transformational ways to meet this need together.
Please help us do this well by taking five minutes to fill out our short (approximately five-minute) survey, which will be used to design future programs.
Your input is immensely valuable and important to us.
Thank you for taking the time to participate in our survey.
II. Szabó Árpád Memorial Fund
The Consistory of the Transylvanian Unitarian Church has announced the establishment of the Szabó Árpád Memorial Fund for PhD Scholarships in Unitarian Theology.
Following Bishop Szabó’s recent passing, the intention of the church leadership is to immortalize his legacy by creating a motivational source of support and inspiration in a field that was most dear to him. Bishop Szabó himself was a recipient of a PhD degree in Unitarian theology, from the Protestant Theological Institute in Kolozsvár; he was also granted an honorary doctorate from both the Protestant Theological Faculty in Montpellier, France, as well as the Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago, USA. As he became a theological professor, he had led the PhD training of some of his spiritual successors, acting as a model for a theologian of dedicated research and prolific writing.
The creation of the memorial fund aims to provide financial and professional support for those choosing to enter PhD training in Unitarian theology. The fund will act as an endowment, sharing its annual benefits among those enrolled in such a program.
The coordination will be done by the executive committee of the Consistory; for inquiries on the fund, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contributions for the fund should be sent to the Unitarian Universalist Partner Church Council, PO Box 88, Bedford MA 01730-0088. Please make the check payable to UUPCC and note Szabó Árpád Memorial Fund on the memo line.
Read more about Bishop Szabó's legacy and consider making a contribution to his memorial fund today.
III. 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!
IV. Holdeen Profile: AIDMI
View the first in a series of profiles on the UU Holdeen India Program's partner organizations in India; this week's edition explores the work of the All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI), which is a non-governmental, community-based organization working towards reducing disaster risk in some of India’s most vulnerable communities.
Linking these communities to national and international humanitarian relief and recovery policies, AIDMI educates and promotes mitigation efforts through pilot projects, action research, planning, and advocacy initiatives.
Continue reading about AIDMI's incredible work in India!
V. ICUU Webinar: Africa: A New World for Emerging Unitarian Universalist Movements
Unitarian and UU ideas, ideals and movements are emerging and growing in many African countries, in a wide variety of cultural, historical, social and political settings.
Program Coordinator (Rev.) Jill McAllister visited Burundi and Uganda earlier this year as part of ICUU work in nurturing African groups toward becoming viable and sustainable organizations and congregations.
Jill will share the story joined by several African leaders as co-presenters. Hear and see the impact of projects we are involved in, including a task force on ministerial education and training, collaborating with the UUA Partner Church Council in community capacity building workshops, and expanding the use of web-based communication technologies.
An interactive questions and answers session will wrap up the webinar.
The webinar is expected to last ninety minutes.
There is no charge to attend, but participants need to register in advance using the link in this invitation.
IMPORTANT NOTE - Time of Seminar (other time zones):
USA West Coast - 10 am, USA Eastern Time - 1 pm,
Alberta, Canada - 11 am, UK - 6 pm,
Mainland Europe - 7 pm, Romania - 8 pm,
Uganda & Burundi - 9 pm
Africa: A New World for Emerging Unitarian Universalist Movements
Friday, December 3, 2010
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM GMT
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Required: Mac OS® X 10.4.11 (Tiger®) or newer
Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now!
VI. ICUUW Fall Newsletter
The International Convocation of Unitarian Universalist Women (ICUUW) has just released their Fall newsletter (PDF).
This edition includes:
"Re-visioning Women's Work" - Barbara Beach Keynotes IALRW Conference
Barbara's mother was forced to resign her teaching job when she got married, joining the ranks of women whose work was unrecognized and unpaid. Similarly, to this day, women in the developing world fight for more human rights - and sustainable livelihood could be the key to success. Identify yourself with Barbara's passionate address and learn about the ongoing projects and plans.
The Moral Underground:How Ordinary Americans Subvert an Unfair Economy
Read Laura Nagel's excellent review of the book and look for the ICUUW survey coming in November - you could win a free copy of Lisa Dodson's book!
Pittsburgh Pastor Becomes Accidental Advocate for School in Uganda
Rev. Renee Waun founded the African Rural Schools Foundation (ARSF) with a visionary young man, Hanan Bulime. Find out details on their work since 2006 and how you can get involved. It will change your life! Perhaps you would like to travel with Rev. Waun to visit ARSF in Uganda this coming January?
VII. 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!
VIII. 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.
IX. 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