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ICUU Founding Meeting

The International Council of Unitarians and Universalists (ICUU) was formed in March 1985 at a meeting in Essex, Massachusetts, USA. Representatives from liberal religious groups from around the world gathering to create a network that has grown and developed every sense.
In the spirit of mutuality embodied in this organization, local celebrations of this anniversary are to be held all over the world throughout 2015. Commemorations will take place at national meetings of many of its member groups. The focus will be on the continuing mission and future vision of this vital organization.
Keep an eyes on this part of this webpage for news of such events and consider being a part of celebrations that may be held in your part of this island earth we call home.

MARCH

General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches (United Kingdom) Annual Meetings from March 29 to April 1 at Hilton Metropole Hotel, Birmingham, England
ICUU senior Program Consultant Rev. Jill McAllister will be the theme speaker and she will lead related workshops.
More information can be found at:
http://www.unitarian.org.uk/pages/2015-unitarian-meetings

APRIL

European Unitarian Universalists (EUU) Spring Retreat from April 10 to 12 Oberwesel Hostel, Oberwesel, Germany
ICUU President Rev. David Gyero (Deputy Bishop of the Hungarian Unitarian Church) will be the speaker and minister for the weekend.  ICUU Executive Director Rev. Steve Dick will also be present and conduct a workshop.
More information available at:
http://europeanuu.org/#Next_Retreat

MAY

Canadian Unitarian Council Annual Conference from May 10 to 13 at Algonquin College, Ottawa, Canada
ICUU Executive Director Rev. Steve Dick and ICUU Past President Rev. Brian Kiely will lead a number of events including a main program track on “Social Justice”, an International Dinner celebrating the involvement of Canadians in ICUU and an intergenerational workshop on How Not To Be A Unitarian Tourist.
More information online at:
http://cuc.ca/acm-2015/

Deutsche Unitarier Unitarian Days from May 22 to 25 in Worms, Gemany
ICUU Executive Committee Member at Large Inga Brandes will speak on ICUU and participate in related programs
Details available at:
http://www.unitarier.de/fileadmin/user_upload/bilder/Einladungen_und_Ankuendigungen/Flyer_UT_2015_english_v4.pdf

JUNE

Unitarian Union of North East India Celebration, Theological Symposium and Leadership School from June 9 to 16 in Shillong, Meglayhaya, India.
ICUU President Rev. David Gyero, ICUU Executive Director Rev. Steve Dick and ICUU Senior Program Consultant Rev. Jill McAllister will participate and be featured speakers

Unitarian Universalist Association (USA) General Assembly from June 24 to 28 in Portland,Oregon, USA
ICUU President Rev. David Gyero, ICUU Executive Director Rev. Steve Dick and ICUU Senior Program Consultant Rev. Jill McAllister will Take part in a number of events including the Opening Night Global Welcome Party, a program workshop and other events.
More information can be reached from the following web page:
http://www.uua.org/ga/

JULY
Hungarian Unitarian Church Synod from July 13 to 16 in Kolozsvar, Romania.
ICUU Executive Director Rev. Steve Dick will address the delegates.

 

ICUU Held Successful European Leadership School in September 2014

Thirty-five participants from Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom participated in the ICUU European Leadership School from September 3 to 8 2014 Kolozsvar, Romania at the headquarters of the Hungarian Unitarian Church, Episcopia Unitariana, 400105 Cluj-Napoca, Romania , B-dul 21 Decembrie nr. 9

This course was for members of ICUU affiliated groups in Europe in leadership roles – as lay persons or ministers or interested in the possibility of such involvement.

Focuses: Leadership Development, Unitarian Theology, History, Practice , Conducting Worship, Sustaining a Local Faith Community

The school included a mixture of lectures and small group work. As personal spiritual development is a vital part of leadership, participants met in credo groups similar to the chalice circles at ICUU conferences. A tour of Kolozsvar and the opportunity to meet and socialize with local Unitarians was also included.

Tutors & Staff:
Rev. Scott Prinster  (Dean)         
Unitarian Universalist minister and historian of science
Rev. Koppandi Botond                 
Theologian and Professor at Hungarian Unitarian Seminary
Rev. Petr Samojský                        
Minister to Czech Unitarian Society in Prague
Rev. Gyero David (Bursar)          
Current ICUU President & Councillor to Hungarian Unitarian Church
Rev. Steve Dick (Registrar)          ICUU Executive Director

More information about the Leadership School is available from ICUU Executive Director Steve Dick at execsec@icuu.net.

KUJENGA MADARAJA: Spanning Cultures
ICUU Conference & Council Meeting held in USA for First Time in January 2014!

The International Council of Unitarians and Universalists (ICUU) held its Conference & Council Meeting from 28 to 31 January 2014
at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation At Shelter Rock in Manhasset, New York, USA

We gathered to explore how our progressive religion, known by many as Unitarianism and Unitarian Universalism, can be a language of faith spanning cultures and uniting us in love and compassion.
 Kujenga Madaraja is a Swahili phrase as in “Bora kujenga madaraja kuliko kuta” which translates as “It is better to build bridges than walls” and is taken to mean “It is better to unite than to separate people.” Swahili is mainly spoken as a second language by many Africans, to communicate with others beyond the tongue of their own tribe.
It reminds us of the potential of our language of faith to transcend the cultures that may separate us if we can discover and master multi-cultural skills and perspectives.
The program included theme talks, worship services, chalice circle groups and other activities, as well as opportunities for networking and getting to know sisters and brothers from around the world. 
Sessions were held in the beautiful and inspiring campus of the Shelter Rock U-U congregation. Participant accommodation will be available at the Adria and Ramada hotels in nearby Bayside with shuttle transportation to the meeting site.
On Friday 31 January, the Conference moved to the United Nations Churches Centre in New York City and included a group tour of the United Nations headquarters and a worship service in the interfaith chapel.

 

 

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Ministry for the Global UU Movement

Webinar held on April 4, 2013

 

VIDEO RECORDING AVAILABLE BELOW

U-U groups and organizations around the world share a need for
trained, educated and effective ministerial leaders. Learn about progress
recent developments in building capacity and increasing access for this training and education
around the world, and how individuals and congregations can support
this work.

Title:

Ministry for the Global UU Movement

Date:

Thursday, April 4, 2013

 

 

Ministry for the Global UU Movement from Steve Dick on Vimeo.

 
 
 

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BELONGING -- Proceedings of the 3rd ICUU Theological Symposium held in July 2010 in The Netherlands

A free copy of the ebook can be viewed and saved from the link below:

Click Here for Copy of Theological Symposium 2010 Proceedings

Printed copies will be available for purchase online at a later date.


 

 

 

 


Site Introduction

The International Council of Unitarians and Universalists is a network of Unitarian, Universalist and Unitarian Universalist organizations. 22 national full member groups comprise the voting members of the Council. Provisional and emerging groups represent Unitarians from more than a dozen more countries. This site has been designed to serve those new to Unitarianism, Universalism and Unitarian Universalism, those who are new to the international aspects of our faith and finally, member groups and their delegates. There is a mix of educational and institutional information as well as news of programs and upcoming events.

In the News Video Now Available Chalice Lighting

ICUU Executive Committee Annouces Planned Dates and Location for 2016 ICUU Conference and Council Meeting

July 16-23, 2016, at Mennorode Conference Centre in Nunspeet, The Netherlands

This conference will be held during the summer to make it possible for some to attend during their vacation time.

The ICUU Executive Committee will meet on site this July (2015) at the Conference site to make further arrangements.

Expect more details and price and program information this August.

If advance information is needed or you have questions, please contact ICUU Executive Director Rev. Steve Dick at execsec@icuu.net

 

From The ICUU Executive Director          
 
Dear ICUU Member Groups and Colleagues,

ICUU is working on a new website to replace the present site..

As part of that process, we are seeking to correct and update items on the presnt site so that the information ported to new site can be as accurate and up-to-date as possible..

Your assistance is requested in finding material on this site that needs to be corrected or modified. Please email me at execsec@icuu.net with such items and they will be adressesd as soon as we can.

Volunteers are sought to assist with updating the site, particularly to research and write new material for the site. Please contact me if this is of interest.
 
Kind Regards, Rev.Steve Dick
Executive Director, International Council of Unitarians and Universalists

GLOBAL CHALICE LIGHTING WORDS SOUGHT

ICUU is seeking chalice lighting words to be considered for publication in the GLOBAL CHALICE LIGHTING WORDS series.

Submissions should be original or adapted words designed for use when lighting a chalice in the context of worship.

The author must be a member of an ICUU Member Group or of an Emerging Group recognized by ICUU.

Submission in a local language in addition to English is welcomed, particularly when English is not the native language.

Please note it is not possible to promise that submitted words can be used in a particular month or that any submission will be included in the series. A number of factors are considered when considered which words will be selected and when they will be used.

Submissions can be sent to ICUU GLOBAL CHALICE LIGHTING WORDS Acting Coordinator Steve Dick at execsec@icuu.net.

We look forward to receiving GLOBAL CHALICE LIGHTING WORDS from around the world and thank you for your assistance.

Progressive & Liberal Worship Crossing Cultures

Webinar recording from June 5

 

 

Is there a thread that connects liberal and progressive worship gatherings across differences in language, custom and practice? ICUU President Brian Kiely has participated in worship services in Unitarian and Universalist groups around the world. In this Webinar, Brian highlights differences in worship practice in ICUU Member Group as a prelude to offering a model that illuminates what unites us as a global community of indigenous progressive faith groups. Both theoretical and practical material is included.

 

 

 

 

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LANGUAGES

ICUU wants to be responsive to the need for material about the Unitarian and Universalist religion in many languages. To begin, we can direct you to these existing sites:

Brazilian, Portuguese | Czech | Chinese | Danish | Spanish | Finnish | French | German | Hungarian | Italian: www.unitariani.splinder.com , uua.it | Polish | Russian | Swedish

Please email us with other sites that you know about.

French translation of the ICUU Preamble now available

The French Christian Unitarians (AFCU) are promoting a new website on Unitarianism and Unitarian biographies in French. The URL is:
unitariens.new.fr

 

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Global Chalice Lighting for February 2015

Congregations worldwide are invited to participate. We invite 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, French, German, Italian, Spanish and, where different, in their original language. This Global Chalice Lighting was submitted by the Religious Society of Czech Unitarians and is for use in February 2015.

ENGLISH:
Hope, respect and love – three important treasures of spiritual life.
May they always be in our hearts, may we always give them generously.
The light of this flame is a symbol of them too, as hope, respect and love are the cornerstones of our free spiritual path.                                 
—Petr Samojsky, Religious Society of Czech Unitarians

CHINESE:
希望,尊重,和熱愛 --- 是靈性生活裏的三個重要寶藏。
願它們永遠在我們心中。願我們永遠能慷慨贈送它們。
這個火焰的光也是它們的一個象徵,讓我們知道希望,尊重和愛是我們自由靈性道路的地基。
-Petr Samojsky,捷克一神論宗教學會

CZECH:
Nadeje, úcta a láska – tri dulezité poklady duchovního zivota. Necht jsou vzdy v nasich srdcích,
necht je vzdy stedre rozdáváme kolem. Svetlo tohoto plamene je také jejich symbolem, nebot
nadeje, úcta a láska jsou základními kameny svobodné duchovní cesty.
—Petr Samojsky, Religious Society of Czech Unitarians

FRENCH:
Il y a trois trésors importants pour notre vie spirituelle: l’espérance, le respect et l’amour;
Puissent-ils êtres toujours présents en nos coeurs afin que nous puissions les offrir avec
générosité.
La lumière de cette flamme en est un symbole également puisque l’espérance, le
respect et l’amour sont la pierre d’angle de notre cheminement spirituel et de notre liberté.
—Petr Samojsky, Religious Society of Czech Unitarians

GERMAN:
Hoffnung, Respekt und Liebe - drei wichtige Schätze unseres spirituellen Lebens.
Mögen sie stets in unseren Herzen sein und wir sie stets großzügig verschenken.
Das Licht dieser Flamme ist ebenso ein Sinnbild für dafür, wie Hoffnung, Respekt und Liebe Eckpfeiler unseres freien spirituellen Weges sind.
—Petr Samojsky, Religious Society of Czech Unitarians

SPANISH:
Espera, respeto y amor: tres tesoros importantes de la vida espiritual.
Ojalá estén siempre en nuestros corazones y podemos entregarlos a los demás con generosidad.
La luz de esta llama los simboliza, pues la esperanza, el respeto y el amor son las piedras angulares de nuestra vía espiritual libre.
—Petr Samojsky, Sociedad Religiosa de Unitarios Checos

(With many thanks to our volunteer translators: Bruce Epstein (English), Adam Hargrove (Chinese),  Jean-Claude Barbier (French), Freya Bednarski-Stelling (German) and Jaume de Marcos (Spanish).)

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