Update on Crisis Situation for Unitarians in Burundi
Thanks for you all for the letters, petition, interventions, social media posting, prayers, donations you have been making and sharing regarding the persecution of Unitarians in Burundi and in particular the imprisonment of the Rev. Fulgence Ndagijimana.
ICUU Has been working behind the scenes with the support of and collaboration with the UUA, the United Nations Office, the ICUU Francophone Mentoring Coalition, the CUC and other related groups to free Fulgence and to assist Burundi Unitarians.
Specific details are best not aired in social media, but we do want to share with you a general update on the situation.
The Rev. Fulgence Ndagijimana remains in police custody but he is being “reasonably” treated. He has full access to his lawyers and both Steve Dick and Eric Cherry have been able to speak directly with Fulgence.
The Unitarian Church of Burundi has submitted full financial records for the last twelve months which are being scrutinized by government officials. Their findings are being awaited. It is hoped that the release of Fulgence can be arranged after the scrutiny has been completed. There are no guarantees and we await the outcome.
We are hopeful that we may be able to bring you positive news within the next several days.
In the meantime, please continue your efforts to raise awareness of this situation and to send communications of protect and concern to Burundi Embassies and Consulates in your own countries as well as to embassies and consulates of your own country in Burundi.
Financial donations are even more necessary as legal and other costs will be higher than anticipated. We may need to deploy funds very quickly, so speed is of the essence in donations. The donation link is repeated below.
Assistance and support to other Unitarians in Burundi is being arranged through a variety of channels. Know that everything possible is being undertaken.
Messages of support and prayers are welcomed by the Unitarians in Burundi at this difficult time. Please do not expect responses, they have their hands full, but know that your love and concern does make a real difference to them.
Please send donations if you can, that is one of the greatest needs at the moment.
You can donate online via credit card or PayPal by clicking here or at the following link:
Checks in $ can be sent to Burundi Appeal, ICUU, PO Box 2575, Corvallis. OR 97339, USA
Cheques in £ can be sent to Burundi Appeal, ICUU, 345 Addiscombe Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 7LG, UK
Donations from US taxpayers only are tax deductible.
EMERGENCY STATEMENT REGARDING
PERSECUTION OF UNITARIANS IN BURUNDI
Within the context of extreme civil unrest in Burundi, on October 22nd, the Unitarian Church of Burundi (the Assemblée des chrétiens unitariens du Burundi) was attacked and ransacked, with bullets fired into walls and doors and money stolen. Members of the church were questioned by government officials who visited on a Sunday. On November 16th, the minister of the church, the Rev. Fulgence Ndagijimana, was arrested from the church at gunpoint, taken into police custody and interrogated severely, regarding the activities of his church. He was threatened with physical harm and death. At the moment he remains in custody, with other members of the church also being questioned.
The International Council of Unitarians and Universalists, along with our member groups and partners around the world, is calling upon the Burundian government to cease these activities immediately, which we interpret as persecution for reasons of faith.
Unitarians and Unitarian Universalists in the USA, the United Kingdom, Canada, Romania and beyond are united in concern for the Unitarians of Burundi.
We call upon the government of Burundi to immediately cease and desist the persecution of the Unitarian Church of Burundi and its members stemming from reasons of their faith. We call for the immediate release the minister of that congregation, the Rev. Fulgence Ndagijimana, from police custody. Unitarians and Unitarian Universalists around the world stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Burundi, who are dedicated as we are to religious freedom, and a civil society in which all persons are respected and valued.
International Council of Unitarians and Universalists
Canadian Unitarian Council
Hungarian Unitarian Church
General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches (United Kingdom)
Unitarian Universalist Association (United States of America)
The Rev. Fulgence Ndagijimana is minister to the Unitarian Church in Bujumbura, Burundi (the Assembly of Unitarian Christians of Burundi). He is also an elected member-at-large of the Executive Committee of the International Council of Unitarians and Universalists, and an ICUU consultant to U-U groups in Africa.
“When strangers meet, endless possibilities emerge:
New experiences, new ways of understanding, and new ways of taking action.
When strangers meet, each pays special attention to the other.
Each is called to serve something larger than the self.
Today, this morning, let’s light the chalice:
For openness, for willingness to grow,
For rich curiosity, and for common purpose.”
(Rev.) Fulgence Ndagijimana
Statement issued by ICUU on 19 November 2015
ADVANCE SCHEDULE FOR ICUU CM 2016 RELEASED!
Dear Unitarian and Unitarian Universalist Friends all over the World!
We hope many of you will be able to join us for the 2016 ICUU Council Meeting and Conference planned for JUly 2016 at the Mnnorode Conference in the Netherlands.
Highlights of the event will include the opportunity to help chart the future direction and programs of the ICUU during a participatory Council Meeting conducted in an exciting new way, a theme program focusing on our spiritual response to climate change and our environmental concerns and training based workshops to share and develop leadership skills.
More details will be posted soon. Above is an advance copy of the planned schedule.
A special email has been set up for those who want to recive early new of plans for this gatherings. If you wish to be added, please send a request to Steve Dick at email@example.com.
Donations to support ICUU
By credit card or PayPal:
By check my be sent to:
PO Box 2575
Corvallis, OR 97339 USA
ICUU Executive Committee Meets in Netherlands
Plans for 2016 Council Meeting & Drafts New 2020 Vision
The next ICUU Council Meeting and Conference will be held from July 16 to 23, 2016 at the Mennorode Conference in Nuspeet, The Netherlands. In mid-July, the ICUU Executive Committee met on- site to review plans for the event while holding their annual face to face meeting. An announcement of the theme and of further details is planned for September.
A new 2020 Vision for the ICUU emerged from a face to face meeting of the Executive Committee (ICUU EC) last week in the Netherlands.
The EC is committed to a vision of ICUU:
- helping member groups to help each other to be strong,
- creating exciting opportunities to meet, learn and develop together,
- building a new, effective and adaptive organizational structure,
- embracing high-level international collaboration,
- creating high visibility and inspiring strong member engagement,
- maximizing online resources and engagement opportunities,
- becoming financially responsible and well-resourced.
Work is underway on a strategic plan to provide a roadmap for implementation of this vision. Member groups will be invited to become involved in this planning through upcoming consultations such as the Essex 2.0 meeting planned for March 2016.
To best deliver this broadened vision, the ICUU is seeking a new Executive Director to take up the position in the latter part of 2016.
An EC Task Force has been commissioned to prepare an appropriate job description and to oversee the recruitment process.
The current Executive Director has decided to retire from ICUU employment in November 2016. The Council Meeting and Conference in July 2016 will be the last such meeting for which he will have overall responsibility and it will include an opportunity to thank him for his service.
More information about applying for the Executive Director position will be circulated when available. Any questions should be sent to ICUU President Rev. David Gyero at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please register for ICUU Council Special General Meeting November 6 2015 on Nov 13, 2015 7:30 PM GMT at:
A special general meeting of the ICUU Council to review the draft budget for 2016 and hear an update on plans and developments.
1. Welcome from President
2. Guidance on Gotowebinar (Exec Dir)
3. Determination of Quorum (Pres & Exec Dir)
4. Report on the new ICUU 2020 Vision (Pres)
5. Update on Fundraising Appeal (Pres)
6. Treasurer’s Report & Interim Accounts (Treasurer)
7. Consideration of proposed ICUU Budget for 2015 (Treasurer)
8. Update on Council Meeting 2016 in the Netherlands (Exec Dir)
9. Opportunity for questions and discussion
Local times of meeting:
Pacific Time: 11:30, Mountain Time: 12:30, Central Time: 23:30, Eastern Time: 14:30, UK: 19:30, Western Europe: 20:30, Central Europe & Africa: 21:30, Australia: 06:00 November 7
Relevant Documents to include written reports, Interim Accounts and a copy of the proposed 2016 Budget will be circulated to participants registered for the meeting prior to the Special General Meeting.
The meeting will be conducted online through any computer with a web browser and an internet connection. It is expected the meeting will conclude no later than 21:00 UK time.
This meeting is open to council members and observers. All participants must register in advance using this invitation.
Council members/proxies may be asked to complete a delegate form to be able to vote during the meeting.
All are welcome to participate although only Council members can quote and observers can only speak with the permission of the President.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
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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 viewd and saved from the link below:
Click Here for Copy of Theological Symposium 2010 Proceedings
HUMBLE IN FRONT OF GOD --Words for Worship from Traynsylvanian Unitarians translated into English
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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
From The ICUU President 11 November 2015
Dear Colleagues and Friends of ICUU,
The new ICUU website is nearly ready and is due to go live this month.
We are looking for a few "testers" to look at the new site and help us with fine-tuning. If this interests you, please contrtact Steve Dick at email@example.com as soon as possible.
We are also looking for people to help update and write new text.
The first public preview of the new site will be at the Online Council Meeting this month. Another good reason to attend that online meeting.
Registration details are above.
Rev. David Gyero
President, International Council of Unitarians and Universalists
Deputy Bishop, Hungarian Unitarian Church
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 Coordinator Steve Dick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to receiving GLOBAL CHALICE LIGHTING WORDS from around the world and thank you for your assistance.
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:
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:
Click to see a digest of recent news and highlights from member and emerging groups.
Great Links to Check Out
More under Resources > Useful Links.
Global Chalice Lighting for November 2015
The International Council ofUnitarians and Universalists announces the 145th 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, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese 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.
Past Chalice Lightings
This Global Chalice Lighting is to be used during November 2015.
Bless the work that we do,
And the silence that falls upon us,
And the joy that stirs within us.
And let praise rise to our lips
Naturally out of the fullness of our hearts.
British General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches
Bénis le travail que nous faisons,
Et que le silence nous enveloppe,
Afin que la joie se réveille en nous.
Et laisses la louange s’élever de nos lèvres
Venue tout naturellement de la plénitude de nos cœurs.
- Sheila Crosskey, Assemblée générale britannique des Eglises unitariennes et chrétiennes libres.
Segne die Arbeit, die wir verrichten
und die Stille, die auf uns hernieder fällt.
Die Freude, die sich in uns rührt.
Lass einen Lobgesang zu unseren Lippen aufsteigen.
Natürlich aus der Fülle unserer Herzen.
British General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches
Bendito sea el trabajo que hacemos
Y el silencio que nos envuelve,
Y la alegría que se agita dentro de nosotros.
Y que la alabanza suba hasta nuestros labios
desde la plenitud de nuestros corazones.
Asamblea General Británica de Iglesias Unitarias y Cristianas Libres
(With many thanks to our volunteer translators: Jean-Claude Barbier (French), Freya Bednarski-Stelling (German) and Jaume de Marcos (Spanish).)