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Two years ago, a 15 year old  boy -Sergio Urrego- took a picture of himself kissing his boyfriend. One of his teachers found this photo and shared it with the leadership of the school. It triggered a formal investigation because a kiss of two people of the same sex was against the “moral and religious principles of the institution.” What started with a simple kiss ended up in tragedy: a few months after, tired of feeling persecuted, Sergio committed suicide. 

I think often about what is asked of me as a religious person, and the words of the prophet Micah, in the Hebrew scriptures, come to mind: “What is required of you but to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?”

Justice, mercy, and humility. To try to live toward this call requires something else from us, and I think that something else is courage. I’m convinced that the practice of courage is one of the most important religious undertakings for our times. Why courage?

Dear U*U Friends around the Globe,

My very first impressions about the international Unitarian Universalist community reminded me of what we in Transylvania consider a sacred notion: family. When I think back of the first visits paid by American, Canadian, British, German and other Unitarians in Transylvania in the early 1990s, I remember the joy of our people when meeting sisters and brothers in the faith for the first time in their lives.

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 execsec@icuu.net 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 was at the Online Council Meeting this month. Another good reason to attend that online meeting.

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:

Dear U*U Friends around the Globe,

My very first impressions about the international Unitarian Universalist community reminded me of what we in Transylvania consider a sacred notion: family. When I think back of the first visits paid by American, Canadian, British, German and other Unitarians in Transylvania in the early 1990s, I remember the joy of our people when meeting sisters and brothers in the faith for the first time in their lives. 

Dear Friends around the globe,

On November 7 we lost one of our strongest and most persistent advocates for international Unitarian and Unitarian Universalist connections. Rev. Polly Guild of Massachusetts died after a period of illness. While her death was expected, it was still a great loss to all who knew her and to Unitarians and Universalists around the globe who may never know the effect of her pioneering work.

Remarks by Rev. David Usher in Montserrat, Nov. 2005

In late 1986, I was having coffee with a friend. He asked me about the international Unitarian scene, and after I had told him about the various national groups, he asked how they all got together. I had to concede there was no formal mechanism to enable them to do so, and he was amazed. "You mean that you espouse all these fine international sentiments, but you don't do anything about them."