News from Partners

UU CHURCH OF THE PHILIPPINES ANNUAL MEETING  
UU Ministers Association Executive Director Rev. Don Southworth and Rev. Roger Bertschausen, Vice-President of UUPCC and minister from Appleton, WI are attending the UU Church of the Philippines Annual Meeting in Dumaguete (April 25–26). While there, they will participate in the ordination of Tet Gallardo. Rev. Gallardo will be serving the congregation in Bicutan, Manila.

Congratulations to Rev. Gallardo!


UU CHURCH OF BLOOMINGTON NORMAL, IL CELEBRATES UGANDA PARTNER
Judy Hines writes: Our New Life School (NLS) Committee had a UU Uganda Festival for the congregation, fun for all ages, to celebrate the School and the culture of Uganda. Music, drumming, games, stories, crafts, and dress were featured. “A Taste of Uganda”—food— was popular.  A large mock-up of a New Life School classroom was placed in the entryway of the church with the faces of P7 students strung across it—photos were taken by George Davenport.

If you are interested in seeing photos of the Festival, click on the link below to our Facebook page, and then click on “Photos” under the banner picture, then click on UU Uganda Festival. Scroll through the photos using the > sign.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Unitarian-Universalist-Church-of-Bloomington-Normal/240535435998422


YOUTH FROM FIRST UU CHURCH COLUMBUS, OH PREPARES TO VISIT BÖLÖN IN TRANSYLVANIA
Rev. Eric Meter, who visited Transylvania several years ago, will accompany 6 youth and several other adults this summer as they visit their partner church in Bölön on a UUPCC youth pilgrimage. This will be their first visit to their partner church. Rev. Scott Prinster, UUPCC Board member, visited Columbus and reported on their big event. He says, “They had about 100 people show up to a Hungarian dinner catered by the teens and their chaperones, plus a live band and intergenerational folk dancing.”

This was quite a successful fundraiser and we are having two smaller ones in the near future. We are also planning on bringing the minister from Barót to Columbus in the next year or two and plan on an adult-centered trip to Barót as well.


UNITARIAN CHURCH OF SUMMIT, NJ TO HOST SUMMER VISITORS
The Unitarian Church in Summit, NJ will host a group of 17 members of their partnered congregation from Barót in Transylvania this summer. Youth Minister Rev. Emilie Boggis fell in love with Transylvania last summer when she and other members from Summit visited Barót on a UUPCC Congregational Pilgrimage, and she was determined to reciprocate. With the participation of both partners and the help of Arpie Egyed, a young man from Barót, the trip was organized. The villagers who will visit Summit this summer are for the most part paying their own way, and will stay with host families in the area. Both Jean Crichton, Summit’s Partner Church Committee chair, and Rev. Alpár Kiss, the Unitarian minister of Barót, wrote to tell us the good news: the prospective visitors followed the process UUPCC recommends for group visas and were very successful—no visas were denied. Congratulations to Summit and Barót for making this trip a reality!