Volume 20, Number 1—Spring 2013

Letter from the Board Chair, Gary Smith

It’s nearly time for our General Assembly in Louisville, and I write to invite you to join us there. Also, in early February I had the opportunity to represent the UUPCC at the annual meeting of the Unitarian Union of Northeast India. In mid-January, your Board met over four days in Mt. Vernon, Virginia, doing the business of reshaping our strategic plan, celebrating a balanced budget, and seeking new ways of strengthening the hundreds of partnerships we have around the globe.

"Long Strange Trip"

"Long Strange Trip" is a new film series produced by Ron Cordes. This six-part documentary details the history of Unitarian and Universalist thought from the beginning of the Christian era to what we know today as Unitarian Universalism.

Annual Meeting

Proposed Amendment to the Bylaws of the UUPCC: To Establish and Manage a UUPCC Endowment Fund  This bylaw amendment creates a new Article 9, establishing an endowment fund. Current articles 9–14 will be renumbered.ARTICLE 9—Endowment Fund9.1 Establishment of Fund.

News from Partners

UU Church of the Philippines Annual Meeting / UU Church of Bloomington Normal, IL Celebrates Uganda Partner / Youth from First UU Church Columbus, OH Prepares to Visit Bölön in Transylvania / Unitarian Church of Summit, NJ to Host Summer Visitors

Reports, News & Travel Stories-1

SAN MATEO/ULAY: Philippines Journey  by Carol Cook; Manila photos by Bob Guerrero  This March, four San Mateo, California UUs (Carol Cook, Susan Grieger, Reeba Lynn and Ann Mason) had the good fortune to visit our partners in Ulay on Negros Island in the Philippines. Ulay is a community of families from farms scattered over a wide area—there is no Ulay village or town.

Reports, News & Travel Stories-2

SAN MATEO/ULAY: Water is the Source of Life - The Ulay Water Blessing Ceremony  by Carol Cook; photos by Carol Cook and Reeba Lynn  On the long road from dumaguete to Ulay we practiced our song: "Oh we give thanks for this precious day, for all gathered here, and those far away, for the [work, food, time] we share with love and care —Oh we give thanks for this precio

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NASHVILLE, TN/PINGWAIT, NEIA Visit to Pingwaitby Jim Seavey, on behalf of the Pingwait task force (Rev. Gail Seavey,  Doug Pasto-Crosby, Jane Norris, Sasha Reed and Julian Raschke)  Six members of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville had an opportunity to meet members of the church’s newly designated Partner Church in Meghalaya, India in February.

Pilgrimage Postings

Notes from the Travel Committee  by Ann Gary, UUPCC Board Member and Chair of the Travel Committee   It’s spring in New England, finally. The daffodils are in full bloom and there is warmth in the air. That means that a good number of you are gearing up for the 2013 travel season.

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