by Julie Steinbach; Monte Vista UU Congregation, Montclair, CAIn early July, Rev. Rebecca Quimada Sienes stayed with the MVUUC family of Jackie and Dave Albay-Yenney. Jackie is a native of Agoo, Luzon and the original instigator of the partnership with Calapayan.
Greetings to the UUPCC World, by Rev. Gary Smith The UUPCC Board has moved back into our tempo of monthly conference calls, following a more relaxed summer for some of us. The Board said farewell to some members following our Annual Meeting in June, and we have also greeted new faces, but the good work continues.
The following is a recent article written by Richard Ford, Research Professor of International Development and Social Change at Clark University. For seven years, Dr. Ford has worked with UUPCC international partners to train facilitators in the U.S. and overseas in the Community Capacity Building methodology. The tools they use help communities help themselves. They identify their strengths and needs, work together to form consensus about the most pressing needs and then develop action plans to address those needs. This article provides an example of the process in action in one community and shows what can happen—long term when the community initiates solutions rather than being handed solutions by an outside, international development organization.
By the time you are reading this newsletter, I will be traveling to India to visit with our partners in the Khasi Hills. There are several reasons to go—most pertain to working with the administration of the Unitarian Union of Northeast India (UUNEI)—but the timing of this trip is because of a unique and exciting opportunity to collaborate on a project of significance for Khasi women.
The Balázs Scholars Program at Starr King School for the Ministry each year brings a Transylvanian Unitarian minister to study at the school and to preach at Unitarian Universalist congregations. These scholars become the new religious leaders in their homeland. This year we welcome our 19th Scholar, Reverend Károly “Kari” Vass.
The Balázs Scholars Program has a program that sends a Starr King student to Transylvania for a month. It is coordinated by Balázs Scholars. Here is the report Jo Green, the first of two students to go this year, wrote for Rev. Robert Bálint for the newsletter he edits.
Reports, News, and Travel Stories sent in to share with all. This month travelers from Barót, Oklánd, and Homoródszentmárton were hosted in Summit, NJ, San Jose, CA, and Atlanta, GA.
Celebrations of the 20th Anniversary of the founding of the UUPCC—during the Annual Meeting and luncheon