Pilgrimage Opportunities

For more than two decades the UUPCC Pilgrimage Service has helped to cement the bonds between North American UU's and their overseas partners.

In recent years, we have expanded our pilgrimage opportunities to include the needs of individual UU's of all ages. These offerings are for anyone who wishes to meet the Unitarians and Unitarian Universalists in other countries, even if your church is not partnered.  On these trips you will experience our faith in action in different cultures. Every pilgrimage includes personal contact with local congregations where you will have the opportunity to worship in the local tradition. Local guides provide historic insights to each country's religious history. Your journey includes cultural highlights along with many personal connections, and local guides provide historic insights to each country's religious history. 

Pilgrimages are well-structured to include all ground transportation, airport pick-up and drop-off, hotels/guest houses, meals, admission fees, guides, and translators.
Note: before registering, all travelers must read and agree to the UUPCC TRAVEL WAIVER

PRIVATE TRIPS
Private trips are organized by congregations, youth groups, choirs, or other interested parties. These groups consist of 5 - 40 travelers. To learn more about organizing a pilgrimage for a group, visit the Planning a Pilgrimage page.  NOTE: If you are registering for a private pilgrimage, you will receive a registration link from your group coordinator.

PREVIEW OF UPCOMING PILGRIMAGES  (check back for additional trips and information)

(NEW) England (February 2021)
British Unitarians trace their roots back to the mid seventeenth century, and today there are more than 170 congregations scattered throughout the country.  This tour will be an introduction to our fellow English-speaking co-religionists, including a weekend attending the Festival of Unitarians in the South East, a weekend packed with great programs an excellent way to meet and mingle with more than a hundred activists from the London area and beyond.  We will visit Dr Williams' Library, the world's foremost repository of liberal religious literature, Harris Manchester College in Oxford, and Great Hucklow, the Unitarian Holiday Center in the heart of the stunning Peak District countryside.  For those with partner congregations in Britain, there will be a chance to visit them also.  Our guide will be Rev. Dr David Usher, a Unitarian minister who has served congregations in Britain and the States and has experience leading numerous UU tours in the past.

(NEW) Beloved Community in Filipino UUism (Oct 2020) 
The goals of this unique pilgrimage are to experience the counterculture that is the Filipino Beloved Community, to assess how UUism is lived throughout the communities, and to discover the counternarratives of the oppressed.  This will be done through a curriculum of 'Lived Religion', an emerging field of study that examines the ethnographic and holistic framework for understanding the beliefs, practices, and everyday experiences of religious and spiritual persons in religious studies. This pilgrimage will be run by the UU Church of the Philippines, with the UUPCC offering assistance with registration and transferring trip fees. This trip is limited to 15 pilgrims.

ROOTS Pilgrimage (July 2020) 
A unique opportunity to explore one’s own faith, participants will connect deeply with kinfolk in faith. North American UU’s will join their Transylvanian Unitarian partners and together will explore shared Unitarian religious heritage and spiritual, cultural, and theological beliefs, values and traditions. Panel discussions, lectures, small group conversations and spiritual practices will help participants explore large spiritual themes: birth/origin, development through relationship, finding fulfillment in life, and death/grief. Open to both laity and clergy.  Pre and post-trip extensions may be available.

CURRENT  PUBLIC  PILGRIMAGES: 

Unitarian England Trip (Feb 2021)
Registration closes: 
January 31, 2021 - 11:30am
Price: 
$4,180 per person

Join Rev. Dr. David Usher on this fascinating exploration of Unitarianism in England. Rev. Usher is a graduate of Oxford University with 35 years of experience as a UU minister in both England and the U.S. including leadership of the London and SE England Unitarian organization. Although Discover Europe (rather than the UUPCC) will be running this trip, the UUPCC enthusiastically endorses this pilgrimage. Because England is a more expensive destination than our usual pilgrimages and this trip includes a higher level of accommodations, it is more costly than most UUPCC trips.

Click here for for brochure and registration information: 
*Note that the UUPCC is NOT handling registration for this trip.

Beloved Community in Filipino UUism (Oct 2020)
NOTE: If you have mobility issues, some of our partner countries may be challenging to visit. Learn More.
Registration closes: 
July 14, 2020 - 11:30pm
Price: 
$1500

The goals of this unique pilgrimage are to experience the counterculture that is the Filipino Beloved Community, to assess how UUism is lived throughout the communities, and to discover the counternarratives of the oppressed.  This will be done through a curriculum of 'Lived Religion', an emerging field of study that examines the ethnographic and holistic framework for understanding the beliefs, practices, and everyday experiences of religious and spiritual persons in religious studies. 

Tuition: USD $1,500 for sharing twin rooms (no single option), plus $250 non-refundable registration fee

ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:

  • A 3-day retreat with local trainee ministers and pilgrims alike
  • Visits to 10 congregations
  • Attend unique local festivals (The Festival of Festivals “Buglasan” and The Festival of Masks “Masskara”)
  • Visit two world renowned tourist destinations for biodiversity that is accessible to the locals and the working class
  • All meals, lodging, and land transfers.   (Vans and hotels are air conditioned) 

Trip is limited to 15 pilgrims.  Please see attached itinerary for more information.