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 meet the needs of individual UUs of all ages. These offerings are for those who wish to meet the Unitarians and Unitarian Universalists in other countries, even if your church is not partnered.  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. 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 that 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

2020 International Youth Camp and Pilgrimage to Transylvania (July 2020) 
Click for details: https://uupcc.org/july-2020-international-youth-pilgrimage-and-camp

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. 

(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.

(check back for additional trips and information) 

CURRENT  PUBLIC  PILGRIMAGES:

March 2020 NE India Khasi Hills + Golden Triangle and Varanasi extensions
NOTE: If you have mobility issues, some of our partner countries may be challenging to visit. Learn More.
Registration closes: 
November 5, 2019 - 9:45pm
Price: 
$1629/person - main trip (double occupancy)

Experience this unique outpost of Unitarianism and enjoy the gracious hospitality of the Khasi people. Based primarily in the city of Shillong, the trip features visits to significant Unitarian sites of North East India such as the Annie Margaret Barr “Children’s Village” in Kharang, and the historic Jowai church. Other stops include a working tea plantation, Monolith Park, and two nights in the spectacular Cheeripungee Gorge with guided hikes to the Khasi "Living Bridges” and an opportunity to order custom-made clothing.  Participants with partner churches in NE India will visit their respective villages for services and home stays where feasible. Travelers may opt to take the ‘Golden Triangle’ extension to Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, and the Varanasi extension.  
This will be the last UUPCC trip led by John Dale & Csilla Kolcsar before their retirement. 

Please review the trip extensions below before registering.

pre-trip1 Varanasi itinerary (March 2 - 5)  

pre-trip2 Golden Triangle itinerary (March 5-12)  NOTE:  a minimum of 10 is required for the Golden Triangle extension, or neither it or the Varanasi extension will be viable. 

NOTE: registration link is at the end of the trip itinerary PDF.  

August 2020 Wales Unitarian Pilgrimage
NOTE: If you have mobility issues, some of our partner countries may be challenging to visit. Learn More.
Registration closes: 
April 7, 2020 - 11:00pm
Price: 
$1,575/person

The UUPCC is proud to announce our inaugaral pilgrimage to Wales! 
(August 6-14, 2020)
Beginning and ending in Cardiff, travelers will participate in the National Eisteddfod, an annual celegration of the language and culture of Wales that was revived in part by Unitarians in 1861.  The trip will include visits to several Unitarian chapels and homestays with Welsh Unitarian families, all while learning the history of Welsh Unitarians and enjoying the beauty of Wales.
 

Trip leaders include Rev. Carie Johnson, Alyn-Wyn Dafis, minister Brondfeifi Capel Undodaidd, Lampeter, Wales and Melda Grantham Wlesh Secretary, General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churchess. 

Click to read itinerary or register here

Here's the Wales trip flyer that you are welcome to print, post, and circulate.

 

ROOTS 2020 Pilgrimage
July 13, 2020 to July 20, 2020
NOTE: If you have mobility issues, some of our partner countries may be challenging to visit. Learn More.
Registration closes: 
March 17, 2020 - 11:00pm
Price: 
$999

 July 13-20, 2020)
A joint project of the Hungarian Unitarian Church and the UU Partner Church Council, the ROOTS pilgrimage provides a unique opportunity for both laity and clergy from Unitarian churches in Transylvania and North American UUs  to come together and explore our shared religious heritage along with our distinctive spiritual, cultural and theological beliefs, values and traditions.

Through presentations, panel discussions,  small group conversations and shared spiritual practices, participants will explore large spiritual themes. Together you will engage with activities and discussions focusing on beliefs about birth/origin, development through relationships, finding fulfillment, and death/grief. The pilgrimage begins and ends in Cluj/Kolozsvár with visits to Verespatak/Rosia Montana gold mining area with visits to Torda and other villages of interest. 
(Note: a 3 day/2 night trip extension to Budapest may be offered)

See the itinerary schedule
You can register for the trip here
Here is the Roots Pilgrimage flyer to print, post and circulate.