Pilgrimage Opportunities

Pilgrimage Opportunities

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

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.

PRIVATE PILGRIMAGES

Private trips are organized by congregations, youth groups, choirs, or other interested parties. These groups consist of groups of 5 - 40 travelers. To organize a pilgrimage for a group from your church, 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.

BEFORE REGISTERING, ALL TRAVELERS MUST READ & AGREE TO THIS WAIVER:   
MEDICAL,  MOBILITY  & DIETARY RESTRICTIONS ADVISORIES


CURRENT PUBLIC PILGRIMAGES:

Feb 2019 India Celebration - registration closes Nov 6, 2018

Sept 2019 Transylvania Thanksgiving Pilgrimage - registration closes June 30, 2019 (Please do not purchase airline tickets until trip is confirmed with minimum of 5 travelers)

 

2019 India Celebration
February 26, 2019 to March 6, 2019
NOTE: If you have mobility issues, some of our partner countries may be challenging to visit. Learn More.
Registration closes: 
November 6, 2018 - 11:00pm
Price: 
from $1,089 + $150 non-refundable registration fee (airfare not included)

Kharang Unitarians honor 10th anniversary of the Annie Margaret Barr Children's Village

Rev. Catie Scudera, co-founder of the Annie Margaret Barr Children's Village, is leading this UUPCC trip to the Khasi Hills of NE India to participate in their 10th anniversary celebration on February 28th, 2019.
Beginning and ending at the Guwahati airport (GAU) in Assam province, this trip will feature 3 nights in Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya with a tour of the Don Bosco Museum of Indigenous Peoples, conversations with UUNEI leaders and ministers, an extended 4 - day village stay in the villages which make up the Kharang township. Enjoy 2 days/nights sightseeing and hiking in the Cheerepunjee Nature Reserve, home to the famous "Living Bridges" of Meghalaya.
--Read more about the Annie M. Barr Children's Village in the East Khasi Hills district.

This affordable NE India trip is a must for UU's with partners in and around Kharang.  Itinerary below:

To register, click here

Sept 2019 - Transylvania Thanksgiving Economy Pilgrimage
September 21, 2019 to October 3, 2019
NOTE: If you have mobility issues, some of our partner countries may be challenging to visit. Learn More.
Registration closes: 
June 30, 2019 - 11:30pm
Price: 
base trip $1,148/person + $150 non-refundable registration fee


TWO LIFE-CHANGING WEEKS IN TRANSYLVANIA FOR UNDER $1,300! 

Beginning and ending in Kolozsvar/Cluj, this tour will take you to the region’s most significant Unitarian holy places including Torda, Gyulaferhervar & Deva. You will visit the frescoed Unitarian churches of Szekelyderz (a UNESCO World Heritage site) and Homorodkaracsonyfalva, the spectacular 13th century castle at Vadjahunyad, the Saxon capital of Transylvania, Sibiu, the medieval walled city of Sighisoara/Segesvar, and the Saxon fortress church at Biertan (Segesvar & Biertan are both UNESCO World Heritage sites). You will spend 4 nights in your partner village sharing in the special Transylvanian Thanksgiving celebration, making new friends and revitalizing your partnership. If you do not have a partner in Transylvania, the UUPCC will arrange for you to stay in one of the many beautiful Unitarian villages with other pilgrims. 
This is the same quality pilgrimage that the UUPCC has been facilitating for two decades – but at significant savings. To get this low price, we replace some hotels with dorms & guest-houses, substitute village meals for restaurants, eliminate the long van ride from Budapest, and take advantage of “shoulder-season” rates. 

In addition to the main trip, we also offer an optional 4 day/3 night pre-trip extension to Budapest, and/or a 6 day/5 night post-trip extension to Maramures & the Painted Monasteries of Bucovia.

Click to read itinerary with pre & post trips (PDF)
You may Register Here  (Please do not purchase airline tickets until trip is confirmed with minimum of 5 travelers)

For a trip flyer that you are welcome to print, post, and circulate, CLICK HERE.