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 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 SOME OF OUR 2020-2021 PILGRIMAGES
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.
2020 International Youth Camp and Pilgrimage (July 26-August 1, 2020)
Open to high school youth, the camp is a collaboration between the Unitarian Universalist Partner Church Council and the Hungarian Unitarian Youth organization. The trip will include traveling to important Unitarian sites, spiritual development and exploration, attendance with Transylvanian youth at a Unitarian summer camp, and a joint service project: Details will be available by General Assembly in June 2019. Click here for the Youth Application form
(NEW) Wales (August 6-14, 2020)
The UUPCC’s first-ever pilgrimage to the unique Wales Unitarian congregations and their rich culture and history. The trip will begin with participation in the National Eisteddfod, an annual celebration of the language and culture of Wales that was revived in 1861 in part by Unitarians. The trip will include visits to several Unitarian chapels, home stays with Welsh Unitarians, and enjoying the beauty of Wales.
(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.
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