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.
HERE'S A PREVIEW OF OUR 2020 PILGRIMAGES
NE India Khasi Hills (March 2020)
Experience this unique outpost of Unitarianism and enjoy the gracious hospitality of the Khasi people. Based mainly in the city of Shillong, the trip will feature 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 may include a working tea plantation, Monolith Park, and two nights in the spectacular Cheeripungee Gorge with guided hikes to the Khasi "Living Bridges.” Participants with partner churches in NE India will visit their respective villages for services and home stays where feasible. Travelers may take the ‘Golden Triangle’ extension to Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. This will be the last UUPCC trip led by John Dale & Csilla Kolcsar before their retirement.
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.
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.
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CURRENT PUBLIC PILGRIMAGES:
UPDATE: The 2019 Cross-Cultural Pilgrimage is cancelled