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New ICUU Executive Secretary and Program Co-Ordinator named

Adopting a new staffing model designed to launch the International Council of Unitarians and Universalists (ICUU) into its next stage of growth and development, the Executive Committee is very pleased to announce the hiring of Rev. Steve Dick as Executive Secretary and the creation of a Program Co-Ordinator position to be filled by Rev. Jill McAllister.  Both appointments take effect August 1, 2009.

“Thanks to the Internet, the ICUU, Unitarianism and Unitarian Universalism has become accessible to interested people in many more countries where we have had no presence,” said President Brian Kiely, “The requests for service and support are increasing weekly.  This shared leadership model sets us on a direction of growth and expansion and prepares us to meet this growing need.  Let me assure member groups that we are working within our budget constraints, but that developing new sources of revenue and funding is quickly becoming a top priority.”

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The International Council of Unitarians and Universalists is a network of Unitarian, Universalist and Unitarian Universalist organizations. 22 national full member groups comprise the voting members of the Council. Provisional and emerging groups represent Unitarians from more than a dozen more countries.

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ICUU Council Meeting coming to historic Kolozsvár, Transylvania, September 1-5, 2009 Registration is now open! Click here to be directed to the registraton pages.

Pre-Conference Pilgrimage to Deva August 30- September 1, site of the imprisonment and death of Bishop David Ferenc (Francis David) with a stop to visit the tombs of King John Sigismund and his mother Queen Isabella. For details, click here.


To ICUU Member Groups via Council Members and staff,

The ICUU Executive unanimously agreed to accept the invitation from the Transylvanian Unitarian Church to hold the next Council Meeting and associated International Gathering in Kolozsvár, the city of their Headquarters and College. On many western maps, the city is identified as Cluj, Romania.

The Council Meeting will run from Tuesday 1 September, 2009 (arrivals) to Sunday, September 6.  Council meeting schedule, COUNCIL MEETING DOCUMENTS

A full day pilgrimage to Deva, site of the prison where Dávid Ferenc (Francis David) died, is being planned -- this might be just before, just after, or during the Council Meeting (the dates of the CM might be adjusted slightly if the Deva trip is during the meetings).

All Member Groups are entitled to send one voting delegate to the Council; Groups with more than 3000 individual adult members are entitled to a second voting delegate.  There will be a sponsorship fund to assist travel and accommodation for delegates from developing economies.  Additionally, individual Unitarians, Universalists, and Unitarian Universalists may attend the International Gathering at their own expense; these individuals may observe the Council Meeting but not speak or vote at business sessions although they may participate in the other aspects of the programme.

We hope that all Member Groups will arrange to be represented at this Council, being held in an exceptionally historic part of our liberal heritage.

John Clifford, Executive Secretary, ICUU

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UU Esperanto Network becomes Associate Group

Recently the Executive Committee was pleased to welcome the UU Esperanto Network as an Associate Organization of the ICUU. The UUEN has been a willing supporter for several years often translating materials into this global language. The UUEN will be offering a workshop at the Koloszvar Council Meeting this September. To learn more about the UUEN, please visit

or join the Yahoo Group at

All Heretics Day in New Zealand - April 5

For the seventh year The Christchurch congregation will be celebrating All Heretics Day with a special lecture. Click here for details and a history of the event.

Chennai, India church rededicated

Unitarians have been worshiping in Chennai in the same church since 1813. Their building, already in disrepair, was severly damaged by monsoons in 2005. After a long rebuilding campaign aided by their Edinburgh partner church, the church was redicated earlier this year. Story and photos.

Transylvanian Elections

The Transylvanian church in Romania recently held elections. The new Bishop is Rev. Ferenc Balint-Benczedi, minister of First Unitarian Church of Kolozsvar. The Vice Bishopis Rev. Laszlo Nagy, Dean of Marosvasarhely.  The Provost is former ICUU Executive Committee member Rev. Istvan Kovacs, minister of Sepsiszentgyorgy.

Italian ordination

Roberto Rosso of Italy was ordained to the Unitarian ministry on November 16, 2008 in the Danish Unitarian Church in Copenhagen. Roberto is the first Italian Unitarian minister. Full Story For photos and video clips, visit Ordination

Philippines 2009 Spring Pilgrimage
March 20-April 1, 2009

The UU Partner Church Council is sponsoring a marvellous opportunity to get to know our faith as practiced in the Philippines. Click here for Pilgrimage information, and here for a supporting Story.

UUA President makes pilgrimage to Africa

Reverend William G. Sinkford, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), made a19-day pilgrimage to visit six African countries: South Africa, Uganda, Kenya, Senegal, Ghana and Nigeria. The four general goals of this journey are:

  • To meet with old and new colleagues among the Unitarians and Unitarian Universalists of Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria and South Africa,
  • To learn from the experience and wisdom of leaders in Truth and Reconciliation work in South Africa, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu,
  • To learn from leaders of social justice and human rights organizations involved in diverse struggles, including: LGBT Rights, Fair Wages, HIV/AIDS, Women's Rights, and Socially Responsible Investing,
  • To visit the UNESCO World Heritage site and witness to the Atlantic Slave Trade: Île de Gorée.

For detailed reports visit:


The Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association will be holding a Convocation of ministers in Ottawa, Canada, November 11-16, 2009. The theme is : Tell a Tale...Touch a life... Transform the world. Unitarian and UU ministers from around the globe are welcome. For details visit

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Global Chalice Lighting for August, 2009

The International Council ofUnitarians and Universalists announces the 71st in its monthly series of global chalice lighting readings. Congregations worldwide are invited to participate.

All ICUU-affiliated groups have been asked to submit brief chalice lightings for the project. Every month, a reading will be distributed to Unitarian and Universalist congregations around the world. We ask each congregation to use the reading for at least one worship service in the designated month, identifying it as the “Global Chalice Lighting” for that month and naming the group which submitted it. Readings will be circulated in English and, where different, in their original language.

It is hoped that the ICUU Global Chalice Lighting Project will enhance the worship experience in our congregations and raise awareness of the international dimensions of our religious movement.

Past Chalice Lightings

This Global Chalice Lighting, in French, English and German, is to be used during August 2009.

Allumons le calice qui symbolise notre foi!
Faisons ce geste tous ensemble, ou bien encore le même jour pour ceux qui sont isolés et se joignent à nous.
Encourageons-nous mutuellement et fraternellement,
Partageons notre foi avec notre cœur, de grande convivialité,
Agissons pour un monde plus vert, développons notre planète en la laissant bleue, transmettons l’espérance arc-en-ciel à nos enfants
Donnons la Vie à notre tour.

Let us light the chalice which stands for our faith.
Let us all unite together in this gesture,
or on the same day, for those who cannot be with us.
Let us all encourage each other fraternally.
Let us share our faith with our hearts, interacting together.
Let us act for a greener world and develop our planet, preserving its blue.
Let us pass on rainbow colored hope to our children.
Let us in turn give life.

Jean-Claude Barbier
Assemblée Fraternelle des Chrétiens Unitariens

Lasst uns den Kelch entzünden,der unseren Glauben zum Ausdruck bringt.
Lasst es uns gemeinsam tun, und jene,
die nicht bei uns sein können, doch am selben Tag.
Lasst uns uns einander brüderlich unterstützen.
Lasst uns unseren Glauben mit unseren Herzen teilen,
die miteinander in Austausch sind.
Lasst uns für eine grünere Welt arbeiten und unseren
Planeten vorsichtig weiter entwickeln,
damit er ein blauer bleibt.
Lasst uns an unsere Kinder eine regenbogenfarbene Hoffnung weiterreichen.
Lasst uns immer wieder Leben weitergeben.


ICUU wants to be responsive to the need for material about the Unitarian and Universalist religion in many languages. To begin, we can direct you to these existing sites:

Brazilian, Portuguese | Czech | Chinese | Danish | Spanish | Finnish | French | German | Hungarian | Italian: , | Polish | Russian | Swedish

Please email us with other sites that you know about.

French translation of the ICUU Preamble now available

The French Christian Unitarians (AFCU) are promoting a new website on Unitarianism and Unitarian biographies in French. The URL is:

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July, 2009 Global Chalice Newsletter

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Are you on Facebook?
There is now an ICUU Group on this fast growing social networking site. Facebook is free to join. Simply go to and sign up. Once there, visit 'groups' and search for International Council of Unitarians and Universalists. The group has over 70 members already. You can find out who else is interested, get news of upcoming events and carry on chats and post messages.

Friends of ICUU - Get involved!
ICUU is a council of organizations, not individual members. Individual friends of ICUU help with the work of the Council and are very important. You can be a friend and there are many projects and events like Study Tours and the Symposiums, which welcome your participation. See our New Friends Brochure in Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat.


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