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ICUU Held Successful European Leadership School in September

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Thirty-five participants from Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom participated in the ICUU European Leadership School from September 3 to 8 2014 Kolozsvar, Romania at the headquarters of the Hungarian Unitarian Church, Episcopia Unitariana, 400105 Cluj-Napoca, Romania , B-dul 21 Decembrie nr. 9

This course was for members of ICUU affiliated groups in Europe in leadership roles – as lay persons or ministers or interested in the possibility of such involvement.

Focuses: Leadership Development, Unitarian Theology, History, Practice , Conducting Worship, Sustaining a Local Faith Community

The school included a mixture of lectures and small group work. As personal spiritual development is a vital part of leadership, participants met in credo groups similar to the chalice circles at ICUU conferences. A tour of Kolozsvar and the opportunity to meet and socialize with local Unitarians was also included.

Tutors & Staff:
Rev. Scott Prinster  (Dean)         
Unitarian Universalist minister and historian of science
Rev. Koppandi Botond                 
Theologian and Professor at Hungarian Unitarian Seminary
Rev. Petr Samojský                        
Minister to Czech Unitarian Society in Prague
Rev. Gyero David (Bursar)          
Current ICUU President & Councillor to Hungarian Unitarian Church
Rev. Steve Dick (Registrar)          ICUU Executive Director

More information about the Leadership School is available from ICUU Executive Director Steve Dick at

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KUJENGA MADARAJA: Spanning Cultures
ICUU Conference & Council Meeting held in USA for First Time in January 2014!

The International Council of Unitarians and Universalists (ICUU) held its Conference & Council Meeting from 28 to 31 January 2014
at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation At Shelter Rock in Manhasset, New York, USA

We gathered to explore how our progressive religion, known by many as Unitarianism and Unitarian Universalism, can be a language of faith spanning cultures and uniting us in love and compassion.
 Kujenga Madaraja is a Swahili phrase as in “Bora kujenga madaraja kuliko kuta” which translates as “It is better to build bridges than walls” and is taken to mean “It is better to unite than to separate people.” Swahili is mainly spoken as a second language by many Africans, to communicate with others beyond the tongue of their own tribe.
It reminds us of the potential of our language of faith to transcend the cultures that may separate us if we can discover and master multi-cultural skills and perspectives.
The program included theme talks, worship services, chalice circle groups and other activities, as well as opportunities for networking and getting to know sisters and brothers from around the world. 
Sessions were held in the beautiful and inspiring campus of the Shelter Rock U-U congregation. Participant accommodation will be available at the Adria and Ramada hotels in nearby Bayside with shuttle transportation to the meeting site.
On Friday 31 January, the Conference moved to the United Nations Churches Centre in New York City and included a group tour of the United Nations headquarters and a worship service in the interfaith chapel.

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Ministry for the Global UU Movement

Webinar held on April 4, 2013



U-U groups and organizations around the world share a need for
trained, educated and effective ministerial leaders. Learn about progress
recent developments in building capacity and increasing access for this training and education
around the world, and how individuals and congregations can support
this work.


Ministry for the Global UU Movement


Thursday, April 4, 2013



Ministry for the Global UU Movement from Steve Dick on Vimeo.


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BELONGING -- Proceedings of the 3rd ICUU Theological Symposium held in July 2010 in The Netherlands

A free copy of the ebook can be viewed and saved from the link below:

Click Here for Copy of Theological Symposium 2010 Proceedings

Printed copies will be available for purchase online at a later date.





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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. This site has been designed to serve those new to Unitarianism, Universalism and Unitarian Universalism, those who are new to the international aspects of our faith and finally, member groups and their delegates. There is a mix of educational and institutional information as well as news of programs and upcoming events.

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Deutsche Unitarier Religionsgemeinschaft      (the ICUU Member Group in Germany) announces
Workshop „Human rights instead of extremism II“

October 3 to 5, 2014, in „Jugend- und Bildungsstätte Klingberg“

Time and again conflicts appear in Europe arising from ethnical and/or religious differences. In order to overcome these separatist tendencies and to promote integration instead the question needs to be answered, what are the goals of education with respect to integration in the existing pluralized society. Education towards tolerance and human rights in classrooms and schoolyards may contribute to more understanding and cooperation in the political society further downstream when class communities are not split along denominations. Strategies of conflict prevention and peaceful development have to be trained from infant to adult ages to ensure a peaceful development of the global risk society. We are part of this global risk society which has to develop a common understanding of problems in order to survive. What are the common problems of humankind? What has to be changed? Do confessional lessons in school limit integration? What do we learn from other countries which managed a successful integration? How can pressure to migrate be decreased?

Location: Jugend- und Bildungsstätte Klingberg, Fahrenkampsweg 7, 23684 Scharbeutz, Germany
Tel. 004945249388, Fax 004945241483 E-mail:

Participant fees - incl. board and lodging: 120,-- €/person in double room, € 140,-- in single room.
Day guests 20,-- € incl. lunch. Booking latest September 15, 2014.

Please note the working language for the workshop will be German.


From The ICUU Executive Director           June 2014
Dear ICUU Member Groups and Colleagues,

ICUU is working on a new website to replace the present site..

As part of that process, we are seeking to correct and update items on the presnt site so that the information ported to new site can be as accurate and up-to-date as possible..

Your assistance is requested in finding material on this site that needs to be corrected or modified. Please email me at with such items and they will be adressesd as soon as we can.

Volunteers are sought to assist with updating the site, particularly to research and write new material for the site. Please contact me if this is of interest.

The ICUU staff and President will be heading to Providence, Rhode Island shortly to attend the General Assembly (Annual Meetings) at the Unitarian Universalist Association. If you are attending that gathering, we look forward to seeing you there
Kind Regards, Rev.Steve Dick
Executive Director, International Council of Unitarians and Universalists


ICUU is seeking chalice lighting words to be considered for publication in the GLOBAL CHALICE LIGHTING WORDS series.

Submissions should be original or adapted words designed for use when lighting a chalice in the context of worship.

The author must be a member of an ICUU Member Group or of an Emerging Group recognized by ICUU.

Submission in a local language in addition to English is welcomed, particularly when English is not the native language.

Please note it is not possible to promise that submitted words can be used in a particular month or that any submission will be included in the series. A number of factors are considered when considered which words will be selected and when they will be used.

Submissions can be sent to ICUU GLOBAL CHALICE LIGHTING WORDS Acting Coordinator Steve Dick at

We look forward to receiving GLOBAL CHALICE LIGHTING WORDS from around the world and thank you for your assistance.

Progressive & Liberal Worship Crossing Cultures

Webinar recording from June 5



Is there a thread that connects liberal and progressive worship gatherings across differences in language, custom and practice? ICUU President Brian Kiely has participated in worship services in Unitarian and Universalist groups around the world. In this Webinar, Brian highlights differences in worship practice in ICUU Member Group as a prelude to offering a model that illuminates what unites us as a global community of indigenous progressive faith groups. Both theoretical and practical material is included.








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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Global Chalice Lighting for July 2014

Congregations worldwide are invited to participate. We invite 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, French, German, Italian, Spanish and, where different, in their original language. This Global Chalice Lighting was originally submitted by the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations (USA) and is suggested for use in July 2014.
Life is an art, it requires practice to achieve greatness, but greatness is always waiting, ready to be attained.
May the light of this chalice remind us of the possibility for everyone to achieve truth and goodness in our lives, if we only seek it.
—Beth Bullmer, submitted by the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations (USA)

La vie est un art ; il faut de la pratique pour atteindre la grandeur, mais la grandeur est toujours en attente, prête à être atteinte.
Que la lumière de ce calice nous rappelle la possibilité pour tous d'atteindre la vérité et la bonté dans nos vies, si nous la cherchons vraiment.
Par Beth Bullmer, présentée par la Association unitarienne universaliste des congrégations (USA)

Leben ist eine Kunst, sie erfordert Übung, um Größe zu erlangen. Größe wartet stets darauf, erreicht zu werden.
Möge das Licht in diesem Leuchter uns an die Möglichkeit eines jeden erinnern, zu Wahrheit und Güte in unserem Leben zu gelangen, wenn wir uns darum bemühen.
—Beth Bullmer, submitted by the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations (USA)

La vida es un arte que requiere práctica para conseguir la grandeza, pero la grandeza siempre está a la espera, lista para ser alcanzada.
Que la luz de este cáliz nos recuerde la posibilidad que tenemos todos de llegar a la verdad y la bondad en nuestras vidas si aspiramos a ellas.
—Beth Bullmer, submitted by the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations (USA)

La vita è un'arte:  occorre fare pratica per raggiungere la grandezza, ma la grandezza è sempre in attesa, pronta ad essere raggiunta. 
Che la luce di questo calice ci ricordi la possibilità per noi tutti di raggiungere verità e bontà nelle nostre vite, se solo lo cerchiamo. 
Beth Bullmer, inviato dalla Unitarian Universalist Association fo Congregations (USA)

(With many thanks to our volunteer translators: Jean-Claude Barbier (French), Freya Bednarski-Stelling (German), Paola Ferrari (Italian) and Jaume de Marcos (Spanish).)

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