Executive Committee

The current ICUU Executive Committee includes: David Gyero, Fulgence Ndagijimana, John "Mich" Michell, Lara Fuchs, Inga Brandes, Darihun Khriam, and Eric Cherry.

Gyero DavidHungarian Unitarian Church Headquarters
400105 Kolozsvár/Cluj, B-dul 21 Decembrie nr. 9
Phone: +40 264593236
Fax: +40 364450557
pres@icuu.info
YIM ID: gyerodavid
Skype ID: gyerodavid

The Rev. Gyerő Dávid holds a Unitarian ministers' degree from the Protestant Theological School in Kolozsvar (1997), a jurist degree from the Babes-Bolyai University in Kolozsvar (2008) and a masters' degree in European law from the University of Pecs in Hungary (2009). In the 1990s, he worked as a leader of the Unitarian youth movement. From 2001 to 2014, David served the Headquarters of the Transylvanian (now Hungarian) Unitarian Church as the Councillor for church administration. In 2014, he was elected Deputy Bishop of the HUC. Since 2009, he has also been serving as the parish minister of the Unitarian congregation in Kolozs, a town near Kolozsvar. David is married and has three young children.

His first involvement with international Unitarianism was in a liberal organization for young adults called the International Religious Fellowship (IRF). Later David became active within the European chapter of the IARF. He also assisted the shaping of the international partnerships of the Transylvanian Unitarian congregations through the UU Partner Church Council. His first ICUU experience was attending a leadership training in India, then the ICUU council meetings in Barcelona, Oberwesel, Kolozsvár, Dumaguete and New York. In 2009, he was elected the Secretary of the ICUU, and in 2014 he was elected President of the ICUU.

Lara FuchsI am Canadian and Swiss, and have lived in Europe since 2005. I’ve been Unitarian Universalist all of my life, and have always cared deeply about human rights and our responsibility to our world. I believe that Unitarian Universalism can be a bridge between cultures and faiths, a platform for dialogue and compassion, and a model for how we can impact positive change in the world for people and for the Earth itself. I am interested in building networks and supporting emerging Unitarian communities around the world.

In 2010 I founded a new UU congregation in Basel, Switzerland, and became involved with the EUU (European Unitarian Universalists). Shortly thereafter, I attended an ICUU conference in Koloszvar and was invited by the Executive committee to fill a mid-term vacancy as a Member at Large. In 2014 I was elected to serve as Hon. Secretary, and also began my seminary studies to become a UU minister.

Currently I am serving three European UU fellowships as ministerial Intern, and am looking forward to continued work with the ICUU as we move forward in our mission and vision to broaden the reach and support of Unitarian and Unitarian Universalist communities around the world.

Galen Gislertreasurer@icuu.info

I began attending the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA, in 1993 along with my wife Susan and our children Andrew and Elena. We became very active in that church, performing and directing music, teaching Religious Education, and serving on various committees. I was serving as Vice President of the congregation in 2006 when a job opportunity at the University of Oslo, Norway enticed us to move abroad. Susan and I were instrumental in founding the Norwegian Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, an informal group consisting of Scandinavians and anglophone expats. The Fellowship cooperates with the Norwegian Unitarian Church (Unitarforbundet) and are exploring the possibility of a merger. Susan and I became members of the European Unitarian Universalists and attended most EUU retreats held between 2007 and 2011. In 2009 Susan and I attended our first ICUU Council Meeting in Koloszvar.

On the retirement of David Shaw as ICUU Treasurer, the EUU and the Deutsche Unitarier proposed my nomination as the next Treasurer. The ICUU Council Meeting in Dumaguete City in 2012 elected me to that position, effectively retroactive to the beginning of 2012. At the end of 2012, Susan and I moved back to Los Alamos, where we had maintained ties with our old church. I continue to be employed on a part-time basis at the University of Oslo, and will probably spend 10-12 weeks per year in Norway in the years to come. I am an American citizen, but regard the entire planet Earth as my home; I have lived in 5 different countries (Mexico, the US, the UK, the Netherlands, the US (again), and Norway, in chronological order), and have travelled extensively, in my career as a professional scientist, and also as a tourist.

Biean Kiely8908 143rd St Edmonton, Alberta T5R 0P2 Canada
brikie@aol.com
+1-780-455-9797
Skype: brikie2

Brian Kiely has served as the minister of the Unitarian Church of Edmonton since 1997. He is a former President of the Canadian Unitarian Council and served seven years as President of ICUU. Born in Montreal, Canada into an Irish Catholic family, he began to challenge the teachings of the church first around justice and sexuality issues in the 1970's. Later, after an exposure to Unitarianism he began to challenge the theological foundations of the Catholic tradition. In Unitarianism he found a refuge of free thought and a place where questions were welcomed

Fulgence NdagijiimanaBurundi
Telephone +257 22 25 36 08
Mobile phone +257 79 94 90 94
SKYPE ID : ndagijimana.fulgence

Rev. Ndagijimana Fulgence was born in the central part of Burundi, central Africa in 1976 from a Roman Catholic family. He missed the opportunity to attend the minor seminary, during the anticlerical regime of President Bagaza when seminaries and churches were shut down and missionaries sent back home, but attended the major one with the Dominican fathers. During the philosophical training he started raising questions with theological implications that his lecturers didn’t like. After a few years, during his theological training, it was clear to him that another spiritual path was in order and he was connected to UUsm by Internet and other wonderful people he found on his way. He has worked with many international organisations like Oxfam Quebec, CRS. He is currently the Programme Manager of the Burundi Programme of a British based organisation, CORD. He is one of the founding members of the Unitarian Church in Burundi and is the Minister. He is married to Therese and a father of a boy, well Brown.

Inga BrandesUnitarier – Religionsgemeinschaft freien Glaubens, Mitglied des Präsidiums
Unitarians – Religious Society of Free Faith, Co-President
D - 58095 Hagen
Germany
Contact: inga.brandes[at]unitarier.de
Mobil: +49-163-77 50 810

I was born and raised Unitarian and thus have taken part in the Unitarian movement in Germany all my life. During the last twenty years or so I served Unitarian movement in various positions: vice-president of our youth organization (BduJ), member of the federal Young Adult Programming Committee, member of our „Spiritual Council” [a permanent working group, whose objective is the protection and development of the community's religious and spiritual foundations and aims], co-editor and author of unitarische blaetter [our nationwide bi-monthly member magazine] and most recently I was elected co-president of our national governing board. My interest in the global unitarian and universalist movement goes back to my days as a teenage volunteer during the IARF-Congress 1990 in Hamburg/Germany and deepened steadily since I came back from my first ICUU-experience - a European strategy meeting in Kolosvar/Cluj-Napoca in 2012.

After I took my masters degree in History, International Relations and German Literature and Language I worked about a year for the Jewish Claims Conference [Fund for former slaved and forced laborers] and then became a research fellow for some years in a large collaborative historical research project at Trier University: Being a stranger and being poor from ancient times to the present day - patterns of inclusion and exclusion. During that time I started to write my Ph.D. in modern Irish and European history. It covers the period between 1880 and 1930 and deals with the lives of poor people in rural regions. It historicizes their social profiles and stories and aims to assess the role that workhouses, charities and self-help played for them.

Since 2010 I work full-time in a German university's department of university planning and strategy. That is why my professional expertise covers quite a wide field stretching from strategic planning, organisational analysis, enabling international research cooperation, developing funding strategies for research projects, as well as expertise in issues like promoting gender equality and diversity in public institutions and so on. On top I am a huge fan of lifelong learning and continue my education as I go – testing the latest technological developments such as #MOOCs ;). And of course I aspire to bring all of this to my work for the ICUU.

Rev. Steve DickExecutive Director, ICUU
345 Addiscombe Road, Croydon CR0 7LG, UK
+44 20 8407 2866
execsec@icuu.info

Before joining the ICUU staff, the Rev. Steve Dick served as Chief Executive of the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches – Unitarian congregations in Great Britain. Steve is American by birth and a British Unitarian minister by training. The majority of his life has been lived in Europe married to Jenneke, a Dutch woman whose grandfather was a liberal religious minister. In addition to serving as a congregational minister and District Executive in England, Steve was a founder of European Unitarian Universalists and he was employed part-time by IARF. His broad perspective and spirituality benefits from his cross-cultural experience. He works from the ICUU Secretariat in Croydon, UK.

Rev. Jill McAllisterCorvallis,Oregon USA
program@icuu.info
skype: jillmca58

UU Minister of Peoples Church, Kalamazoo; CUU service: former treasurer, former president, co-editor of "A Global Conversation" and "The Home We Share", participant and organizer of numerous programs and training conferences. Co-chair of North American Regional Committee

Local work: National Clergy Advisory Board - Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and Vice-President of ISAAC - a local interfaith social justice collaborative; President- Heartland UU Ministers Association. Married to Walter Balk, a UCC Minister, hospital chaplain, and supervisor of Clinical Pastoral Education. Three children: Ian - 24, Caitlin - 21, Calvin - 11.