A Brief History

The International Council of Unitarians and Universalists was founded in March 1995 at Essex, Massachusetts, after years of discussion. Representatives of Unitarian, Universalist, and UU congregations from around the world came together to form this new organization.

There are about 500,000 Unitarians and Universalists in the world today. Many belong to large church organizations while others rarely meet another Unitarian face-to-face. The oldest groups, who are Hungarian speaking, have a continuous church history of more than 400 years. Some of the English speaking groups go back over 200 years. Many of the newest member and emerging groups have a much shorter history.

The name, International Council of Unitarians and Universalists was chosen to include all Unitarian, Universalists and UU groups. The ICUU is a representative body and a partnership of member groups in more than 20 countries.

Every other year delegates meet as the Council to decide on program priorities for the coming years, conduct the official business of the Council and to develop stronger ties for mutual aid and support. Since 2005 these Council meetings have been open to all Unitarians and Universalists as we have added learning and engagement opportunities.

 

ICUU  1995 – 2016

ICUU EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

1995 - 1997
President:  David Usher (USA)
Vice President:  Arpad Szabo (Romania)
Secretary: Cliff Reed (UK)
Treasurer:  Jill McAllister (USA)
Members-at-Large: Wolfgang Jantz (Germany)

1997 - 1999
President:  David Usher (USA)
Vice President:  Gevene Hertz (EUU)
Secretary: Richard Boeke (UK)
Treasurer: Jill McAllister (USA)
Members-at-large: Elek Rezi (Romania)

1999 – 2001
President:  Jill McAllister (USA)
Vice President:  Gevene Hertz (EUU)
Secretary: Richard Boeke (UK)
Treasurer: John Slattery (Canada)
Members-at-large: Cliff Reed (UK), Wolfgang Jantz (Germany), Elek Rezi (Romania)

2001 - 2003
President:  Jill McAllister (USA)
Vice President: István Miko (Hungary) 
Secretary: Ellen Campbell (Canada)
Treasurer: John Slattery (Canada)
Members-at-large: Pearl Greene Marbaniang (India), Antje Paul (Germany), Cliff Reed (UK) 

2003 -2005
President:  Gordon Oliver (South Africa)
Vice President:  John Slattery (Canada)
Secretary: Pearl Greene Marbaniang (India)
Treasurer: Barbara Beach (USA)
Member-at-large: Christine Hayhurst (UK), Istvan Kovacs (Romania), Antje Paul (Germany)

2005 - 2007
President:  Gordon Oliver
Vice President:  John Slattery (Canada)
Secretary: Pearl Greene Marbaniang (India)
Treasurer: Barbara Beach (USA)
Member-at-large: Christine Hayhurst (UK), Istvan Kovacs (Romania), Jaume De Marcos (Spain)

2007 - 2009
President:  Brian Kiely (Canada)
Vice President:  Gordon Oliver (South Africa)
Secretary: Jaume De Marcos (Spain)
Treasurer: David Shaw (UK)
Member-at-large: Jill McAllister (USA) Pearl Greene Marbaniang (India), Pauline Rooney (ANZUA)

2009 - 2012
President:  Brian Kiely (Canada)
Vice President:  Pauline Rooney (ANZUA)
Secretary: Gyerö Dávid (Romania)
Treasurer: David Shaw (UK)
Members-at-large: Nihal Attanyake (Philippines), Olufemi Matimoju (Nigeria), Celia Midgley (UK)

2012 - 2014
President:  Brian Kiely (Canada)
Vice President: Pauline Rooney (ANZUA)  
Secretary: Gyerö Dávid (Romania)
Treasurer: David Shaw - 2012 Galen Gister (EUU)
Members-at-large: Nihal Attanyake [Until 2013](Philippines), Lara Fuchs [from 2013] (EUU), Celia Midgley (UK), Fulgence Ndagijmana (Burundi)

2014 – 2016
President: Gyerö Dávid (Romania)
Vice President:  Pauline Rooney (AANZUUA)
Secretary: Lara Fuchs (EUU)
Treasurer: Galen Gister  (EUU)
Members-at-large: Brian Keily (Canada), Fulgence Ndagijmana (Burundi), Inga Brandes (Germany)

ICUU NOMINATING COMMITTEE
2003-2005 Cliff Reed [Chair] (UK), Jill McAllister (USA), Sandor Mathe (Romania)
2005-2007 David Usher [Chair] (UK), Iva Fiserova (Czech Republic), Arpad Csete (Romania)
2007-2009 Richard Boeke [Chair] (UK), Wolfgang Jantz (Germany), Istvan Kovacs (Romania)
2009-2012 Gevene Hertz [Chair] (EUU), Pearl Greene Marbaniang (India), Gordon Oliver (South Africa)
2012-2014  Ellen Campbell [Chair] (Canada), Derrick Pariat (India), Antje Paul (Germany)
2014-2016  Ellen Campbell [Chair] (Canada), Derrick Pariat (India), Celia Midgley (UK)

ICUU STAFF
2003-2005       Administrative Asst: Iva Kocmanova (Czech)
2005-2009       Executive Secretary: John Clifford (UK)
2009-2016       Executive Director: Steve Dick (UK)
Senior Program Consultant: Jill McAllister (USA)

ICUU COUNCIL MEETING LOCATIONS
1997    United Kingdom (Great Hucklow)
1999    Canada (Montreal)
2003    Czech Republic (Prague)
2005    Spain (Montserrat)
2007    Germany (Obererwesle)
2009    Romania (Kolosvar)
2012    The Philippines (Dumaguete)
2014    USA (New York City)
2016    The Netherlands
2018    India

ICUU BUDGETS (Until 2012 budgets were for two years, split here for comparison purposes)
2006    $83,945
2007    $83,945
2008    $86,350 (Note: Actual expenditure was $40,707.15)
2009    $86.350 (Note: Actual expenditure was $112, 162.91
2010    $104,500 (note: Actual expenditure was $106,535.27)
2011    $104,500
2012    $210,200 (Note: Actual expenditure was $156,315.24))
2013    $234,200 (Note: Actual expenditure was $150,089.70)
2014    $192,500 (Note: Actual expenditure was $166,601.03)
2015    $165,500
2016    $248,950         

ICUU's First President Looks Back (2005)