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Unitarian Church in Transylvania from 1568 to the present

Tuesday, May 29, in the Connection Central Lobby and UUSS Library

·      1568 to the present:  Slides & Talk by Zoltan Koppandi, 7:00 pm

·      Unitarian Communion–Rev. Koppandi & Rev. Jones, 8:00 pm

Unitarianism started in a Hungarian speaking principality near the Carpathian Mountains, between a Catholic empire and an Islamic one.  Now Transylvania is part of Romania, but the facades of the Unitarian churches there still proclaim “God is One” in Hungarian.

At 7:00 my young colleague will talk about Unitarian origins and current realities in Transylvania.  He is finishing a year in the Balazs Scholars scholars program at our seminary in Berkeley.  A suggested donation of $5-10 will help support this program.

At 8:00 is The Lord’s Supper, as Unitarians call communion in Transylvania.  (Grape juice and gluten-free bread alternatives available in place of wine and wheat bread.) It’s beautiful and traditional—yet heretical!

This communion is Christian in origin and structure, but Unitarian in its theology about Jesus of Nazareth.  If all you know of communion is from Catholicism or from a Trinitarian Protestant church… well, this isn’t the same thing!  Since the late 1500s, the liberal faith in Transylvania has not changed radically.  Yet it has endured wars, religious oppression, Communism, and Romanian nationalism.  Click this link for information from Wikipedia. Please register your interest at Sunday Connections Central.

Rev. Natalie Fenimore at Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church

Rev. Natalie Fenimore at Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church.

What an amazing story!  I am glad to know of this new colleague and about the congregation that called her unanimously to serve with them.  Congrats!

YOu know how much I hate to brag… but Adult Programs at my church are worth crowing about

Associate Minister’s Annual Report, Part 1

We have a congregational meeting this Sunday, May 20.  In anticipation of that, I’ve been talking with folks and thinking about a summary of some of the many changes we have experienced and made happen at UUSS.  My areas include Child/Youth Religious Education,  All-Ages Community Building, Management of Administrative and R.E. Staff (including facilities and finance-related matters), New Member Orientations and support of our great Greeters/Ushers, and Adult Enrichment.

Here is a list of the many adult programs we have hosted in the past 12 months, give or take.  Since I am going to Boston for meetings of the grants panel on which I serve, I may not be able to add other reports before Sunday.

Continuous Classes and Groups

UU Readers Book Discussion (monthly)

Poetry Circle (monthly, no longer meeting)

Fencing (semi monthly, no longer meeting)

Tai Chi

Easy Yoga

Chair Yoga

Saturday Meditation (monthly, no longer meeting)

Prayer Circle (drop-in, starts June)

Strangers’ Feasts (circle suppers, starts again in fall)

Documentary Film Club (monthly, no longer meeting)

Women’s Group  (semi monthly)

Gen’X Boomers Fellowship Group

Walkers and Talkers (weekly)


Time-Limited Courses and Series

Immigration as a Moral Issue

Health Care Reform

Vegetarian Cooking

God and Consciousness

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (2 series)

Palestine/Israel Study Group

Atheist Spirituality

Prayer Circle

Health Care Action Study

Photo Magic for Dummies

Journal and Journey

Soulful Sundown

Global Garden of Unitarian Universalism

God, Consciousness, and Spiritual Literacy

Discussion of “The Power of Now” (starts in May)


One-Time Discussions/Presentations

Introduction to the Mormon Religion (June 3)

Summer post-sermon discussions

Unitarian Universalist Heritage and Identity (August 5)

1568 to Today:  Unitarians in Transylvania  (May 29)

Slide Show and Conversation about UU churches in the Philippines

Related Activities to Appreciate,  but not Organized by Adult Enrichment

Newcomers’ Orientation to Membership (3 series/year)

Betty Ch’maj Event with Meg Barnhouse & Kiya Heartwood (April 28)

Alliance Program (monthly, September through May)

Social Responsibility Network:  Beyond these Walls (monthly speakers)

Spiritual Grounding for Leadership (application only)

Congregational Conversations (first Sunday of every month, September through May)

Sunday Soups (twice monthly, winter months)

Theater One performances (two plays yearly, plus one summer worship service)

CUUPS Labyrinth Walks

CUUPS Pagan Holiday Ritual Celebrations

Interweave’s Facilitation of a UUSS presence at LGBT Pride Parade and Fair (June 2)

Attendance of Staff, Lay Leaders and Minister at District Assembly (Pacific Central District, UUA)

What did I leave out that you remember from the past year?








UUA Social Witness Sermon contest winner for 2012: “Define American”

It has been announced that my entry into the sermon contest, which had to do with immigrant justice,

didn’t win.  Oh well.  I didn’t give it to win a contest, I gave it for all of you at my church.  And I am happy to say that a colleague I know did win the contest.  You can read her sermon here!