Cabaret!Cabaret Songstresses

“Life is a cabaret, old chum, come to the CABARET!” The Partner Church Committee presents the excitement of the Cabaret on Sunday, February 3, 2019, and now is the time for the talented and gutsy to sign up to perform. Can you sing, dance, play the oboe, recite Shakespeare, or have other talents to share? Contact Richard McLeod, let him know, and start rehearsing richardmcleod@bellsouth.net!

Last Call for Pilgrims to Transylvania

There is still time, if you are interested, to join our pilgrimage to Transylvania. Currently we have  about 15 participants. Before mid-January we need to settle on a solid list of participants as we will be asking for a $500 or $600 deposit to enable Zsolt to begin making necessary travel arrangements. January 9, 2019 is the deposit deadline. Tentative dates for the pilgrimage are 10 days in mid-July (probably from July 9), starting in Kolosvar (Cluj) and ending in Budapest. Sites included will be Beszterce (location of our Partner Church), Sibiu, Torda, Brasov, and Toroko (a mountain village). The roundtrip air fare will be at least $1,600 and other expenses beyond the deposit around $700.

If you wish to join the pilgrim group, please respond to me no later than January 4, 2019. Meanwhile, if you would like any further information, please contact Yoli or Tony Ganong (ganong@bellsouth.net), who were pilgrims in 2016.

Photo from August 2016 pilgrimage to our Partner Church, the Unitarian Church of Beszterce.

August 2016 pilgrimage to our Partner Church, the Unitarian Church of Beszterce.

The Gertrude Edge Pilgrim Travel Assistance Award to Beszterce!

Have you dreamed of traveling to Romania to explore our Unitarian roots? Would you like to deepen your connection with our rich history? Is the only thing keeping you from joining our pilgrims on their 2 week journey to Beszterce a lack of funds? Read on, my friends, as help is here! Thanks to the Gertrude Edge Pilgrim Travel Award and the Partner Church Committee, round trip airfare is available to one member or friend of the UUCC for the pilgrimage in July 2019! Interested? Follow the guidelines below to apply for this amazing opportunity! Must be 18 or older to enter.

Please write and submit a 200 – 300 word essay describing: why you would like to go on the pilgrimage, how the folks in Beszterce might benefit from a visit with you, and how your travel to Beszerce will benefit the UUCC. Your essay, unsigned, must have your name on a separate piece of paper. DO NOT SIGN THE ESSAY! Mail entries to:

Administrator UUCC
2701 Heyward Street
Columbia, SC 29205

Entries due on or before January 1st 2019. 

Please note: the winner is responsible for other expenses of this trip while in Romania. The estimated amount of money needed is approximately $1,200.00.

Transylvania to Magadan

Our partner church minister and friend, Zsolt Solymosi and a former student, who happens to be an ace mechanic, embarked on an overland trip from Cluj, Romania, to Magadan, in the far reaches of Siberia and then back. They covered thousands of miles in 77 days. Their vehicle was a refurbished and beefed up Toyota Land Cruiser to handle the sometimes primitive roads. They traveled over 4000 miles and are now back home. Zsolt posted daily on the Facebook page entitled Transylvania to Magadan. Go check it out and let him know how you enjoyed the travelogue. The hundreds of photos are amazing!

CELEBRATE OUR UNITARIAN ROOTS!

Highlights from Rev. Zsolt Solymosi’s 2016 visit 

The minister of our Partner Church in Beszterce, Rev. Zsolt Solymosi, was with us again for a full week beginning the Monday after Easter. Here are a few highlights from his visit.

  

    Rev. Zsolt speaking to children

Rev. Zsolt speaking to us from the podium.     

 

 

The Unitarian Church of Beszterce in the Transylvania Region of Romania

 

Since 1993, the Unitarian Universalist Partner Church Council (UUPCC) has encouraged and supported almost 200 congregational partnerships between American and Canadian Unitarian Universalists and Unitarians and Unitarian Universalists around the world. These relationships weave together the lives and stories of people who share our fundamental affirmations of freedom of conscience in matters of religion, tolerance for those with different beliefs, a reasoned approach to religious ideas, and a willingness to grow and change in our religious understandings. Read Rev. C. Leon Hopper’s history from 1998 for more on our beginnings.