Transylvania to Magadan

Our partner church minister and friend, Zsolt Solymosi and a former student, who happens to be an ace mechanic, have embarked on an overland trip from Cluj, Romania, to Magadan, in the far reaches of Siberia and then back. They will cover thousands of miles in 77 days. Their vehicle is a refurbished and beefed up Toyota Land Cruiser to handle the sometimes primitive roads. As of July 6, they have traveled over 4000 miles and are now in Kazakhstan. Zsolt is posting daily on the Facebook page entitled Transylvania to Magadan. Go check it out and let him know you are following him. The hundreds of photos are amazing! Below is one of Zsolt and new Kazakhstani friends with his car in the background, as well as a photo showing that he’s taking time to have some fun in Uzbekistan.



Highlights from our visit with Rev. Zsolt Solymosi

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.     


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



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.


A Mindful Walk: A Pilgrimage on Foot
July 14 – 27, 2018 (14 days/13 nights)

Walk the beautiful rolling hills and pastoral river valleys of central Transylvania. This pilgrimage is a collaboration between the UUPCC and Starr King School for the Ministry (SKSM). Students at SKSM, Meadville Lombard Theological School and potentially other seminaries will have the option of getting credit for the pilgrimage.

Registration closes:
April 10, 2018 – 11:00pm
Price: $1095/person (plus registration fee of $50 for theological students/$150 for others). Airfare not included.
NOTE: If you have mobility issues, some of our partner countries may be challenging to visit. Learn More.