The dates for the pilgrimage are likely to be 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 be added to the pilgrim group, please respond to me ASAP and certainly by January 4. Meanwhile if you would like any further information, please contact Yoli or Tony Ganong (, who were pilgrims in 2016.

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  pilgrim trip 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, how the folks in Beszterce might benefit from a visit with you, and how will your travel to Beszerce 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

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