This week’s Inspiration comes from the International Council of Unitarians and Universalists (ICUU):
Through the ICUU, Unitarian and UU groups and organizations around the world work together for mutual benefit and for the health and growth of our shared liberal faith. Member groups of the ICUU include the UUA, the Canadian Unitarian Council, the UU Church of the Philippines, the Hungarian Unitarian Church, the Unitarian Union of North East India, and many more.
One of the newest avenues for working together for ICUU groups is through coalition partnerships. These collaborations between congregations in several countries at once are focusing on giving aid and support to emerging groups of U-U’s to help them become viable and sustainable organizations in the global U-U network.
Our first coalition works with and in support of the African Francophone Unitarian Association (AFUA), a group of French speaking U-U groups in Burundi, Rwanda and Congo Brazzaville. More than 8 congregations in the US and Europe are working to support the development of these groups, who are themselves working to be change agents in their own communities. The minister of the Unitarian congregation in Bujumbura, Burundi, Fulgence Ndagijimana, explains in this video one of the many programs his congregation has sponsored with help from their international partners.
Many opportunities to share in this new kind of partnership are available. If you are interested in what your congregation could do, contact the ICUU Executive Director Rev. Steve Dick.