U.S. Unitarian Universalist churches aid historic Transylvanian Unitarian communities.
The fund drive, a joint effort by the Unitarian Universalist Partner Church Council and the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, attracted contributions from individual UUs, their congregations, and international UU groups.
“We are just stunned at the generosity of Unitarian Universalists and others,” said Cathy Cordes, executive director of the Partner Church Council.
Already, Cordes said, two destroyed homes have been replaced and vouchers are being distributed so villagers can replace damaged kitchen and plumbing supplies and appliances. The voucher system was set up by ministers in Transylvania. Cordes said a work party from the United States will probably be organized for next summer.
Unitarianism has historic roots in Hungarian-speaking Transylvania, a remote mountainous area in northwest Romania, where many villages embraced the religion in the 16th century and practice it to this day.
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Donald E. Skinner was the founding editor of the InterConnections newsletter for congregational leaders and a senior editor of UU World from 1998 until his retirement in 2014. He is a member of the Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church in Lenexa, Kansas.