Welcome to our web pages for the Transylvania Partnership Community (TPC) which fosters and promotes our relationship with our Unitarian partner congregation in Székelykeresztúr, one of the more than 120 Hungarian Unitarian congregations in Transylvania (Romania).  Our Partner Congregation Committee (PCC) is the body which facilitates and coordinates the activities of our Transylvanian Partnership Community through various programs.

Mission – The TPC promotes, supports and enables the deepening of the relationships between our historic spiritual communities in Concord Massachusetts and Székelykeresztúr Transylvania. more

Goals – To achieve our mission, we have established the overall “goals” for Connecting, Covenanting and Communicating.  more

In Memoriam: Val Holt

Our congregation and its Transylvania Partnership Community is holding Val Holt and her family in our hearts and thoughts.  She died peacefully at home on October 16, 2016, after a two-year battle with cancer.

Val was a champion of our partnership with our extended family in the Unitarian congregation in Székelykeresztúr, traveling there numerous times with both adult and youth service pilgrimages, and was always at the forefront of our partnership events and activities. We cherish our memories of our times with Val as do her many friends in Transylvania.

In the photo above, taken at our 2009 Transylvanian Thanksgiving service, Val is in the center looking on as Székelykeresztúr congregation member Réka Gagy presents Rev. Gary Smith with our partner congregation’s $10,500 donation to our capital campaign. Also looking on are Rev. Jenny Rankin and Winslow Pettingell.

Donations in memory of Val can be made to the First Parish Transylvania Partnership Community. Donations can be sent to First Parish c/o Fifi Ball, 20 Lexington Rd., Concord, MA 01742. Checks should be made out to “First Parish in Concord” and should specify in the memo line that the donation is for the “Val Holt Partnership Fund.” Alternatively, donations can be made electronically by clicking the “Donate Now” button on the left-hand side of this page. In the “Memo to First Parish” line, please specify that the donation is intended for the “Val Holt Partnership Fund.”

Val’s full obituary in the Concord Journal can be found at:  http://tinyurl.com/gpwhm47

Current initiative:  A Keresztúr delegation is coming November 25 – December 5 

It’s official, Rev. Csaba Tódor will be leading a delegation of eight from our partner congregation

Welcome Csaba, Éva, Adél, Mihály, Ildikó, Edda, Judit and Domokos!!

For more photos and information about the Keresztúr delegation members see our Keresztúr visitors album.

Current initiative:  2016 – 2017 Keresztúr Student Scholarships

This year there are 39 students qualifying for scholarships, 10 new freshmen, 25 returning High school students and 4 college students. Our scholarship donations offset 1/2 to 1/3 of their room and board costs in the school dormitory.

Many thanks to all our generous donors who make it possible for these deserving students, most of whom come from rural villages, to get a high school education

Partnership committee members will answer your questions at coffee hour.

[Our Scholarship Coordinator, Rodger Mattlage, welcomes comments, questions and suggestions.]

Programs and ActivitiesIt is through our day to day practices, and our programs and activities that we realize our partnership Mission and Goals.

Our Transylvania Partnership Programs page has more information, including the following:

Partner Congregation Committee Members

Lillian Anderson (Co-Chair)Iván Kristóffy (Chair Emeritus)
Rodger Mattlage (Co-Chair)
Topher Buck (Treasurer)
Beth Norton (Staff Liason)Dana Booth
Sara Ballard (Communications)
Peggy Claybrook
Pat BrinkmanBill Maxwell
Ellen CromptonLinda Benua
 Darien Smith 


Past initiatives:

==> We have a new Partner Minister in Székelykeresztúr, Rev. Csaba Tódor
== >     > Please click http://bit.ly/fppcc-csaba2 to see photos and information about him, his wife Éva and three daughters,

==>  Our 3rd Quadrennial Visit of Keresztúris – Sept. 2012
== >     > See more at http://gallery.firstparish.org/gallery3/index.php/Partner-Cngn/2012-Kereszturi-Pilgrims

==>  Our 5th Bi-Annual Youth Service Pilgrimage – July 2011

== >     > See photos at http://gallery.firstparish.org/gallery3/index.php/Partner-Cngn/YSP-2011

==>· Transylvania Culture and Music Pilgrimage – Oct. 2010
== >     >Our Partner Congregation Programs page has more information

==>  First Parish hosts UUPCC Executive Board meetings and pot luck supper – March 2010
==>     > Our Partner Congregation Programs page has more information

==>   Balázs Scholar  and family visit First Parish and other New England congregations – Jan. 2010
==>     > Our Partner Congregation Programs page has more information

==>  Keresztúr Terrace Commemoration – Nov. 2009
==>     >photos of the dedication ceremonies for our Meeting House renovations

==>  The Astonishing Gift from our Partner Church in Székelykeresztur – Oct. 2009
==>     >– See UUA World.Org Article

==>   Photos of the Friendship House dedication services, events and celebrations – Sept. 2009




The Transylvania Partnership Community (TPC) promotes, supports and enables the deepening of the relationships between our historic spiritual communities in Concord Massachusetts and Székelykeresztúr Transylvania.

We are ever mindful of the common threads that bind us closely together.

So too are we mindful of our differences and seek ways to transform them into new levels of shared strength and hope.

We continue to deepen our circles of mutual trust and understanding of what it means to be Unitarians across continents, languages and cultures.

We visit each other to experience first hand the richness of our unique perspectives and histories.

We exchange ideas and gifts to enrich the life and spirit of each of our congregations.



We have established the following goals to help us achieve the mission:

Connecting – To bring together people interested in our partner church and Transylvania, including Choir Pilgrims, Youth Service Pilgrims, student scholarship program supporters, donors, and so on.

Covenanting – To take the initial steps toward possibly establishing a covenant between our two communities church, whereby our expectations of and promises to each other will be laid out and understood by both partners.

Communicating — To educate and inform fellow First Parishioners about the purpose of our partnership, the activities and needs of our friends in Székelykeresztúr, and how we can all grow in our understanding of each other. We will do this through well-organized lists and more frequent communications to interested parishioners.

[Rodger Mattlage , our webmaster welcomes comments, questions and suggestions.]