Welcome to our web pages for the Transylvania Partnership Community 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 – Our partnership community 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
A 25-Member Delegation of Székelykeresztúr Folk Dancers, Musicians, and Church Leaders is coming in October!!!
Members of the Vadrózsák (Wild Roses) Folk Dance Troupe (Néptánccsoport), the Lelkes (Enthusiastic) Band, and Congregation Leaders will be visiting us. The twenty-five travelers were thrilled to learn that we could invite them to visit New England from October 24 – November 5, 2019.
This 10 day visit requires a major financial commitment since the airfare alone for 25 people is $25,375. We cannot accomplish this without significant support from each of us who value these connections to our partnership. Additionally, everywhere they go their performances and workshops will also be fundraising opportunities as they are eager to help fund their stay with us.
To kick off this fundraising, we invite you to join us for A Transylvanian Extravaganza!!
You will enjoy an authentic Hungarian dinner prepared by members of the PCC, be captivated by a special dance performance featuring Dénes Takácsy and partner, meet Rev. Lehel Molnár, this year’s Balázs Scholar at the Starr King School for the Ministry, celebrate the contributions of Iván Kristóffy, who, with his wife Ursula, have been foundational supporters of our partnership for more than 25 years, and hear more about our plans for this fall’s visit, dance performances and workshops.
To RSVP please send an email to Peggy Claybrook at email@example.com
The ten-day New England visit will be an opportunity for our friends to see Concord, Boston, Vermont, and Maine. Our guests will stay in homes in Concord and Vermont, and at Ferry Beach UU Retreat and Conference Center in Maine. Everywhere they go their performances and workshops will also be fundraising opportunities as they are eager to share their time and talents to help fund their stay with us.
Budget for the entire visit for 25 people includes:
Ferry Beach Room and Board: $4,500
Van Transportation: $1,900
Total amount needed: $33,425
Per person Budget for the visit:
Land Expenses : $380
Total amount per person: $1,400
A donation of:
$1,400 will cover all costs for a person
$1,000 will cover airfare for a person
$380 will cover land costs for a person
$100 will cover one night at Ferry Beach for a person
Please contribute generously to help us show our friends that Radical Hospitality exists not only in Székelykeresztúr, but also here at First Parish in Concord. And please keep in mind that the dancers and musicions are eager to help with the fundraising and so all their performances and workshops will also be fundraising opportunities, and also that our generous hosts in Concord and Vermont will be providing food, lodging, and local transportation.
Donations may be made in any of the following ways:
- by check (payable to First Parish in Concord, with “Partner Dance Visit” on the memo line and either sent to Peggy Claybrook, 1723 Monument St, Carlisle 01741, or dropped off at the partnership table at Sunday coffee hours
- through your charitable giving account. Please select/designate “First Parish in Concord, MA” (a registered 501(c)(3), Tax ID 04-2126599) as the charity to which you wish to donate, and designate the purpose as “Partner Dance Visit”
- use the Donate button on the left of this page and select the “Partner Dance Visit” choice.
If you have questions or want more information, please visit the Partnership table at Sunday coffee hours, or send an email to Lillian Anderson @ Lillianand@comcast.net.
Our Most Recent Pilgrimage to Székelykeresztúr was in April 2018
Here are our twenty-six pilgrims with many of our Székelykeresztúr hosts.
More photos from our visit are at https://www.flickr.com/photos/rmattlage/collections/72157693332082672/.
The Partner Congregation Committee (PCC) and Religious Education Program, in collaboration with our partner congregation in Székelykeresztúr, are organizing our next Transylvanian multi-generational pilgrimage to our partner congregation in Székelykeresztúr. Our twenty seven pilgrims range from elementry school well into retirement and include ministers, staff, individuals, couples, and parents-with-children.
Programs and Activities – It 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:
- The Transylvania Pilgrimage Program
- The Transylvania Student Scholarship Program
- The Székelykeresztúr Friendship House (formerly called “The Community House”) Project
Partner Congregation Committee Members
|Lillian Anderson (Co-Chair)||Dana Booth|
|Iván Kristóffy (Chair Emeritus)||Pat Brinkman|
|Beth Norton (Staff Liason)||Peggy Claybrook|
|Darien Smith (Treasurer – interim)||Tim Whitney|
|Katalin (Kathy) Spang (Scholarships)|
- Concord – Székelykeresztur Facebook page – Please “Like” it!!
- UUPCC – UU Partner Church Council
- Transylvania Archive Project web site
- Hungarian Learning Resources
- Short link to this page: http://bit.ly/FPKmain
==> 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
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.]