The Albert Schweitzer Visiting Ministries program seeks to connect Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) ministers with Deutsche Unitarier Religiongemeinschaft congregations in Germany in order to provide short-term professional services.
Deutsche Unitarier Religiongemeinschaft (DU) is a lay-led community of about 1100 members and 500 "friends" organized in 17 congregations and a cooperative but independent youth fellowship (Bund Deutsch-Unitarischer Jugend). Both are organized according to democratic principles. The community descends from the Free Protestants, a private association in the Palatinate founded in 1876, and legally changed its name in 1950 to Deutsche Unitarier Religionsgemenschaft .
The movement considers the religiousness of every person to be derived from one's autonomy and capability of fulfilling one's life in a meaningful and responsible way. It tends toward scientific and philosophical humanism while acknowledging other faith traditions as well. Within this framework, the members recognize the liberty of shaping and developing their individual beliefs, and they agree on a number of (democratically resolved) basic ideas about religion, belief, human beings, life, and living together. The community runs a medium-sized conference center at Klingberg near Hamburg and publishes a bimonthly newsletter, Unitarische Blatter fur ganzheitliche Kultur.
From 2009-11 the DU was served by a UUA minister fluent in German. Following his tenure it became clear that further service opportunities for UUA ministers in DU congregations would be mutually beneficial. This program seeks to organize that opportunity.
Ministers applying must:
Strong consideration will be given to applicants who:
For more information contact international @ uua.org.
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Last updated on Monday, March 5, 2012.
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