ICUU International Ministers Gathering: February 1-2, 2014

By Eric Cherry

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ICUU International Ministers Gathering February 1 and 2, 2014 Theme: Connecting As Ministers Across Unitarian and Unitarian Universalist Cultures “We serve and work in many different countries, within many different cultures, in different economies and political settings, speaking different languages and guided by different theologies, yet beneath and beyond our differences, we share the work of being a minister in common. What is it that we share? How do we discover and describe our differences, especially in ways that help us learn more about ourselves, each other and ministry?” Join with other Unitarian and Unitarian Universalist ministers from ICUU groups around the world, for 2 rare days of face-to-face meeting and learning, February 1 and 2, 2014, in New York City. Take part in shared worship, theological reflection and dialogue about the work we do, and how we can help and support each other. We’ll consider the special roles ministers play in connecting U-U groups around the world, the skills we need to work cross-culturally, and how both our differences and our similarities can be sources of strength and insight. We’ll aim toward understandings of how we can be accountable to each other for bringing the realities of our global movement into our daily, local work. Ministerial colleagues from Canada, England, India, Romania, Hungary, Burundi, Uganda, the USA, and more are already planning to be there. We hope you’ll join us! To register, select the appropriate additional option when registering for the ICUU Conference and Council Meeting. Participation is limited to persons recognized as ministers by ICUU Member and Emerging Groups and regarded as such by the ICUU staff and Executive Committee. For further information or queries, please contact ICUU at execsec / at / Note: The 2-day ministers gathering following the ICUU council meeting and conference is planned as an opportunity for ministers who attend the CM & C to gather for further dialogue and learning, toward the aim of developing deeper relationships and new understandings of accountability to each other for the responsibilities of U-U ministry. Our work together in this gathering will build on the activities of the previous days, including specific training in intercultural working skills with Beth Zemskey, small group meetings focusing on shared questions, and presentations and workshops about identifying and articulating the differences among us. While it won't be impossible for a person to profitably join in the conversation at the ministers gathering (nothing is impossible!), it might be difficult, both for the individual and for the group, to help that individual come up to speed. For that reason we encourage individuals to seriously consider attending the entire CM & C if they are interested in being part of the ministers gathering. We are willing to consider a very small number of individuals for only the gathering, if they have some experience with multiculturalism in the UU context and some experience in the international U-U movement.  

About the Author

Eric Cherry

Eric was the Director of the UUA’s International Office since August 2007. Prior to this Eric served for 12 years as a parish minister with UU congregations in Burlington, Iowa and N. Easton, Massachusetts. Eric has long been involved in the UU Partner Church movement, serving as the English...


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