International Guests in AttendanceReema Nanavaty Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA) - India Ms. Nanavaty is the Director of Economic and Rural Development for SEWA, which is the largest labor union of informal sector workers in India. Guji Yukiyasu Yamamoto Tsubaki Grand Shrine - Japan Reverend Yamamoto is the 97th Generation Guji (high priest) of Tsubaki-O-Kami-Yashiro, one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Japan. Rev. Steve Dick International Council of Unitarians and Universalists - England Rev. Dick is the Executive Secretary of the ICUU and serves as a congregational minister and District Executive in England. Eric Hausman Deutsche Unitarier - Germany Mr. Hausman is serving the congregations of Deutsche Unitarier throughout Germany. Rev. Jozsef Kaszoni First Unitarian Church of Budapest - Hungary Rev. Kaszoni is the minister of the First Unitarian Church of Budapest in Hungary. Eva Kelemen Project Harvest Hope - (Transylvania) Romania Ms. Kelemen helped found Project Harvest Hope and Harvest Hope pro Homorod and has been the in-country PHH pilgrimage coordinator since 1996. Rev. David Gyero Transylvanian Unitarian Church - Romania Rev. Gyero serves as the Counselor to the Bishop of the Transylvanian Unitarian Church. Francisco Javier Lagunes Gaitan Free Unitarian Congregation of Mexico City Mr. Gaitan is the lay chaplain for the Free Unitarian Congregation of Mexico City. Jennifer Dickson Canadian Unitarian Council - Canada Ms. Dickson is the Executive Director of the Canadian Unitarian Council, headquartered in Toronto. Rev. Robert Balint Unitarian Church in Meszko - Transylvania, Romania Rev. Balint is the minister of the Unitarian Church in Meszko, Transylvania and the 2009-10 Balazs Scholar from Starr King School for the Ministry Rev. Masamichi Kamiya Rissho Kosei-kai - Japan Rev. Kamiya is the minister of Rissho Kosei-kai of New York
Virtual GuestsAryanto Nugroho Unitarian Christian Church of Indonesia (UCCI) Mr. Nugroho is the President of the Executive Body of UCCI, which is a member of the ICUU. Beatrice Niyungeko Assemblée des Chrétiens Unitariens du Burundi (ACUB) Ms. Niyungeko works as the Executive Assistant for Action Aid Burundi and is a lay leader of ACUB, which is an emerging ICUU group.
Introduction at PlenaryOur International guests were introduced and warmly welcomed during Plenary session IV. Video of the introduction is available online here (slide the time bar over to the 55 minute mark).
International Village BoothLocated in the exhibit hall at booth #227, the International Village was comprised of the following international UU organizations:
- ICUU - International Council of Unitarians and Universalists
- ICUUW - International Convocation of Unitarian Universalist Women
- PHH - Project Harvest Hope
- UU-UNO - UU United Nations Office
- UUA International Resources Office
- UUGAC - UU Global AIDS Coalition
- UUPCC - UU Partner Church Council
WorkshopsThe UUA collaborated with various international UU groups to present three workshops:
- International Partnership 2.0: Community Based Justice-Making
- Our Global Faith: Multiculturalism and Partnership
- Empowering Women Using Microfinance and Organizing: SEWA's Strategy