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Khasi Unitarian President visits UU congregations
Khasi Unitarian President visits UU congregations

Reverend Derrick Pariat - President of the Unitarian Union of North East India - arrived in Bellevue, Washington yesterday (May 12th) to begin a six week visit with UU congregations throughout the USA.

Rev. Pariat started church work in 1996 serving as Secretary of the Unitarian Church of Nongthymmai, Shillong (India).  He was called to Ministry in 1999 and served first as  a Church Visitor, and was later ordained (with former UUA President Rev. William Sinkford's participation) in February 2002.  Rev. Pariat served the Board of the UUNEI in different Capacities ( R.E. Director, Chairman of the Finance Committee and Vice President) for a number of years.   He was first elected  President of the UUNEI in 2008 and then was re-elected to that position in April, 2011. Rev. Pariat's "day job" is with The Broadcasting Corporation of India as a News &  Current Affairs and Music Producer. He trained in Mass Communication and Journalism  at the  Film and Television Institute of India, in Pune.  He also studied  in St. Edmund's School and  College and completed  a BSc (Life Science) and BEd ( Bachelors in Education) from North Eastern Hill  University. Rev. Pariat is accompanied on his visit by his wife Danibha Pyrbot (Dani) who  is currently  serving  the Government of Meghalaya as Senior Lecturer in History at the  Directorate of Educational Research and Training.  She is currently researching  the relationship between Unitarianism and Indigenous Religious movements in the  Khasi and Jaintia Hills as part of her PhD program. The Pariats' itinerary includes visits with East Shore Unitarian Church (Bellevue, WA), the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA), All Souls Unitarian Church (New York, NY), Clearwater UUs (Clearwater, FL), UU Congregation of the Upper Valley (Norwich, VT), and a variety of churches in the Washington DC area, including All Souls Unitarian Church, River Road UU Church, UU Congregation of Fairfax, Mt Vernon Unitarian Church, and Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church. From June 21 - 26, the Pariat's will attend the UUA General Assembly in Charlotte, NC. If you would like more information about Rev. Pariat's visit, including his preaching schedule, please contact the UUA's International Office. Welcome Derrick and Dani!  Its a great joy to extend hospitality to you.  Have a wonderful visit, and please feel at home.

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  • 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...

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