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2016 EUU Fall Retreat
Frankfurt, Germany, November 4-6
Who's Your Neighbor? What Love Requires of Us
Who: EUU members, friends, visitors and newcomers plus 40 members of the German Unitarians (Unitarier - Religionsgemeinschaft freien Glaubens)
What: Our theme is "Who's Your Neighbor? What Love Requires of Us". Our speaker is the Rev. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister, All Souls Unitarian Church, Tulsa, Oklahoma USA.
Why: Join with UUs from throughout Europe in worship and religious exploration, workshops and spiritual practices, sharing talents and community. Get to know members of the German Unitarians in advance of the Spring 2017 Assembly of Unitarians in Europe in Ulm, Germany.
Where: DJH Jugendherberge in Frankfurt, Germany
When: Friday 4 November through Sunday 6 November 2016.
Registration will open the first week in September. For specific questions please contact RetreatCommittee@europeanuu.org. For more info on the retreat go here.
A letter from the EUU Executive Committee
European Unitarian Universalists
Statement in support of Deputy Bishop Dávid Gyerő
March 15, 2016
To whom this may concern:
We European Unitarian Universalists declare support for Dávid Gyerő, Deputy Bishop of the Hungarian Unitarian Church, in his personal statement of February 5, 2016. We stand with Dávid Gyerő and the other Romania church leaders who have spoken out against the proposed amendment to paragraph 48 of the Romanian constitution, which would redefine marriage under Romanian constitutional law as the union between one man and one woman. The reverend’s letter has been published as a personal statement on the website of the Hungarian Unitarian Church and an English translation has been provided on Facebook.
Romania is signatory to the UN International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and as such has pledged to take steps toward reducing discrimination. We European Unitarian Universalists assert that amending the Romanian Constitution to exclusively grant the right to marry to a legally defined man and a woman is a step back in the advancement of human rights for European citizens.
Unitarian Universalists have witnessed in our communities the growth and advancement that comes through diversity. A fundamental principle of our faith, and we believe the best qualities of all faith traditions and of humanity, is the respect for the inherent worth and dignity of every person.
To deny consenting adults the right of a legal union in marriage denies those individuals their dignity and the legal rights associated with marriage, and renders Romanian and European Society less equitable. Furthermore, we are deeply concerned that this degradation of equity could unintentionally lead to further discriminatory practices and human rights violations in Romania and Europe.
We, the undersigned representatives of the European Unitarian Universalists, declare our support of Deputy Bishop Dávid Gyerő’s personal statement. We strongly oppose the proposed amendment to paragraph 48 of the Romanian Constitution.
Matt Gilsenan Jeanette Wild-Sievers
President Vice President
Tony Zamparutti John Hertz
Tina Huesing Jodi Ellen Stolzenbach
Social Action Co-Coordinator Social Action Co-Coordinator
Founded in 1982, European Unitarian Universalists (EUU) is a religious community and network connecting Unitarian Universalists (UUs) and UU fellowships in Europe. Approximately half of the more than 200 members belong to local lay-led fellowships that share resources and programs (including Religious Education). The remaining members, known as "at large" members, are spread over most of the countries of Europe but are not affiliated with a particular fellowship.
EUU publishes a quarterly newsletter, the Unifier, and sponsors twice-yearly retreats in various locations. Recent retreats in Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Germany have each attracted up to 150 Universalists and Unitarians from across Europe.
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