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Argentina Contact: Dr Lilian Burlando
Australia and New Zealand The Australia and New Zealand Unitarian Universalist Association (ANZUUA) represents congregations and fellowships in Australia and New Zealand. Congregations are present in the major cities and some regional areas – details are on the ANZUUA web site. ANZUUA publishes a journal ‘Quest’ and holds a conference every two years. For contact details and other information please visit www.anzuua.org
Belgium Contact: Brussels Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, c/o Vicki Roberts-Gassler, Ave. de Beaulieu 8/B26, 1160 Brussels, BELGIUM
Brazil Contact: Mr Paulo Ereno, Cx Postal 344, Florianopolis S C, Brazil
Canada The Canadian Unitarian Council/Conseil Unitarien du Canada is an organisation of Unitarian and Universalist member congregations and individuals acting to enhance, nurture and promote Unitarian and Unitarian Universalist religion in Canada.
Headquarters: 018-1179A King Street West, Toronto, Ontario M6K 3C5
Tel: 00-1 (416) 489 4121
Executive Director: Mary Bennett
Email: info@cuc.ca
Website: www.cuc.ca
Czech Republic The Religious Society of Czech Unitarians has its immediate origins in the work of Dr Norbert F Capek, who went to Prague in 1921 with the assistance of the American Unitarian Association. His work met with much success and there were between three and four thousand members at the time of the German invasion. Unitaria, a Unitarian complex containing meeting rooms, offices, and accommodation was built with the help of both the British and American Unitarians. In 1942 Dr Capek was arrested for listening to the BBC and sent to Dachau, where he died. Subsequent work was carried on by Dr K Haspl and Dr Dusan Kafka. After more than six years of being exiled by a faction of dissidents, Czech Unitarians, the rightful owners of number 8 Karlova in Prague, have regained the Headquarters of the Czech Unitarian Association and are back in their spiritual home. There are congregations in Prague, Brno and Plzen. The Prague congregation holds Sunday services twice a month and there are regular Tuesday meetings as well as many other activities. Contact: Dr Ladislav Pivec, Chair, Religious Society of Czech Unitarians, Karlova 8, 110 00 Praha 1, Czech Republic; Tel & Fax: 00 420 2 2222 1362
Email: unitaria@unitaria.cz
Denmark The Unitarian Church in Denmark has about 150 members. It was founded in 1900, and from 1918 till his death in 1965 Pastor Thorvald Kierkegaard was head of the church. A fine church building was opened in 1928. Since 1967 the congregation has offered a monthly magazine, fortnightly Sunday services and occasional evening meetings. Contact: Lene Lund Shoemaker, Unitarisk Kirkesamfund, Dag Hammarskjolds Alle 30, 2100 Kobenhavn O, Denmark
Finland Unitarian Universalists of Finland are a relatively new group meeting in Helsinki.
Contact: Mr Antti Pelkola
Email: antti.pelkola@netlife.fi
France Assemblee fraternelle des chretiens unitariens (AFCU)
concerns Francophone Western Europe (France, Wallonia, French-speaking Switzerland). It is in partnership with Christian Unitarians of Italy and French-speaking groups in Africa (Burundi, Congo Brazzaville, Congo DRC) and the » Regroupement unitarien universaliste francophone » (RFUU) based in Canada. It is recognized as an emerging group by the ICUU since April 2006. French Christian Unitarians publish a monthly newsletter, «Correspondance Unitarienne,» a series of documents «Cahiers Michel Servet,» and they run a documentary website.
La Besace des unitariens
Actualites unitariennes
Contact: Jean-Claude Barbier
Email: correspondance.unitarienne@wanadoo.fr
Other French Groups
La Fraternelle Unitarienne: Chez M. Alain Lauzet 3
Rue du Cormier
45320 Courtenay, France
Tel: 00 33 (0) 2 38 97 34 86
Email: fraternelle.unitarienne @poste.net L’ Eglise Unitarienne:
Chez M. Jean Louis Buchert
20 rue de Nancy
54280 Brin Sur Seille, France
Tel: 00 33 (0) 3 31 65 18
Email: caroline.raoult@orange.fr
Website: www.uufp.info
(This is a largely English-speaking member congregation of the www.europeanuu.eu
Germany Liberal religion within Germany embraces a large number of religiously free-minded people. Yet liberal religion is only loosely organised, divided among several denominational bodies of various historic, ideological and organizational origin. Two of the more important groups are described below: Freireligiose Gemeinden (Free Religious congregations). The free religious organisations broke away from the state church in the middle of the 19th century, having been involved in the democratic movement during the German Revolution. The free religious movement is non-hierarchical in its organization and non-dogmatic in its teaching. While the federal League of Free Religious Societies holds membership in the International Humanist and Ethical Union, there are two regions holding additional contact with the International Association for Religious Freedom (IARF). Deutsche Unitarier Religionsgemeineschaft (D.U.R) is a democratic fellowship, originating in the 19th century, newly spread throughout Germany with approximately 1,600 members in 26 lay-led congregations.
Contact: Wolfgang Jantz
Hungary After the unification of Transylvania with Hungary in 1867 many Unitarians settled in Budapest and in other Hungarian towns and an influential church was established in the capital in 1869 which is today the site of the headquarters of the denomination. There are 12 Unitarian congregations in Hungary plus 21 fellowships.
Contact: Unitarian Church of Hungary, 1055 Budapest V., Nagy Ignac u. 4, HUNGARY
Iceland Contact: Jon Gunnarson, Hjardarhaga 48, 107 Reykjavik, Iceland
Ireland Contact: Rt. Rev. Robert McKee, 41a Rosemary Street, Belfast, BT1 1QB, Northern Ireland. Tel: (028) 90325365 www.nspresbyterian.org
India There is a Unitarian church and congregation in Madras (est. 1795) and fellowships in Hyderabad and Erode, South India. The Khasi and Jaintia Hills Unitarian Union includes thirty-two scattered congregations in Meghalaya and Assam with a growing membership of about 9,000 people. Its members belong to the hill tribes and speak the Khasi language. A magazine, ‘U Nongwad /Inquirer’ appears quarterly.
Contact: Carleywell Lyngdoh, Unitarian Union of NE India, JOWAI, 793150, Meghalaya, INDIA
Email: uu_ne_india@hotmail.com Unitarian Union of North East India
Japan The presently named Free Christian Church was founded in 1953. It consists of a single congregation in Tokyo. They publish a monthly bulletin.
Contact: Shigeo Akashi, 5-14-10, Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 155, Japan
Latvia In 1993 a new Unitarian Universalist congregation was founded in Riga, Latvia.
Contact: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Riga, c/o Maija Ozolina, Silikatu iela 2-7, Riga, LV 1016, LATVIA
The Netherlands The spirit of Erasmus has influenced Dutch liberal Protestantism since the Reformation. The Remonstrant Brotherhood, for instance, dates back to 1619 and the Armenian Controversy. The Zwinglibond ( Dutch Unitarian Association ) produces a regular journal and has a chair at the University of Groningen.
Contact: Remonstrant Brotherhood, Nieuwe Gracht 27, 3512 LC UTRECHT, Netherlands;
Prof. Dr. E H Cossee, Burg, Le Fevre de Montignylaan 169, NL-3055 NC Rotterdam, Netherlands
New Zealand Website: www.anzua.org/anzua_alt
Nigeria The Unitarian Brotherhood Church of Lagos, Nigeria, was founded in 1919. It was the first African church to introduce African cultural elements into its liturgy and to baptise their children with names in the Yoruba language.
Contact: Rev. Adewale Soyombo Abowaba, Unitarian Brotherhood Church, 25a Bankole Street, LAGOS, Nigeria
Norway The Unitarian Christian Church in Norway
Website: www.unitarforbundet.org
Pakistan Unitarian Universalist Christians of Pakistan (UUCP) was founded in 1991 as a confederation of self-help groups.
Contact: Inderias Dominic Bhattiinderiasb55@hotmail.com
Philippines The Universalist Church of the Philippines was established in the early 1950s on the initiative of the Rev. Toribio S. Quimada. This body was renamed the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Philippines in 1988. There are 15 Unitarian Universalist congregations, all on the islands of Negros, Panay and Mindanao with a membership of over 400 people.
Contact: Rebecca Quimada Sienes
Email: uucpphil@mozcom.com
Poland In April 1997 the Polish Unitarian Church held its Founding Synod using a constitution registered with the Polish authorities in January 1997. This church is based in Warsaw, with some contacts elsewhere in Poland. It represents the merger of three post-World War I liberal religious strands: (a) a Panmonist (i.e. Universalist) group in Warsaw founded by Rev Marcin Lubecki; (b) a fellowship in Warsaw led by Rev Janusz Ostrowski but largely destroyed during the Second World War; and (c) the re-established Union of Polish Brethren started by Rev Karol Grycz-Smilowski in 1936. The latter suffered a takeover by Pentecostals who wanted a registered church organisation to get around their sect image so the Unitarians formed a new Union of Polish Brethren, Unitarian. This latter group is active today mainly in Silesia. The impetus for a merger and official registration came from wishing to avoid being considered a sect, which has real disadvantages under Polish law. Polish Unitarians are affiliated to the ICUU through the umbrella organisation, the Association of Unitarian Universalists in the Polish Republic. Warsaw Unitarians meet in a Warsaw Reformed Church and can be contacted via Roger Domagalski, The contact person for the Silesian group is Dr Helmut Iwa, Wspolnoty Unitarian Uniwersalistow w Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej, Rada Naczelna, ul. Wolnosci 91 A 10/5, 41-500 Chorzow, POLAND
Romania A fully organised Unitarian church has existed in Transylvania since its foundation by Bishop Francis David in 1568. The total membership is 80,000.
Dr Elek Rezi, The Bishop’s Office, Unitarian Church in Transylvania, 3400 Cluj, B-dul 21 Decembrie Nr 14, ROMANIA
Russia Two small groups have become established in recent years in St. Petersburg and Moscow.
Contact: Vitaly Veriguine
South Africa The South African Unitarian Community dates back to the nineteenth century. There is a church in Cape Town and fellowships in Durban, Johannesburg and Somerset West.
Contact: Gordon Oliver
Email: gordonroliver@metroweb.co.za
Website: www.unitarian.co.za
Spain Email: suue@uuhispano.zzn.com
Sri Lanka Since 1992 a community of some 3,500 people has developed. The title of the group is the Unitarian Universalist Association of Sri Lanka.
Contact: Walter Jayewardene
Email: walter@panlanka.net
United States of America The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) represents the consolidation in 1961 of two religious denominations: the Universalists organised in 1793, and the Unitarians organised in 1825. The UUA is composed of member congregations serving about 157,000 adults and 61,000 church school children in over 1000 churches and fellowships in the United States.
President: Peter Morales
Tel: 00-1 (617) 742 2100
Fax: 00-1 617 367 3237
Website: www.uua.org

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