Contact Gabor Kiss, 201-602-3598 email@example.com
Partner Church Committee
The Partner Church Committee maintains the relationship with the Fellowship’s partner church in Sinfalva, Romania (Transylvania (Erdély)), which was Hungary until after WW I. Sinfalva is about 15 miles from Torda, the birthplace of Unitarianism. The committee raises funds, disseminates information about the origins and history of Unitarianism and its state in modern-day Romania, and encourages contacts between the members of the two congregations.
Where is our Partner Church?
Here is a map to help you find the continent, country, the county, the city, and finally, the church. Sinfalva_map (pdf)
Roots Program 2018
In honor of the 450th anniversary of the Edict of Torda (1568), the Transylvanian and American Unitarian churches have put together a program to allow partners to explore the other’s beliefs and culture more deeply. Here is a summary of the Roots program.
This experience will culminate in a 5-day program in Aranyosszék, Transylvania from July 11 – July 15, 2018. The minister of our Partner Church, Rev. Dénes Pálfi, has invited us to participate and sends his fervent hope that we will be able to.
Speaking of Christmas …
Since about 2005 the Partner Church Committee has been conducting an event at the Holiday Party called Incredible Edible Christmas Tree Ornaments based on the Hungarian tradition of “szaloncukor”. Read about it here. Watch a video of kids doing it skillfully here.
Székely Áldas Transylvanian House Blessing
A song we have sung several times is #1043 in the teal songbook (photo is here )Székely Áldás or House Blessing. Here are videos of it being sung on November 8, 2015 and sung in September 2009 and sung in October 2012 and played as an instrumental in February 2011 . The instructions in the songbook say to sing it once in English, once in Hungarian, and once both languages simultaneously. Dr. Jim has learned the Hungarian really well (on his own), and if anyone is interested I can teach you easily. Here are the words in both languages.
Székely Áldas Transylvanian House Blessing Hol hit, ott szeretet Where there is faith there is love Hol szeretet, ott béke Where there is love there is peace Hol béke, ott áldás Where there is peace there is blessing Hol áldás, ott Isten Where there is blessing there is God Hol Isten, ott szükseg nincsen Where there is God there, there is no need