Boise UU Fellowship Choir Tour to Transylvania

Boise UU Fellowship Choir Tour to Transylvania

Crowdfunding Completed: August 23, 2017

Amount Funded: $5400

Project Owner: Boise UU Fellowship

Short Description of Project

Boise UU Choir's 2018 musical pilgrimage to Transylvania will explore our Unitarian roots and celebrate our partnership with the Mészkő Congregation.

How was this project connected to UU?

This project includes dedicated Unitarian Universalists who wish to deepen and broaden their understanding of their faith through a pilgrimage to one of the regions in which Unitarianism arose over 400 years ago.  They also wish to use the universal language of music to connect with their co-religionists.  Our partnership with the Unitarian congregation of Mészkő (also known by many UUs as the Alabaster Village) has been mutually beneficial for both congregations.  We are happy to be able to substantially widen the circle of members of our congregation who can experience the church and daily life of our partners, and to celebrate the 25th anniversary of our partnership with them.

The Boise UU choir embodies the values of Unitarian Universalism.  During the tour, the members of the choir will serve, not only as ambassadors of our home congregation, but as representatives of the wider faith.

Full Description of Project

The Boise UU choir is organizing a musical pilgrimage to Transylvania for the summer of 2018.  We are asking for your help with a money donation to ensure that we can subsidize travel for members who would not otherwise be able to make the trip.

The goals of the pilgrimage:

Explore and experience the historic roots of Unitarianism
Help commemorate and celebrate the 450th anniversary of the Edict of Torda
Connect with our partner church and other Unitarians through the universal language of music
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of our partnership with the congregation of Mészkő
Visit historic Unitarian sites and other regional historic sites
The trip will begin with a visit to Kolozsvár (Cluj) in the Transylvania region of Romania, where the spirit of religious tolerance through Unitarian thought was introduced in the 16th century.  The planned itinerary includes:

Concerts at select venues including churches and cultural halls
A weekend of connecting, worshiping, and singing with our partners in Mészkő
A Unitarian tour of Kolozsvár/Cluj including 1st Church, the Unitarian HQ & High School, and St. Michael’s Church
Visiting the church where the Edict of Torda was first created
Visiting the citadel of Deva where Francis David was martyred
Visiting the church where King John Sigismond, author of the edict of Torda, is buried
Visiting several other world heritage sites, some with Unitarian connections
To make our pilgrimage a success, we need everyone to be able to participate.  While some members can afford the trip, others cannot.  The $5,000 amount we’re trying to raise on Faithify represents one third of our total fundraising goal.