Partner Church Committee, October 2018

Romania is preparing for a national referendum that would define marriage as between one man and one woman. Mike Pence was recently in Bucharest. Is there a connection or are these separate issues? Well, they are separate, but it took going to Romanian and Russian news websites to find out why Pence was in Romania. Nevertheless, both represent two streams of nationalist and regionalist trends in Eastern Europe. The Hungarian Unitarian way of life in Transylvania is certainly threatened by the nationalism espoused by many ethnic Romanians.

I recently saw a display of Ukrainian folk art with themes similar to Transylvanian folk art. Both are things that could rapidly disappear in rural areas that are catching up with the rest of the world. I could go on naming a lot of other threats to our friends in the Székelyföld, but I would rather offer encouragement rather than discouragement to entice your interest in UUCB’s Transylvanian Partner Church Committee.

Your Partner Church Committee is going to be working with you in the coming months to revitalize itself and our partnership with the people of Homorόdύjfalu. We need your involvement beyond just buying goulash at our Sunday lunches. We always have a need for donations to the Village Education Fund.  Interest in visiting Transylvania needs to reach a critical mass to make it happen. Having the village’s minister visit us would be a fine thing, but it will take a lot of time, talent, and treasure to pull off.

If you want the skinny on what’s going on over there, don’t ask Mike Pence. You’ll get a better answer from  Stephanie Ann Blythe or Anne Greenwood.