UUPP 011: Steve Dick – International Council of Unitarians and Universalists

Steve Dick and ICUU

Steve DickSteve Dick from London, England Talks About Unitarians in Europe – how will congregations connect around the world?

All the way across the pond Steve Dick from London, England talks About Unitarians in Europe – How will congregations connect around the world? Steve is going to fill you with interesting stories about UUs and Unitarians in Europe!

What is the International Council of Unitarians and Universalists? What is the ICUU purpose and how can you benefit from the organization. Steve is with us from London, England and he gives us more history on the evolution of Unitarians to Universalists and then Unitarian Universalism in the U.S. currently (refer to more UU history from Susan Ritchie- UUPP 010). It’s amazing to learn the differences between the Unitarian Universalists and our friends across the pond who are Unitarians. We all may follow a similar design to our faith but yet the differences are distinct.

Check your international Uni knowledge. Can you answer the following (scroll down for answers):

  1. Transylvania is made up of __?__Unitarians
  2. Are the UUA Principles used globally?
  3. The British dropped __?__  and are now known as Unitarians.
  4.  A new Unitarian group was recently formed in the __?__
  5. The ICUU offers conferences every 2 years – The next one (2016) is in the __?__ !

Steve’s Bio:

Steve Dick is a British Unitarian minister born in the USA. Since 2009, he has been employed by the International Council of Unitarians and Universalists (ICUU), now as Executive Director. In the 1980s, Steve helped found European Unitarian Universalists (EUU) and several UU Fellowships in Europe. He also worked on the staff of the IARF for several years while in Germany. In the United Kingdom, he was minister to congregations in Croydon and Horsham followed by a decade as District Minister for London and the South East and a brief stint as Chief Executive Officer of the British Unitarians. Steve currently travels around the world working with Unitarian groups in other countries and cultures, discovering we often have more to learn from them than they from us.

Favorite Quote:

“Fixing and helping create a distance between people, an experience of difference. We cannot serve at a distance. We can only serve that to which we are profoundly connected, that which we are willing to touch. Fixing and helping are strategies to repair life. We serve life not because it is broken but because it is holy. Serving requires us to know that our humanity is more powerful than our expertise” – Rabbi Rachel Naomi Remen

ICUU Links:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/InternationalUUs
Web: www.icuu.net
Twitter: @ICUUinfo
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UUA International Programs Office

UU Partner Church Council

 

ICUU Videos:

Connecting with Unitarians and Unitarian Universalists Around the World FAITHFULLY 

The Center and the Circle: The Challenge of International UU Ministry

Africa: A New World for Emerging Unitarian Universalist Movements 

ICUU 20th Anniversary Video for Hungarian Unitarian Church 

International Worship Service at ICUU Council Meeting NY 2014 

 

Quiz Answers:

1. Christian; 2.No (listen at 21:40 for details); 3. Universalst; 4. & 5. Netherlands

 

Final Credits: music thanks to:

“Carefree”, “Open Those Bright Eyes”, “Sweeter Vermouth”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

 

1 Comment on UUPP 011: Steve Dick – International Council of Unitarians and Universalists

  1. It was fascinating to learn some of the differences between UU’s in the United states and our parallel religious liberals in England and other countries.

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