A Bridge to our UU Roots

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First Church Belmont has an active partnership with the Unitarian Church of Désfalva, Transylvania. Since 1990, pilgrims have travelled between the two locations every few years to share fellowship and to support the spiritual journeys of both congregations.

2016 Pilgrimage to Désfalva

In summer of 2016, a group of 13 pilgrims from Belmont visited Désfalva as well as many other Unitarian churches in Transylvania. Several pilgrims presented a day-long music camp and recital for young people in Désfalva, fulfilling a commitment that had been years in the making. The day of the music camp, other pilgrims visited homes of Désfalva parishioners that had been selected by Sandor, the partner church minister. The music camp was repeated in Székelykeresztúr for children from the partner church of First Parish in Concord. A moving highlight of the trip was the visit to Bözodújfalu, a village tragically flooded in 1985 as part of a reservoir project under Ceaușescu’s government.

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The Education Fund

The Transylvania Partner Church Education Fund was established in 2001 to provide financial support to high school and university students of Désfalva who otherwise could not attend school. With no high school in the village, students commute to or live in distant towns to continue their education and pay out of pocket for books, travel, room and board. The Fund provides each student an annual stipend of $250 to help defray these expenses, and we plan to support 10 students next year.  Your gift of any size will help First Church continue its critical role in funding this important program.


Our partnership with the Unitarian Church of Désfalva is maintained and nurtured by the Transylvania Partner Church Committee.