Our partner church is the Unitarian Church of Sovata. The Unitarian community in Sovata, Romania came together in the 1950s. At the end of the 1980s they decided to build a church on land that they owned.
In 1997, a building design competition was held. A plan was accepted and in 1999 they applied for building permits. The first service in the new church was held on Thanksgiving, September 2005. The rough brick exterior was later stuccoed and a new front entrance built (see photo on the Partner Church bulletin board in the foyer).
Membership is largely passed down by heredity. There are about 400 members. Many members of the congregation were relocated to Sovata after their village was flooded by Ceauşescu in his move to destroy a place where several religions coexisted peacefully.
Sovata is famous for its warm salt water lakes, which serve as a natural spa and are considered very healing for many ailments. The church hopes to build a small hotel near the new church.
One way UUCM supports its partner church is by making regular donations to help the church and its minister. Learn other ways.
|This crest, or "címer," is popular in Transylvanian and Hungarian Unitarian churches; it is used by Unitarian denominations in both areas.
It depicts a dove encircled by a serpent —
"Be wise as serpents and innocent as doves"
(Matthew 10:16, NRSV).
It often bears, or is accompanied by, the motto:
Egy az Isten
("Edge uzh Eesh'ten")
[God is One]