Unitarians Outside South Africa
Unitarian groups are found in many countries in the World besides South Africa. The largest groups are in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, the Philippines, India, and Romania, while smaller groups exist in African counties such as Nigeria, Burundi, Kenya, and Uganda.
Other African Unitarians
Cape Town Unitarians have been actively communicating with and supporting groups of Unitarians in Africa for a number of years. Gordon Oliver traveled to a number of African countries when he was an active minister. Roux Malan and Gur Moangua together traveled to meet Rev. Fulgence Ndagijimana in Burundi after which he was invited to attend our last National Gathering in Cape Town. Gur is actively developing a program to energize a group in Congo Brazzaville.
All of the congregations in the United States are completely independent, but the UUA is an umbrella organization that provides support to over one thousand congregations through the country. The term Universalist in the name comes from the merger in 1961 with the Universalist Church, a liberal church with similar ideas to Unitarians. This is a very large and complex site with a Google search feature to help find your way around. Immediately below are direct links to some articles that may be of interest:
UU World is a publication of the Unitarian Universalist Association of 1000 congregations in the United States. ”UU World’s mission is to help its readers build their faith and act on it more effectively in their personal lives, their congregations, their communities, and the world. To this end, it strives to be not only informative but also useful, provocative, and even prophetic.”
In South Africa, we have active communication with Unitarians in Western countries, but there are also healthy churches in Romania, the Philippines, India, Nigeria, Burundi, etc. The ICUU provides a forum for exchange of perspectives and symposia on topics of interest to Unitarians from around the world.
The Canadian Unitarian Council is a strong, respected Canadian voice for a vibrant, liberal faith community, relevant to contemporary life in the twenty-first century. It takes a responsible role in theinternational community of Unitarians and Universalists and the interfaith community.
“Our Unitarian community consists of about 200 congregations that meet in Chapels, Churches and Meeting Houses right across Britain.”
A useful summary of responses to frequently asked questions of the British Unitarians may be of interest.