Sabbatical – India
Engage Unitarianism in India with members of the Unitarian Union of Northeast India (UUNEI), in a faith community that traces its roots to 1887. These congregations exist in rural and urban settings, and economic privilege varies tremendously between individual members in both contexts. Explore how the Khasi Unitarian gospel adapts to these varying economic circumstances, and what it means to be in spiritual solidarity with Unitarians in Northeast India.
The congregations will make specific plans with the visiting religious professional that reflect your areas of expertise and their areas of need. Typically this will include leading worship and sharing skills and experience with UUNEI leaders and ministers in development. Opportunities to serve can also be arranged in the Unitarian school system and at the Unitarian orphanage. Visiting religious professionals with expertise in community organizing or social justice planning are particularly encouraged to consider this placement, where you will find opportunities to share these skills.
Collegiality and connection with the wider UU faith are the most important needs that these communities have identified regarding visiting religious leaders. Specific opportunities for sharing and growth will grow out of the visit, but the starting place will be relationship.
It is not uncommon for Unitarians in Northeast India to be proficient with English, but visiting religious leaders will often find themselves in situations where translation is necessary. The UUNEI leaders will provide assistance in these cases.The host community will provide home hospitality, orientation, and arrange transportation between cities and villages during the visit
In Spite of the Gods: The Strange Rise of Modern India, by Edward Luce
Unitarianism In India: The Orchid; a chapter from The Garden of Unitarian Universalism by Melinda Sayavedra and Marilyn Walker
Blog posts about the UUNEI
The History of Kharang, by Bruce Findlow
For more information about this placement, contact the UUA’s International Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.