Sabbatical Placements


Encounter expressions of our Unitarian faith in a different culture



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In partnership with the UUA International Office, we have designed intensive individual opportunities with overseas Unitarian and UU communities. These are suitable for ministers or DREs embarking on a sabbatical or study leave. These placements are supported by study materials that will help you gain new understanding about economic inequalities — particularly those related to the legacy of colonialism. They offer a rich encounter with historic and emerging expressions of our Unitarian faith in a different cultural context.

Each program site description includes resources to assist in your preparation and orientation. As part of your journey, we encourage you to adopt or deepen a contemplative practice in order to be as open as possible to new insight and learning. Elements of our online Study Guide will also support your preparation.

UUCSJ is committed to making these opportunities as accessible as possible. Limited financial assistance is available for each placement, and host communities generally provide housing.



Engage Unitarianism in India with members of the Unitarian Union of Northeast India (UUNEI), in a faith community that traces its roots to 1887.


This is an opportunity to learn about Unitarian Universalism in the Philippines in both a rural and an urban context, and to engage in skills-sharing and community building with colleagues of the UU Church of the Philippines (UUCP).


Engage Unitarian Universalism in Mexico — in the context of an expatriate community, an indigenous one, or both, to learn how our UU faith speaks in the unique cultural and historic environment of Mexico.

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Heather Vickery is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with UU congregations, State Action Networks, past UU College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) program participants, and regional staff in order to expand engagement in UUSC and UUCSJ’s work. As the Coordinator for Congregational Activism, she manages the workshop offerings and group visits to the UUSC/UUCSJ office and assists with communications for the Activism and Justice Education Team. Heather is an active member of the Boston Immigration Justice Accompaniment Network and a dedicated dog-mom to her rescue puppy Nova.

Heather may be contacted at and 617-301-4303