The Tsubaki Grand Shrine Scholarship is available to Unitarian Universalist (UU) seminarians (in candidate status) attending non-UU theological Schools who have an interest in international and interfaith engagement. Scholarship recipients will be provided with expenses for travel to the Tsubaki Grand Shrine (TGS) in Suzuka, Japan, as well as room and board at the Shrine for two to three weeks. The timing of visits is flexible, but tends to be in the Summer or Fall. Starr King School for the Ministry and Meadville/Lombard Theological School have similar programs for their students with TGS.
TGS is one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Japan, dating back to the first century BCE. The long-standing relationship between Unitarian Universalism and TGS has its roots within the International Association for Religious Freedom.
This scholarship was established by Guji Yukiyasu Yamamoto, the 97th guardian priest of the shrine:
Applications will be reviewed and approved by the UUA’s Director of International Resources. Award notification will be sent to applicants by May 30, 2014.
Scholarship recipients will be in the position of representing Unitarian Universalism while they are visiting TGS and must be prepared to fulfill this responsibility effectively. The UUA’s Director of International Resources will provide preparatory materials for scholarship recipients.
Within one month of returning from their visit, scholarship recipients must submit a report about their experience suitable for publication to the UUA’s Director of International Resources and their academic advisor.
For more information contact international @ uua.org.
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Last updated on Friday, May 2, 2014.
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