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On November 4, 2008, Reverend William G. Sinkford, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), will embark on a 19-day pilgrimage to six African countries: South Africa, Uganda, Kenya, Senegal, Ghana and Nigeria.
There are a variety of ways that Unitarian Universalists and UU congregations can participate in this journey. Please join with Reverend Sinkford by:
The first segment of Reverend Sinkford’s Africa journey will take him to Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa. While there he will:
From Johannesburg, Reverend Sinkford will travel to Kampala, Uganda. While there he will:
After his meetings and visits in Uganda, Reverend Sinkford will travel to Nairobi, Kenya. While there he will:
From Kenya, Reverend Sinkford’s journey moves on to Dakar, Senegal where he will visit the UNESCO world heritage site that serves as a powerful witness to the Atlantic Slave Trade, Île de Gorée.
The fifth segment of Reverend Sinkford’s journey will be spent in Ghana. While here he will:
Reverend Sinkford’s journey ends in Lagos, Nigeria. While here he will be meeting and worshipping with the leaders and members of the Unitarian community in Lagos.
For Suggestions about including information about the people and places Reverend Sinkford will be visiting in Religious Education programs, please contact the UUA's International Resources Office.
There will be daily updates during Reverend Sinkford’s journey posted at the UU Pilgrimage blog and here on UUA.org.
On the blog you’ll also find links to the latest images and video recorded during the journey, a Google map showing Reverend Sinkford’s itinerary, and links to a variety of additional resources.
You can also subscribe to an rss feed of the blog.
UU Sunday School classes are invited to “link-up” with Reverend Sinkford during his journey on three Sunday mornings.
During each webcast, Sunday School classes can access live audio and video of Reverend Sinkford talking about his journey, and communicate with him through a “chat” interface. Webcasts are scheduled to last for 1 hour. Sunday School classes of all ages are welcome to participate.
Detailed participation instructions are available online. Or, contact the International Resources Office (international @ uua.org) for assistance.
Is there a question or an issue that you’d like Reverend Sinkford to raise with one of the groups or leaders that he’ll be meeting with during his journey? Maybe there’s something you’ve always wanted to ask Archbishop Tutu? Or, maybe there’s a question you’d like to ask members of the Unitarian community in Nigeria?
If so, please submit the question or issue to the “Propose a Question” contest. Visitors to Reverend Sinkford's blog can participate in polls to determine the contest winners. And, Reverend Sinkford will report back the responses that are received to the most popular “questions.”
For more information contact international @ uua.org.
This work is made possible by the generosity of individual donors and congregations.
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Last updated on Thursday, August 2, 2012.
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Rev. William G. Sinkford, UUA President, will be accompanied on the trip by his spouse, Maria; Rev. Eric Cherry, Director of UUA International Resources; and Paula Cole Jones, Consultant for the UUA JUUST Change Program.
A UU Pilgrimage to Africa (PDF, 4 pages)
Order of Service insert on Pilgrimage to Africa (PDF, 1 page)
"Propose a Question" Contest
Rev. Sinkford's Pilgrimage Blog
Sunday School Webcasts with Rev. Sinkford
International Resources Office
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