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UUA President Sends Condolences on the Death of Rev. Dr. Árpád Szabó

It is with deep sorrow that the Consistory of the Transylvanian Unitarian Church has announced the death of its retired leader, Rev. Dr. Árpád Szabó, the thirtieth bishop of the Transylvanian Unitarian Church. Szabó passed away on Thursday, September 30, 2010, at the age of seventy-six, following a year of serious illness, endured with dignity and good faith. To learn more about the life and work of Szabó, please read his obituary.

Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations (UUA), sent the following letter of condolence yesterday to Bishop Bálint Benczédi of the Transylvanian Unitarian Church:

Dear Bishop Bálint Benczédi,

The news of the death of Bishop Szabó Árpád has arrived, and I’d like to extend my deepest condolences on behalf Unitarian Universalists throughout the United States to you and all of our brothers and sisters in faith in Transylvania. I can only begin to imagine the sadness that Bishop Szabó’s family and closest friends are experiencing. Please share with them that they are not alone in their mourning – people all over the world are with them in their grief.

In mourning, I often reflect on the legacies that loved ones have left to us.  And, with Bishop Szabó, these legacies are as numerous as the stars in the sky. But, one that I count as a great blessing is the time and care he gave to forging close international relationships. Indeed, the strength of the relationship between the Transylvanian Unitarian Church and the Unitarian Universalist Association owes a great deal to his leadership. In a similar way, his vision of the transformative qualities that international partnership can bring to all of our congregations was compelling and deeply influential. These blessings, and many others, will always be with us.

As we say farewell to Bishop Szabo, let us praise his generosity of spirit and commitment to liberal faith. May the pain of grief by assuaged by the love and care of all souls touched by his life. And, may we all be inspired by the model of servant ministry which he gave to our world.

Sincerely,

Rev. Peter Morales, President
Unitarian Universalist Association

Condolences may be sent to the Consistory at ekt @ unitarius.com

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Last updated on Monday, October 4, 2010.

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