Friday, July 23, 2010

And a bit more Unitarian Content

To wrap up our Unitarian pilgrimage, after we left our partner village we headed to the city of Kolozsvar. Kolozsvar is home to the First Unitarian Church, and we stayed overnight in the dorms of the Unitarian high school there. Here was where Francis David established Unitarianism - here is the rock where is he said to have stood when he delivered the sermon that converted the city. I don't think I have the personality to feel awe about this sort of thing, but I did feel a connection to something real. After all, that rock is actually just so small. It's soemthing real, something tangible. It makes the history that I know and teach so much more real.

First Unitarian Church

in the pulpit

on the rock

Francis David


  1. I am noticing the red and white textiles that appear in many photos. Is there a story/history that goes with them?
    It looks like you had a wonderful trip!

  2. The red embroidery is a tradition of the region, and the women's groups will work on these pieces over the winter. Many of the ones in use are very old, but they are still making them. It's striking when all the pews in a church are covered in it.

  3. They are really lovely. Thanks for sharing more about them!