Our Partner Church in Romania

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History of over 20 years of Partner Church relationship between the Spokane Unitarian Universalist Church Partner Church and the Unitarian church in Felsorakos, Romania

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Twenty Years of Friendship Felsorakos, Romania and Spokane 1991 – 2011 :

Twenty Years of Friendship Felsorakos, Romania and Spokane 1991 – 2011

In 1990 Spokane minister Rev. Linda Wittenberg on hearing of the plight of the Transylvanian Unitarian churches, immediately signed-up our church to participate in a revitalized UUA Partner Church program. :

In 1990 Spokane minister Rev. Linda Wittenberg on hearing of the plight of the Transylvanian Unitarian churches, immediately signed-up our church to participate in a revitalized UUA Partner Church program .

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Romanians united to oust Stalinist style dictator Nicolae Ceausescu during a short revolution in December 1989. The economic situation throughout Romania was bleak. Ceausescu's attempted to eliminate Hungarian instruction in the Transylvanian schools. This along with his threat to destroy small villages, many of which are Unitarian, and resettle residents in towns or collective farms did not endear him to Transylvanians. Brasov near Felsorakos has a memorial to the victims of the 1989 revolution

In 1991 Jerry and Julie Jose were the first to visit our partner church in Felsorakos, and they returned to the village for Easter in 1992. Since then several groups from our church and the Westminster United Church of Christ in Spokane have visited Felsorakos. :

In 1991 Jerry and Julie Jose were the first to visit our partner church in Felsorakos, and they returned to the village for Easter in 1992. Since then several groups from our church and the Westminster United Church of Christ in Spokane have visited Felsorakos.

The village of Felsorakos is located in the former Hungarian province known as Transylvania. There are about 400 homes in the area with a population of about 2000. Felsorakos has one church which is Unitarian and there are about 900 members. :

The village of Felsorakos is located in the former Hungarian province known as Transylvania. There are about 400 homes in the area with a population of about 2000. Felsorakos has one church which is Unitarian and there are about 900 members.

Many things were done the old fashioned way and some still are. :

Many things were done the old fashioned way and some still are.

In the early 90’s there were half a dozen cars in town but most transportation was accomplished by horse and cart. All the villagers had small farms which they worked by hand, and some village men worked in the local coal mines. :

In the early 90’s there were half a dozen cars in town but most transportation was accomplished by horse and cart. All the villagers had small farms which they worked by hand, and some village men worked in the local coal mines.

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Every house had a well but there were few indoor bathrooms. Electricity was erratic and there was NO TV! The village post office had the only phone in town. Conditions are much better now but the roads aren’t.

In 1993 the Spokane church held our first Hungarian dinner. The Spokane congregation raised money for a tractor to be shared by the village. It took one dinner to raise enough money for a tractor.:

In 1993 the Spokane church held our first Hungarian dinner. The Spokane congregation raised money for a tractor to be shared by the village. It took one dinner to raise enough money for a tractor.

In 1995 Pastor Jozsef Kotecz made his first trip to Spokane. Rev. Jozsef brought our congregation a special plate and hymnal covers made by the Unitarian women of Felsorakos. :

In 1995 Pastor Jozsef Kotecz made his first trip to Spokane. Rev. Jozsef brought our congregation a special plate and hymnal covers made by the Unitarian women of Felsorakos .

In 1995 Jane Cunningham and Julian Powers made a trip to Felsorakos. Jane brought back the traditional girl’s dress sewn by one of the women in the village and worn each year at our Hungarian dinner.:

In 1995 Jane Cunningham and Julian Powers made a trip to Felsorakos. Jane brought back the traditional girl’s dress sewn by one of the women in the village and worn each year at our Hungarian dinner.

Julian and Jane’s trip was followed by a 1998 trip including the Rev. Linda Hart, Linda Moulder, Jerry White, Emily Eagle, Linda Hodge, Julie and Jerry Jose. Trips to the village were made again in 2004 and 2005. :

Julian and Jane’s trip was followed by a 1998 trip including the Rev. Linda Hart, Linda Moulder , Jerry White, Emily Eagle, Linda Hodge, Julie and Jerry Jose. Trips to the village were made again in 2004 and 2005.

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From 1998 to 2001 the Spokane congregation raised money to repair the Felsorakos historic church bell tower. The church dates from the 18th century, the bell tower was damaged by an earthquake.

The women’s group in Felsorakos sent over lovely embroidery and an altar cloth. In 1996 our Spokane church makes a quilt and that was delivered to Felsorakos.:

The women’s group in Felsorakos sent over lovely embroidery and an altar cloth. In 1996 our Spokane church makes a quilt and that was delivered to Felsorakos. Our children made a quilt too!

In 2006 Spokane church began raising money for a Felsorakos guest house. Mining no longer provides employment in the rural villages. Tourism might possibly provide some income as there are no hotels or motels in the area. :

In 2006 Spokane church began raising money for a Felsorakos guest house. Mining no longer provides employment in the rural villages. Tourism might possibly provide some income as there are no hotels or motels in the area. In the fall of 2009 Jerry and Julie Jose attended a Felsorakos Thanksgiving homecoming and the ceremony dedicating the new guest house.

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Mark Bohe of Spokane, assisted in facilitating a community assessment process in 2005. The task was to help Felsorakos establish priorities. Village wishes were as follows: • Physician to visit the village twice a week rather than once a week • More jobs in the village • Better roads (Pavement would be nice ) Gross National Income shown in US $ for the world, the U.S. and Romania. Per capita Romanian income was $8,330 for 2009.

In 2001 our Spokane church first sent school supplies to the Felsorakos elementary school.:

In 2001 our Spokane church first sent school supplies to the Felsorakos elementary school. Literacy rate in Romania is 98%. Education is highly valued.

In 2003-4 the Spokane Church began a scholarship program for Felsorakos college and university students. Currently $300 helps support a Felsorakos college student for one year at a Romanian or Hungarian college.:

In 2003-4 the Spokane Church began a scholarship program for Felsorakos college and university students. Currently $300 helps support a Felsorakos college student for one year at a Romanian or Hungarian college. So far 67 Spokane U.U. sponsors have helped 26 students meet their educational expenses.

In 2006 Reverend Jozsef sent a tracing of the traditional Transylvanian gate in Barot and a copy of the gate was constructed in our memorial garden by Gordon Larson, Larry Hodge, Rand Young, Don Willingham and Jerry White. :

In 2006 Reverend Jozsef sent a tracing of the traditional Transylvanian gate in Barot and a copy of the gate was constructed in our memorial garden by Gordon Larson, Larry Hodge, Rand Young, Don Willingham and Jerry White.

Church members are visiting Felsorakos fall 2011 We look forward to hearing about their adventures. :

Church members are visiting Felsorakos fall 2011 We look forward to hearing about their adventures.

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