We have been an active partner in the UU Partner Church program for more than 10 years, working with a Transylvanian congregation on issues of shared concern, helping them raise funds for a church building, contributing to scholarship funds, and sharing visits and conferences in both countries.
In 2007 we entered a new partnership with an emerging congregation in Bujumbura, Burundi. In this partnership, we have supported a micro-lending program in Burundi, advocated for rights for indigenous people in Burundi, helped our partner connect with international funding agencies, and coordinated and supported their project to buy land and build the first Unitarian Church in French-speaking East Africa. (We raised more than half of the $45,000 ourselves, and recruited other UUA congregations to contribute the rest.)
This year, we are partners in a UUFP-funded project to address domestic violence in Bujumbura by training men, while at the same time we are discussing ways to have an impact on domestic violence in Kalamazoo. Through our international connections, we have also supported the work of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Uganda in their difficult fight against criminalization of homosexuality in that country.