The UUA Ministerial Fellowship Committee has approved my proposal for a community ministry internship with the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Philippines (UUCP). I will be directly supervised by Rev. Rebecca Quimada-Siennes, a graduate of Meadville-Lombard a decade ago and daughter of the UUCP founder Rev. Toribo Quimada who was assassinated in the 1980’s by paramilitarys. For an excellent history (in English) of the UU history in the Philippines, contact Rev. Fredrick Muir of the Annapolis UU who wrote a book entitled Maglipay Universalist (Be Joyful, Universalist!). The book is available from the UUA Bookstore.
There have been few if any ministerial internships completed outside North America. If you know if anyone who has done something similar, please share. I will be working with the UU Community in Manila, an emerging fellowship, and with the UU Young Adult Network of the Philippines. It will be a six month full-time internship. The UUCP is based in Dumaguette, the current President is Rev. Henry Legaje. As someone of Asian descent, I’m very excited to engage in this ministerial formation in an Asian community, and though there will be an intense cross-cultural learning curve, I am preparing myself for language classes and building on my existing relationship with the UUCP I’ve developed over the last three years.
The Unitarian Universalists in the Philippines are primarily on the Island of Negros in the Visayan region of central Philippines. Rural, agrarian farmers, the nearly three dozen congregations are home to several thousand liberal religious Unitarian Universalists. They are a member congregation of the UUA of North America, although their ministers are not allowed currently to be fellowship by the UUA Ministerial Fellowship Committee. What are the Unitarian Universalists? See the Newcomers Page.