Saturday, 23 May 2009

Partner Church visit to Brewster

While Budleigh’s link to Brewster dates back only to 2001, the Cape Cod town has been involved in a partnership with another European community through one of its churches for 20 years.

First Parish Brewster, otherwise known as the town’s Unitarian Universalist church has just hosted a visit by three members of the Jobbagyfalva Unitarian Church in Transylvania, Romania, as part of the partner church programme it has beeninvolved in since 1989.

Romanian guests Reverend Szilard Sandor, Lorant Barabas, and Zsigmond Nagy arrived in Cape Cod on Wednesday 13 May for a five-day visit which saw them return to their village on 20 May.

During their stay with Brewster families the visitors took part in church services and had the opportunity of talking about life in Transylvania to Brewster residents.

Concerts, including an evening of Hungarian and American music, a trip to the theatre and a gallery tour were among some of the entertainments which were organized for the guests. Opportunities to sample local gastronomic delicacies included a visit to The Oyster Company raw bar and grille at Dennis Port, a few miles south of Brewster.

Further afield, two of the party had a car trip to New York City with one of our parishioners, wrote Brewster’s Marietta Nilson. “They were virtually in tears seeing the city,” she said. The visitors went to Ground Zero, Times Square and the Empire State Building.

More information about Brewster’s First Parish Church can be found at http://www.firstparish-brewster.org/
Above: Painting of the First Parish Church by Brewster artist Karen North Wells.

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