Message of sorrow for Transylvanian Unitarians
The Rev. Eric Cherry, director of international resources for the UUA, issued the following statement on Sunday in response to the news this morning of the murder-suicide of two children by a Transylvanian Unitarian minister in Medgyes, Romania. Unitarian Universalists at the UUA General Assembly in Minneapolis learned the news when the Rev. Harold Babcock lit the chalice in an expression of solidarity between American Unitarian Universalists and the Unitarians of Transylvania.
May our thoughts and prayers be with our brothers and sisters in Transylvania in the midst of last night’s immense tragedy, in which Unitarian minister, Reverend Cseh Denes, who served the Unitarian Church in the town of Medgyes (Medias), apparently caused the death of his two children (aged 5 and 7) and then ended his own life. Condolences and support from the Unitarian Universalist Association have been received by Transylvanian Unitarian Bishop, Reverend Ferenc Balint. US congregations—especially those with partner churches in Transylvania—are strongly encouraged to extend their condolences and support at the first opportunity.
The church in Medgyes does not currently have an American partner congregation.