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Our congregation has been in partnership with the Annie Margaret Barr Secondary and Higher Secondary School in the village of Kharang in the Khasi Hills of North East India since 2003. This is a Unitarian-run rural school in the poor tribal state of Meghalaya, where there is little access to public education. This school is able to serve over 300 students, having more than doubled in size since our partnership support began.  The school is open to students of all backgrounds.

Hajom Kissor Singh

History of Unitarians in the Khasi Hills: Unitarianism in Khasi Hills is a home-grown faith founded by Hajom Kissor Singh in 1897 when he celebrated the first church service in his house with three others in attendance. Hajom Kissor Singh discovered Unitarianism through questioning his Methodist faith which came to him from missionaries converting those from the indigenous Khasi Seng tribal religion. Through sharing his own spiritual ideas with others, he was told by a Hindu reformer about the Unitarian minister, the Rev. C. H. A. Dall, then working in Calcutta, to whom he wrote, obtaining a copy of William Ellery Channing’s works. He recognized his own beliefs in the materials which inspired Singh to found the Unitarian faith in this predominantly Christian area of India. With over 35 churches, it is the fourth largest Unitarian community in the world. Learn more.

History of Our Partnership: Our involvement with Khasi Hills began initially through a Religious Education cultural exchange program with the Unitarian Church in Jowai. We participated in a Sponsor-A-Student program from 2003 through 2012 for the Annie Margaret Barr Higher Secondary School in Kharang and then funded minor capital improvements. In 2015-2016 we funded the launching of the Higher Secondary School so that children could graduate high school near their village rather than traveling to the state capital. In addition to supporting the school, a student of our campus ministry co-founded and built the orphanage, the Children’s Village. The more recent focus is raising $10,000 annually to fully fund two teachers at the Higher Secondary School until accreditation is reached and government funding kicks in.

Beyond financial support, our partnership is rooted in mutual cultural exchange and inspirational support. Several church members have embarked on pilgrimages to the Khasi Hills, and we have hosted guests from India multiple times.  The Khasi Hills Partnership Team has organized multiple events including recognition of Anniversary Day which is the founding of Unitarianism in the Khasi Hills, Shad Suk Mynsiem which is a tribal cultural spring festival in which our Khasi siblings participate, and also cultural holidays of India including DiWali Festival of Lights and Holi Festival of Colors. A highlight is hosting an annual church service, Khasi Hills Partnership Sunday, which includes inspiration from our Khasi Hills siblings in spirit.

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Khasi Hills Updates

Khasi Hills Partnership Focuses on Cultural Exchange, Financial Support

Cultural exchange as well as financial and inspirational support is the focus of the Khasi Hills Partnership Team activities. Our church has been on the forefront of introducing U.S. congregations to authentic Khasi Hills traditions ...
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Khasi Hills Anniversary Day Scenes

Direct from our friends in India are scenes from the 137- year founding of Unitarianism in the Khasi Hills. We recognized their Anniversary Day at our September 18 service and highlighted their community practice of ...
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Celebrating Khasi Spring Festival and Our Partnership

Hear about the indigenous roots of our Khasi Hills Unitarian sisters and brothers in India, including the spring festival, Shad Suk Mynsiem. Nandanik Dance Troupe will be performing, culminating with a festival dance in the ...
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Khasi Hills Meeting About Spring Festival

The Khasi Hills Partnership Team had an extraordinary Zoom meeting with our India Partners on March 20 to discuss plans for the May 22 Khasi Hills Partnership Sunday and the traditional Khasi Spring Festival, Shad ...
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Thanks from Khasi Hills School

The Khasi Hills Partnership team would like to share this greeting from our main contacts in India. Nangroi Suting and Barri Mukhim have visited our church on a number of occasions, in person and virtually. We ...
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