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International Engagement & Building Peace
  • Seeking Reproductive Justice: Roadblocks to Women's Economic Empowerment Around the World

    By Emma Langsner The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is a two week long conference where events are hosted in and around the United Nations Headquarters by member states, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and civil society. During the conference, which takes...
    4/19/2017
  • International Flower Communion

    This exciting invitation to Unitarian Universalists in the United States comes from the Unitarian community in Prague, on the occasion of the 95th anniversary of the Flower Communion this June. Dear Friends, Unitarians in Prague are celebrating the 95th Anniversary of...
    3/27/2017
  • Defend Our United Nations from US Budget Cuts

    Donald Trump destroys what he doesn’t have the knowledge to understand nor appreciate. This has been clear since the 1980s, and on numerous occasions he has shown tragic disregard for historical and artistic treasures. Fast forward to 2017. The President’s proposed budgets...
    By Bruce Knotts | 3/21/2017
  • An Afternoon of Accepting Others and Breakings Stigmas

    By Emma Langsner The afternoon of Friday January 27, 2017 I experienced one of the most empowering events at the United Nations Headquarters. It was the 18th annual Committee on Teaching About the United Nations (CTAUN) conference titled: Refugees the 21st Century Challenge....
    By UUA International Resources: UU United Nations Office | 3/2/2017
  • Thinking Equal in Vietnam

    Bruce Knotts is the Director of the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office. In January, he travelled to Vietnam to endorse the Think Equal initiative and to China to encourage greater civil society participation at the United Nations. Here, he writes about his experience...
    By Bruce Knotts | 3/1/2017
  • Weaving Global Partnerships at the Third International Women's Convocation

    As the orange sun set over the Pacific Ocean on Thursday, February 16, 2017, women gathered from around the world in Pacific Grove, California to begin a three-day convocation exploring issues important to women’s rights and justice. It was the Third International Convocation of...
    By Allison Hess | 2/24/2017
  • Responding in the Wake of the Storm: Hurricane Matthew Relief and Environmental Racism

    By Kwanique Andrews Tuesday, October 4th, 2016 will be a day that will never be forgotten in South Haiti. About 90 percent of the area that Hurricane Matthew struck was completely destroyed, affecting residents in a variety of ways. Due to the destruction, the people living...
    2/20/2017
  • Asian LGBT Communities: Creating Safe and Tolerant Space

    By Mengxi Zhao Recently the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO) held a discussion panel themed “Creating Safe and Tolerant Space for Asian LGBT Communities” in the UN Church Center. Four panelists: Robert Kaku Gunn, Lu Jun, Rashima Kwatra, and Omair Paul...
    2/14/2017
  • Religious Freedom ain't what it used to be

    Celebrate Religious Freedom Day this week, and keep in mind that "Religious Freedom" ain’t what it used to be.   Yes, the historic meaning it typically brings to mind for religious liberals continues to be relevant in present day struggles:  freedom of...
    By Eric Cherry | 1/11/2017
  • If we hate haters for hating...

    A refugee justice rally was held at South Australia's Parliament house on Saturday, December 3rd, organized by the University of Adelaide's Students Against Racism group. Rev. Rob MacPherson, Minister of the Unitarian Church of South Australia, was asked to speak at that rally...
    12/12/2016
  • Human Rights Day in an unjust world

    Every year on December 10th, the world celebrates Human Rights Day. It is the anniversary of the day the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. This year marks 68 years since these rights were acknowledged to belong inherently to every human...
    By Allison Hess | 12/8/2016
  • Unitarians in Poland - Then and Now: A Historical Study Tour with the Rev. Dr. Jay Atkinson

    Unitarians in Poland - Then and Now: A Historical Study Tour with the Rev. Dr. Jay Atkinson  June 6-11, 2017 JOIN US on a visit to the 16th century’s Unitarian “heartland” where early religious dissenters —who called themselves the Polish Brethren—first...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 12/6/2016
  • Day of Religious Freedom - 13th January

    In 1568, on January the 13th, the Diet of Torda (Transylvania) proclaimed: “His majesty, our Lord, in what manner he—together with his realm—legislated in the matter of religion at the previous Diets, in the same matter now, in this Diet, reaffirms that in every place the...
    12/2/2016
  • The Future of Human Rights Protection at the United Nations

    A troubling new initiative has just been proposed at the United Nations which threatens all human rights protection, but focused on sexual orientation/gender identity human rights.  On Monday, the NGO Committee on Human Rights, of which I am a co-chair, met the newly...
    By Bruce Knotts | 11/14/2016
  • Refugee Crisis - Where is the world?

    This guest post is from the Unitarian Universalist Peace Ministry Network (UUPMN). It was written by Ann Lundberg, a member of UUPMN and of The Unitarian Church in Westport, CT. Whether the global refugee crisis is the worst humanitarian crisis of our time-- or just the most...
    11/8/2016
  • Hurricane Matthew - Why we care

    This blog post is written by Rebecca Bowe, an intern at the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office working on the Racial Justice Initiative. This summer she spent 9 days in Haiti with a mental health team, aiming to implement a mental health component to a medical...
    By UUA International Resources: UU United Nations Office | 10/20/2016
  • UN Report Shows Burundi Regime's True Colors: Brutal, Cruel, and Defiant

    The Rev. Fulgence Ndagijimana, minister of the Unitarian Church of Burundi, provides a reaction to the recent UN Human Rights report following their investigation into events in Burundi.  Since April 2015, when people massively took to the streets to oppose a...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 10/17/2016
  • 17 Goals for a World Community - with peace, liberty, and justice for all

    Goals work.  Lose weight, save money, set up a study schedule to improve grades.  Set some goals and work towards achieving them and whether or not you achieve your goals, you’ll have improved performance over what would have been the case without goals. You’ve...
    By Bruce Knotts | 9/15/2016
  • Update from Burundi Unitarians (at home and in exile)

    Rev. Fulgence Ndagijamana, Minister of the Unitarian Church of Burundi, has distributed this important update via the International Council of Unitarians and Universalists (ICUU).  Dear friends, colleagues, partners and global UU family, It has been a while...
    By Eric Cherry | 9/15/2016
  • Indian Independence Day for Khasi Unitarians

    This guest post on our blog is by Dranwell Barishisha "Barri" Mukhim. Barri is a member of the Unitarian Union of North East India; here, she writes about what Indian Independence Day (August 15) means to her as a Khasi Unitarian. India was freed from about 300 years of...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/15/2016
  • Burundi Resolution at the United Nations

    The violent atrocities and political impasse in Burundi that have threatened our Unitarian siblings there continue to be of great concern to the international community. On July 29, the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution, UN Security Council Resolution 2303,...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/11/2016
  • Climate Call to Action: Lessons from Bhutan

    When it comes to addressing climate change, we must draw from as many sources as possible to seek creative solutions. On July 13, I attended a side event at the United Nations Headquarters titled “Getting to Zero: A Poverty, Environment, and Climate Call to Action for the...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/10/2016
  • Joint Activism: Working Together for Human Rights and Dignity

    At the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO), we work to ensure that all people’s human rights are upheld and respected, no matter who they are or what their circumstances. Although advocacy areas are often separated, with some organizations and people working to...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/8/2016
  • What Americans Owe the Hibakusha

    This guest post on our blog is from the Rev. Chris J. Antal, the minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Rock Tavern, New York. He had been a military chaplain for five years until he resigned in April as an act of protest to U.S. policies regarding armed drones...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/5/2016
  • Global Unitarian and Universalist community gathers in the Netherlands

    From July 17-23, 2016 the International Council of Unitarians and Universalists held its biennial Council Meeting and Conference in the Netherlands.  Nearly 150 people, including a large delegation of Young Adults U/Us from around the world, gathered for planning...
    By Eric Cherry | 8/5/2016
  • Sports and Development: A Promising Pair

    With the summer Olympics coming up this month, sports are at the front of people's minds worldwide. Every couple of years we are reminded of the power of sports to bring the international community together in constructive, friendly competition. They serve as a symbol of our...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/4/2016
  • Financing for Women, Peace, and Security

    Sixteen years ago, a landmark resolution on Women, Peace, and Security passed in the Security Council of the United Nations. That resolution, UNSCR 1325, laid the foundation for a new approach to global security, and alongside the Beijing Declaration, the global community...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 7/26/2016
  • Interfaith and International Engagement at UUA General Assembly

    At the end of June, Unitarian Universalists gathered in Columbus, OH for a week of learning, worship, and activism. The Unitarian Universalist Association’s General Assembly this year brought a special perspective to UU social justice work. The theme for GA 2016 was “Heartland:...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 7/14/2016
  • Tracing the origins of Racism

    Unitarian Universalists have a long history of engaging in racial justice advocacy individually and as congregations. As people of faith who believe in the inherent worth of every person, UUs strive for justice, equity and compassion in relationships and work for systemic change...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 6/27/2016
  • World Refugee Day, 2016

    As we celebrate World Refugee Day, let us remember that all of our peoples migrated from somewhere else.  Even indigenous peoples have migrated.  Migration is always difficult, but perhaps it is harder now than it’s been for a long time.  There are some 65 million people who...
    By Bruce Knotts | 6/20/2016
  • Bolder Ways of Being a Unitarian Universalist Activist

    On May 20th - 22nd, 2016, the Canadian Unitarian Council invited Unitarian Universalists across Canada to explore  Bolder Ways of Being in Vancouver. For their now bi-annual national conference, participants were invited to learn and discuss ways to step out of their comfort...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 6/16/2016
  • Inclusive Education for Global Citizenship: UN Conference in Gyeongju, Korea

    The 66th Annual United Nations (UN) Department of Public Information/Non-Governmental Organization (DPI/NGO) Conference was held in Gyeongju, Republic of Korea from May 30 through June 1, 2016. This year’s conference was on Education for Global Citizenship: Achieving the...
    By Bruce Knotts | 6/15/2016
  • Ethical Eating: A Solution to Climate Change

    As climate change continues on its current course, it becomes an increasing existential threat to human civilization. The Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office’s (UU-UNO's) Climate Justice Initiative is compelled to acknowledge this threat, and try to find solutions...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 5/31/2016
  • Letter from a Blue Ribbon Congregation: The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Huntington

    Why and how does the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Huntington, New York, continue its support of the UU United Nations Office at the "Blue Ribbon Congregation Award" level In June 2016, at this year’s UUA General Assembly in Columbus, Ohio, our congregation, the Unitarian...
    By Allison Hess | 5/25/2016
  • General Assembly 2016: Where Faiths Connect

    Insert photo gallery here The 54th anniversary of the UUA’s General Assembly was a rich and interconnected hub of activity on the international front as we hosted guests representing over eight nationalities. Additionally, numerous events, workshops, and celebrations with an...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 4/27/2016
  • The Colors of Inequality: 2016 UU-UNO Intergenerational Spring Seminar

    This guest post on our blog is from Isabella Gavanski, one of the Youth participants in this year's Intergenerational Spring Seminar - The Colors of Inequality: Costs and Consequences. My name is Isabella Gavanski, I am 15 years old and I attend the Lakeshore Unitarian...
    By Allison Hess | 4/25/2016
  • A Different Kind of Social Justice – Pastoral Care, from Accotink to Ajijic

    Contributions by Scott Sammler Michael & SMDA Our fellowship was born in 1987 when a small group of expatriate religious liberals came together to meet as Unitarian Universalists in San Miguel de Allende. The fellowship has been active and thriving ever since...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 4/8/2016
  • United Nations Reform: Slow, patient work to make the UN better

    Bruce Knotts is Director of the Unitarian Universalist Association United Nations Office. He also serves as Chair of the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace, and Security and Co-Chair of the NGO Committee on Human Rights. As President and CEO of the NGO Committee on...
    By Bruce Knotts | 3/30/2016
  • Of Trees and Sweeping

    Florence Caplow is a Soto Zen priest in the Suzuki Roshi lineage, and a dharma teacher, field botanist, UU seminarian at Iliff School of Theology, essayist, and editor. She was the recipient of the UUA’s Tsubaki Grand Shrine Scholarship in 2015 and is currently on her visit with...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/17/2016
  • Behind the scenes at COP21

    This guest post is by Ahti Tolvanen. Ahti is a UU-UNO Envoy for Lakehead Unitarian Fellowship in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Here he writes about his experience as a participant in the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) international climate change conference in Paris, which took...
    By Allison Hess | 2/23/2016
  • Unitarian leader takes Equal Marriage stand in Romania

    Rev. Dávid Gyero, the Deputy Bishop of the Hungarian Unitarian Church (Churches in Transylvania, Romania and Hungary), has shared his recently issued courageous statement on Equal Marriage.  By way of context, Romania is currently in the midst of a Constitutional struggle that...
    By Eric Cherry | 2/9/2016
  • Responding to Requests for International Contributions

    In the context of war and violence, mounting injustice, natural disasters and countless other severe challenges around the world, Unitarian and UU leaders in many countries are responding in creative and impactful ways to the issues they face locally. In recent weeks, requests...
    By Eric Cherry | 2/4/2016
  • February Update on Situation for Burundi Unitarians

    Rev. Fulgence Ndagijimana, founder and minister of the Unitarian Church in Burundi, has shared the following update on the current situation in Burundi. For further context and background information, read "Making Sense of the Burundi Crisis." You are welcome to share this...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 2/3/2016
  • UUPCC Youth & Young Adult International Opportunities

    [gallery type="rectangular" link="none" ids="8039,8040,8041,8042,7985"] UUPCC Young Adult Grants for ICUU Conference & Council Meeting 2016 The UU Partner Church Council has set aside funds to provide assist young adult participants (ages 21 – 35) to attend the International...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 1/28/2016
  • 70th Anniversary of the First UN Resolution to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons

    On January 24th, 1946, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously passed its first resolution, which called for the establishment a commission to monitor nuclear energy around the world, and for the elimination of atomic weapons and other weapons of mass destruction. This...
    By Allison Hess | 1/25/2016
  • Making Sense of the Burundi Crisis

    Rev. Fulgence Ndagijimana, founder and minister of the Unitarian Church in Burundi, has prepared an article that will help interested people understand the context and background of the current situation  You are welcome to share this article widely. Donate online to support...
    By Eric Cherry | 1/25/2016
  • ICUU Conference and Council Meeting 2016

    [gallery type="rectangular" link="none" ids="7984,7985,7986,7987,7988"] Dear Unitarian and Unitarian Universalist Friends Around the World: The International Council of Unitarians and Universalists (ICUU) warmly invites you to attend the 2016 ICUU Council Meeting and...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 1/15/2016
  • A Monumental Achievement: Unitarian Universalists at COP21

    Climate change has become a huge focus in the last couple years, politically and socially. Some of us have been working on it much longer, but it’s inspiring to see the commitment spread to more people and gather more support. Even Beyoncé is involved, having starred in the...
    By Allison Hess | 1/12/2016
  • Celebrating the Declaration of Religious Freedom and Tolerance

    On January 13, 2016 the Hungarian Unitarian Church honours the 448th anniversary of the Declaration of Religious Freedom and Tolerance, an edict which might be considered as the first legal guarantee of religious freedom in the Christian Europe. 448 years ago, in 1568, on...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 1/7/2016
  • Odumase-Krobo, Where Every Child is Our Child

    By Tatiana Reis (Women's Rights Initiative) and Daniel Snyder (Climate Justice Initiative) UU-UNO Program Interns “I want to be a nurse,” says Grace, the first in her family to reach high school—a monumental task in regions such as Odumase-Krobo in Ghana—explaining the...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 12/7/2015

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