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  • UU-UNO April 2014 Director's Letter

    Religious Freedom Most of the time, we see religious freedom invoked to protect conservative religious views.  However, Unitarians and Universalists have a long and pioneering history of supporting religious freedom, because our progressive views have never been shared by the...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 5/5/2014
  • UU United Nations Office Climate Action Team Update

    We are approaching the 1 since the launch of the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office Climate Action Team Initiative. We are happy to report that a total of 16 Climate Action Teams have been established across the United States and Canada. While each Climate Action Team...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 5/1/2014
  • UU United Nations Office Climate Action Team Update

    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 4/30/2014
  • India’s Supreme Court Asserts Rights of Transgender Community

      by  Daniel Lofredo Rota  The rights of India’s transgender population have been legally recognized for the first time by the country’s top court. India’s citizens now have a right to choose their gender, including a ‘third gender,’ which the government must include as a...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 4/28/2014
  • Californians are Thirsty But the State’s Fracking Wells Aren't

    As many of you may know, the UU United Nations Office is dedicated to combating climate change and environmental degradation. Staying abreast of both domestic and international issues, we are very concerned about the water crisis in California. In the midst of one of the worst...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 4/25/2014
  • 5 Day Fast For Climate Change

    My name is Caroline, and I am a graduate student intern with the UU-UNO Climate Change Program. In light of the Typhoon disaster in the Philippines, I have decided to fast during the last week of the Warsaw Conference. From sunrise Monday the 18th, until sundown Friday the 22nd...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 4/17/2014
  • IARF World Congress: Challenges for Religious Freedom in the Digital Age

    Registration is open for the IARF 34th WORLD CONGRESS which will be held from 24-27 August, 2014 at Birmingham University, Birmingham, UK . The keynote speaker is Karen Armstrong, leader in the creation of THE CHARTER FOR COMPASSION.  Small group sessions and outings will...
    By Rev. Eric Cherry | 4/14/2014
  • Sacred Roots: Indigenous Rights, Resistance, and Reclamation - Recap

    Since 1957 the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office has hosted an annual Spring Seminar. In 1998 the event became an intentionally inter-generational space that brought together youth, young adults, and adults in shared dialogue around issues that matter to our...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 4/14/2014
  • The Tutu Global Forgiveness Challenge

          Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu, who became the icon of forgiveness as the Chair of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and his daughter, the Reverend Mpho Tutu, are issuing a Global Forgiveness Challenge to coincide with the release of...
    By Rev. Eric Cherry | 4/2/2014
  • CSW 58 in Review

    After two weeks of discussion, argument, song, dance, discernment, and community building, the 58th Commission on the Status of Women has drawn to a close. Hundreds of individuals from all over the world to foster dialogue regarding the role of women in the Post-Millennium-...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/21/2014
  • In Remembrance of the Manya Krobo Paramount Queen Mother

    In Remembrance of Madam Mary Rose Quist (Nana Manye Mamle Okleyo) Manya Krobo Paramount Queen Mother (1920-2013) During our February 7-14 visit to the Every Child is Our Child Project in Ghana, we were saddened to learn of the passing of the Paramount Queen Mother of the Manya...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/17/2014
  • Healing Our World and Ourselves

    Thanks to generous donations from members of the Climate Change Task Force and the fundraising efforts of Unitarian Universalist Justice Florida, the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office's (UU-UNO) Climate Change program intern, Caroline Achstatter, was able to attend...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/12/2014
  • Meet Susan: Every Child is Our Child Student and Future Nurse!

    During our 2014 Every Child Is Our Child site visit I had the pleasure of meeting Susan and was immediately taken aback by the fire and determination in her eyes. Susan is one of our four Senior High School Students and the only one who is not boarding at her school. It is...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/11/2014
  • CSW's 58th Session and the UU-UNO's Parallel Events

      Background of CSW The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is a functional commission of UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). It was established on 21 June 1946. It is the principal global intergovernmental policy-making body that dedicated to the promotion of...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/10/2014
  • Spring Seminar in Retrograde: Top Five Countdown!

    By Dylan Debelis Since 1957 the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office has hosted an annual Spring Seminar. In 1998 the event evolved into an intentionally intergenerational space that brought together youth, young adults, and adults in shared dialogue around issues...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/6/2014
  • An Open Letter to World Leaders

    Calling to end pushing LGBTIs into double victimization! First, donors do not fund LGBTI support programs (except few exceptions over the recent years and its too little). Second, donors continue funding governments ignoring their human rights violations against LGBTIs. As...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/5/2014
  • Uganda and Beyond

    by Val Kalende (Reposted from the Huffington Post) Uganda's "jail the gays" bill will likely become law anytime soon perhaps as soon as this week. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has promised Ugandans that he will assent to the bill after receiving medical evidence from...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/4/2014
  • Basic Freedoms in a Homophobic World

    On February 27th, 2014 the NGO Committee on Human Rights and Unitarian Univeralist United Nations Office held a panel discussion on Homophobia around the world.The panel centered on actions taken by the Russian, Ugandan, Nigerian, and Indian governments against the LGBTQIA...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/4/2014
  • 2014 Every Child is Our Child Site Visit

    In early February, Bruce Knotts, UU-UNO Director, and Maria Militano, Every Child is Our Child (ECOC) intern, traveled to Odumase Krobo, Ghana for our yearly monitoring visit.  The purpose of this visit was to maintain our relationship with the ECOC leaders, build new...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 2/26/2014
  • Meet Susan: Our Wonderdul High School Student

    During our 2014 site visit (INSERT LINK), we had the pleasure of meeting a very special student that has been in our program since 2010.  Susan is an inspiring young woman whose resilience and perseverance shines through.  She is 18 years of age and is in her first year of...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 2/24/2014
  • 'Anti-gay' bill becomes law in Uganda (updated)

    It was dreadful to wake up this morning to the news that the President of Uganda had signed the 'anti-gay' bill into law.  Though this action has looked likely for weeks, there has been some hope that Museveni would challenge the popular will in his country.  Instead, he re-...
    By Rev. Eric Cherry | 2/24/2014
  • Final Session of the Open Working Group for Sustainable Development

    We are Here, and We are Heard Once again, the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO) played an active role during the final session of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development. Between the dates of February 3rd and 7th, the OWG8 discussed important...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 2/21/2014
  • Eleanor Mason

    Our esteemed colleague and beloved friend Eleanor Mason passed January 29th, 2014, peacefully in her daughter's arms at the age of 94. A founding member of the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship (MUF), Eleanor was the UU-UNO volunteer Envoy Coordinator for many years, succeeded by...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 2/18/2014
  • KUJENGA MADARAJA: Spanning Cultures

    New York became the World Unitarian and Unitarian Universalist community hub when 120 participants from 25 different countries gathered January 27-31 for the Council Meeting and Conference of the International Council of Unitarian Universalists (ICUU)). This was first time...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 2/14/2014
  • FUSW Youth Exchange Program

    U/U youth are invited to participate in an international youth exchange program through the First Unitarian Society of Westchester (FUSW). Since 2008, American U/U youth have been exchanging with U/U families in Europe for a couple weeks each year, experiencing the profound...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 2/12/2014
  • A Review of the LGBT-Faith and Asylum Network Retreat

    A Review of the LGBT-Faith and Asylum Network Retreat January 8-January 10, 2014 The trip from New York City to Washington, D.C., daunting as it may seem for a first-timer, is quite easy and comfortable. As a native New Yorker, born and raised, I had never embarked on a trip...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 1/16/2014
  • Beyond Agreements and Laws - Doing World Peace with International Bridges to Justice

    Is world peace an optimist’s dream? Something shouted at war protest by people who don’t understand the way the world works? Or is it something much more realistic? If you want to take action that’s beyond just talking about it – this is for you. As broadcast on KKFI Kansas...
    By Sarah Foster | 1/15/2014
  • Uganda Passes the Anti Homosexuality Bill

    On Friday, December 20, 2013, the Ugandan Parliament passed the long-dreaded kill-the-gays bill otherwise known as the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.  The bill, as passed, does not call for the death penalty; instead, it mandates life imprisonment for "aggravated homosexuality."...
    By Bruce Knotts | 12/20/2013
  • Dark Day for Gay rights in India

    Last week's report that India's Supreme Court had issued a ruling upholding the criminalization of gay sex was shocking.  And, LGBT activists in India have organized and responded quickly.   Derek Mitchell, the Director of the UUA's Holdeen India Program writes from New...
    By Rev. Eric Cherry | 12/16/2013
  • INTERNATIONAL U/U YOUNG ADULT LISTENING PROJECT

    ..   If you're a U/U young adult living outside the US, we want to talk to you! The UUA International Office is conducting a listening project. If you're interested, book Shawna Foster or send her an email. What's a listening project? It's when an interviewer spends time...
    By Rev. Eric Cherry | 12/13/2013
  • Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office Reflections on the Warsaw Climate Change Conference

    Warsaw Climate Conference 2013 – THE INSIDE SCOOP   Since 1995, The United Nations Climate Change Conference has been held annually at different locations around the world. This year, the conference was held in Warsaw, Poland from November 11th  through the 23rd. We were...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 12/10/2013
  • KUJENGA MADARAJA - Spanning Cultures: ICUU Conference & Council Meeting

      The International Council of Unitarians and Universalists (ICUU) will hold its biannual Conference and Council Meeting January 28-31, 2014 at the beautiful and inspiring campus of the UU congregation at Shelter Rock in Manhasset, New York.   More than 140 Unitarians...
    By Nicole McConvery | 12/10/2013
  • UUA President Attends the 9th World Assembly of Religions for Peace: "Welcoming the Other"

    As I attend the Religions for Peace World Assembly in Vienna, I can’t help but feel deep pride as a Unitarian Universalist. There are more than six hundred religious leaders here from all over the world—Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists and Sikhs. There are even...
    By Rev. Eric Cherry | 11/22/2013
  • Religions for Peace will inaugurate 9th World Assembly

    Every 5-6 years the worlds largest and most representative interfaith organization focused on Peace, Religions for Peace (RFP) convenes a World Assembly of senior-most religious leaders for the purpose of forging a deep moral consensus on contemporary challenges, eliciting a...
    By Rev. Eric Cherry | 11/19/2013
  • Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office Annual Fall Awards Ceremony

      The sound of laughter, smooth jazz, and the clink of champagne glasses rose out of Reidy Hall, located in the lower level of All Souls in New York City, on Friday evening, November 8th, 2013. Old friends were gathered around tables adorned with elegant flowing table...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 11/15/2013
  • UU Church of the Philippines and Typhoon Haiyan

    Update, Monday November 17, 0013: Reaching Out to Survivors in the Philippines In the week since a super typhoon devastated parts of the Philippines, UUSC and the UUA have sprung into action with the generous support of donors to the UUSC-UUA Philippines Typhoon Haiyan Relief...
    By Rev. Eric Cherry | 11/9/2013
  • All Souls Unitarian Church (Washington, DC) premiers amazing film

    In 1996, a box was uncovered at the home of a parishioner of All Souls Unitarian Church in Washington D.C. In that box were nearly 50 colorful drawings made by children as thanks for gifts received from the church fifty years earlier. Not many people in the church knew the...
    By Rev. Eric Cherry | 11/6/2013
  • Unitarians respond to Bujumbura Central Market fire

    Reverend Fulgence Ndagijamana, minister of the Assembly of Unitarian Christians of Burundi writes from Bujumbura:  On January 27th 2013, the central market of Bujumbura caught fire and thousands of families lost their livelihoods. It is important to remember that the central...
    By Rev. Eric Cherry | 11/4/2013
  • New UU Leadership in the Philippines

    [gallery type="rectangular" ids="5448,5457,5456,5455,5454,5453,5452,5451,5450,5449"] On Sunday, October 20, 2013 the Bicutan UU Church in Metro-Manila installed its first minister, Rev. Ma. Theresa (Tet) Gallardo.  The church's new chapel, which was dedicated one year ago, was...
    By Rev. Eric Cherry | 11/1/2013
  • Challenges for Religious Freedom in the Digital Age | August 2014

    The International Association for Religious Freedom (IARF) will be hosting its 34th World Congress at the University of Birmingham, in the United Kingdom, from August 24 to 27, 2014. The theme of the upcoming congress, "Challenges for Religious Freedom: The Digital Age," is...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 11/1/2013
  • 2013 UN Sunday Readings

    Get excited for UN Sunday! To celebrate UN Day (October 24th), the UU-UNO posted readings to be used for a UN Sunday service or event.   We invited our UU-UNO Envoys (and any passionate congregants) to host UN Sunday service or event and focus on this year's topic: Sex, Love and...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 10/25/2013
  • International Bridges to Justice: Vishna's story

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KcDzMnHzlZs]. Visit Communities of Conscience website Vishna is a four year old boy who is like any other you will meet at that age. He is from Cambodia, and has bright brown eyes and pinchable cheeks. His...
    By Rev. Eric Cherry | 10/16/2013
  • The Philippines endures earthquake

    A magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck the Philippines earlier this week, centered below the island of Bohol.  A state of emergency has been declared in Bohol and Cebu.  Please extend your thoughts and prayers to all who are suffering through this disaster. The center of Unitarian...
    By Rev. Eric Cherry | 10/16/2013
  • ICUU International Ministers Gathering: February 1-2, 2014

    ICUU International Ministers Gathering February 1 and 2, 2014 Theme: Connecting As Ministers Across Unitarian and Unitarian Universalist Cultures “We serve and work in many different countries, within many different cultures, in different economies and political settings,...
    By Rev. Eric Cherry | 9/30/2013
  • A Seminarian’s Experience at Tsubaki Grand Shrine

    Sarah E. Gillespie is a UU seminarian & 2014 M.Div candidate at Andover Newton Theological School. In July 2013 she was the recipient of the UUA’s Tsubaki Grand Shrine Scholarship. Tsubaki Grand Shrine is an ancient Shinto shrine in Suzuka, Japan, and an historic interfaith...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/30/2013
  • Be Like Others: Transgender Life in Iran

     In the Islamic Republic of Iran, homosexuality is criminalized and punishable, in some cases by death.  However, sex reassignment surgery is legal with government permission, and Iran performs the second most sex reassignment surgeries of any country in the world.  On...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/26/2013
  • Saving Syria: Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in the Syrian Civil War

    Hello, my name is Russell Hathaway.  I am a student at the University of Chicago and an intern at the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO), studying sexual and gender-based violence in the Syrian Civil War in coordination with our office program: Women: Security...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/23/2013
  • New Climate Change Religious Education Curriculum

    Hi! My name is Lily Hartzell and I'm an intern at the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office. I live in California, and I'm entering my senior year of high school. This summer I have been creating a religious education curriculum geared towards fourth and fifth graders....
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/20/2013
  • Event Recap "Food Security, Nutrition, Land Degradation: Climate-Resilient Solutions"

    Food security, nutrition, sustainable agriculture, land degradation, climate change and their interactions have all been major topics of discussion in the development of the United Nations (UN) post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals. In 2011, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/9/2013
  • Hiroshima Day 2013

    Today (August 6, 2013) is Hiroshima Day! As we observe the 68th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, individuals and congregations alike are invited to view our available interfaith and Unitarian Universalist (UU) resources. Perhaps one of the most inspiring stories to...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/6/2013

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