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  • LOVE REACHED OUT: UU-UNO General Assembly Recap

      Thank you for joining the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office during our General Assembly 2014 Events!   UU-UNO Director, Bruce Knotts, spoke at LGBTQ and Immigration - An Intersection of Human Rights, hosted by UURISE, on Thursday, June 26th. Bruce...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 7/28/2014
  • 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
  • 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
  • Inspired by Indonesian Unitarians

    The Unitarians of Indonesia are an inspiring part of our global faith with tremendous commitment, good organization, an evangelical attitude, and a strong focus on ministry with youth and young adults. It was a pleasure to visit with them for 4 days in April 2013. Gereja...
    By Eric Cherry | 5/10/2013
  • Burundi Unitarians Respond to Devastating Market Fire in Bujumbura

    On January 27th a devastating market fire razed thousands of businesses in Bujumbura, Burundi, effectively straining the country's economy for weeks, if not months to come.  The minister of the Unitarian Church in Bujumbura, Rev. Fulgence Ndagijamana, shared the following...
    By Eric Cherry | 1/30/2013
  • New Khasi Unitarian Hymnal Published

    Great news from Rev. Khlur Mukhim!  May the music be a blessing. Dear friends, Being a member of the standing Hymnal Revision Committee (HRC), I feel lucky I could attend yesterday the special meeting of UUNEI officials and some other church members at Jowai.  Graced by the...
    By Eric Cherry | 1/24/2013
  • UUCP Learning Center Now Open

    The Unitarian Universalist Church of the Philippines's (UUCP's) Learning Center was inaugurated on December 18th, 2012. Now completed, the facility will serve as an educational center for pre-school children in a remote village in Canlaon City. Construction of the building was...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 1/14/2013
  • Stories of Strength and Self-Assurance

    The following post was written by Rev. Kathleen McTigue, director of the UU College of Social Justice (UUCSJ). She just finished coleading a service-learning trip to explore justice for rural India with the UU Holdeen India Program. Our delegation just traveled to India’s...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 12/10/2012
  • The Familiar and the Foreign

    The following post was written by Laney Ohmans, membership coordinator at the First Unitarian Society in Minneapolis and member of Unity Church Unitarian in St. Paul. She is currently taking part in a service-learning trip to explore justice for rural India with the UU Holdeen...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 12/6/2012
  • Typhoon Pablo impacts UU Church of the Philippines

    Yesterday evening the UUA received news that Typhoon Pablo had impacted the UU Church of the Philippines headquarters in Dumaguette City.  News from the UU congregations throughout Negros Island is still coming in, but so far most of the damage reported by them is to...
    By Eric Cherry | 12/6/2012
  • Letter from the UU-UNO Director

    UU-UNO Director’s Letter: November 2012 Bruce Knotts 50th Anniversary Celebration and Hurricane Sandy Our November 3rd , the UU-UNO’s 50th anniversary celebration almost didn’t happen.  Just days before, New York City and the surrounding area was hit by Hurricane Sandy.  We...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 12/4/2012
  • The Proverbial Fire Hose of Experience

    The following post was written by Rev. Jay Leach, senior minister of the UU Church of Charlotte. He is currently taking part in a service-learning trip to explore justice for rural India with the UU Holdeen India Program. Since disembarking from our plane in the Mumbai airport...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 11/30/2012
  • The Power of Collective Action

    The following post was written by Rev. Kathleen McTigue, director of the UU College of Social Justice (UUCSJ). She is currently coleading a service-learning trip to explore justice for rural India with the UU Holdeen India Program. On Tuesday we traveled from Mumbai to Usgaon,...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 11/28/2012
  • Why We're on the Ground in Rural India

    The following post was written by Rev. Kathleen McTigue, director of the UU College of Social Justice (UUCSJ). She is currently coleading a service-learning trip to explore justice for rural India with the UU Holdeen India Program. The first of our UUCSJ journeys to India is...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 11/26/2012
  • Exploring Faith-Based Social Justice in Burundi

    The following post was written by Rev. Eric Cherry, director of the Unitarian Universalist Association’s International Office. Cherry was one of the leaders of the UUSC-UUA Supporter Journey to Tanzania and Burundi.  Service-Learning trips through the UUSCJ are a terrific way...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 11/19/2012
  • Love, Dedication, and the Constitution of Tanzania

    The following post was written by Patricia Jones, manager of UUSC’s Environmental Justice Program. She is currently coleading the UUSC-UUA Supporter Journey to Tanzania and Burundi. The Tanzania Gender Networking Program (TGNP) is hosting a UUSC-UUA delegation of supporters in...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 11/14/2012
  • Eager Anticipation: Prepping for Trip to Africa

    The following post was written by Evan Seitz, senior associate for service-learning programs with the UU College of Social Justice. I am not graceful when preparing for trips. I fret about everything from which type of trail mix to bring to whether our hosts will meet me at the...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 11/7/2012
  • UU College of Social Justice: Upcoming Service Learning Opportunities

    With its official launch at General Assembly 2012, the mission of the UU College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) is to increase the capacity of Unitarian Universalists to catalyze justice. A formal collaboration of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and the Unitarian...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/17/2012
  • Half the Sky

    The Half the Sky movement is cutting across platforms to ignite the change needed to put an end to the oppression of women and girls worldwide, the defining issue of our time. Inspired by journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's book of the same name, Half the Sky brings...
    By Eric Cherry | 7/5/2012
  • The UU-UNO announces its 2011-12 Blue Ribbon Congregations

    Each year, the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office awards its most supportive congregations with blue ribbon status. To achieve this coveted status, a congregation must fulfill the following criteria: Have an Envoy, Youth Envoy or Envoy Team Conduct an annual...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 6/18/2012
  • UU-UNO Director's Report: June 2012

    Every Child is Our Child Project in Ghana Please see a full report on the May 7-12 visit to the UU-UNO Every Child is Our Child Project. This group plans to meet again at General Assembly. We are working and planning together to sustain and hopefully to grow this important...
    By Bruce Knotts | 6/7/2012
  • Hundreds Participate in Race for Environmental Awareness in Khasi Hills

    On Saturday May 25th, 600 runners turned out for the Unitarian Union of North East India's (UUNEI) 4K "Quasquicentennial Green Run" in celebration of the 125th anniversary of Unitarianism's founding in the Khasi Hills. Drawing participation from all over the Khasi-Jantia Hills...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 6/5/2012
  • See "The Minister's War" at UUA General Assembly

    In 1939, Waitstill and Martha Sharp left behind the safety of their home in Wellesley, Massachusetts and flew to war-torn Europe. In Nazi-occupied Prague and Paris, in the grim detention camps of Vichy France and on hidden trails through the Pyreenees, they risked their lives to...
    By Eric Cherry | 5/22/2012
  • Ready for More Invigorating Work in Haiti

    The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is partnering with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) on a joint volunteer trip to Haiti, April 28–May 5, 2012. In the post below, trip communications specialist Nicole McConvery of the UUA writes in anticipation of a...
    By Nicole McConvery | 4/27/2012
  • New York City Bar Association Hosts Public Forum on LGBT Rights in Africa

    Re-posted from the 44th Street Blog, the official blog for the New York Bar: On April 23rd, the New York City Bar Association hosted a public forum called “LGBT Rights as Human Rights: Recent Legal Developments in Africa,” which considered developments in LGBT rights in relation...
    By Bruce Knotts | 4/25/2012
  • BorderLinks: Putting a Human Face on the Border Crisis

    In preparation for Justice GA in Phoenix, Ariz., (June 20-24, 2012) the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) have jointly organized three Service Learning trips to the U.S.-Mexico border with our partner organization,...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 4/24/2012
  • UU-UNO Spring Seminar 2012

    After months of preparation, the UU-UNO Spring Seminar kicked off from April 12-14 with great success! Titled "Beyond Borders: Breaking Barriers of Race and Immigration," the annual gathering did just that, drawing 119 participants from across the US and Canada for a weekend of...
    By Bruce Knotts | 4/23/2012
  • April BorderLinks Delegation Prepares to Begin

    In preparation for Justice GA in Phoenix, Ariz., (June 20-24, 2012) the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) have jointly organized three Service Learning trips to the U.S.-Mexico border with our partner organization,...
    By Eric Cherry | 4/18/2012
  • UU-UNO Director’s April Report

    Race and Immigration We are just days away from the UU-UNO annual Spring Seminar, where we will spend three days examining global immigration from the perspective of race.  Around the world, migrants are treated differently because of their race.  Perhaps in most cases, people...
    By Bruce Knotts | 4/10/2012
  • Community and Song on the Front Porch in Haiti

    UUSC is partnering with the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) on a joint volunteer trip to Haiti, March 10-17. In the post below, trip participant Linda Kim Duncan tells the story of a delightful song-filled evening of connection with people of the Papaye Peasant Movement...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/21/2012
  • From the Road: Kamaichi and Sendai

    The visual parallels between the atomic bomb blast in Hiroshima and the tsunami that hit Japan’s northeast coast a year ago are eerie. In Hiroshima we saw once more the famous photographs of Hiroshima before and after the bomb. In Kamaichi and Sendai the signs of breathtaking...
    By Peter Morales | 3/20/2012
  • Love Beyond Borders – Advent of the New Movement

    From the day of its inception, the UU-UNO Love Beyond Borders campaign has focused on creating an allied response to global LGBT/SOGI issues. (LGBT=Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender is the term most used in the United States; SOGI=Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity is the term...
    By Bruce Knotts | 2/24/2012
  • Philippines Earthquake Update

    Rev. Eric Cherry, Director of the International Office at the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), is currently in the Philippines attending a bi-annual Council meeting with the International Council of Unitarians and Universalists (ICUU). The ICUU fosters connections...
    By Eric Cherry | 2/7/2012
  • From the Road: Mexico City

    On the heels of the recent BorderLinks service learning trip, which ran from Jan. 24-27, UUA President, the Rev. Peter Morales had the opportunity to visit with UU's in Mexico City. Below he shares reflections on worshiping with this vibrant emerging community. I have been...
    By Peter Morales | 2/7/2012
  • From the Road: Nogales

    In preparation for Justice GA in Phoenix, Ariz., (June 20-24, 2012) the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) have jointly organized three Service Learning trips to the U.S.-Mexico border with our partner organization, ...
    By Peter Morales | 2/2/2012
  • From the Road: On the Border

    In preparation for Justice GA in Phoenix, Ariz., (June 20-24, 2012) the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) have jointly organized three Service Learning trips to the U.S.-Mexico border with our partner organization, ...
    By Peter Morales | 1/31/2012
  • From the Road: Tucson

    In preparation for Justice GA in Phoenix, Ariz., (June 20-24, 2012) the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) have jointly organized three Service Learning trips to the U.S.-Mexico border with our partner organization,...
    By Peter Morales | 1/27/2012
  • We Are One: Crossing Borders as Unitarian Universalists

    In preparation for Justice GA in Phoenix, Ariz., (June 20-24, 2012) the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) have jointly organized three Service Learning trips to the U.S.-Mexico border with our partner organization,...
    By Eric Cherry | 1/23/2012
  • You Gotta Have Faith: Bruce Knotts stands up for gays at the UN

    By Jordan Arseneaulton Reposted from 2B Online: Unitarian Delegate to the United Nations Bruce Knotts on patience, persistence, and religious responses to the global homophobia epidemic. His Compass for Compassion coalition of faith leaders and diplomats are trying to...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 1/20/2012
  • Recommended Action! CLIMATE CHANGE

    MORE WARNING SIGNALS ON CLIMATE CHANGE While governments hesitate over how to deal with the reality of global warming, the buildup of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere continues at an alarming pace. Resulting weather disruptions like more frequent droughts, floods, and violent...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 1/3/2012
  • Update on LGBT Human Rights in the Political Sphere

    Hillary Clinton US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a historic speech outlining LGBT rights as human rights at the UN. Presidential Memorandum The White House issued a Presidential Memo setting on LGBT rights, specifically confirming the US government’s obligation to...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 12/19/2011
  • Typhoon in the Philippines

    This past weekend Typhoon Sendong struck the southern Philippines island of Mindinao causing the deaths of nearly 700 people with more than 800 additional people still missing.  Recovery efforts are underway. The Unitarian Universalist Church of the Philippines is centered in...
    By Eric Cherry | 12/19/2011
  • UU-UNO Director's Monthly Report: December 2011

    In my last report, you read about our history making LGBT coalition to end global homophobia. We continue to meet via phone to work for justice. Just after our October 11-12 conference at Union Theological Seminary, the UU UNO launched into one of it busiest periods of work.  It...
    By Bruce Knotts | 11/28/2011
  • Climate Change and Forced Migration

    The following post was written by Guy Quinlan.  He is a member of UU-UNO Climate Change Task Force and attends All Souls Church in New York City. CLIMATE CHANGE AND FORCED MIGRATION In February 2010 the US Defense Department reported that “climate-related changes are already...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 11/8/2011
  • San Diego Gay and Lesbian News (SDGLN) Coverage

    Read more about the Compass for Compassion Conference! Editor in Chief of the San Diego Gay and Lesbian News (SDGLN), Ken Williams, recapitulates the conference and highlights our Executive Director, Bruce Knotts. SDGLN exclusive: Uganda remains a lightning rod over gay rights...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 10/24/2011
  • Another History-Making Month: UUA United Nations Office Monthly Report for October

    We began the month with the opening of the UN General Assembly under intense security.  The street where we work (44th street) was blocked by police and the only way we were allowed entry was by showing our UN badges.  There were snipers on the roof of the UN, helicopters in the...
    By Bruce Knotts | 10/19/2011
  • UU Led UN LGBT Consultation Agrees To Next Steps

    In the Spring of 2009, Human Rights Watch called the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office and said that fundamentalist ministers and politicians were inflaming homophobic hatred in Uganda.  Human Rights Watch asked the UU-UNO to form a coalition of progressive faith...
    By Bruce Knotts | 10/14/2011
  • A Seminarian's Experience at Tsubaki Grand Shrine

    Christian Schmidt is a third year UU seminarian at Andover Newton Theological School. In August 2011 he 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 partner of the...
    By Eric Cherry | 10/6/2011
  • Take the UN Flag Out of the Closet: UUA United Nations Office Monthly Report for September

    This is the first of a regular series of monthly reports that Bruce Knotts, the Director of the UU United Nations Office (UU-UNO), will be providing to constituents.  Look for future reports on or around the 15th of the month.  Contributions to support the work of the UU-UNO ...
    By Bruce Knotts | 9/16/2011
  • UU Marches in Solidarity With Bolivian Indigenous Community

    Since August 15, 2011, more than 1,500 Bolivian indigenous men, women, and children have embarked on a 350-mile trek, from the Amazonian lowlands of Trinidad to the highlands of La Paz, in opposition of a national highway construction project that would cut through a protected...
    By Nicole McConvery | 9/15/2011

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