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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Unitarians in North East India Celebrate 125th Anniversary

    On September 18, 1887 Hajjom Kissor Singh started the journey of organized Unitarianism in North East India.  And, on that same day in 2012, 125 years later, the anniversary celebration and worship of the members of the Unitarian Union of North East India were spectacular.  It...
    By Eric Cherry | 10/3/2012
  • SEWA meeting in New Delhi

    The UU Holdeen India Program - one of the UUA's International programs - has been supporting and building solidarity with social-change and rights-based organizations for nearly 30 years. In August 2011 a new director was hired for UUHIP after the retirement of the founding...
    By Eric Cherry | 9/14/2012
  • Unitarian Union of North East India Celebrates 125 Years

    This year, the Unitarian Union of North East India (UUNEI) celebrates the 125th anniversary of its founding with a series of special events from June 2012 through February 2013. The Unitarian Church of Madan Laban commissioned and recently unveiled a commemorative statue of...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 9/12/2012
  • 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
  • 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
  • Celebrating Kathy Sreedhar

    Kathy Sreedhar, a champion of social justice in India for five decades, is retiring from the Unitarian Universalist Holdeen India Program (UUHIP) at the end of June. For the last 28 years she has built the program into a major force for grassroots social change in India. She...
    By Derek Mitchell | 6/4/2012
  • UU Holdeen India Program Roadshow

    The UU Holdeen India Program (UUHIP) is a powerful expression of Unitarian Universalism’s commitment to social justice. Since 1984, UUHIP has supported organizations of India’s most vulnerable groups as they seek to advance empowerment and promote equity. It is committed to...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 4/6/2012
  • First UU Church of Houston Funds Unitarian School in Tynring, India

    In January 2012, six members of First UU Church of Houston, and of the International Convocation of UU Women (ICUUW), visited the Unitarian churches and schools of northeast India, in a region called the Khasi Hills, one of the poorest regions of India. There we learned that...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 4/5/2012
  • A Dinner in Honor of Kathy Sreedhar at the Embassy of the United States in New Delhi

    On October 31st the United States Chargé d'Affaires in New Delhi, Ambassador Peter Burleigh, held a dinner in honor of Kathy Sreedhar, Director Emerita of the UU Holdeen India Program (UUHIP). Ambassador Burleigh hosted the dinner at Roosevelt House, the historic Ambassador’s...
    By Derek Mitchell | 11/21/2011
  • Incredible Support for the UU Holdeen India Program

    Derek Mitchell, the new Director of the UU Holdeen India Program (UUHIP), shares the following update: During August and September, friends of the UU Holdeen India Program (UUHIP) have shown incredible support for the work of our partners. An Uplifting Musical Contribution On...
    By Derek Mitchell | 9/21/2011
  • Ela Bhatt honored with Radcliffe Award

    In keeping with a historied tradition of honoring individuals who have had a transformative impact on society, Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study bestowed this year's Radcliffe Institute Medal upon Ela Bhatt, founder of the Self-Employed Women's...
    By Nicole McConvery | 6/1/2011
  • Holdeen Partner ENSS/SUTRA Receives Changemakers Grant

    The Omidyar Network and Ashoka's Changemakers program announced UU Holdeen India Program partner Ekal Nari Shakti Sangathan (ENSS), a social movement working through Social Uplift Through Rural Action (SUTRA), as a winner of their "Property Rights: Identity, Dignity, &...
    By Nicole McConvery | 4/28/2011
  • "My Life"

    This is an essay by a student of the Dalit Shakti Kendra (DSK) vocational school in Ahmedabad, a partner of the UU Holdeen India Program. This student won the "My Life" composition award at her graduation ceremony, which President Morales attended last month on his journey...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/29/2011
  • International Women's Day: Ela Bhatt Counted Amongst "Women Deliver 100"

    Ela Bhatt, founder of the Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA), a partner of the UU Holdeen India Program,  is on the list of top 100 people working to advance women's lives worldwide. In line with 100th anniversary of International Women's Day, advocacy organization...
    By Nicole McConvery | 3/8/2011
  • Unitarians in the Khasi Hills

    On February 14, 2011, Rev. Peter Morales, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), embarked upon a two-week journey to India to visit with several partners of the Unitarian Universalist Holdeen India Program (UUHIP) and with leaders of the Unitarian Union of...
    By Peter Morales | 3/2/2011
  • Empowerment through education

    On February 14, 2011, Rev. Peter Morales, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), embarked upon a two-week journey to India to visit with several partners of the Unitarian Universalist Holdeen India Program (UUHIP) and with leaders of the Unitarian Union of...
    By Peter Morales | 3/1/2011
  • Waste pickers of New Delhi

    On February 14, 2011, Rev. Peter Morales, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), embarked upon a two-week journey to India to visit with several partners of the Unitarian Universalist Holdeen India Program (UUHIP) and with leaders of the Unitarian Union of...
    By Peter Morales | 2/28/2011
  • They are leaders. And it could be dangerous.

    On February 14, 2011, Rev. Peter Morales, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), embarked upon a two-week journey to India to visit with several partners of the Unitarian Universalist Holdeen India Program (UUHIP) and with leaders of the Unitarian Union of...
    By Peter Morales | 2/25/2011
  • SEWA Organizes the Poorest of the Poor

    On February 14, 2011, Rev. Peter Morales, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), embarked upon a two-week journey to India to visit with several partners of the Unitarian Universalist Holdeen India Program (UUHIP) and with leaders of the Unitarian Union of...
    By Peter Morales | 2/24/2011
  • Freedom Tastes Like Salt

    On February 14, 2011, Rev. Peter Morales, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), embarked on a two-week journey to India to visit with several partners of the Unitarian Universalist Holdeen India Program (UUHIP) and with leaders of the Unitarian Union of...
    By Peter Morales | 2/23/2011
  • Seeds of a Social Revolution

    On February 14, 2011, Rev. Peter Morales, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), embarked upon a two-week journey to India to visit with several partners of the Unitarian Universalist Holdeen India Program (UUHIP) and with leaders of the Unitarian Union of...
    By Peter Morales | 2/22/2011
  • India’s Hidden Poverty

    On February 14, 2011, Rev. Peter Morales, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), embarked upon a two-week journey to India to visit with several partners of the Unitarian Universalist Holdeen India Program (UUHIP) and with leaders of the Unitarian Union of...
    By Peter Morales | 2/17/2011
  • UUA President Launches Social Justice Journey Across India

    Rev. Peter Morales to Meet with Human Rights Activists and Union Leaders MUMBAI – On February 14, 2011, Rev. Peter Morales, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), embarks on a two-week journey to India to visit with several partners of the Unitarian...
    By Nicole McConvery | 2/11/2011
  • Clinton honors SEWA founder Ela Bhatt with Fairness Award

    Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presented the first Global Fairness Initiative Award to Ela Bhatt, founder of the Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA), a partner of the Unitarian Universalist Holdeen India Program (UUHIP). "She (Bhatt) has helped not only...
    By Nicole McConvery | 11/16/2010
  • Holdeen Partner Profile: AIDMI

    The All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI) is a non-governmental, community-based organization that works towards reducing disaster risk in some of India’s most vulnerable communities. Linking these communities to national and international humanitarian relief and...
    By Nicole McConvery | 11/4/2010
  • IARF-India Chapter: Organizing Human Rights Education

    The International Association for Religious Freedom (IARF) works for freedom of religion and belief at a global level by encouraging interfaith dialogue and tolerance.  Founded in 1900, the organization has member groups in twenty-five countries, from faith traditions including...
    By Nicole McConvery | 10/22/2010
  • Holdeen Partner Breakthrough Launches Global Campaign Against Domestic Violence

    Mallika Dutt, CEO and President of Breakthrough, a UU Holdeen India Program Partner, announced the launch of the "Bell Bajao" global campaign on domestic violence yesterday at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). Launched in 2008, Bell Bajao (Hindi for "Ring the bell") calls on...
    By Nicole McConvery | 9/21/2010
  • UUHIP: Partners for Justice in India

    The UUA's International Resources Office is happy to announce the release of "UUHIP: Partners for Justice in India," a great introduction to the work and philosophy of the Unitarian Universalist Association's Holdeen India Program. UUHIP works with key leaders and organizations...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/16/2010
  • Honoring Ela Bhatt

    The Niwano Peace Foundation has chosen Ms. Ela Ramesh Bhatt as the 2010 honoree of the Niwano Peace Prize . In selecting Ms. Bhatt as an awardee for 2010, the Peace Prize Committee said she is "an inspiration to all of us with her commitment to uplifting the downtrodden by...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/9/2010
  • Shramajivee Mahila Samity

    As noted in an ealier blogpost, Shramajivee Mahila Samity - a UU Holdeen India Program Partner - was the recipient of the 2009 "Harriet Tubman Freedom Award" from Free The Slaves. Please share this video about the important and inspirational work of SMS.
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 11/19/2009
  • Mallika Dutt Receives American Courage Award

    It's been an exciting week for the UU Holdeen India Program's partners! Last week, Shramajivee Mahila Samity (SMS) – India received the Harriet Tubman Award from Free the Slaves; this week, Mallika Dutt received the American Courage Award from the Asian American Justice Center...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 10/9/2009
  • Shramajivee Mahila Samity Wins Freedom Award

    Shramajivee Mahila Samity (SMS) – India, a partner of the UU Holdeen India Program, has received this year’s Harriet Tubman Award from international human rights organization, Free the Slaves. Open to organizations and individuals working to defeat the human trafficking...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 9/29/2009
  • International Engagement: UU from Unity Church-Unitarian serves UUHIP partner Vidhayak Sansad

    Please welcome guest blogger Wendy Harris writing from a tribal village near Vasai in the state of Maharashtra, India where she has spent the summer working with UU Holdeen India Program partner Vidhayak Sansad. “You lead English prayer?” The request, by the exercise instructor...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/25/2009

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