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UU-UNO Intergenerational Spring Seminar
With a deep passion for and commitment to international human rights, youth and adults from all over North America gather annually for our three day seminar to dig deeply into issues with global impact.
Through peer and expert-led panel discussions, community building activities, keynote speeches and worship services, participants undergo a transformative process of learning, reflection, and growth as we explore some of the most challenging issues facing humanity today.
Our 2017 seminar will be April 6-8, 2017 in New York City. (Youth and sponsors will arrive April 5th for orientation.) The tentative theme for our seminar is Disarmament. Together, we will consider Unitarian Universalist (UU) engagement with issues like:
- Gun control and the proliferation of small arms;
- Nuclear disarmament and the abolition of other weapons of mass distruction;
- Drone warfare;
- Chemical and biological weapons;
- Strengthening global peace and security.
Youth at Spring Seminar
The UU United Nations Office's Intergenerational Spring Seminar is open to anyone age 14 and up, and typically around half of all participants are between ages 14 and 18. Youth orientation begins a day early, so for Seminar 2017 youth will arrive on April 5. Safety is our top priority—all youth attending the seminar must be accompanied by a youth sponsor (maximum 5 youth per sponsor).
- Youth Sponsors: Adults over the age of 25 who travel to the seminar with youth participants and supervise them throughout, including lodging with the youth at an NYC congregation. Housing provided, $100 discount with code YOUTHSPONSOR2016.
- Travel Squad Leaders: Youth will be traveling from All Souls NYC to the UN Church Center each day; this position will be in charge of ensuring their assigned group gets to the location safely. To qualify for this position you must have a sense of direction in New York City and we prefer that you live in the Metro NY area.
- Youth Deans: Youth leaders during the seminar and key members of Seminar Planning Committee. Two-year position for youth aged 14-18. All fees, including registration, travel, food, and lodging are covered by UU-UNO. Application closed for 2016.
- Youth Chaplains: Provide a listening ear to participants who need to process the spiritual or emotional impact of their experience. Must receive chaplain training prior to start of the seminar. All fees, including registration, travel, food, and lodging are covered by UU-UNO. Application closed for 2016
We have a number of leadership roles available to those who'd like to take on a more hands-on role in facilitating the seminar (open to youth or adults). The following positions are selected by the staff of the UU United Nations Office and the chairs of the Planning Committee:
- Planning Committee Members: In the months leading up to the Spring Seminar, our Planning Committee convenes via phone, forming subcommittees to determine and coordinate: programming, budgeting, publicity, worship, speakers, youth programming, and scholarship recipients. Registration fees covered by UU-UNO. Application closed for 2016
- Collaboration Group Leaders: Leaders that facilitate intergenerational small group discussions during the Seminar; prompt questions will be provided. Registration fees are reduced 10%. Download Application Form.
- Adult Chaplains: Support youth staff during Spring Seminar and provide a listening ear to participants who need to process the spiritual or emotional impact of their experience. Must receive chaplain training prior to start of the seminar; preferably clinical pastoral education. All fees, including registration, travel, food, and lodging are covered by UU-UNO. Application (PDF)
Previous Spring Seminars
- 2016: The Colors of Inequality: Costs and Consequences
- 2015: International Criminal Justice: From Punitive to Restorative
- 2014: Sacred Roots: Indigenous Rights, Resistance and Reclamation
- 2013: Sex, Love, and Violence: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in a Globalized World
- 2012: Beyond Borders: Breaking Barriers of Race and Immigration
- 2011: Empower Women for a Better World
- 2010: A Climate of Change