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Get Involved with the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office

Guided by our principles, Unitarian Universalists (UUs) are called to advocate for international human rights; to be a voice for the voiceless by promoting the inherent worth and dignity of all living things.  The UU-UNO is the UU voice to the UN. Join our Global Social Justice movement by getting involved and building awareness!

Become an Envoy

Envoys represent the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO) within their congregation. They work to give their congregation a voice at the United Nations and distribute important information on current UN and UU-UNO activities. Envoys are extremely valuable to the UU-UNO because they are the link between the office and the global UU community. Make sure your congregation has an envoy—a connection to the United Nations.

Attend the Intergenerational Spring Seminar

Every April, youth and adults from around North America gather in New York City for our exciting and educational Intergenerational Spring Seminar. All participants gain a deep understanding on a topic of global concern in a fun intergenerational environment. Past seminars have focused on poverty, HIV, human trafficking, peacekeeping, and climate change. The 2015 topic is on International Criminal Justice. 

Intern at the UU-UNO

Our internship program provides young people an exciting opportunity to learn about the United Nations and to work in support of UN efforts to eradicate injustice, and promote human rights around the world. Interns working at the UU-UNO conduct research, build partnerships within the UN and NGO community, work on our communications and develop resources.

  • We are currently accepting applications for Summer 2015. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2015. To apply for an internship for Summer 2015, please send your Resume, Cover Letter (including area of interest), and Writing Sample to Nicole Tiedeman, the Intern and Office Coordinator, at:  ntiedeman@uua.org

Host a UN Sunday Service

Every year, the UU-UNO invites congregations and individual UUs to deepen their understanding of the United Nations by devoting one service each October to reaffirm the connections between UU principles and the vital issues dealt with at the UN.The theme for each year follows that of the Intergenerational Spring Seminar. 

  • Learn more about hosting a UN Sunday
  • Resource: UN Sunday Resource Packet
  • Submit your UN Sunday sermon for a chance to win our Dana Greeley Award

UN Religious Education

The UU-UNO has a Religious Education packet titled: “UN Me.” Please share this information with your Religious Education committee and help our children expand their knowledge of international affairs!

Blue Ribbon Congregation

You have a great opportunity to strengthen support for the UU-UNO by helping your congregation achieve blue ribbon status. In order to do this, your congregation needs to meet 4 criteria and to maintain this status must be met annually. In return, your congregation will be recognized for its steadfast dedication to international human rights and be honored at a United Nations Office event at UUA General Assembly.

Learn more about UU-UNO Programs

Learn more about our history at the United Nations

For more information contact unitednations@uua.org.


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For more information contact unitednations @ uua.org.

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Last updated on Friday, November 21, 2014.

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