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Blue Ribbon Award for Congregations Supporting the UU United Nations Office

We are very pleased to announce the 2014-2015 Blue Ribbon Congregations:

  1. Unitarian Universalist Church of Surprise (Surprise, AZ)
  2. South Fraser Unitarian Congregation (Surrey, BC)
  3. Monte Vista Unitarian Universalist Congregation (Montclair, CA)
  4. The Unitarian Church in Westport (Westport, CT)
  5. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Castine (Castine, ME)
  6. First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg (Winnipeg, MB)
  7. Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church (Adelphi, MD)
  8. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Salisbury (Salisbury, MD)
  9. Glacier Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (Kalispell, MT)
  10. Unitarian Universalist Church of Manchester (Manchester, NH)
  11. Morristown Unitarian Fellowship (Morristown, NJ)
  12. Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces (Las Cruces, NM)
  13. All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church (Watertown, NY)
  14. Unitarian Universalist Fellwoship of Huntington (Huntington, NY)
  15. Unitarian Church of All Souls (New York, NY)
  16. Unitarian Church of Staten Island (Staten Island, NY)
  17. Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock (Manhasset, NY)
  18. Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Rock Tavern (Washingtonville, NY)
  19. Universalist Unitarian Church of Halifax (Halifax, NS)
  20. Kingston Unitarian Fellowship (Kingston, ON)
  21. First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto (Toronto, ON)
  22. First Untarian Congregation of Ottawa (Ottawa, ON)
  23. Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga (Mississauga, ON)
  24. Lakehead Untarian Fellowship (Thunder Bay, ON)
  25. Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Washington County (Hillsboro, OR)
  26. First Unitarian Church of Portland (Portland, OR)
  27. Unitarian Society of Germantown (Philadelphia, PA)
  28. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County (State College, PA)
  29. Unitarian Universalist Church of North Hatley (UUEstrie) (North Hatley, QC)

Congratulations to all of this year's winners! Blue Ribbon Congregation Award plaques are presented to representatives of the winning congregations each year at the Canadian Unitarian Council's Annual Conference & Meeting and at the Unitarian Universalist Association's General Assembly.

You have a great opportunity to strengthen support for the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO) by helping your congregation achieve Blue Ribbon status. In order to do this, your congregation needs to:

  1. Have an Envoy, Youth Envoy, or Envoy Team.
    Envoys serve as the link between their congregation, the UU-UNO, and the United Nations. They promote UU-UNO education and advocacy in their congregations and bring local concerns to the international stage through the UU-UNO.
  2. Hold an annual UN Sunday service.
    In celebration of the founding of the United Nations on October 24th, 1945, the UU-UNO invites congregations to deepen their understanding of the United Nations by devoting one service in October to highlighting the work of the UU-UNO and reaffirming the connections between UU principles and vital issues dealt with at the UN.
  3. Have 15 members or 5% of your congregation donate individually.
    The annual contribution rate is $50 ($40 for ministers and seniors, $20 for youth).  Please create a document to keep track of the individual donors from your congregation and send to Envoy Coordinator with your UN Sunday report.
  4. Give the UU-UNO an annual budget line or collection plate.
    Talk to your minister and administrators to find out how to create an annual budget line. The collection plate criteria can accomplished at your UN Sunday service!

    In return, your congregation will be recognized for its steadfast dedication to international human rights and be presented with:

    • A reception in your honor at UUA General Assembly or the Canadian Unitarian Council (CUC) Annual Conference and Meeting.
    • Formal recognition on the UUA-UNO website.
    • A specialized plaque to be displayed at your congregation.

For more information on how to become a Blue Ribbon Congregation, contact our Envoy Coordinator: unitednations [at] uua [dot] org

2013-2014 Blue Ribbon Congregations

  • First Unitarian Church of Victoria (British Columbia, Canada)
  • Universalist Unitarian Church of Halifax (Nova Scotia, Canada)
  • Kingston Unitarian Fellowship (Ontario, Canada)
  • Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga (Ontario, Canada)
  • First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto (Ontario, Canada)
  • First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa (Ontario, Canada)
  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Surprise (Surprise, AZ)
  • Conejo Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (Newbury Park, CA)
  • First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco (San Francisco, CA)
  • The Unitarian Church in Westport (Westport, CT)
  • First Unitarian Society in Newton (Newton, MA)
  • Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia (Columbia, MD)
  • Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick (Frederick, MD)
  • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Salisbury (Salisbury, MD)
  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Manchester (Manchester, NH)
  • Morristown Unitarian Fellowship (Morristown, NJ)
  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces (Las Cruces, NM)
  • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Huntington (Huntington, NY)
  • Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock (Manhasset, NY)
  • Unitarian Church of All Souls (Manhattan, NY)
  • Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Rock Tavern (Rock Tavern, NY)
  • Unitarian Church of Staten Island (Staten Island, NY)
  • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Stony Brook (Stony Brook, NY)
  • All Souls Unitarian Universalist Congregation (Watertown, NY)
  • Unitarian Society of Germantown (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County (State College, PA)
  • First Unitarian Church of Dallas (Dallas, TX)

2012-2013 Blue Ribbon Congregations

  • First Unitarian Church of Victoria (British Columbia, Canada)
  • Universalist Unitarian Church of Halifax (Nova Scotia, Canada)
  • Kingston Unitarian Fellowship (Ontario, Canada)
  • Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga (Ontario, Canada)
  • First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto (Ontario, Canada)
  • First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa (Ontario, Canada)
  • Prescott Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (Prescott, AZ)
  • Conejo Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (Newbury Park, CA)
  • First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco (San Francisco, CA)
  • Unitarian Church in Westport (Westport, CT)
  • Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church (Adelphi, MD)
  • Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia (Columbia, MD)
  • All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church (Kansas City, MO)
  • First Unitarian Church of St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Manchester (Manchester, NH)
  • Morristown Unitarian Fellowship (Morristown, NJ)
  • Central Unitarian Church (Paramus, NJ)
  • First Unitarian Society of Plainfield (Plainfield, NJ)
  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces (Las Cruces, NM)
  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo (Buffalo, NY)
  • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Huntington (Huntington, NY)
  • Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock (Manhasset, NY)
  • Unitarian Church of All Souls (Manhattan, NY)
  • Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Rock Tavern (Rock Tavern, NY)
  • Unitarian Church of Staten Island (Staten Island, NY)
  • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Stony Brook (Stony Brook, NY)
  • All Souls Unitarian Universalist Congregation (Watertown, NY)
  • Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Washington County (Hillsboro, OR)
  • Unitarian Society of Germantown (Philadelphia, PA)
  • First Unitarian Church of Dallas (Dallas, TX)
  • Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church (Charlottesville, VA)
  • Cedars Unitarian Universalist Church (Bainbridge, WA)
  • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of La Crosse (La Crosse, WI)

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