Nurture U/U spiritual and faith formation; Promote justice, activism, and advocacy in relationship with global U/U & interfaith partners and with grassroots organizations; Maintain and cultivate strategic diplomatic relationships to advance justice and liberation globally
Unitarians, Universalists, and Unitarian Universalists (U/U) around the world are connected through a story of bold, compassionate faith that we’ve been creating together for centuries.
The International Office of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) includes three collaborative programs:
The International Resources Office—provides resources and guidance to assist congregations in reaching out beyond church walls and across borders, connecting with the work of U/U individuals and organizations worldwide, while maintaining and developing linkages with historical and new U/U communities around the world.
The UUA Office at the United Nations—engages in international advocacy work at the UN based on UU values and partners with congregations to engage UUs in action as global citizens and justice activists.
The UU Holdeen India Program—translates UU values into bold action through partnerships with organizations that advance justice and equity in India.
Explore and Engage with the Global U/U Story
Unitarian Universalist theologies worldwide are diverse and evolving. On our website, there are opportunities to find Unitarian Universalists abroad, learn more about our global faith, and explore the resources for international engagement that we have compiled for Unitarian Universalists and for congregations to more fully engage with our world community in spiritual and justice-seeking ways.
See a map of the U.S. and Canadian congregations that are internationally engaged and consider how your congregation might be involved too.
Learn more about the International Justice work of Unitarian Universalism.
UU Partner Churches
Many UUA congregations have forged partnerships with UU and Unitarian congregations in other parts of the world, especially in Transylvania, Northeast India, and the Philippines. The UU Partner Church Council (UUPCC) were for many years the faithful stewards of these partnerships. With the UUPCC's dissolution, and international U/U collaboration currently in a state of transition, the UUA will host some resources to assist existing partnerships.
UUA International Blog
Event Recap: Human Rights and Policing Through a Global LensFrom UUA InternationalOn December 15, 2021 the UU@UN hosted an event on current global policing policies and how those policies affect marginalized communities.
Protecting Migrants’ Fundamental Rights with the UU@UNFrom UUA InternationalDecember 18 is International Migrants Day, an occasion to recognize and mobilize around protecting migrants’ fundamental human rights.
Engaging Attention and Action at the United NationsFrom UUA InternationalIn honor of Human Rights Day, UU@UN Director reflects on the human rights priorities of the UUA Office at the UN.
The International Joint Working Group
The UU International Joint Working Group (JWG) consists of the senior staff of the International Council of Unitarians and Universalists (ICUU), the International Office of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), and the Unitarian Universalist Partner Church Council (UUPCC).
The JWG is committed to:
- Establishing and supporting faith-based relationships of U/Us around the world.
- Growing the free, liberal faith of Unitarian/Universalism globally.
And, the JWG has the following overarching goals:
- To speak with a consistent and clear point of view on issues, projects, and programs that overlap the ICUU, UUA, and the UUPCC
- To serve as representatives of our respective organizations in order to collaborate on programs and events related to the international U/U global community
- To bring collective reflection to U/U international work and efforts.