Blue Ribbon Award for Congregations Supporting the UU Office at the United Nations
Blue Ribbon Award for Congregations Supporting the UU Office at the United Nations
International Engagement & Building Peace

A short video (<2.5 minutes) to recognize the 2019-20 Blue Ribbon Congregations

Congratulations to the 2019-2020 Blue Ribbon Congregations

The following 21 congregations have met the requirements to become a Blue Ribbon Congregation and have shown their dedication to human rights and international social justice through their support of the Unitarian Universalist Office at the United Nations. Congratulations to all of this year's winners! View a map of congregations who have received the Blue Ribbon award in previous years.

  • South Fraser Unitarian Congregation (Surrey, BC)
  • First Unitarian Church of Victoria (Victoria, BC)
  • Chalice Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Conejo Valley (Thousand Oaks, CA)
  • Unitarian Society of New Haven (Hamden, CT)
  • The Unitarian Church in Westport (Westport, CT)
  • First Unitarian Society of Wilmington Delaware (Wilmington, DE)
  • North Shore Unitarian Universalist Society (Lacombe, LA)
  • The First Parish in Bedford, Unitarian Universalist (Bedford, MA)
  • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Salisbury (Salisbury, MD)
  • Morristown Unitarian Fellowship (Morristown, NJ)
  • Universalist Unitarian Church of Halifax (Halifax, NS)
  • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Huntington (Huntington, NY)
  • Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock (Manhasset, NY)
  • Unitarian Church of Staten Island (Staten Island, NY)
  • All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church (Watertown, NY)
  • Kingston Unitarian Fellowship (Kingston, ON)
  • Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Washington County (Hillsboro, OR)
  • First Unitarian Church of Portland (Portland, OR)
  • Unitarian Universalist Church of North Hatley (UU Estrie) (North Hatley, QC)
  • San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (San Marcos, TX)
  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington (Arlington, VA)

The Blue Ribbon Award is an annual recognition that the Unitarian Universalist Office at the United Nations grants to congregations who demonstrate their commitment to building a world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all. These congregations are awarded based on their financial support of and active engagement with the work of the UU@UN. Having a prominent place within the civil society community at the United Nations gives Unitarian Universalists the chance to let our values be heard and respected on a global stage. Unitarian Universalists have had an outsized impact by working with the United Nations and its Member States and agencies to promote Unitarian Universalist understandings of justice and inclusion in their work for human rights, peace, and climate action. UU@UN Envoy Teams allow UU congregations to have an impact locally through uplifting United Nations initiatives and the values of interdependence and multilateralism in their communities. The UU@UN’s work is only possible because of the generosity of congregations and individuals who support it.  Congratulations and appreciation for all 2019-20 Blue Ribbon Congregations!

Blue Ribbon Award Requirements

Unitarian Universalist congregations have a great opportunity to strengthen support for the Unitarian Universalist Office at the United Nations (UU@UN) by working to achieve Blue Ribbon status. The Blue Ribbon Award is given yearly to congregations that have proved their continued support of the UU@UN by meeting the following four requirements: 

  1. Have an Envoy, Youth Envoy, or Envoy Team.
    Envoys serve as the link between their congregation, the UU@UN, and the United Nations. They promote UU@UN​ education and advocacy in their congregations and bring local concerns to the international stage through the UU@UN​. Learn about the Envoy Program.
  2. Hold an annual UN Sunday service.
    In celebration of the founding of the United Nations on October 24, 1945, the UU@UN​ invites congregations to deepen their understanding of the United Nations by devoting one service in October to highlighting the work of the UU@UN​ and reaffirming the connections between UU principles and vital issues dealt with at the UN. Learn about United Nations Sunday.
  3. Have 15 members or 5% of your congregation become UU@UN​ Supporters.
    The annual contribution rate for UU@UN​ Supporters is $60 (or $30 for Retired/Student Supporter).  Please create a document to keep track of the Supporters from your congregation and send to the UU@UN​ with your UN Sunday report. See sidebar for Supporter details and become a Supporter today.
  4. Give the UU@UN​ an annual budget line or collection plate.
    Talk to your minister and administrators to find out how to create an annual budget line. Alternatively, the collection plate criteria can be accomplished at your UN Sunday service! Read Instructions to send donations (PDF) collected in your congregation (US or Canada) to the UU@UN​.

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) National Conference.
  • Formal recognition on the UU@UN​ website.
  • A specialized plaque to be displayed at your congregation.

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

For more information contact unitednations@uua.org.

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