Become a UU-UNO Envoy
What Is a UU-UNO Envoy?
An Envoy serves as a representative of the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO) within their local congregation and connects the congregation to our world community. Envoys receive information on UN initiatives, global UU connections, and international engagement opportunities, and then plan events in their congregation to promote the program. Envoys are extremely valuable to the UU United Nations Office because they are the link between the office and local UU communities.
Many Envoys work collaboratively on related initiatives with other groups at the congregation (social justice, peace action, sustainability, etc.) to amplify the mission of each group. The UU-UNO is here to help - a number of resources are available to help Envoys keep on track, generate ideas, and accomplish their goals. Take a look at the Envoy Resources webpage for some guidance and suggested actions!
If your congregation does not already have an Envoy or Youth Envoy, consider becoming one. Or better yet, consider forming an Envoy Team. The UU-UNO encourages congregations to form multigenerational Envoy teams or committees in order to get the whole congregation involved.
How Can I Become an Envoy or Youth Envoy?
To become an Envoy first read about Envoy Responsibilities, speak with your congregational leadership/minister to get their support, and then contact our Envoy Coordinator by email, unenvoycoordinator [at] uua [dot] org or by phone at (617) 948-4366. We will add you to the Envoy email list and send you an Envoy welcome packet.
- January Conference Call Minutes (PDF)
- Envoy Responsibilities
- Donation Instructions for Congregations (PDF)
Check out the Envoy Resources page for many more resources for Envoys! There is a whole list of suggestions for action to take with your congregation and other guidelines and suggestions to help keep you on track. That page also includes brochures and flyers you can print and share.
Envoy Program History
How did the UU-UNO and the Envoy system originate, and how is it related to the UUA?
In 1962 the U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Adlai Stevenson in talking to Reverend Dana Greeley suggested that each UU congregation have an Envoy who would inform UUs about the activities of the UN. Following this, an office was set up by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) to coordinate the efforts of such Envoys. Thus, the UU United Nations Office was formed and initially under the Department of Social Justice, UUA. Later, it was spun off as an associate organization with no direct funding from UUA. In July 2011, the UU-UNO rejoined the UUA as a part of its the International Resources Department.