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. See our Getting Started page for guidance on how to start an Envoy Team.
How Can I Become an Envoy or Youth Envoy?
To become an Envoy first read about Getting Started as well as Envoy Tasks, 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.
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.
2018-19 Theme: Just Migration
The 2018-19 yearly theme for the UU-UNO is When Crisis Calls: Advancing Just Migration for All. Envoys should focus on addressing and educating their congregations about global displacement, refugees, and migration between April 2018 - March 2019. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – which includes the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 associated targets – seeks to ensure that all nations and all people everywhere are reached and included in achieving the SDGs. It is our responsibility to take action to make sure this includes all refugees, migrants, and other displaced people are included in accessing all of these goals, such as good health (SDG 3), gender equality (SDG 5), clean water (SDG 6), and decent work (SDG 8).
Be In Touch! Envoy Communication Mechanisms
There are several ways to communicate ideas, plans, and questions with your fellow Envoys...
- UU-UNO Envoys Facebook group - Instructions to join and use (PDF)
- UU-UNO Envoys Google Group - Instructions to join and use (PDF)
- Monthly Conference Calls (Check the dark blue box in the sidebar or the Envoy News for details on upcoming calls)
- Add your congregation's Envoy or Envoy Team to the Map of UU-UNO Envoys. When logged in, click the username of an Envoy on the map to contact them directly.
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 the International Resources Department.