After attending the Intergenerational Spring Seminar April 11-13, 2019, the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office hopes that all participants will continue engagement with the office and with the issues discussed, such as creating inclusive communities and institutions, and advocating for policies that affirm gender equity on both global and local levels.
Our esteemed presenters, partners, and volunteers have provided the following information and resources for continued engagement (grouped roughly based on topic). We're happy to add more - send additional resources to firstname.lastname@example.org and we can update this list!
Keynote Speaker: Ericka Hart
Learn more about our keynote speaker, Ericka Hart, by checking out their website.
Creating Inclusive Communities
- Here are five ways to take action to support trans UUs. TRUUsT (Transgender Religious professional Unitarian Universalists Together) calls on all Unitarian Universalist communities to act now.
- Read the 2018 report from TRUUsT on the experiences of Trans UUs
- Is your congregation a Welcoming Congregation? The work of welcome is never done! UU Welcoming Congregations are urged to begin their Annual Welcoming Congregational Renewal program to learn about and address the needs of LGBTQ/TGQNB folx.
- Subscribe to Uplift from the UUA's LGBTQ Ministries and Welcoming Congregations Blog and quarterly newsletter
- This YouTube video "Stand up, stand up, people of grace..." was made by a Canadian Unitarian youth and parent in response to an anti-trans rap. The focus of the video is on gender neutral bathrooms but the larger message speaks to intentional inclusion (though regrettably employing ableist language) and how a single person can do something.
Gender Initiatives at the United Nations
Watch the UN Web TV video of the Theme Panel "Gender in an Intersecting World: Action at the United Nations"
Cities for CEDAW
As mentioned by Soon-Young Yoon in the UN Theme Panel, several cities around the United States have already adopted the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) as a city ordinance. Rally your community to do the same with the Cities for CEDAW campaign.
- Cities for CEDAW Toolkit (PDF)
- Abundant further resources from the Cities for CEDAW campaign, including nuts & bolts, tips for talking to an official, templates for city ordinances, reports, videos, and more!
Free and Equal Campaign
- Free and Equal is the United Nations' campaign for equal rights and fair treatment for people around the world who are discriminated against based on their real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. They have some good resources and media to share.
Disarmament and Demilitarization
During the Theme Panel, Ray Acheson talked about her work through Reaching Critical Will (a project of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom) to address the gendered aspects of the impact of weapons and of disarmament processes. Learn more about Reaching Critical Will and get involved!
- The UU-UNO has a bi-weekly blog called "Disarming Our Planet" that features articles on a wide range of topics relating to peace, disarmament, demilitarization, and so much more. Subscribe here!
Domestic Violence & Socioeconomics
Professor Nicole Lesser who led the Friday afternoon workshop "Domestic Violence in Different Social Classes" has shared the slides from her presentation. There's a lot of information in there for any who are interested in looking further into this subject.
- This handout fromZsófia Sztranyiczki's workshop on Gendered Language gives an introduction to the ways in which language is created by and continues to create gendered culture, including tips on what to pay attention to and how to use gender-inclusive language.
- The United Nations has recently released guidelines to help UN staff to communicate in a gender-inclusive way in the six official languages of the Organization. Created for UN staff, these guidelines for gender-inclusive language are useful for any institution or organization to adopt.
During the Love Resists workshop on Saturday morning, Marissa Gutiérrez Vicario and Meagan Henry, program leaders with the UU College of Social Justice, led creative activities and shared stories of resistance.
- Resistance Stories (Google doc) including links within the stories to learn more about the organizations doing this work, including the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (QDEP), Mariposas Sin Fronteras, Jennicet Gutierrez, LGBTQ Contingent During the Caravan, Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project (BLMP), and a story from the First Unitarian Congregational Society in Brooklyn.
- Connect with ARTE Justice (Art and Resistance Through Education), led by Marissa Gutiérrez Vicario, which engages young people to amplify their voices and organize for human rights changes through visual arts.
UU College of Social Justice: Activate!
Calling all high-school-aged youth: Join the UU College of Social Justice from July 13th - 20th for Activate New Orleans: Racial Justice and Beloved Community! This one-week training for high school youth offers interactive social justice education and meaningful hands-on work with local organizations resisting white supremacy and building a thriving New Orleans. In a program grounded in UU values and practices, participants of all backgrounds are welcomed to engage issues of race and class against the unique backdrop of New Orleans history, culture, and activism.
Generous financial aid that can cover up to 75% of the program fee is available based on need until funds are spent. Learn more and register by May 31st.
Storytelling for Moral Leadership
The Storytelling for Moral Leadership workshop on Saturday morning was led by Daniel May and Lisbeth Meléndez Rivera, trainers from Auburn Seminary. Auburn offers many types of incredible workshops and trainings focused on building community, pursuing justice, and healing the world. Most of the trainings offered are full-day or half-day sessions to really go deep into the subject. You might consider inviting them to lead a training at your congregation!
- Listen to the Fortification Podcast on Spiritual Sustenance for Movement Leadership (from the UUA's Side With Love campaign in partnership with Auburn Seminary)