Spring Seminar Programs & Schedule
Spring Seminar Programs & Schedule
International Engagement & Building Peace

The Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO)'s 2020 Intergenerational Spring Seminar, All In For Climate Justice: People, Power, Planet, will take place in New York City April 16-18, 2020 (with programming for youth & Sponsors starting April 15). The Intergenerational Spring Seminar program offers worship, panel discussions, skills-building workshops, small-group work, and so much more during the 3 days of Spring Seminar. 

Now Available:

The 2020 Intergenerational Spring Seminar will feature an event app in place of a printed program book. All registered participants will have received a personalized invitation code and can access the event there. Be sure to download the Superevent app from the App Store or Google Play and search for our event "All In For Climate Justice: People, Power, Planet." 

A key element of the Seminar programming that all attendees participate in are Collaboration Groups. Periodically throughout the event, participants will gather in assigned small groups of around 10 people to process the information and feelings evoked by the programs. Collaboration Groups are intentionally designed to be intergenerational with individuals from a broad range of backgrounds offering the chance to learn from one another and grow together. 

Tentative Events Schedule

*as of November 27, 2019; subject to change. Additional details will be added as they are available.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Programming for Youth and Sponsors at HI New York City Hostel:

  • 4:00 - 7:00 PM Registration Open (New York Room)
  • 7:00 - 8:00 PM Orientation (Ballroom)
  • 8:00 - 9:00 PM Evening Worship (SoHo Room) As we come together from all over, bringing heart, body, and mind to our first worship, we will ground ourselves in gratitude, coming together for these days of faithful climate justice work. 
  • 9:00 - 10:00 PM Bonding Activities (Ballroom)

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Programming for all attendees at Community Church of New York, Unitarian Universalist

  • 8:30 - 9:30 AM Registration Open (Lobby)
  • 9:30 - 10:45 AM Welcome, Orientation, and Morning Worship (Hall of Worship) With the foundation of gratitude, we will channel our grief and rage; moving to explore multiple perspectives; making space for those most impacted, most vulnerable, most ignored; searching and making space for new possibilities for our planet and the future.
  • 11:15 - 12:15 PM Collaboration Group Meetings (various locations)
  • 12:30 - 1:30 PM Lunch Served (Assembly Hall)
  • 1:45 - 2:45 PM Keynote Speaker (Hall of Worship)
  • 2:45 - 3:00 PM Covenant Check-in (Hall of Worship)
  • 3:15 - 4:45 PM Workshop Slot 1 
    • Climate Impacts & Identity: (Hall of Worship) Climate change is an existential threat to our planet that will change every person’s lives in ways we don’t yet fully understand. It is also true that the climate crisis is already and will continue to impact certain people more severely than others, these differences often determined by social position and access to resources. This workshop will explore the interplay between climate change and identity, opening space for conversation within identity-based affinity groups to talk about what climate justice looks like on a personal and spiritual level.
    • Climate Summit Simulation: (Assembly Hall) The World Climate Simulation is a role playing exercise of the UN climate change negotiations for groups. An interactive computer model is used to rapidly analyze the results of the mock-negotiations during the event. Climate change awareness will be built and participants will experience some of the dynamics that emerge in the UN climate negotiations. Current climate change science frames the exercise, using the interactive C-ROADS computer simulation which allows participants to find out how their proposed policies impact the global climate system in real-time.
  • 5:00 - 6:00 PM Creative Activity with Collaboration Groups (various locations) Groups will have a choice of designing parachutes or constructing zines.  These zines will address the theme of climate action and justice. Zine designers will have an opportunity to make their very own climate action plan where the artist can encourage others to act. The zines are inspired from the creative justice advocacy group ARTE and the parachutes are from Parachutes for the Planet. Groups have the chance to paint parachutes which can be used as banners at the next climate march.

Friday, April 17, 2019

Programming begins at United Nations Headquarters

  • 9:30 - 11:00 AM Tours of the UN Headquarters (optional; sign up coming soon)
  • 11:00 - 12:30 PM Theme Panel (Conference Room TBD) The Theme Panel will discuss the climate targets of the 2015 Paris Accords and the revised targets that have been suggested since.  The panel will also discuss how nations are not reaching the targets fast enough and possible consequences. Finally, the panel will discuss hopeful signs that civil society, especially youth are pushing politicians to take climate change more seriously.  
  • 12:30 - 2:15 PM Lunch on your own and travel back to Community Church of New York (youth eat and travel with their assigned Travel Squads)

  • 2:30 - 3:00 PM Covenant Check-in (Hall of Worship)

  • 3:00 - 3:45 PM Collaboration Group Meetings (various locations)

  • 4:00 - 5:15 PM Workshop Slot 2

    • Direct Action: (Hall of Worship) Peaceful civil disobedience has played a critical role in advancing democracy throughout the world. The majority of social change arising throughout history stems from campaigns that started as radical movements which then became the norm. Through this workshop, participants will learn how to engage in peaceful opposition to threats to democracy in the context of climate justice.

    • Organizing in Local Communities: (Assembly Hall) This event will be centered on organizing climate action in one’s own local community. First, we will learn about different climate groups and the unique work each group does.  People can choose which group fits them best and express why they connect to that group’s mission. Afterwards, there will be an interactive workshop on local and grassroots organizers. Members from various climate action groups in New York City will have a chance to speak with conference attendees about their own experiences.  The goal of the workshop is to equip attendees with tools and knowledge to start organizing in their own community.

  • 5:30 - 10:00 PM Youth Night on the Town (Gather in the Hall of Worship for coordination & departures) Youth night out on the town occurs on the last night of the seminar, where youth and their chaperones have the option to chose from various, different, pre- planned activities to attend for the evening around the city. Previous activities have included trips to local art museums, visiting the High Line, walking around different neighborhoods and stores, and other sightseeing events around New York City.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Programming for all participants takes place at Fourth Universalist Society in the City of New York.

  • 9:30 - 10:30 AM Morning Worship (Sanctuary) In our last worship together, having been activated, we will embody the energies of going forth into the world and bringing it home to our friends, families, congregations, and communities. 
  • 11:00 - 12:00 PM Collaboration Group Meetings (various locations)
  • 12:15 - 1:00 PM Closing Session (Sanctuary)
  • 1:00 - 1:15 PM Group Photo & Farewells


The Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office's Intergenerational Seminar changes lives. Take it from a prior participant: 

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Katia Altern

Katia Altern

Katia attended the 2015 Intergenerational Spring Seminar, “International Criminal Justice: From Punitive to Restorative,” as a youth, and worked in the UU United Nations Office as a Racial Justice Program Intern during the summer and fall of 2017.

For more information contact unitednations@uua.org.

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