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Spring Seminar Programs & Schedule

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Programming for the 2021 Seminar is still under development. Please check back: This page will be updated as details are finalized. Read about the 2020 programming to get a sense of what you might expect.

2020 Seminar is Online Only

The UU@UN and 2020 Planning Committee have made the decision to move this year’s Intergenerational Spring Seminar to a virtual event rather than an in-person one, due to the current threat posed by the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Registered for Online Event?

If you registered for the online Intergenerational Seminar, you should have received an email on April 16 with the Program Guide website which contains information about schedule details and how to dial in. Contact unitednations@uua.org if you think you registered but did not receive that email.

Not registered? Join for the Livestream!

Two of the Seminar events will be streamed live on the UU@UN's YouTube page:

Keynote Conversation

Saturday, April 18, 2020 | 12:30 PM - 1:15 PM EDT
Learn from those on the front lines about what climate activism looks like for youth leaders, and how to be involved as a youth or adult in this intergenerational struggle for climate justice. 

  • Sophia Geiger (Moderator) Youth Climate Activist with Fridays for Future & Extinction Rebellion; 2020 & 2021 Seminar Youth Dean
  • Mitzi Tan Convenor of Youth Advocates for Climate Action Philippines​
  • Kallan Benson National organizer for Fridays for Future USA
  • Dylan Hamilton Youth Climate Activist with Scottish Youth Climate Strike

Watch on YouTube

Theme Panel

Saturday, April 18, 2020 | 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM EDT
This Theme Panel will focus on initiatives to support indigenous communities in their work towards climate justice, with a particular look at climate-forced displacement and how climate justice work happens in and around the United Nations.

  • Bruce Knotts (Moderator) Director, Unitarian Universalist Office at the UN
  • Micah "Big Wind" Carpenter-Lott /Hiisiis Beeyei (Old Man Sun) Indigenous climate justice activist and water protector
  • Craig Mokhiber Director of the NY Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights​
  • George Stonefish First Nation member, activist, artist, and speaker
  • Isabella Tibbetts No Pipeline Fellow with Rogue Climate and Honor the Earth
  • Ashley Yong Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation's Representative to the United Nations

Watch on YouTube

Program Schedule

Friday, April 17, 2020

  • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM EDT (optional)
    Hang-outs hosted by Planning Committee - Bring your dinner along!
    • Youth-only space, hosted by your Seminar Deans
    • Young Adult-only space, hosted by Amelia Diehl from UU YAs for Climate Justice
    • Multigenerational space, hosted by Aly Tharp from UU Ministry for Earth
  • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT
    Welcome Ceremony: Come together in community! Here you'll learn key information about how to participate in the Seminar. 
  • 9:15 PM - 10:00 PM EDT (optional)
    Informal Hangout time hosted by your Seminar Deans - open to all!

Saturday, April 18, 2020

  • 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM EDT
    Collaboration Groups Session 1
  • 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM EDT
    Opening Worship Service
  • 12:30 PM - 1:15 PM EDT
    Keynote Address: Learn from those on the front lines about what climate activism looks like for youth leaders and how to be involved as a youth or adult in this intergenerational struggle for climate justice. 

Lunch Break!

  • 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM EDT
    Collaboration Groups Session 2
  • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM EDT
    Workshop on Identity and Climate Impacts: 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. With a focus on race and generational experiences, 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.

Break

  • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM EDT
    Theme Panel: Featuring presenters who work in and around the United Nations, this Theme Panel will focus on initiatives to support indigenous communities in their work towards climate justice, with a particular look at climate-forced displacement.  

Sunday, April 19, 2020

  • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
    Direct Action for Climate Justice: 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.
  • 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM EDT
    Collaboration Groups Session 3
  • 5:15 PM - 6:00 PM EDT
    Closing Worship Service