United Nations Sunday

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What is UN Sunday?

United Nations Sunday celebrates the work of the United Nations and your Unitarian Universalist Office at the United Nations (UU@UN). Each year we encourage congregations to have a service and/or event to celebrate! We create a collection of UN Sunday Resources (check out the 2021 resources below) which highlight our suggested theme and provide readings, an RE curriculum, planning timeline and checklist, order of service (including hymns), and more. Our UN Sunday theme is based on the April Intergenerational Spring Seminar topic. The 2021 theme is All In for Climate Justice: Food Equity and Sustainability.

As UN Day is October 24, we invite you to hold the 2021 service and/or event on Sunday, October 24. If this date in unavailable, try another weekend in October or another date that works for your congregation.

Additionally, we ask congregations to dedicate the UN Sunday offering to support the work of the UU Office at the United Nations. We depend on individual and congregational support to keep this work going. You are welcome to use this video invitation (YouTube) to introduce the offering.

UN Sunday Resources

United Nations Sunday resources for 2021 are now available! Additional content will be added throughout the summer. Scroll below to see resources from prior year themes.

2021 Resources

We encourage Ministers, lay leaders, as well as Youth and Adult Envoys to use our prepared materials and/or develop your own ideas for a UN Sunday service. Click through to access the resources for UN Sunday 2021.

Part 1. Celebrating the Unitarian Universalist-United Nations Connection

This section provides an overview of how to use the United Nations Sunday resources, what the United Nations is all about, and what to know before starting to plan your service.

Part 2. "All In for Climate Justice: Food Equity and Sustainability"

This section provides information about this year's theme and can be used as inspiration when writing a sermon or reflection.

Part 3. Planning a UN Sunday Service

This section includes a checklist and other resources to guide clergy and laypeople in putting together a UN Sunday service.

Part 4. Beyond UN Sunday

Stay involved with the UU@UN beyond United Nations Sunday.

Prior Years' UN Sunday Resources

2020 UN Sunday resources (Google Doc) "All In for Climate Justice: People, Power, Planet"

2019 UN Sunday resources (pdf) "Equity in Action: Gender in an Intersecting World"

2018 UN Sunday resources (pdf) "When Crisis Calls: Advancing Just Migration for All"

2017 UN Sunday resources (pdf) "Arm in Arm: Interfaith Action to Disarm Our Planet"