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.
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.
- UN Sunday: Celebrating the UU-UN Connection
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.
- 2021 Theme "All In for Climate Justice: Food Equity and Sustainability"
Climate & Food Justice at the United Nations: Learn what the UU Office and others in the UN system are working on to further the cause of Climate & Food Justice.
Climate & Food Justice and Unitarian Universalism: A discussion of the theological grounding for UU climate justice work and organizations doing the work.
UU@UN Intergenerational Spring Seminar: Use resources from our 2021 Seminar on the same theme before, during, and after your UN Sunday service.
Local Action for UN Sunday: Concrete suggestions for congregational action to think globally and act locally to engage with the UN Sunday theme.
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.
- Planning a UN Sunday Service
Timeline for UN Sunday Service Planning: The suggested timeline is created for an October service; if your UN Sunday service falls at a different time of year, simply adjust accordingly.
Use our 2-minute Offering Invitation video (YouTube) during your virtual service and share our UN Sunday Giving site. UN Sunday donations can be made online https://giving.uua.org/uuatun or by texting UNSUNDAY to 51555.
Sample Order of Service: Suggested readings, hymns, and more for a UN Sunday service on this theme.
UN Sunday Religious Education: Suggested stories and activities. Please work with the religious educator in your congregation to craft a lesson that will work well.
Part 4. Beyond UN Sunday
Stay involved with the UU@UN beyond United Nations Sunday.
- Beyond UN Sunday
Sixth Principle Congregation Award: If you take a special collection during your UN Sunday service to support the UU@UN, you're close to becoming a Sixth Principle Congregation!
Dana McLean Greeley Sermon Competition: Submit your UN Sunday Sermon or address that speaks to the work of the UN and/or UU@UN on climate justice.
About the UU@UN: Learn more about ongoing programs of the Unitarian Universalist Office at the United Nations.
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"