United Nations Sunday
United Nations Sunday
International Engagement & Building Peace

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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 Resource (check them out 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 2020 theme is All In for Climate Justice: People, Power, Planet.

As UN Day is October 24, we invite you to hold the 2020 service and/or event on Sunday, October 25. If this date in unavailable, try another weekend in October or another date that works for your congregation.

Additionally, we ask congregations to dedicate their 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. 

UN Sunday 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. 

Many resources for UN Sunday 2020 are now available! Click through to access the resources; additional pages will be added as they are finalized.

Resources from Prior Years' Themes

A resource packet is created each year by the UU@UN to help congregations plan a UN Sunday service pertaining to that year's theme. While some of the information may be out of date, you may find these resources useful:

2019 UN Sunday Packet (PDF): Equity in Action: Gender in an Intersecting World

2018 UN Sunday Packet (PDF): When Crisis Calls: Advancing Just Migration For All

2017 UN Sunday Packet (PDF): Arm in Arm: Interfaith Action to Disarm Our Planet

2016 UN Sunday Packet (PDF): The Colors of Inequality: Costs and Consequences

2015 UN Sunday Packet (PDF): International Criminal Justice: From Punitive to Restorative

Contents

  • These resources are created by the Unitarian Universalist Office at the UN to help UU congregations plan a worship service that honors the work of the United Nations, particularly addressing this year’s theme, All In for Climate Justice: People, Power, Planet.
  • Use these resources to educate yourself on this year’s UN Sunday theme, All in for Climate Justice: People, Power, Planet. Included in this section are details about Climate Justice at the UN, Climate Justice and Unitarian Universalism, and suggested congregational actions to further climate...
  • The following guide to planning a United Nations Sunday at your congregation is adapted from the work of Sylvia Heap (longtime Envoy at All Souls UU Church in Watertown, NY), who has been planning these services for over 40 years. The UN Sunday theme follows our Spring Seminar theme, which this...

For more information contact unitednations@uua.org.

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