25 things about the UUA's International Resources Office

By Eric Cherry

The International Resources Office also put a "25 things about..." note on our Facebook page.
1. A corner of the IRO office is dedicated as a memorial to Rev. Dr. Homer Jack!
2. When people walk into the office and see the bust of Albert Schweizer on our bookshelf, they usually mistakenly think it’s Stalin.
3. Our office has a collection of international hymnals.
4. The UUA has a strong Japan connection! For example,the Tsubaki Grand Shrine Scholarship is available to Unitarian Universalist seminarians (in candidate status) attending non-UU theological Schools who have an interest in international and interfaith engagement.
5. The UUA’s largest congregation (besides CLF) is outside the United States - the UU Church of the Philippines.
6. The International Resources Office (IRO) contains a number of gifts from the Unitarian Union of North East India, including a small model of "Khasi Tools and Implements."
7. The UUA has three international ambassadors: Rev. John Gibbons (Ambassador to the Transylvanian Unitarian Church), Rev. Fred Muir (Ambassador to the UU Church of the Philippines) and Rev. Abhi Janamanchi (Ambassador to North East India).
8. You can learn all about the UUA’s history of international engagement by viewing this three-part PowerPoint presentation!
9. The Faith Without Borders program was originally introduced and launched in June 2008 at General Assembly.
10. The IRO profiles congregations that shine in the arena of international engagement.
11. The IRO’s intern, Erik Resley, grew up in Germany and currently attends Harvard Divinity School.
12. The IRO offers an “International Engagement Workshop,” which is designed for congregations to develop or redesign their international engagement.
13. Experienced Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) ministers are invited to consider applying to spend 3-4 months of a sabbatical with the UUCP providing skill development in a variety of areas.
14. For more than a decade the UU Partner Church Council (UUPCC) Pilgrimage Service has helped to cement the bonds between North American UUs and their partners overseas. There are year-round opportunities to attend pilgrimages in Transylvania and the Philippines!
15. The IRO's Administrative Assistant, Nicole McConvery, also works with The Goethe-Institut Boston.
16. One of the windows at the IRO directly overlooks the Massachusetts State House.
17. The IRO's bi-monthly e-newsletter is called "i-news".
18. The IRO has reports, blogposts, slide-shows, and a variety of other materials from UUA President Sinkford's November 2008 Pilgrimage to Africa.
19. You can reach the IRO's director, Eric Cherry, via Skype: Rev.Eric.Cherry.
20. The IRO is a member of the UUA's Advocacy and Witness Department and blogs at uuasocialjustice.blogspot.com.
21. The Unitarian Church of Transylvania recently elected a new Bishop, and celebrated the 440th anniversary of the Edict of Torda.
22. Six UU organizations involved in International Engagement are sharing a large booth at the UUA's General Assembly. Be sure to visit us.
23. The IRO will be presenting workshops at the Pacific NW District, Ohio Meadville District, St. Lawrence District, Metro NY District, and Pacific SW District Annual Meetings this Spring.
24. The International Council of Unitarians and Universalists publishes a "Global Chalice Lighting" every month.
25. We're located at 25 Beacon Street, on the third floor. Come for a visit or visit us online at www.uua.org/international.

About the Author

Eric Cherry

Eric was the Director of the UUA’s International Office since August 2007. Prior to this Eric served for 12 years as a parish minister with UU congregations in Burlington, Iowa and N. Easton, Massachusetts. Eric has long been involved in the UU Partner Church movement, serving as the English...


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