UUA International Blog Archive
UUA International Blog Archive
International Engagement & Building Peace
  • Holdeen Partner ENSS/SUTRA Receives Changemakers Grant

    The Omidyar Network and Ashoka's Changemakers program announced UU Holdeen India Program partner Ekal Nari Shakti Sangathan ( ENSS ) , a social movement working through Social Uplift Through Rural Action ( SUTRA ) , as a winner of their "Property Rights: Identity, Dignity,...
    By Nicole McConvery | 4/28/2011
  • UUA hires new UU Holdeen India Program Director: Mr. Derek Mitchell

    It’s a pleasure to announce that Mr. Derek Mitchell will serve as the new Director of the Unitarian Universalist Holdeen India Program (UUHIP) effective August 1, 2011. For the last nine years Derek has studied and researched inIndia, exploring the causes of social...
    By Eric Cherry | 4/11/2011
  • Bringing a message of deep condolence, spiritual support, and solidarity to interfaith partners in Japan (Part II)

    The Unitarian Universalist Association ( UUA ) and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee ( UUSC ) have created the UUA/UUSC Japan Relief Fund to support the work of our interfaith partners in the wake of the recent earthquake and tsunami. The Director of International...
    By Eric Cherry | 4/6/2011
  • Bringing a message of deep condolence, spiritual support, and solidarity to interfaith partners in Japan

    The Unitarian Universalist Association ( UUA ) and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee ( UUSC ) have created the UUA/UUSC Japan Relief Fund to support the work of our interfaith partners in the wake of the recent earthquake and tsunami. The Director of International...
    By Eric Cherry | 3/31/2011
  • "My Life"

    This is an essay by a student of the Dalit Shakti Kendra (DSK) vocational school in Ahmedabad, a partner of the UU Holdeen India Program . This student won the "My Life" composition award at her graduation ceremony, which President Morales attended last month on his journey...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/29/2011
  • UUSC/UUA JustWorks Trip to Haiti for Seminarians

    Be part of building resiliency — volunteer at a Haitian eco-village! Central Plateau, Haiti May 24–31, 2011 This past year, members of the Papaye Peasant Movement (MPP), one of Unitarian Universalist Service Committee's (UUSC's) partners in Haiti, set aside several hectares of...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/22/2011
  • International Women's Day: Ela Bhatt Counted Amongst "Women Deliver 100"

    Ela Bhatt, founder of the Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA), a partner of the UU Holdeen India Program , is on the list of top 100 people working to advance women's lives worldwide. In line with 100th anniversary of International Women's Day , advocacy organization Women...
    By Nicole McConvery | 3/8/2011
  • Unitarians in the Khasi Hills

    On February 14, 2011, Rev. Peter Morales, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), embarked upon a two-week journey to India to visit with several partners of the Unitarian Universalist Holdeen India Program (UUHIP) and with leaders of the Unitarian Union of...
    By Peter Morales | 3/2/2011
  • Empowerment through education

    On February 14, 2011, Rev. Peter Morales, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), embarked upon a two-week journey to India to visit with several partners of the Unitarian Universalist Holdeen India Program (UUHIP) and with leaders of the Unitarian Union of...
    By Peter Morales | 3/1/2011
  • Waste pickers of New Delhi

    On February 14, 2011, Rev. Peter Morales, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), embarked upon a two-week journey to India to visit with several partners of the Unitarian Universalist Holdeen India Program (UUHIP) and with leaders of the Unitarian Union of...
    By Peter Morales | 2/28/2011
  • Derek McCullough, Minister for Christchurch, NZ, Checks In

    Derek McCullough—who is the minister and leader of the UU church in Christchurch, New Zealand—suffered the destruction of his home during the terrible earthquake last week. Derek and his family are fine and have asked the UUA to publish this letter and photos so that his friends...
    By Eric Cherry | 2/28/2011
  • Sustainability Research Internship in Mexico

    The UU Fellowship of San Miguel de Allende in Mexico has partnered with the following summer research internship opportunity: Research Internship in Mexico June 30-August 1, 2011 Theme: SUSTAINABILITY, MIGRATION AND NAFTA View the brochure (PDF) Learn how NAFTA has been pushing...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 2/25/2011
  • They are leaders. And it could be dangerous.

    On February 14, 2011, Rev. Peter Morales, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), embarked upon a two-week journey to India to visit with several partners of the Unitarian Universalist Holdeen India Program (UUHIP) and with leaders of the Unitarian Union of...
    By Peter Morales | 2/25/2011
  • UUs in Christchurch, New Zealand

    The International Council of Unitarians and Universalists has issued the following message following the devestating earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand earlier this week Christchurch, New Zealand, was hit by 6 .3 magnitude earthquake on Monday, February 21 . Following on...
    By Eric Cherry | 2/24/2011
  • SEWA Organizes the Poorest of the Poor

    On February 14, 2011, Rev. Peter Morales, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), embarked upon a two-week journey to India to visit with several partners of the Unitarian Universalist Holdeen India Program (UUHIP) and with leaders of the Unitarian Union of...
    By Peter Morales | 2/24/2011
  • Freedom Tastes Like Salt

    On February 14, 2011, Rev. Peter Morales, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), embarked on a two-week journey to India to visit with several partners of the Unitarian Universalist Holdeen India Program (UUHIP) and with leaders of the Unitarian Union of...
    By Peter Morales | 2/23/2011
  • Seeds of a Social Revolution

    On February 14, 2011, Rev. Peter Morales, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), embarked upon a two-week journey to India to visit with several partners of the Unitarian Universalist Holdeen India Program (UUHIP) and with leaders of the Unitarian Union of...
    By Peter Morales | 2/22/2011
  • India’s Hidden Poverty

    On February 14, 2011, Rev. Peter Morales, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) , embarked upon a two-week journey to India to visit with several partners of the Unitarian Universalist Holdeen India Program (UUHIP) and with leaders of the Unitarian Union of...
    By Peter Morales | 2/17/2011
  • Kampala, Uganda: Standing on the Side of Love

    Rev. Eric Cherry, Director of the UUA's International Resources Office, is currently on the ground in Kampala, Uganda, attending the UU Association of Uganda's Standing on the Side of Love event, which began yesterday and concludes today. For the second year in a row, LGBT...
    By Eric Cherry | 2/14/2011
  • UUA President Launches Social Justice Journey Across India

    Rev. Peter Morales to Meet with Human Rights Activists and Union Leaders MUMBAI – On February 14, 2011, Rev. Peter Morales, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), embarks on a two-week journey to India to visit with several partners of the Unitarian...
    By Nicole McConvery | 2/11/2011
  • UN Secretary-General on "World Interfaith Harmony Week"

    MESSAGE ON THE OBSERVANCE OF WORLD INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK New York, 1-7 February 2011 The first World Interfaith Harmony Week is an opportunity to focus global attention on the efforts of religious leaders, interfaith movements and individuals around the world to promote mutual...
    By Eric Cherry | 2/3/2011
  • American-Nepali Students’ and Women’s Educational Relief

    American-Nepali Students’ and Women’s Educational Relief (ANSWER) is a nonprofit, non-partisan, non-religious organization that empowers low-caste children through education. Defining education as more than basic literacy, ANSWER makes a commitment to each child it works with...
    By Nicole McConvery | 1/28/2011
  • Ugandan partners respond to the murder of David Kato

    The UU Church of Uganda and Eddoboozi Human Rights Defenders Network have issued the following statement in response to the murder of Ugandan LGBT Human Rights Activist David Kato . Please support their work by making a contribution to the UUA/UU-UNO LGBT Uganda Fund UNITARIAN...
    By Eric Cherry | 1/27/2011
  • LGBT Human Rights in Uganda

    The human rights situation for LGBT people in Uganda is frightening. And brave Ugandans are standing on the side of love in incredibly inspiring ways. Unitarian Universalists around the world can join together to support the work happening in Uganda by contributing to the...
    By Eric Cherry | 1/25/2011
  • Community Supported Film in Afghanistan

    Boston-based Community Supported Film (CSFilm) would like to present to your congregation an evening of films and discussion about the efforts being made by Afghans to address their challenging social and economic conditions. The films present an unheard and intimate view of...
    By Nicole McConvery | 1/13/2011
  • Happy Holidays, Internationally.

    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 12/23/2010
  • Resolution of the UN Faith Coalition for LGBT Human Rights

    At a meeting organized by the UU United Nations Office and partner organizations on Monday, December 13, 2010 the following Resolution was agreed upon: Resolution of the UN Faith Coalition for LGBT Human Rights Resolved , this 13th Day of December, 2010, that the UN Faith...
    By Eric Cherry | 12/15/2010
  • This is what Experiential Learning looks like

    This blogpost is part of a series related to a joint UUA/UUSC Just Journey to Uganda in November, 2010. In this blogpost Nichole Cirillo, UUSC’s campaign manager, reflects below on the ingredients of a successful experiential learning trip: the partners, effective planning, and...
    By Eric Cherry | 11/30/2010
  • JustJourney to Uganda comes to an end

    This blogpost is part of a series related to a joint UUA/UUSC JustJourney to Uganda in November 2010. This blogpost is written by UUA International Resources Director Rev. Eric Cherry. The JustJourney to Uganda ended on November 16 after two days of delightful hospitality with...
    By Eric Cherry | 11/24/2010
  • Clinton honors SEWA founder Ela Bhatt with Fairness Award

    Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presented the first Global Fairness Initiative Award to Ela Bhatt , founder of the Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA), a partner of the Unitarian Universalist Holdeen India Program (UUHIP). "She (Bhatt) has helped not only...
    By Nicole McConvery | 11/16/2010
  • Humbled and hopeful

    This blogpost is part of a series related to a joint UUA/UUSC JustJourney to Uganda. In this blogpost Constance Kane , UUSC’s vice president and COO, reflects on the first leg of the Uganda JustJourney, moved and inspired by the people she has met and the stories she has heard....
    By Eric Cherry | 11/16/2010
  • Villages of Pader deep in the Bush

    This blogpost is part of a series related to a joint UUA/UUSC JustJourney to Uganda in November 21010. John Crossan, a participant on the Uganda JustJourney, shares his awe of the villages of northern Uganda and the environment that they inhabit. The trip to Pader has been...
    By Eric Cherry | 11/16/2010
  • Jennifer's Story: Surviving the War in Northern Uganda

    This blogpost is a part of a series related to a joint UUA/UUSC JustJourney to Uganda in November 2010. In this blogpost Today our group is still in the Pader district, after spending two days out in the country where Achioli people have returned to their villages from the...
    By Eric Cherry | 11/12/2010
  • UUA-UUSC JustJourney to Uganda

    Witness to a Return Home: A Trip to Uganda , the first joint Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA)- Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) JustJourney, started on November 4th and will continue until November 16th. Follow the journey here, where trip participants...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 11/11/2010
  • The Light of Hope in Dark Nights Past and Present

    This blogpost is related to a joint UUA/UUSC JustJourney to Uganda in November, 2010. On the anniversary of Kristallnacht, Rev. John Gibbons , chair of the UUSC Board of Trustees and a participant on the Uganda JustJourney, honors the strength of the people in northern Uganda...
    By Eric Cherry | 11/10/2010
  • EUU Fall Retreat

    From October 29-31, the European Unitarian Universalists (EUU) held its Fall Retreat in Mittelwihr, located in the Alsace region of France. Hosted by the UU Fellowship of Paris, UUA President Rev. Peter Morales attended as the theme speaker. Morales' talk, entitled "Building a...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 11/9/2010
  • Inspired by Survivors of the Civil War in Uganda

    This blogpost is related to a joint UUA/UUSC JustJourney to Uganda in November 2010. its written by UUA International Resources Director Rev. Eric Cherry. The past few days have been incredible. On Saturday, we left Kampala for Northern Uganda, to begin the next phase of the...
    By Eric Cherry | 11/9/2010
  • Connecting with People and Responsibility in Uganda

    In the post below, John Crossan, a participant on Witness to a Return Home, the JustJourney to Uganda, contemplates the seeds of responsibility that the trip — and the people he’s meeting on the journey — is sowing. I have been on many tours where I have seen evidence of...
    By Eric Cherry | 11/9/2010
  • Sharing Stories of Life in Northern Uganda

    This blogpost is related to a joint UUA/UUSC JustJourney to Uganda in November 2010. In the post below, participant Marie Kidder shares her impressions of the people and places they’re visiting in the north. We are staying in a compound near the cathedral; there are bells at 6:...
    By Eric Cherry | 11/8/2010
  • In the beginning...

    On Friday, November 5, Constance Kane, UUSC's vice president and COO as well as a participant on the Uganda JustJourney, reported in with a quick update on the beginning of their travels. We are just beginning our Uganda JustJourney and have spent the morning with the Refugee...
    By Eric Cherry | 11/6/2010
  • News from Indonesia

    Indonesia is currently undergoing several simultaneous environmental disasters ; from floods and mudslides to several volcanic eruptions, over 100 people have died as a result. Aryanto Nugroho, of the Unitarian Christian Church of Indonesia, has sent the following update: Dear...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 11/5/2010
  • The Bravery of UUs in Ugnda

    This blogpost is related to a joint UUA/UUSC JustJourney to Uganda in November 2010. It is written by UUA International Resources Director Rev. Eric Cherry on November 4, 2010. The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) – Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA)...
    By Eric Cherry | 11/5/2010
  • Holdeen Partner Profile: AIDMI

    The All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI) is a non-governmental, community-based organization that works towards reducing disaster risk in some of India’s most vulnerable communities. Linking these communities to national and international humanitarian relief and...
    By Nicole McConvery | 11/4/2010
  • UUA and UUSC launch first Jointly Organized JustJourney

    On November 4, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) and Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) launch their first jointly organized JustJourney, a trip to Uganda. For 12 days, Unitarian Universalists and others committed to social justice will take part in...
    By Eric Cherry | 11/4/2010
  • IARF-India Chapter: Organizing Human Rights Education

    The International Association for Religious Freedom (IARF) works for freedom of religion and belief at a global level by encouraging interfaith dialogue and tolerance. Founded in 1900, the organization has member groups in twenty-five countries, from faith traditions including...
    By Nicole McConvery | 10/22/2010
  • Rev. Mark Kiyimba Visits the UUA

    Yesterday, the UUA was paid a special visit by Rev. Mark Kiyimba, minister of the UU Church of Kampala, Uganda. UUA staff joined with President Rev. Peter Morales in welcoming Rev. Kiyimba during a reception held in his honor, earlier in the day. Rev. Kiyimba runs a school and...
    By Nicole McConvery | 10/8/2010
  • Peacemaking in Israel/Palestine

    [youtube YQQ8F2W5eB0] Budrus is an award winning documentary about a Palestinian community organizer, Ayed Morrar, who unites local Fatah and Hamas members along with Israeli supporters in an unarmed movement to save his village of Budrus from destruction by Israel’s Separation...
    By Eric Cherry | 10/6/2010
  • Welcome to Our Global Faith

    This 3-minute video was designed to help introduce new members of UU congregations to our international connections. [vimeo 15135992] An FAQ with further information is also available. Contact the UUA's International Office to request a DVD version of the video.
    By Eric Cherry | 9/27/2010
  • Holdeen Partner Breakthrough Launches Global Campaign Against Domestic Violence

    Mallika Dutt, CEO and President of Breakthrough , a UU Holdeen India Program Partner, announced the launch of the "Bell Bajao" global campaign on domestic violence yesterday at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). Launched in 2008, Bell Bajao (Hindi for "Ring the bell") calls on...
    By Nicole McConvery | 9/21/2010
  • UUA-UUSC Offer First Joint Experiential Learning Trip to Uganda

    This November, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) have partnered for the first time to offer an experiential learning journey to Uganda. In northern Uganda, more than 1.8 million people have been displaced from their...
    By Nicole McConvery | 9/15/2010

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