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  • Standing on the Side of Love in Manila, The Philippines

    It was great to have a visit with UUs from the Philippines in late April/early May. The UU Church of the Philippines (UUCP) held its 55th Annual Convention from April 24 - 27 in Dumaguete City at the UUCP's headquarters. The theme of the Convention was "Restoring the Environment...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 5/12/2010
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  • 11 Reasons to Attend the IARF's 2010 World Congress

    The International Association for Religious Freedom ( IARF ) will be hosting its 33rd World Congress September 4-7, 2010 in Kochi, India. Held every four years, the theme of this year's congress is "Beyond Conflict to Reconciliation: the Challenge of the 21st Century" and the...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 4/21/2010
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  • How to dedicate a new Unitarian Church in Jrikyndeng, India

    It was a true pleasure to visit with brothers and sisters in faith in North East India last week. The visit was full of learning and inspiration for me, and served to recommit the already strong relationship between the UUA and the Unitarian Union of North East India (UUNEI)....
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 4/8/2010
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  • Ugandan LGBT Activist Speaks Out Against Anti-Homosexuality Law

    Frank Mugisha, Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) spokesperson, will appear at several public East Coast events this month to explain the connection between U.S. conservative religious forces and increased harassment of LGBT people in Uganda. Mr. Mugisha is visiting the United...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/18/2010
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  • UUHIP: Partners for Justice in India

    The UUA's International Resources Office is happy to announce the release of "UUHIP: Partners for Justice in India," a great introduction to the work and philosophy of the Unitarian Universalist Association's Holdeen India Program . UUHIP works with key leaders and organizations...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/16/2010
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  • Honoring Ela Bhatt

    The Niwano Peace Foundation has chosen Ms. Ela Ramesh Bhatt as the 2010 honoree of the Niwano Peace Prize . In selecting Ms. Bhatt as an awardee for 2010, the Peace Prize Committee said she is "an inspiration to all of us with her commitment to uplifting the downtrodden by...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/9/2010
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  • Bolivian UU continues fight for justice

    Olga Flores - a Unitarian Universalist from La Paz, Bolivia - is continuing her leadership in the struggle to have Bolivian Army records of human rights abuses made public. Of central concern is the implementation of court orders allowing special prosecutor Milton Mendoza access...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/2/2010
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  • Gaza Action Alert

    Sadly, the dismal conditions in Gaza are causing enormous hardship for the people there, with particularly harsh effects on children. Churches for Middle East Peace , a coalition founded in part by the UUA, has organized a letter to President Obama calling for his leadership....
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 2/18/2010
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  • IARF Chapter Conference Report

    From Doris Hunter, Chair, US Chapter, International Association for Religious Freedom (IARF) : The conference, "Reconciliation with the Earth, Each Other and the Stranger" was held at the Clearwater Unitarian Universalist Church from January 14-17th with over fifty people...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 1/29/2010
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  • Urge Debt Relief for Haiti

    We have all watched in horror the images and stories of death and destruction in the wake of Haiti’s January 12 earthquake. And many of us have responded with generosity, giving what we can to the relief efforts: my own UU congregation collected $15,000 in the days after the...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 1/28/2010
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  • Fighting the Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda

    The Unitarian Universalist Church of Uganda is preparing to take a strong and courageous stand against the "Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009." This hate-filled legislation proposed in the Ugandan Parliament would criminalize homosexuality and enforce penalties of life...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 1/20/2010
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  • Pastoral Prayer after the earthquake in Haiti

    Reverend John Gibbs Millspaugh - minister of the UU Church of Winchester, MA, shares a "Pastoral Prayer after the earthquake in Haiti, January 12 2010" A Haitian prayer book, entitled God Is No Stranger, includes the following words: “Father, I have learned that one strong in...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 1/20/2010
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  • Season's Greetings from the International Resources Office

    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 12/23/2009
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  • UU's Send Love, Rice, to Filipino UU's Affected by Typhoons

    Thanks to the combined efforts of Unitarians and UU's around the world, members of the UU congregations in The Philippines (Malingin and Doldol) have received generous donations of rice in the wake of food shortages from recent flooding. In September 2009, two powerful typhoons...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 12/18/2009
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  • Pictures from a Hiroshima Schoolyard

    "In 1996, a box was uncovered at the home of a parishioner of All Souls Unitarian Church in Washington D.C. In that box were nearly 50 colorful drawings made by children as thanks for gifts received from the church fifty years earlier. Not many people in the church knew the...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 12/14/2009
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  • Parliament of World Religions

    The 2009 Parliament of World Religions recently concluded in Melbourne, Australia. More than 220 faith traditions were represented at this global event by 6000 people from 80 nationalities. Unitarians were key organizers of the first Parliament held in Chicago in 1893. On the...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 12/10/2009
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  • Uganda’s Proposed Anti-Gay Legislation

    Crossposted from Standing on the Side of Love When I was 18 years old I spent three months in Kenya for a service learning opportunity. During one long weekend we traveled across the border to Kampala, Uganda. I was blown away. Our hosts were incredibly hospitable, the streets...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 12/1/2009
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  • Shramajivee Mahila Samity

    As noted in an ealier blogpost , Shramajivee Mahila Samity - a UU Holdeen India Program Partner - was the recipient of the 2009 "Harriet Tubman Freedom Award" from Free The Slaves. Please share this video about the important and inspirational work of SMS.
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 11/19/2009
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  • The Charter for Compassion is Launched!

    "The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions, calling us always to treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves. Compassion impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures, to dethrone...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 11/13/2009
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  • Seminarian returns from two week visit to Tsubaki Grand Shrine

    Barbara Prose - currently the ministerial intern with the UU Church of the Monterey Peninsula - was awarded the UUA's 2009 Tsubaki Grand Shrine Scholarship . For two weeks in October she lived and worked at the Shrine, and had a deeply meaningful interfaith experience there. A...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 11/5/2009
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  • Dr. Judit Gellérd Visits the UUA

    On Tuesday October 27th, the UUA welcomed Dr. Judit Gellérd, founder and honorary president of the Unitarian Universalist partner church program, to lead the morning chapel service. With a spirited and lively sermon, Judit explored "Transylvanian Unitarianism's Historic Dilemma...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 10/30/2009
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  • UU United Nations Office: Climate Change Task Force

    The UU United Nations Office Climate Change Task Force recently launched a website that serves as a great resource for congregations and social action committees. Youth (and people of all ages) who are interested in the role of the UN in responding to climate change should plan...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 10/16/2009
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  • Mallika Dutt Receives American Courage Award

    It's been an exciting week for the UU Holdeen India Program 's partners! Last week , Shramajivee Mahila Samity (SMS) – India received the Harriet Tubman Award from Free the Slaves; this week, Mallika Dutt received the American Courage Award from the Asian American Justice Center...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 10/9/2009
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  • Flooding in the Philipppines

    Reverend Nihal Attanayake, International Office Director for the UU Church of the Philippines shared the following message this morning regarding the Flooding in the Philippines: Dear Friends, I traveled to four congregations from Saturday to Tuesday ...and returned home last...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 9/30/2009
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  • Shramajivee Mahila Samity Wins Freedom Award

    Shramajivee Mahila Samity (SMS) – India, a partner of the UU Holdeen India Program , has received this year’s Harriet Tubman Award from international human rights organization, Free the Slaves . Open to organizations and individuals working to defeat the human trafficking...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 9/29/2009
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  • Sharing Global Faith - September Reflections

    Sharing Global Faith gathers Unitarian and Universalist voices from around the world in a unique devotional e-resource. Reflecting on various aspects of faith life, participants share spiritual insight into the stories and thoughts that fuel their ministerial call. Distributed...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 9/28/2009
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  • G20 Religious Leaders Summit

    Bread for the World issued a call for interfaith religious leaders to gather in Pittsburgh for a two-day Religious Leaders Summit on the eve of the G20 meetings. More than 25 prominent national religious leaders from Moslem, Jewish, Indian, Roman Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox,...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 9/24/2009
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  • UUA President Signs Letter in Support of Middle East Peace

    From Churches for Middle East Peace : On September 22, President Obama held tri-lateral meetings in New York with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Mahmoud Abbas to try and jump start final status negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. In response to...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 9/23/2009
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  • WMD: We Must Disarm

    September 21, is the UN's International Day of Peace Looking for constructive ideas to commemorate the day? Plan to use the UUA's " Peacemaking " materials in your congregation. Use the UUA's materials to support the interfaith effort - A Charter for Compassion Twitter users can...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 9/21/2009
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  • Leaders of Dutch Remonstrant Church visit UUA

    The General Secretary of the Remonstrant Church , Reverend Tom Mikkers, and the minister of the Remonstrant congregation in Utrecht , Holland, Rev. Tina Geels, are visiting the UUA and Boston-area congregations this week. The visit by these leaders serves as an opportunity for...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 9/18/2009
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  • A Charter for Compassion

    The Unitarian Universalist Association is one among a diverse group of interfaith religious organizations that have partnered with the " Charter for Compassion " community. This collaborative effort seeks to be a witness to the centrality of compassion in all of the world's...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 9/9/2009
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  • UUA President in Transylvania for ICUU meeting

    UUA President, the Reverend Peter Morales, traveled to Kolozsvar, Transylvania for the biannual Council Meeting of the International Council of Unitarians and Universalists - ICUU from August 31 - September 7, 2009. During his visit he met with leaders of Unitarian and Unitarian...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 9/4/2009
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  • International Engagement: UU from Unity Church-Unitarian serves UUHIP partner Vidhayak Sansad

    Please welcome guest blogger Wendy Harris writing from a tribal village near Vasai in the state of Maharashtra, India where she has spent the summer working with UU Holdeen India Program partner Vidhayak Sansad. “You lead English prayer?” The request, by the exercise instructor...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/25/2009
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  • "Long Live the Struggle" Now Available Online

    The UUA Holdeen India Program (UUHIP) partners with democratically-operated grassroots social change movements in India, supporting the empowerment of dalits, tribal people, women and religious minorities. "Long Live the Struggle" provides a brief overview of UUHIP, focusing on...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/19/2009
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  • Sharing Global Faith - August Reflections

    Sharing Global Faith gathers Unitarian and Universalist voices from around the world in a unique devotional e-resource. Reflecting on various aspects of faith life, participants share spiritual insight into the stories and thoughts that fuel their ministerial call. Distributed...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/19/2009
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  • Standing on the Side of Love in North East India

    The Reverend Helpme H. Mohrmen, General Secretary of the Unitarian Union of North East India, had a Special Article published on the Editorial Page of The Shillong Times on August 17, 2009. This article follows last month's decision by the High Court in Delhi which was argued by...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/18/2009
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  • International UU Youth Exchange 2009

    The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Briarcliff, Croton & Ossining (UUBCO) , in Croton on Hudson, New York and the First Unitarian Society of Westchester in Hastings on Hudson, New York are connecting their youth and families with Unitarian and Freireligioese (free...
    By Eric Cherry | 7/20/2009
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  • Rest in Peace: Hungarian Unitarian Bishop Reverend Csaba Razmany

    On Wednesday, July 15th, the Bishop of the Unitarian Church of Hungary, Reverend Csaba Razmany, passed away after a long illness. Bishop Razmany was born in Kolozsvar in 1946. From 1968-1971 he was a deacon of the Unitarian church in Brasso. From 1971-1995 he served the church...
    By Eric Cherry | 7/17/2009
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  • International Threads at GA

    We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.” - Herman Melville It was an honor to welcome many guests from around the world to...
    By Eric Cherry | 7/8/2009
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  • UU Leaders from Uganda, Burundi and Nigeria at General Assembly

    It was a great honor to welcome religious leaders from around the world to General Assembly 2009 in Salt Lake City. Three of our U/U international guests were visiting the United States - and General Assembly - for the first time: Reverend Mark Kiyimba (Uganda), Rev. Fulgence...
    By Eric Cherry | 7/2/2009
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  • Sharing Global Faith: June: Reflections on Fellowship

    Introduction: On October 24, 1852, Henry David Thoreau scribbled an impassioned admonition in his journal: “What men [sic!] call social virtue, good fellowship – is commonly but the virtue of pigs in a litter which lie close together to keep each other warm.” Indeed, Thoreau’s...
    By Eric Cherry | 6/19/2009
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  • Unitarian Universalism in Africa

    In this month's UU World, guest columnist Scott Kraft reports on the growth of Unitarian Universalism in Africa. Originally introduced in 1857, Unitarian Universalism existed as a handful of UU congregations in South Africa and Nigeria; within the last ten years, numerous...
    By Eric Cherry | 6/1/2009
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  • Bolivian UU on Hunger Strike

    Unitarian Universalists who have been involved with the International Council of Unitarians and Universalists, or who attended the International Convocation of U/U Women this past February are likely to know Olga Flores Bedregal. Olga has joined with three other Bolivians in a...
    By Eric Cherry | 5/21/2009
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  • Sharing Global Faith - May

    Sharing Global Faith gathers Unitarian and Universalist voices from around the world in a unique devotional e-resource. Reflecting on various aspects of faith life, participants share spiritual insight into the stories and thoughts that fuel their ministerial call. Distributed...
    By Eric Cherry | 5/19/2009
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  • UU Church of the Philippines

    The UU Church of the Philippines (UUCP) has embarked upon a Sustainability Program that seeks to build a Dormitory in Dumaguette City. Congregations and individuals can find out more about this exciting program by visiting the project website . Or, check out a recording of the...
    By Eric Cherry | 5/11/2009
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  • Standing on the Side of Love in Mexico

    Earlier this Spring the President of the UU Fellowship of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico - Lee Veal - received the following correspondence: Hola Lee, Francisco Lagunes Gaitán de la Libre Comunidad Unitaria de Mexico (LCUM) me paso tu nombre... Estoy buscando a un ministro...
    By Eric Cherry | 5/8/2009
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  • Sharing Global Faith

    Sharing Global Faith gathers Unitarian and Universalist voices from around the world in a unique devotional e-resource. Reflecting on various aspects of faith life, participants share spiritual insight into the stories and thoughts that fuel their ministerial call. Distributed...
    By Eric Cherry | 4/16/2009
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  • All Souls Church - Hiroshima Children's Drawings

    On Sunday, April 5, All Souls Church (Unitarian) in Washington DC celebrated an important chapter in its history. In 1948, inspired by the sermons of the Rev. A. Powell Davies, children at All Souls collected school supplies to send to children in Hiroshima, Japan. In...
    By Eric Cherry | 4/14/2009
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  • Sing Your Faith - A new hymnal published by the British Unitarians

    The General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches (UK) has published a new hymnal - Sing Your Faith. It received high praise in a recent review in The Inquirer by Rev. Ant Howe. Rev. Richard Boeke presents a copy of Sing Your Faith to Joan Sparrow, the organist at...
    By Eric Cherry | 4/8/2009
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  • The Human Right to Water in South Africa

    One of the Social Justice partners that UUA President Sinkford met with during his November 2008 Pilgrimage to Africa was the Coalition Against Water Privatization (CAWP). CAWP has led the grassroots struggle in South Africa to assure access to safe drinking water, especially in...
    By Eric Cherry | 3/31/2009
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