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International Engagement & Building Peace
  • Witness: Human Rights and the Arts

    I often find myself wading through history’s blood-stained swamp of violence in search of fleeting sources of hope. This experience speaks more, I believe, to the way in which history is recorded than to the human condition itself. For the very act of canonizing authoritative...
    By Eric Cherry | 3/10/2009
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  • International Convocation of UU Women

    Nearly 600 Unitarians, Unitarian Universalists, and progressive people of faith from approximately 20 countries gathered in Houston, Texas for the First International Convocation of UU Women from Thursday, February 26th through Sunday, March 1st. The theme of the Convocation was...
    By Eric Cherry | 3/4/2009
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  • Slumdog Millionaire

    The second in a series of blog posts this week inspired by movies highlighted in Sunday's Oscars Awards ceremony. Today, Kathy Sreedhar, the director of the UUA Holdeen India Program , talks about the movie, Slumdog Millionaire. Slumdog won eight academy awards, including best...
    By Eric Cherry | 2/24/2009
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  • Chennai Unitarian Christian Church

    Reprinted with permission from The Inquirer (The Voice of British and Irish Unitarians and Free Christians) The new building of the Chennai Unitarian Christian Church was opened on 25 January amid scenes of joyful celebration. Warm messages of greeting and fellowship were...
    By Eric Cherry | 2/24/2009
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  • 25 things about the UUA's International Resources Office

    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...
    By Eric Cherry | 2/23/2009
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  • Correspondence from an Australian Unitarian

    Dear Unitarian Friends, Australia is in a state of shock as the toll from devastation from the Victorian bush-fires slowly unfolds. It is expected that the death toll will be in excess of 200 with many in hospitals and others still unaccounted for and missing. The bushland...
    By Eric Cherry | 2/11/2009
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  • Capturing Transylvania through the Lens

    Stephen Spinder , an American professional photographer who has been living and working in Budapest, Hungary for the last twelve years, held a discussion and book-signing event at the Coop Bookstore in Harvard Square, MA on February 9, 2009. Driven by his interest in Hungarian...
    By Eric Cherry | 2/10/2009
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  • International Resources Office Now on Facebook

    The latest pervasive, must-have technology since the invention of the cell phone, Facebook is everywhere. And it's growing. Combining the best features of email, MySpace, and other Web 2.0 technology, 374,000 people join Facebook each day to connect, reconnect, and interact. So...
    By Eric Cherry | 2/3/2009
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  • Faith Without Borders

    The UUA's " Faith Without Borders " program is designed to assist congregations in creating and sustaining effective international engagement ministries. The latest update to the program is a resource booklet with suggestions for adding international themes to celebrations of St...
    By Eric Cherry | 1/30/2009
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  • New International Opportunities for UU Clergy and Seminarians

    Tsubaki Grand Shrine Scholarship Program 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. Scholarship recipients...
    By Eric Cherry | 1/13/2009
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  • New Bishop of Transylvania Unitarian Church

    The current minister of First Unitarian Church in Kolozsvár, Transylvania, Rev. Bálint Benczédi Ferenc, was elected the new Bishop of the Transylvanian Unitarian Church on Friday, December 5, 2008. Since First Unitarian Church in Kolozsvár is a common stop during pilgrimages to...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 12/17/2008
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  • Mumbai attacks: "The Roar of Creation Resolves into Music" - R. Tagore

    Eboo Patel is the Director of Interfaith Youth Corp and was the Starr King School’s President’s Lecturer at General Assembly 2009 . On December 1st he posted his reflections on the attacks in Mumbai to the Washington Post's "On Faith" blog. My father's best childhood friend owns...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 12/8/2008
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  • HIV-AIDS contexts during President Sinkford's pilgrimage

    (cross-posted from President Sinkford's blog about his pilgrimage to Africa: uupilgrimage.blogspot.com ) One of the major issues that President Sinkford and his companions have been in dialogue about during the Pilgrimage is the various responses to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 12/1/2008
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  • Join President Sinkford in an Interactive Webcast

    On November 4, 2008, Reverend William G. Sinkford, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), will embark on a 19-day pilgrimage to visit six African countries: South Africa, Uganda, Kenya, Senegal, Ghana and Nigeria. During his travels, Reverend Sinkford will be...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 10/21/2008
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  • A UU Pilgrimage to Africa

    On November 8, 2008, Reverend William G. Sinkford, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), will begin a 15-day pilgrimage to visit six African countries: South Africa, Uganda, Kenya, Senegal, Ghana and Nigeria. View Map The four general goals of this journey...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 10/9/2008
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  • Teaching in Maharashtra for a UU Holdeen India Program partner

    For two months during the summer of 2008, Laney Ohmans, a Unitarian Universalist from Unity Church-Unitarian in St. Paul, MN, offered English language instruction at the Eklavya School for Katkari Girls in the Maharashtra region of India. The Eklavya School was founded by two of...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 10/8/2008
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  • UU Holdeen India Program News

    The mission of the UU Holdeen India Program (UUHIP) is to: to work with organizations of India's most excluded and oppressed peoples: women; dalits, so-called "untouchables" who fall outside the caste system; and the adivasis or tribals who are India's indigenous peoples,...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 9/29/2008
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  • International LGBT Advocacy at the United Nations

    Bruce Knotts, Executive Director of the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO) , recently attended the United Nation's 60th anniversary conference - "Human Rights for All: the Universal Declaration at 60" at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France. In preparing for...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 9/23/2008
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  • Religious Pluralism By Way of Web Technology

    iPhones. MySpace. Viral marketing. Cell phones. No matter where we go, we are as connected as we want to be (and then some) to current technology, and through this internet medium, to one another. In many ways an informational smorgasbord, the internet experience is what we make...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 9/3/2008
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  • International themes for UU Water Communion Services

    Many Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations have an annual tradition of celebrating a Water Ceremony/Communion early in September as a ritual of welcoming members of their congregation to a new church year. Though these services vary greatly from congregation to congregation...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/21/2008
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  • News of Ahmedabad Bombings from Holdeen Partner, SEWA

    Dear Friends, You may have heard about 18 bomb blasts in Ahmedabad. UU Holdeen India Program (UUHIP) is partners with Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA) in Ahmedabad, India. We thought we would send you a short report on what has been happening to SEWA and SEWA members so...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/7/2008
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  • United Nations Sunday

    During the past year the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO) has been making tremendous strides representing our religious movement at the UN. People who know the executive director of the UU-UNO, Bruce Knotts, aren't surprised. And those that have been getting...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 7/30/2008
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  • 63rd Anniversary of Hiroshima Remembrance Day

    August 6, 2008 will be the 63rd anniversary of Hiroshima Day and there are many interfaith and UU resources available for congregations that plan to hold a worship service or other event. UUA President, Rev. William G. Sinkford offers a prayer for Hiroshima Day- Like most...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 7/21/2008
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  • Religious Leaders Summit for Peace

    Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) President William G. Sinkford arrived in Sapporo, Japan on July 2, 2008, to participate in the "World Religious Leaders Summit for Peace" scheduled prior to the start of the G-8 Summit of World Leaders in Japan (July 5-6). The gathering...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 7/9/2008
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  • U/U Youth Exchange

    Unitarian Church in Westchester County, New York, connecting U.S. and German Youth in an International Exchange Program The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Briarcliff, Croton & Ossining (UUBCO) , in Westchester County, north of New York City, is connecting its youth and...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 6/6/2008
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  • UUA Holdeen India Program

    This past weekend the Advisory Board of the UUA Holdeen India Program (UUHIP) met in Washington, DC. UUHIP is a very unique department of the UUA. It was established in 1984 with a mission to: "work with organizations of India's most excluded and oppressed peoples: women; dalits...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 5/22/2008
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  • Ongoing Humanitarian Relief Efforts

    Responding to the May 12th Earthquake in Southwest China There are many organizations that Unitarian Universalists can reliably provide donations to for humanitarian relief efforts in China: The Red Cross may be in a unique position to be helpful since they often have well-...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 5/21/2008
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  • UUSC-UUA Cyclone Nargis Relief Fund

    (Update: As of May 9, 2008, 243 gifts totaling $28,514 have been received!) Unitarian Universalists are invited to respond with generous compassion towards those suffering in the wake of Cyclone Nargis. Please see a message from the UUSC and UUA below: The Unitarian Universalist...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 5/7/2008
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  • Khasi Hills Unitarians elect new leaders

    The Unitarian Union of North East India held elections for members of its Executive Committee on Sunday, May 5, 2008. Reverend Pearl Greene Marbaniang described the results with the phrase "Youth Brigade Takes Over Reins of UUNEI," and quoted Wordsworth as an introduction to a...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 5/6/2008
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  • An International Focus during Flower Communion Services

    Many Unitarian Universalist congregations cherish their annual flower communion services as a beautiful symbol and ritual of our history, our current ministries, and our highest aspirations. While the liturgical elements that congregations include during flower communion vary...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 4/23/2008
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  • Picking up the Pieces: Building a Culture of Peace

    The Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO) has been hosting an intergenerational seminar every Spring for the past six years. The most recent seminar – “Picking Up the Pieces: Building a Culture of Peace” – brought a diverse group of more than 150 people to New...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 4/8/2008
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  • Annual Meeting of British Unitarians

    The General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches (UK) held its Annual General Meeting at the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield, England from March 26-29, 2008. Approximately 400 people gathered for the meeting from the UK and abroad, including representatives...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 4/1/2008
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  • In Memoriam: Brington Mylliemngap

    The General Secretary of the Unitarian Union of Northeast India - Bah Brington Mylliemngap - died on Tuesday, February 26th in Shillong. Brington Mylliemngap was born in 1936 and got his BA degree from Guwahati University in 1960. From a humble beginning in 1961 in the...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 2/29/2008
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  • Unitarian/Universalists in Kenya

    (Additional information can be found on uua.org) The concern and spiritual care that Unitarian Universalists have extended to the representatives from the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) and the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) who have recently been in...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 2/8/2008
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  • A Prayer in A Time of Mourning

    A Pastoral Letter from Reverend William G. Sinkford, UUA President From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Psalm 61:2 Dear Friends, The troubles in our world are many and overwhelming. And yet today...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 1/17/2008
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  • In Response to the Assassination of Benazir Bhutto

    In response to the assassination of Benazir Bhutto on December 27, 2007 the National Director of the Unitarians of Pakistan, Inderias Dominic Bhatti, has written the following letter for Unitarians and Universalists around the world. May we all be faithful participants in the "...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 1/2/2008
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  • Continuing the U/U International Theological Dialogue

    In November 2007 the UUA's International Resources Office sponsored a "Skypecast" that sought to continue the international theological dialogue among Unitarians, Universalists and Unitarian Universalists. On this occasion the presenter was Rev. Nihal Attanayake, director of the...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 12/7/2007
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