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  • Justice Con: JUUstice for All Souls

    The UU-UNO Youth Conference, "Justice Con" was first executed at First UU in Brooklyn, NY with the help of the Metropolitan New York Youth/Adult Committee (YAC) . "Justice Con" was designed to work across districts with flexibility to include district-based schedules and...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/28/2013
  • The 57th Session of the Commission for the Status of Women at the United Nations

    The Commission for the Status of Women's 57th Session (CSW 57) took place from March 4th-15th, here in NYC, at the United Nations. The Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office took an active role in the CSW events. Below you will find summaries of all of the CSW panels and...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/25/2013
  • Japan Earthquake: Two Years Later

    Today is the second anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011. The massive destruction and loss of human life was compounded by the threat of radiation from four damaged nuclear reactors. Two years later, reconstruction...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/11/2013
  • International Inspirations: Ela Bhatt

    The Faith Without Borders program is re-launching as a new individual/congregational resource for UU’s interested or currently engaged in international work: uuinternational.org Encompassing the diversity and scope of current international UU projects and opportunities, Faith...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/1/2013
  • International Inspirations - On the way

    The Faith Without Borders program is re-launching as a new individual/congregational resource for UU's interested or currently engaged in international work: uuinternational.org Encompassing the diversity and scope of current international UU projects and opportunities, Faith...
    By Eric Cherry | 2/25/2013
  • Groundbreaking Event on Sexual Orientation Change Efforts: A Recap

    The Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office organizes a groundbreaking discussion on Sexual Orientation Change Efforts! Selling the Promise of Change: International Health and Policy Consequences of Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (SOCE) Jan 31st 1-3 @ United Nations...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 2/15/2013
  • Burundi Unitarians Respond to Devastating Market Fire in Bujumbura

    On January 27th a devastating market fire razed thousands of businesses in Bujumbura, Burundi, effectively straining the country's economy for weeks, if not months to come. The minister of the Unitarian Church in Bujumbura, Rev. Fulgence Ndagijamana, shared the following...
    By Eric Cherry | 1/30/2013
  • New Khasi Unitarian Hymnal Published

    Great news from Rev. Khlur Mukhim! May the music be a blessing. Dear friends, Being a member of the standing Hymnal Revision Committee (HRC), I feel lucky I could attend yesterday the special meeting of UUNEI officials and some other church members at Jowai. Graced by the...
    By Eric Cherry | 1/24/2013
  • Selling Sexual Orientation Change Therapy: Promise or Pressure?

    Can people change their sexual orientation? How does the promise and pressure to change affect the lives and human rights of LGBT people worldwide? The Unitarian Universalist Association -United Nation's Office (UUA-UNO) in partnership with the UN NGO Committee on Human Rights...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 1/18/2013
  • UUCP Learning Center Now Open

    The Unitarian Universalist Church of the Philippines's (UUCP's) Learning Center was inaugurated on December 18th, 2012. Now completed, the facility will serve as an educational center for pre-school children in a remote village in Canlaon City. Construction of the building was...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 1/14/2013
  • Stories of Strength and Self-Assurance

    The following post was written by Rev. Kathleen McTigue, director of the UU College of Social Justice (UUCSJ). She just finished coleading a service-learning trip to explore justice for rural India with the UU Holdeen India Program. Our delegation just traveled to India’s...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 12/10/2012
  • Department of Public Information/Non-Governmental Organization meeting “The Impact of Climate Change on People Living in Poverty”

    Climate Change has a devastating impact on those living in poverty, but the effects are being felt worldwide. Most recently, 55 million people were affected by Hurricane Sandy, which stretched 900 miles and killed 113 people. We must do our part to respect the interdependent web...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 12/7/2012
  • The Familiar and the Foreign

    The following post was written by Laney Ohmans , membership coordinator at the First Unitarian Society in Minneapolis and member of Unity Church Unitarian in St. Paul. She is currently taking part in a service-learning trip to explore justice for rural India with the UU Holdeen...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 12/6/2012
  • Typhoon Pablo impacts UU Church of the Philippines

    Yesterday evening the UUA received news that Typhoon Pablo had impacted the UU Church of the Philippines headquarters in Dumaguette City. News from the UU congregations throughout Negros Island is still coming in, but so far most of the damage reported by them is to agricultural...
    By Eric Cherry | 12/6/2012
  • Letter from the UU-UNO Director

    UU-UNO Director’s Letter: November 2012 Bruce Knotts 50th Anniversary Celebration and Hurricane Sandy Our November 3rd , the UU-UNO’s 50th anniversary celebration almost didn’t happen. Just days before, New York City and the surrounding area was hit by Hurricane Sandy. We had...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 12/4/2012
  • Dire Situation for Gays in Uganda

    Last week in Uganda the piece of legislation known to the world as the “Kill the Gays Bill” passed in Ugandan parliamentary committee. The bill can be voted into law any day and the Ugandan House Speaker has promised to pass the bill as a “Christmas gift” to the Ugandan people....
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 11/30/2012
  • The Proverbial Fire Hose of Experience

    The following post was written by Rev. Jay Leach , senior minister of the UU Church of Charlotte . He is currently taking part in a service-learning trip to explore justice for rural India with the UU Holdeen India Program. Since disembarking from our plane in the Mumbai airport...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 11/30/2012
  • The Power of Collective Action

    The following post was written by Rev. Kathleen McTigue, director of the UU College of Social Justice (UUCSJ). She is currently coleading a service-learning trip to explore justice for rural India with the UU Holdeen India Program. On Tuesday we traveled from Mumbai to Usgaon,...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 11/28/2012
  • Why We're on the Ground in Rural India

    The following post was written by Rev. Kathleen McTigue, director of the UU College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) . She is currently coleading a service-learning trip to explore justice for rural India with the UU Holdeen India Program. The first of our UUCSJ journeys to India is...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 11/26/2012
  • Exploring Faith-Based Social Justice in Burundi

    The following post was written by Rev. Eric Cherry, director of the Unitarian Universalist Association’s International Office. Cherry was one of the leaders of the UUSC-UUA Supporter Journey to Tanzania and Burundi. Service-Learning trips through the UUSCJ are a terrific way for...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 11/19/2012
  • Love, Dedication, and the Constitution of Tanzania

    The following post was written by Patricia Jones, manager of UUSC’s Environmental Justice Program . She is currently coleading the UUSC-UUA Supporter Journey to Tanzania and Burundi . The Tanzania Gender Networking Program (TGNP) is hosting a UUSC-UUA delegation of supporters in...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 11/14/2012
  • Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office Presents “The Invisible Men” Screening and Panel Discussion

    This past Friday, November 9th, 2012, the UU-UNO presented the New York Premiere of a new documentary, “The Invisible Men”. The film follows three gay Palestinian young men who are forced to escape from persecution at home in Palestine and are hiding illegally in Israel. Each of...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 11/13/2012
  • What a Night it Was! Commemorating 50 years at the United Nations

    On Saturday, November 3, 2012, The Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office celebrated its 50thAnniversary at the Times Center, in New York City. Guests were greeted with the lovely sounds of a jazz trio playing live music, a red carpet photo area, a delicious spread of...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 11/7/2012
  • Eager Anticipation: Prepping for Trip to Africa

    The following post was written by Evan Seitz, senior associate for service-learning programs with the UU College of Social Justice. I am not graceful when preparing for trips. I fret about everything from which type of trail mix to bring to whether our hosts will meet me at the...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 11/7/2012
  • 2012 UN Sunday Readings

    In celebration of October 24th, UN Day, the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office invites congregations and individual UUs to deepen their understanding of the United Nations by devoting one service with this topic in October. This service reaffirms the connections...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 10/24/2012
  • Rebuilding the UU voice on Women's Rights Issues

    International Human Rights has only been a documented declaration for half of a century however; nation states and governing bodies around the globe have been concerned with human rights issues for centuries. Under this Human Rights umbrella, Women’s Rights are drawing...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 10/22/2012
  • The Second International Convocation of U*U Women

    On Thursday October 4, 2012, the Second International Convocation of Unitarian*Universalist Women kicked off its three day conference in Marosvásárhely, in the Târgu Mureş region of Transylvania. Drawing over 240 participants from Transylvania, the United States, India, Hungary...
    By Nicole McConvery | 10/5/2012
  • Unitarians in North East India Celebrate 125th Anniversary

    On September 18, 1887 Hajjom Kissor Singh started the journey of organized Unitarianism in North East India . And, on that same day in 2012, 125 years later, the anniversary celebration and worship of the members of the Unitarian Union of North East India were spectacular. It...
    By Eric Cherry | 10/3/2012
  • A Seminarian’s Experience at Tsubaki Grand Shrine

    Elizabeth Nguyen is a third year UU seminarian at Harvard Divinity School. In August 2012 she was the recipient of the UUA’s Tsubaki Grand Shrine Scholarship . Tsubaki Grand Shrine is an ancient Shinto shrine in Suzuka, Japan, and an historic interfaith partner of the UUA. In...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 9/21/2012
  • SEWA meeting in New Delhi

    The UU Holdeen India Program - one of the UUA's International programs - has been supporting and building solidarity with social-change and rights-based organizations for nearly 30 years. In August 2011 a new director was hired for UUHIP after the retirement of the founding...
    By Eric Cherry | 9/14/2012
  • Unitarian Union of North East India Celebrates 125 Years

    This year, the Unitarian Union of North East India (UUNEI) celebrates the 125th anniversary of its founding with a series of special events from June 2012 through February 2013. The Unitarian Church of Madan Laban commissioned and recently unveiled a commemorative statue of Babu...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 9/12/2012
  • The World Congress of Religions 2012

    The World Congress of Religions 2012 will explore the relevance of religion and spirituality in addressing the critical issues of poverty, the empowerment of women, human rights and peacemaking. The gathering will bring together engaged leaders, scholars, activists and members...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 9/4/2012
  • UU College of Social Justice: Upcoming Service Learning Opportunities

    With its official launch at General Assembly 2012, the mission of the UU College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) is to increase the capacity of Unitarian Universalists to catalyze justice. A formal collaboration of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and the Unitarian...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/17/2012
  • Youth are Inspired to be the UNwired Generation

    by Derek Gumb and Allison Hess, Interns at the UU-UNO Youth and young adults from around the world met at the UN last week for the 11th Annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations. Twelve interns, staff, and UU youth attended the conference and represented the Unitarian...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/9/2012
  • The UU-UNO Intern Experience

    Hi! My name is Emma and I’ve been an intern at the UU-UNO for almost a month. I’m a lifelong UU who attends two congregations: the Unitarian Church in Summit and the First Unitarian Society of Plainfield. Throughout high school I’ve been very involved with UU youth programming...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 7/13/2012
  • Reflections on Rio: Reproductive Rights, Measuring Success, and Why I Never Had Time to Get in the Water

    “Rio+20″ is the short name for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development which took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June 2012 – twenty years after the landmark 1992 Earth Summit in Rio. At the Rio+20 Conference, world leaders, along with thousands of...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 7/12/2012
  • Rev. Mark Kiyimba - Ugandan UU - receives NEA Award

    On July 1, 20012 Reverend Mark Kiyimba - the leader of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Uganda - was presented the National Education Association's "Virginia Uribe Award for Creative Leadership in Human Rights." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5mEjhjhtqk Congratulations...
    By Eric Cherry | 7/9/2012
  • Half the Sky

    The Half the Sky movement is cutting across platforms to ignite the change needed to put an end to the oppression of women and girls worldwide, the defining issue of our time. Inspired by journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's book of the same name, Half the Sky brings...
    By Eric Cherry | 7/5/2012
  • New Spiritual Integration and Organizational Unity of the Hungarian Unitarian Church

    The 1568 act of the parliament of Transylvania , called the Diet of the country, declared legal protection for the freedom of conscience and religion in a way that was unknown before in the world. This declaration laid the foundation of the only religious denomination...
    By Eric Cherry | 6/29/2012
  • An International Flower Communion - Celebrating the 90th Anniversary

    Each year, the Prague Unitarian Congregation holds a traditional Flower Communion, a ceremony which was established by the founder of the religious society, Norbert Fabián Čapek. This year it was held on June 10th, at the occasion of the 90th anniversary of Czech Unitarianism....
    By Eric Cherry | 6/29/2012
  • The UU-UNO announces its 2011-12 Blue Ribbon Congregations

    Each year, the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office awards its most supportive congregations with blue ribbon status. To achieve this coveted status, a congregation must fulfill the following criteria: Have an Envoy, Youth Envoy or Envoy Team Conduct an annual UN Sunday...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 6/18/2012
  • Join UN Efforts to End Violence Against Women

    Sexual violence poses more of a threat to women ages 15-44 than cancer, car accidents, and malaria. Even worse, this violence is most frequently inflicted by a woman’s partner. A third of women murdered inthe United States every year are killed by their partners. Sexual abuse is...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 6/12/2012
  • Lessons in Generosity

    Barbara Du Mond is a member of the UUA delegation that recently visited the “Every Child is Our Child” program partners of the UU-UNO in Ghana, earlier this month. In this blogpost she shares reflections on economic status, opportunity, and the ECOC program's importance in the...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 6/7/2012
  • UU-UNO Director's Report: June 2012

    Every Child is Our Child Project in Ghana Please see a full report on the May 7-12 visit to the UU-UNO Every Child is Our Child Project . This group plans to meet again at General Assembly. We are working and planning together to sustain and hopefully to grow this important...
    By Bruce Knotts | 6/7/2012
  • Hundreds Participate in Race for Environmental Awareness in Khasi Hills

    On Saturday May 25th, 600 runners turned out for the Unitarian Union of North East India's (UUNEI) 4K "Quasquicentennial Green Run" in celebration of the 125th anniversary of Unitarianism's founding in the Khasi Hills. Drawing participation from all over the Khasi-Jantia Hills...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 6/5/2012
  • Celebrating Kathy Sreedhar

    Kathy Sreedhar, a champion of social justice in India for five decades, is retiring from the Unitarian Universalist Holdeen India Program (UUHIP) at the end of June. For the last 28 years she has built the program into a major force for grassroots social change in India. She has...
    By Derek Mitchell | 6/4/2012
  • They’re coming to simply survive.

    In preparation for Justice GA in Phoenix, Ariz., (June 20-24, 2012) the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) have jointly organized three Service Learning trips to the U.S.-Mexico border with our partner organization,...
    By Eric Cherry | 6/1/2012
  • May BorderLinks trip begins

    In preparation for Justice GA in Phoenix, Ariz., (June 20-24, 2012) the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) have jointly organized three Service Learning trips to the U.S.-Mexico border with our partner organization,...
    By Eric Cherry | 5/23/2012
  • Every Child is Our Child - Ghana 2012

    The UU-UNO has just completed its largest and most successful monitoring trip to its Every Child is Our Child project in Eastern Ghana, May 7-12. The delegation included UUA President, Peter Morales, members of his staff, including the UU-UNO director, Every Child Program...
    By Bruce Knotts | 5/23/2012
  • See "The Minister's War" at UUA General Assembly

    In 1939, Waitstill and Martha Sharp left behind the safety of their home in Wellesley, Massachusetts and flew to war-torn Europe. In Nazi-occupied Prague and Paris, in the grim detention camps of Vichy France and on hidden trails through the Pyreenees, they risked their lives to...
    By Eric Cherry | 5/22/2012

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