UUA International Blog Archive
UUA International Blog Archive
International Engagement & Building Peace
  • A Seminarian’s Experience at Tsubaki Grand Shrine

    Sarah E. Gillespie is a UU seminarian & 2014 M.Div candidate at Andover Newton Theological School. In July 2013 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...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/30/2013
  • Be Like Others: Transgender Life in Iran

    In the Islamic Republic of Iran, homosexuality is criminalized and punishable, in some cases by death. However, sex reassignment surgery is legal with government permission, and Iran performs the second most sex reassignment surgeries of any country in the world. On August 22,...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/26/2013
  • Saving Syria: Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in the Syrian Civil War

    Hello, my name is Russell Hathaway. I am a student at the University of Chicago and an intern at the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO), studying sexual and gender-based violence in the Syrian Civil War in coordination with our office program: Women: Security...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/23/2013
  • New Climate Change Religious Education Curriculum

    Hi! My name is Lily Hartzell and I'm an intern at the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office. I live in California, and I'm entering my senior year of high school. This summer I have been creating a religious education curriculum geared towards fourth and fifth graders....
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/20/2013
  • Event Recap "Food Security, Nutrition, Land Degradation: Climate-Resilient Solutions"

    Food security, nutrition, sustainable agriculture, land degradation, climate change and their interactions have all been major topics of discussion in the development of the United Nations (UN) post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals. In 2011, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/9/2013
  • Hiroshima Day 2013

    Today (August 6, 2013) is Hiroshima Day! As we observe the 68th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, individuals and congregations alike are invited to view our available interfaith and Unitarian Universalist (UU) resources . Perhaps one of the most inspiring stories to come...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/6/2013
  • Be Like Others: Sex Reassignment Surgery in Iran Event

    In the Islamic Republic of Iran, homosexuality is criminalized and punishable, in some cases, by death. Sex reassignment surgery, however, is legal, and Iran performs the second most sex reassignment surgeries of any country in the world. The Unitarian Universalist United...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 7/29/2013
  • On the Road: UU Camps

    Op-ed Summer is a time when some UU's take a break from weekly visits to their congregation and instead spend time in intentional multigenerational spaces. I am one of these UU's. Each summer since my birth I have traveled for at least one week to explore my spirituality and...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 7/26/2013
  • Upcoming Event! "Food Security, Nutrition, and Land Degradation: Climate-Resilient Solutions"

    The Unitarian Universalist United Nation’s Office (UU-UNO), in collaboration with the United Nations NGO Committee for Human Rights and the NGO Committee for Sustainable Development, cordially invite you attend and participate in an upcoming event: Food Security, Nutrition, and...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 7/24/2013
  • Ordination of the First Lesbian UU Minister in the Philippines

    [gallery ids="4924,4923,4922,4921,4920,4919,4918,4917,4916,4915"] On April 25, 2013, the UU Church of the Philippines ordained Ma. Theresa Gustilo Gallardo, Jr in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, Philippines. Nicknamed "Tet," Rev. Gallardo is the first lesbian UU Minister in the...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 7/12/2013
  • United Nations Sustainable Development Working Group

    Members of the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office Climate Change Initiative engaged with member states and many other UN entities at the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which completed its fourth of eight planned sessions last month,...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 7/3/2013
  • International Presence at GA 2013

    [gallery ids="4667,4669,4670,4672,4675,4676,4668"] GA Welcomes International Guests At last week's 52nd annual General Assembly the UUA International Office was honored to welcome over one dozen international partners from all over the world as they joined us for the week of...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 6/28/2013
  • No Longer in My Name: A Faith-Based Response to Faith-Based Intolerance

    In over 76 countries, religion is used as a rationale to oppress people because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Now is the time for people of faith to respond to faith-based intolerance and, on June 12, the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office and other...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 6/18/2013
  • Twelfth Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

    The Doctrine of Discovery and its Repudiation Hosting Agencies/Organizations: United Methodists The United Methodist Office for the United Nations and the Native American International Caucus of the United Methodist Church sponsored a brilliant seminar on what is known as the “...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 6/10/2013
  • IARF and WCF Conference: Religious Freedom and Responsibility

    RELIGIOUS FREEDOM and RESPONSIBILITY 20-23 Aug 2013 at Horsham Unitarian Church Accommodation at Travelodge (100 yards from church) Daily morning meditation at Horsham, Friends Meeting AN AFTERNOON AT WORTH ABBEY, SITE OF BBC TV SERIES. book online at www.worldfaiths.org/tickets...
    By Eric Cherry | 6/5/2013
  • You Are Welcome: Every Child is Our Child Site Visit

    This year the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office sent three office members, UU-UNO Envoy Coordinator Kamila Jacob, New York University Social Work Intern Jacklyn Booth, and Fordham University Social Work Intern Anida Fregjaj to Ghana for the annual Every Child is Our...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 5/17/2013
  • Inspired by Indonesian Unitarians

    The Unitarians of Indonesia are an inspiring part of our global faith with tremendous commitment, good organization, an evangelical attitude, and a strong focus on ministry with youth and young adults. It was a pleasure to visit with them for 4 days in April 2013. Gereja Jemaat...
    By Eric Cherry | 5/10/2013
  • Half the Sky Film Screening

    The Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office has partnered with the Half the Sky movement which raises awareness about critical women's rights issues, opening a space for a deeper discussion and action steps. The UU-UNO has developed a resource packet so that congregations...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 5/6/2013
  • Sex, Love and Violence: Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity in a Globalized World

    The Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office hosted the annual Intergenerational Spring Seminar on April 4th through the 6th. The title this year was Sex, Love and Violence: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in a Globalized World . We had 135 attendees of all ages from...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 4/22/2013
  • Dublin Unitarian Church: Walking the Talk

    Currently located in Dublin, Ireland, Ron Campbell and his partner Vicky have been members of the UU Congregation of Princeton for over 34 years. Below, Ron shares their moving experiences with the Dublin Unitarian Church. I have thought of myself as a Unitarian Universalist (“...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 4/11/2013
  • 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

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