UUA International Blog Archive
UUA International Blog Archive
International Engagement & Building Peace
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • The IARF World Congress

    The 33rd World Congress of the International Association for Religious Freedom (IARF) was held in Kochi, India from September 4-7, 2010. More than 600 people attended the Congress, with participants hailing from nearly 30 IARF member groups in East Asia, South Asia, Europe, the...
    By Eric Cherry | 9/14/2010
  • International Day of Peace: A Million Minutes for Peace

    The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA ) is partnering with "The Odyssey Network" to promote " A Million Minutes for Peace " on the U.N.'s International Day of Peace - September 21st, 2010. People of different faiths from all over the world will stop at noon and pray for...
    By Eric Cherry | 9/14/2010
  • Exploring the Way of the Kami

    This year's recipient of the Tsubaki Grand Shrine Scholarship , Barnaby Feder, shares his reflections on his two week residency in Suzuka, Japan: At midnight on Aug. 11, in a scene I could never have imagined, there I was, one American Unitarian Universalist among about 70...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 9/7/2010
  • A Historic Visit

    See update from 8/30 (below) For the first time since the 1960's the UU Church of the Philippines (UUCP) will be paid a visit by the Unitarian Universalist Association’s President. From August 26 – September 2, 2010, Reverend Peter Morales will visit with a dozen UU...
    By Eric Cherry | 8/19/2010
  • About

    International Social Justice Affirming and promoting the goal of world community with Peace, Liberty and Justice for all, Unitarian Universalists (UUs) become internationally engaged in diverse ways. Discover the Global U/U Story Unitarians, Universalists, and Unitarian...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/5/2010
  • Arms Down! Campaign for Shared Security

    In November 2009, the Religions for Peace Global Youth Network launched the Arms Down! Campaign for Shared Security . The campaign aims to advance shared security by working to reduce nuclear and conventional weapons and to reallocate military spending to support urgently needed...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 7/30/2010
  • Global UU Ministers Meeting and Theological Symposium

    In mid-July the International Council of Unitarians and Universalists (ICUU) concluded two deeply inspiring global conferences in Kerkrade, Holland. The first conference brought together more than 60 Unitarian, Unitarian Universalist, and liberal Christian ministers from 15...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 7/28/2010
  • International Presence at General Assembly 2010

    International Guests in Attendance Reema Nanavaty Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA) - India Ms. Nanavaty is the Director of Economic and Rural Development for SEWA, which is the largest labor union of informal sector workers in India. Guji Yukiyasu Yamamoto Tsubaki Grand...
    By Nicole McConvery | 7/8/2010
  • UU-UNO welcomes Ugandan Bishop Cristopher Senyonjo

    June 7th, 2010 Today, the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO) organized an interfaith service at the Church Center's United Nations chapel. Rev. Galen Guengerich, senior minister of All Souls Unitarian Church, NYC , presided. All Souls Minister of Music Walter...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 6/17/2010
  • Ubuntu Uganda

    You are cordially invited to Ubuntu Uganda: An Evening with Bishop Christopher Senyonjo Join the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office for wine and hors d'oeuvres to honor Bishop Christopher Senyonjo, often referred to as the Desmond Tutu of Uganda, an outspoken advocate...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 5/20/2010
  • UU Church of Caican (Philippines) and Global Climate Change

    One of the UU churches I visited recently in the Philippines is the UU Church of Caican, which is partnered with the UU congregation in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Caican church is located in a beautiful, friendly and welcoming village not very far from Bayawan City and Santa Catalina...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 5/14/2010
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Season's Greetings from the International Resources Office

    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 12/23/2009
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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