UUA International Blog Archive
UUA International Blog Archive
International Engagement & Building Peace
  • Behind the scenes at COP21

    This guest post is by Ahti Tolvanen. Ahti is a UU-UNO Envoy for Lakehead Unitarian Fellowship in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Here he writes about his experience as a participant in the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) international climate change conference in Paris, which took...
    By Allison Hess | 2/23/2016
  • Unitarian Leader Takes Equal Marriage Stand in Romania

    Rev. Dávid Gyero, the Deputy Bishop of the Hungarian Unitarian Church (Churches in Transylvania, Romania and Hungary), has shared his recently issued courageous statement on Equal Marriage. By way of context, Romania is currently in the midst of a Constitutional struggle that...
    By Eric Cherry | 2/9/2016
  • Responding to Requests for International Contributions

    In the context of war and violence, mounting injustice, natural disasters and countless other severe challenges around the world, Unitarian and UU leaders in many countries are responding in creative and impactful ways to the issues they face locally. In recent weeks, requests...
    By Eric Cherry | 2/4/2016
  • February Update on Situation for Burundi Unitarians

    Rev. Fulgence Ndagijimana, founder and minister of the Unitarian Church in Burundi, has shared the following update on the current situation in Burundi. For further context and background information, read "Making Sense of the Burundi Crisis." You are welcome to share this...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 2/3/2016
  • UUPCC Youth & Young Adult International Opportunities

    [gallery type="rectangular" link="none" ids="8039,8040,8041,8042,7985"] UUPCC Young Adult Grants for ICUU Conference & Council Meeting 2016 The UU Partner Church Council has set aside funds to provide assist young adult participants (ages 21 – 35) to attend the International...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 1/28/2016
  • 70th Anniversary of the First UN Resolution to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons

    On January 24th, 1946, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously passed its first resolution, which called for the establishment a commission to monitor nuclear energy around the world, and for the elimination of atomic weapons and other weapons of mass destruction. This...
    By Allison Hess | 1/25/2016
  • Making Sense of the Burundi Crisis

    Rev. Fulgence Ndagijimana, founder and minister of the Unitarian Church in Burundi, has prepared an article that will help interested people understand the context and background of the current situation You are welcome to share this article widely. Donate online to support...
    By Eric Cherry | 1/25/2016
  • ICUU Conference and Council Meeting 2016

    [gallery type="rectangular" link="none" ids="7984,7985,7986,7987,7988"] Dear Unitarian and Unitarian Universalist Friends Around the World: The International Council of Unitarians and Universalists (ICUU) warmly invites you to attend the 2016 ICUU Council Meeting and Conference...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 1/15/2016
  • A Monumental Achievement: Unitarian Universalists at COP21

    Climate change has become a huge focus in the last couple years, politically and socially. Some of us have been working on it much longer, but it’s inspiring to see the commitment spread to more people and gather more support. Even Beyoncé is involved, having starred in the...
    By Allison Hess | 1/12/2016
  • Celebrating the Declaration of Religious Freedom and Tolerance

    On January 13, 2016 the Hungarian Unitarian Church honours the 448th anniversary of the Declaration of Religious Freedom and Tolerance, an edict which might be considered as the first legal guarantee of religious freedom in the Christian Europe. 448 years ago, in 1568, on...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 1/7/2016
  • Odumase-Krobo, Where Every Child is Our Child

    By Tatiana Reis (Women's Rights Initiative) and Daniel Snyder (Climate Justice Initiative) UU-UNO Program Interns “I want to be a nurse,” says Grace, the first in her family to reach high school—a monumental task in regions such as Odumase-Krobo in Ghana—explaining the...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 12/7/2015
  • Post-LGBTQI Asylum Event: Recap

    On Tuesday, October 20th, Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office, LGBT-FAN, and Housing Works Inc, hosted an LGBTQI Asylum Seeker & Refugee event titled LGBT Asylum Seekers: Where Do We Go Now? The event’s objective was to raise awareness of the atrocities LGBTQI...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 12/3/2015
  • Giving Tuesday #BecauseofUU

    In the United States, we have one day for giving thanks, two days for getting deals; now, globally, we have a day for giving back: #GivingTuesday. On Tuesday, December 1st, families, students, community centers, businesses, and charities around the world come together for the...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 11/30/2015
  • Updates from Burundi Unitarians

    UPDATE 12/19 From the International Council of Unitarians and Universalists: Update on Burundi Situation Violence in Burundi has escalated with government forces killing civilians, leaving the bodies in the streets to further terrorise their people. The still active charges...
    By Eric Cherry | 11/19/2015
  • Tell Congress: Don't Discriminate Against Muslim Refugees

    As people across the United States are donating to help Syrian refugees abroad and volunteering to welcome refugees in their communities, a number of Governors recently announced that they want to stop their states from resettling Syrian refugees . This is morally reprehensible...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 11/17/2015
  • Uniting to end violence and discrimination against LGBTQI people around the world

    By Justin Hashimoto UU-United Nations Office LGBTQ Human Rights Program Intern “My only sin against God is not accepting the person he made me to be for so long” Garth Zimmerman, a retired teacher from Appleton, Wisconsin, shares his moving account of “coming out at fifty” in...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 10/29/2015
  • At the Parliament of the World's Religions 2015

    Nearly 10,000 people from 50 faith traditions and 80 countries convened last week for the world's largest interfaith gathering, the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Salt Lake City, Utah, to commune in harmony and to grapple with and explore solutions to global issues like...
    By Eric Cherry | 10/27/2015
  • Armed group attacks Burundi Unitarian Church

    The International Council of Unitarians and Universalists shared very disturbing news from the Unitarian Church in Bujumbura, Burundi earlier today. Please see the message from their minister, Rev. Fulgence Ndagijimana below. Rev. Fulgence has said that financial support is not...
    By Eric Cherry | 10/22/2015
  • Global Drug Policy - Is a War on Drugs What We Need?

    In April 2016 there will be a UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on global drug policy; the first such conference in 18 years. This has been promoted by many Latin American countries and other supporting nations that are dissatisfied with the militarized and punitive...
    By Bruce Knotts | 10/19/2015
  • UU-UNO LGBTQI Asylum Seekers and Refugees Event: Where Do We Go Now?

    On October 20th, between 12-2pm, Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office, LGBT-FAN, and Housing Works, Inc. are hosting an LGBTQI Asylum Seeker & Refugee Event at the United Nations Church Center. The world's nations are currently evolving in social polarity; where...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 10/13/2015
  • Parliament of the World's Religions 2015

    The Parliament of the World's Religions was created to cultivate harmony among the world's religious and spiritual communities and foster their engagement with the world and its guiding institutions in order to achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable world. To accomplish this,...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 9/24/2015
  • Remembering Dr. Albert Schweitzer

    On September 4, 1965, the world lost an incredible polymath: Humanitarian, theologian, philosopher, organist, musicologist, physician, and scholar, Dr. Albert Schweitzer. A lifelong Lutheran, Schweitzer challenged both the secular and traditional Christian views of Jesus,...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 9/22/2015
  • Faithful International Partnering - Proceeding Carefully and Intentionally

    Here's an important reminder as the new 'church year' begins for many of our congregations. International engagement is important ministry, and more transformative when its collaborative. Our organizations look forward to supporting your hopes and dreams. And, we urge you to be...
    By Eric Cherry | 9/21/2015
  • Unitarian Day 2015

    September 18th marks the 128th anniversary of the birth of Khasi Unitarianism. On this day in1887, Hajjom Kissor Singh started the journey of organized Unitarianism in North East India . According to The Shillong Times , this year's celebration was marked with a day-long program...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 9/18/2015
  • Hungarian Unitarian Church Refugee Appeal

    In response to the global refugee crisis, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee and the Unitarian Universalist Association announced the launch of two new initiatives in a joint statement : A special UUSC-UUA Refugee Crisis Fund , with the goal of raising $250,000 over...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 9/11/2015
  • Youth Civic Engagement for a Sustainable Tomorrow

    UU-UNO interns Audrey Carleton and Jen Caplan at the International Youth Day event at the UN Headquarters in NYC. On Wednesday, August 12th, the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO) interns participated in the United Nations' International Youth Day . The theme...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/27/2015
  • Climate Change Conference Roundup: Commit2Respond NOW to Mitigate Climate Change

    I had the privilege of speaking at, leading discussions, and participating in two amazing meetings on Climate Change. The first was the week-long International Affairs Conference on Climate Change on Star Island, NH, featuring several amazing leaders in this field of climate...
    By Bruce Knotts | 8/18/2015
  • Potential Government Shut Down Due to Funding Dispute Over Planned Parenthood

    Over the past two weeks, two videos have been released showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing the harvesting of fetal tissue after abortions and even negotiating the prices charged for that tissue. Planned Parenthood condemned the scam for deceptively characterizing its...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/7/2015
  • Women in a Changing Cuba: a discussion with Reverend Dr. Ofelia Ortega Suárez

    “Vivir en la esparanza; Live in Hope”. This quote comes from Reverend Dr. Ofelia Ortega Suárez. She spoke at the UN Church Center Friday, July 17, 2015, on the topic of “Women in a Changing Cuba”. You could not ask for a better person to speak on this topic than Dr. Suárez. She...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 7/21/2015
  • Human Rights Roundtable: Civil Society Engages with Permanent Mission of China for the First Time

    On Thursday, July 2nd, the Non-Governmental Organization’s (NGO) Committee on Human Rights hosted a roundtable discussion with the Permanent Mission of People’s Republic of China to the United Nations. With the help of keynote guest speaker Yao Shaojun, counsellor of the Chinese...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 7/17/2015
  • Building a New Way Globally at General Assembly 2015

    [gallery type="rectangular" ids="7625,7616,7627,7622,7618,7619,7617,7624"] The 54th anniversary of the UUA’s General Assembly was a rich and interconnected hub of activity on the international front as we hosted guests representing over eight nationalities. Additionally,...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 7/13/2015
  • Emergency Burma Meeting - Raising Awareness About Violence Against Religious and Ethnic Burmese Minorities

    On June 2nd, the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office co-sponsored the meeting, ‘ Burma Refugee Emergency Roundtable: Democracy or Demonizations? ’ with Burma Task Force USA and the Amnesty International United Nations Office. Stakeholders such as Amnesty International,...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 6/17/2015
  • UU Puerto Rico Marches with Pride!

    [gallery type="rectangular" ids="7593,7592"] Rev. Mark Bowen, leader of Unitarios Universalistas de Puerto Rico , shares the following update: UU Puerto Rico was proud to march in the 25th Annual San Juan Pride Parade on Sunday June 6th! Our small, but growing, congregation...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 6/16/2015
  • Peace and Planet Mobilization and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Conference

    The 2015 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference (NPT Rev Con) took place at the UN from April 27th to May 22nd. Though the NPT is a legally binding treaty that calls on nations that possess nuclear weapons to negotiate "in good faith" toward the goal of total...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 6/1/2015
  • From the Director: Women’s Rights and Human Rights: The Path to Full Participation, April 28th Breakfast

    Over the past twelve months, I’ve found myself a regular invitee at the Council on Foreign Relations here in New York City. Richard Haass is the Director. I met him from time to time when I was an American Diplomat in Kenya and Sudan. On April 28th I was invited to a breakfast...
    By Bruce Knotts | 5/29/2015
  • A Unitarian Pilgrimage to Transylvania

    Reverend Kent Saleska, minister of the UU congregation in Wayzata, MN has provided terrific blogposts and photos from the UU Partner Church Council's most recent pilgrimage to Transylvania . ...this religious pilgrimage moved and changed me. First, I saw history come alive: I...
    By Eric Cherry | 5/15/2015
  • Appeal from Burundi Unitarians for Emergency Support

    Since Sunday April 27th, the capital city of Burundi has been living in a difficult situation. Many areas of the city have seen people on the streets demonstrating against the third term of the current president. Communes like Kanyosha, Musaga, Nyakabiga, Ngagara, Cibitoke and...
    By Eric Cherry | 5/15/2015
  • Warning of 'empathy gap,' Ban urges faith leaders to speak up against injustice and brutality

    A recent UN press release informed us that United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged faith leaders gathered in the General Assembly on April 22, 2015 to stand up for the collective good and amplify their voices in support of moderation and mutual understanding. He...
    By Bruce Knotts | 5/4/2015
  • 2015 Spring Seminar Recap

    For the last 48 years, the Unitarian-Universalist United Nations Office has hosted annual Spring Seminars on pressing social, economic, and political issues. Participants in these seminars learn about a topic and are also asked to consider their own connections to the issue and...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 4/29/2015
  • Breakthrough in Nuclear Diplomacy - Time to Mobilize!

    The news about the breakthrough in nuclear diplomacy with Iran is immensely important, and the work that lies ahead to avoid an expanding nuclear arms race, or violent confrontation, is more important still. Join with UUs from around the US in the Peace & Planet mobilization...
    By Eric Cherry | 4/3/2015
  • The UU-UNO's contribution to the Commission on the Status of Women

    This week is the start of the 59th annual United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). Every year, delegates from all over the world come to New York to discuss the challenges that women worldwide face. After discussing these issues, they come up with concrete plans...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/10/2015
  • Every Child is Our Child: Supporting Local Solutions to a Global Crisis

    My name is Jonathan, and I am the Every Child is Our Child (ECOC) intern here at the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO). In this post I will outline the mission of this program and highlight its role in bringing about development and empowerment. ...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 2/24/2015
  • Standing on the Side of Love in Australia

    [gallery type="rectangular" ids="7404,7405,7406"] Rev. Rob MacPherson, minister of the Unitarian Church of South Australia (UCSA), and his congregation are advocating on behalf of the rights of Australia's asylum-seekers. At a recent street protest outside the Adelaide offices...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 2/10/2015
  • Committee on Teaching About the United Nations (CTAUN) Conference: Perspectives from Two UU-UNO Interns

    On Friday, January 30th, 2015, two interns from the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office attended the Committee on Teaching About the United Nations at the UN Secretariat. Danning Zhang and Brieanna Scolaro, both who are graduate social work students, were excited to...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 2/6/2015
  • Religious Property Ownership Threatened in Transylvania

    Image by Rimager For the last 25 years, the Historic Hungarian-speaking Churches of Transylvania have expected the government of Romania to return their illegally confiscated properties. In a process that has been fraught with complication and delays, victories in favor of...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 12/22/2014
  • "Our lamps may be different, but light is the same"

    In the wake of the horrific school shooting in Pakistan earlier this week, community leaders in Adelaide, Australia, organized a peace vigil to honor the innocent lives lost. Drawing a multicultural, interfaith crowd of over 300, all who attended came together to mourn and to...
    By Rob MacPherson | 12/19/2014
  • UU-UNO Climate Change Initiative: International Human Rights

    As part of our series on International Human Rights, we would like to highlight the important work of the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office on Climate Change initiative.Climate change is posting an immediate and far-reaching threat to the basic elements of life for...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 12/18/2014
  • Migration Justice: Peace, Liberty, and Justice for all at the UU-UNO

    Thursday, December 18th , 2014 is International Migrant's Day , and the UU-UNO is celebrating by holding a special film screening on Migration Justice and reviewing its major accomplishments. Over the past year, the UU-UNO's efforts around Migration Justice have led us closer to...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 12/17/2014
  • 2014: A Big Year for UU-UNO's Work on LGBT Human Rights

    My name is Raymond Firmalino and I am one of the UU-UNO 's LGBT Program interns. As part of our blog series on International Human Rights Day , I on behalf of the UU-UNO will highlight our work this year on one of the most pressing issues of our time: the plight of lesbian, gay...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 12/16/2014
  • UU-UNO Spring Seminars: International Human Rights

    As part of the human rights advocacy work of the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office, we host an annual Intergenerational Spring Seminar, where youth and adults from around North America come together to spend three days in New York City learning about an issue of...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 12/15/2014

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