UUA International Blog Archive
UUA International Blog Archive
International Engagement & Building Peace
  • 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
  • UU-UNO Women's Initiative in Light of International Human Rights Day

    [gallery type="rectangular" ids="7187,7188,7189,7190"] CSW59 Image Retrieved from UN Women My name is Nazli, and I am the Women's Initiative intern here at the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO). As part of our series of posts on International Human Rights Day...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 12/11/2014
  • International Human Rights Day at the UU-UNO

    Adapted from original image by Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken Every year on December 10th, the world observes International Human Rights Day. Since 1950, this has been an occasion for people around the world to acknowledge and celebrate the fundamental rights that we all...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 12/10/2014
  • A Recap of the International Human Rights Work at the UU-UNO in 2014

    December 10th is International Human Rights Day . Guided by our principles, Unitarian Universalists are called to advocate for international human rights; to be a voice for the voiceless by promoting the inherent worth and dignity of all living things. Our Unitarian...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 12/10/2014
  • The God Wound

    by EU Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Rev. Tet Gallardo, minister of the Bicutan UU Church in Manila (Philippines), reflects on the challenging process of healing, grappling with doubt, the relativity of certainty, and resiliency in the face of natural disaster. The...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 12/8/2014
  • Social Entrepreneurs Challenge: International Bridges to Justice

    This guest blog post comes from Lara Fuchs, an MDiv student at Meadville Lombard Theological School working towards becoming a UU minister. She is also President of the UU's of Basel (Switzerland), Secretary of the International Council of Unitarians and Universalists' Executive...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 12/3/2014
  • Shape the Global U/U Story: Participate in #GivingtUUsday

    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 2nd, families, students, community centers, businesses, and charities around the world come together for the...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 12/2/2014
  • UU-UNO Fall Fundraiser 2014

    The Unitarian Universalists United Nations Office held its third Annual Fall Fundraiser on November 5th, 2014, at the Fourth Unitarian Universalist Society. An enchanting architectural structure located in the Upper West Side of NYC, with a Central Park view and a rustic feeling...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 11/14/2014
  • UU United Nations Office: Join Us for Our Fall Fundraiser!

    [gallery type="rectangular" ids="6933,6932"] This November, the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office invites you to be part of its fall fundraiser: “Celebrating the Inter-Connected Web of Life.” Featuring a silent auction, food, music, and more, the event will honor Rev...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 10/15/2014
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  • UU Basel Joins Hands with OnePeople

    Lorraine Rytz-Thériault, of the Unitarian Universalists of Basel, Switzerland, shares the following update from the fellowship's social action program. UU Basel's Social Action program is still young in the making, yet strong in its conviction in supporting causes that align...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 10/10/2014
  • The People's Climate March

    UU-UN Office reflections from the historic People's Climate March Sunday September 20, 2014. "The People’s Climate March on September 21st, 2014 brought together people of all identities from around the world. What struck me the most about this march was the boundless positive...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 9/26/2014
  • A Seminarian’s Experience at Tsubaki Grand Shrine

    Ranwa Hammamy is a UU seminarian & 2015 M.Div candidate at Union Theological Seminary. In September 2014 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 | 9/15/2014
  • Interfaith Dialogue for Human Rights

    Abby McBride is a youth representative for the UU-UNO. She attends Lehigh University and is pursuing a a degree in International Relations. She is a blogger and manager for The Assembly . Religion tends to have a bad rap in the media. When people think of zealous religious...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 9/10/2014
  • Through Eyes That Have Cried

    Rev. Colin Bossen , a Unitarian Universalist Minister and PhD candidate at Harvard University, shares the following abridged version of a sermon originally preached at the First Parish in Lexington on August 17, 2014. by ndlon NDLON delegation in El Salvador, July 2014 The...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 9/3/2014
  • 34th IARF World Congress Recap

    [gallery type="rectangular" ids="6787,6788,6790,6791,6792,6793,6794,6795,6796,6797,6798,6799,6800"] From August 24-27, the International Association for Religious Freedom (IARF) held its 34th World Congress in Birmingham, UK. A quadrennial event, this year's theme was "...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/29/2014
  • My Summer with the UU-UNO

    [gallery type="rectangular" ids="6766,6769,6767,6764,6765,6768"] Hi everyone, Like my fellow intern Zandy , today marks my last day as an intern with the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office. Through the last ten weeks with the office I have had such an amazing...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/26/2014
  • Nine Weeks in the Life of a UU-UNO Women's Program Intern

    Hi, my name is Alexandra “Zandy” Stovicek and this is my last week as the intern in charge of the Women’s Initiative for Security and Peacebuilding (WISP) in the Unitarian Universalist United Nations (UUUNO) office. I had an incredible time getting to know my office supervisors...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/19/2014
  • Giving, Receiving, Sharing: God Particles

    The Remonstrant church in the Netherlands - a century-long liberal religious partner of the UUA - is embarking on an innovative ministry called 'Goddeeltjes' (God particles). They will be publishing 6 small spiritual booklets by church leaders about finding parts of God through...
    By Eric Cherry | 8/13/2014
  • Hiroshima: Interfaith Dialogue & Peace

    The Heiwa Peace Pilgrimage —a multigenerational, multicultural, interfaith peace exchange program coordinated by All Souls Church Unitarian (Washington D.C.) — traveled to Hiroshima, Japan, for ten days to visit with interfaith partners at the Buddhist organization Rissho Kosei-...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/12/2014
  • Hiroshima: Reflections on Reconciliation & Friendship

    [gallery type="rectangular" ids="6718,6716,6717,6719,6721,6722,6720,6723"] The Heiwa Peace Pilgrimage delegation began its journey on August 1st and will be visiting with their interfaith partners in Japan for ten days. This guest blog post was composed jointly by three youth...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/8/2014
  • UN Conference 'Women in Power: Making a Global Difference'

    When fellow intern Zandy and I heard that there would be a UN conference entitled “Women in Power Making a Global Difference,” I cleared my schedule to be sure I could be there. What could be more exciting than powerful women using their influence for the global good? The...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/5/2014
  • Peacemaking in Partnership

    The Heiwa Peace Pilgrimage delegation began its journey on August 1st and will be visiting with their interfaith partners in Japan for ten days. This guest blog post was composed by the All Souls Church Unitarian (Washington, D.C.) Pilgrimage Organizing Team. In collaboration...
    By Eric Cherry | 8/4/2014
  • Love Reached Out Globally at General Assembly 2014

    The 53rd anniversary of the UUA’s General Assembly was an incredible hub of activity on the international front. With guests from over ten countries in attendance and numerous events, workshops, and celebrations with an international focus, this year’s proceedings were...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 7/31/2014
  • LOVE REACHED OUT: UU-UNO General Assembly Recap

    Thank you for joining the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office during our General Assembly 2014 Events! UU-UNO Director, Bruce Knotts , spoke at LGBTQ and Immigration - An Intersection of Human Rights , hosted by UURISE , on Thursday, June 26th. Bruce discussed the...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 7/28/2014
  • A Lost Soul

    On Sunday, July 6th, Ebenezer, an active HIV patient, AIDS orphan, and one of the students in the Mayne Krobo Region of Ghana whom the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office assists through the Every Child is Our Child program, passed away. He was admitted to the local...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 7/21/2014
  • News from the UU-UNO Director, Bruce Knotts

    Bringing UU Values to the UN and to the U.S. and Canadian Governments I have previously shared with you the fine work done by Frances Cosstick of the small Unitarian Fellowship of Ottawa, Canada’s capital. She and her colleagues organized a series of meetings at the Canadian...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 7/8/2014
  • Watch UU-UNO Director Bruce Knotts give impassioned speech at the United Nations

    On June 20, 2014 at the United Nations, NGO representatives from all over the world had an opportunity to provide input on the UN's 2015-2030 sustainable development goals (SDGs). Once confirmed, these goals will be the UN's official sustainable development mandate for the next...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 7/3/2014
  • Abigail Zylla - 2014-06-24 15:29:35

    pescetarian, but no allergies AUTHOR: Abigail Zylla AUTHOR EMAIL: ag [dot] zylla [at] gmail [dot] com AUTHOR URL: SUBJECT: [UUA International] Join the UU-UNO at General Assembly! IP: 69.254.6.10 Array ( [First Name, Last Name] => Abigail Zylla [Email] => ag [dot] zylla [...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 6/24/2014
  • Still Fighting to Bring Back Our Girls: The State of the Girl Child in Nigeria and Around the World

    On June 9th, Kechie’s Project organized a panel discussion entitled, “The State of the Girl Child in Nigeria.” Several UU-UNO Interns attended the event at the UN Church Center in order to garner more knowledge about this human rights topic. Kechie’s Project is a non-profit...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 6/24/2014
  • Love Reaches Out Globally at UUA General Assembly!

    Find yourself in the Global U/U Story at UUA General Assembly in Providence where we'll be blessed by the presence of more than 30 honored guests from a dozen countries. Each of our international partners brings inspiring news to share about how the Global U/U Story is changing...
    By Eric Cherry | 6/22/2014
  • Homophobia in Nigeria: Film Screenings and Panel Discussion

    On June 5, 2014, the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO) hosted a film screening and panel discussion on homophobia in Nigeria. The program began with opening remarks by Director, Bruce Knotts, around the importance of this issue and the UU-UNO's role in...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 6/20/2014
  • David Overton - 2014-06-18 03:08:15

    AUTHOR: David Overton AUTHOR EMAIL: tdover3 [at] aol [dot] com AUTHOR URL: SUBJECT: [UUA International] Join the UU-UNO at General Assembly! IP: 76.187.56.175 Array ( [First Name, Last Name] => David Overton [Email] => tdover3 [at] aol [dot] com [Congregation (no acronyms...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 6/18/2014
  • Dorothy (Dotty)Prunhuber - 2014-06-16 15:16:40

    shell fish AUTHOR: Dorothy (Dotty)Prunhuber AUTHOR EMAIL: Dotprun [at] aol [dot] com AUTHOR URL: SUBJECT: [UUA International] Join the UU-UNO at General Assembly! IP: 67.81.99.244 Array ( [First Name, Last Name] => Dorothy (Dotty)Prunhuber [Email] => Dotprun [at] aol [dot...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 6/16/2014
  • UU-UNO Director invited to the White House to discuss Global LGBT Human Rights

    I received the following invitation last week: You are invited to a White House Forum on Global LGBT Human Rights, to be held on Tuesday, June 24th, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. EST. We are pleased to announce that Ambassador Susan Rice, National Security Advisor, will deliver keynote...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 6/10/2014
  • Judy Manton - 2014-06-09 21:23:24

    AUTHOR: Judy Manton AUTHOR EMAIL: jhmanton [at] gmail [dot] com AUTHOR URL: SUBJECT: [UUA International] Join the UU-UNO at General Assembly! IP: 68.192.200.78 Array ( [First Name, Last Name] => Judy Manton [Email] => jhmanton [at] gmail [dot] com [Congregation (no...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 6/9/2014
  • Alex (Alley) Wolff - 2014-06-03 18:13:58

    No allergies I can help out as opposed to simply attending the breakfast AUTHOR: Alex (Alley) Wolff AUTHOR EMAIL: peace4uu [at] gmail [dot] com AUTHOR URL: SUBJECT: [UUA International] Join the UU-UNO at General Assembly! IP: 170.24.132.130 Array ( [First Name, Last Name] =>...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 6/3/2014
  • Respect, Protection, and Sustainability: UN Indigenous Forum 2014

    Starting May 12th, the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues convened for the thirteenth time at United Nations Headquarters in New York City. The ten day forum focuses on a spectrum of indigenous issues including economic, social development, environment, culture...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 6/3/2014
  • "Veil of Silence" Film Screening and Panel Discussion on LGBTQI Rights in Nigeria

    The Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office Invites YOU to a film screening of " Veil of Silence ". Film screening at 1:15pm followed by panel discussion at 2:30pm Panelists: Habeeb Lawal —Filmmaker, Veil of Silence Bruce Knotts —Director of the Unitarian Universalist...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 5/28/2014
  • Meet Aderko: An Every Child is Our Child Student in Ghana

    Aderko Bless is a 14 years old student of Asitey presby JHS. He said his nickname is polite and it was given to him by his big brother. He comes from Ahabaso but stays at Asitey with his grandmother. He has lost both parents and thus he is a double orphan, they died when he was...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 5/27/2014
  • Join the UU-UNO at General Assembly!

    Please join the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office during our General Assembly 2014 Events! UU-UNO Director, Bruce Knotts , will be speaking at LGBTQ and Immigration - An Intersection of Human Rights , hosted by UURISE , on Thursday, June 26th, from 12:30pm-1:45pm (...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 5/20/2014
  • Meet Isaac: An Every Child is Our Child Volunteer in Ghana

    I had the privilege of meeting Nanleeb Ishmael Isaac during our annual site visit to Ghana in February. He is our newest volunteer for our Every Child is Our Child program and works closely with our program monitor. Isaac is 26 years old and comes from a family of 9. He is from...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 5/8/2014
  • UU-UNO April 2014 Director's Letter

    Religious Freedom Most of the time, we see religious freedom invoked to protect conservative religious views. However, Unitarians and Universalists have a long and pioneering history of supporting religious freedom, because our progressive views have never been shared by the...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 5/5/2014
  • UU United Nations Office Climate Action Team Update

    We are approaching the 1 since the launch of the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office Climate Action Team Initiative. We are happy to report that a total of 16 Climate Action Teams have been established across the United States and Canada. While each Climate Action Team...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 5/1/2014
  • India’s Supreme Court Asserts Rights of Transgender Community

    by Daniel Lofredo Rota The rights of India’s transgender population have been legally recognized for the first time by the country’s top court. India’s citizens now have a right to choose their gender, including a ‘third gender,’ which the government must include as a category...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 4/28/2014
  • Californians are Thirsty But the State’s Fracking Wells Aren't

    As many of you may know, the UU United Nations Office is dedicated to combating climate change and environmental degradation. Staying abreast of both domestic and international issues, we are very concerned about the water crisis in California. In the midst of one of the worst...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 4/25/2014

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