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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • "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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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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  • 5 Day Fast For Climate Change

    My name is Caroline, and I am a graduate student intern with the UU-UNO Climate Change Program. In light of the Typhoon disaster in the Philippines, I have decided to fast during the last week of the Warsaw Conference . From sunrise Monday the 18th, until sundown Friday the 22nd...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 4/17/2014
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  • IARF World Congress: Challenges for Religious Freedom in the Digital Age

    Registration is open for the IARF 34th WORLD CONGRESS which will be held from 24-27 August, 2014 at Birmingham University, Birmingham, UK . The keynote speaker is Karen Armstrong, leader in the creation of THE CHARTER FOR COMPASSION. Small group sessions and outings will...
    By Eric Cherry | 4/14/2014
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  • Sacred Roots: Indigenous Rights, Resistance, and Reclamation - Recap

    Since 1957 the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office has hosted an annual Spring Seminar. In 1998 the event became an intentionally inter-generational space that brought together youth, young adults, and adults in shared dialogue around issues that matter to our Unitarian...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 4/14/2014
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  • The Tutu Global Forgiveness Challenge

    Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu, who became the icon of forgiveness as the Chair of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and his daughter, the Reverend Mpho Tutu, are issuing a Global Forgiveness Challenge to coincide with the release of their long-anticipated...
    By Eric Cherry | 4/2/2014
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  • CSW 58 in Review

    After two weeks of discussion, argument, song, dance, discernment, and community building, the 58th Commission on the Status of Women has drawn to a close. Hundreds of individuals from all over the world to foster dialogue regarding the role of women in the Post-Millennium-...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/21/2014
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  • In Remembrance of the Manya Krobo Paramount Queen Mother

    In Remembrance of Madam Mary Rose Quist (Nana Manye Mamle Okleyo) Manya Krobo Paramount Queen Mother (1920-2013) During our February 7-14 visit to the Every Child is Our Child Project in Ghana, we were saddened to learn of the passing of the Paramount Queen Mother of the Manya...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/17/2014
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  • Healing Our World and Ourselves

    Thanks to generous donations from members of the Climate Change Task Force and the fundraising efforts of Unitarian Universalist Justice Florida , the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office's (UU-UNO) Climate Change program intern, Caroline Achstatter, was able to attend...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/12/2014
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  • Meet Susan: Every Child is Our Child Student and Future Nurse!

    During our 2014 Every Child Is Our Child site visit I had the pleasure of meeting Susan and was immediately taken aback by the fire and determination in her eyes. Susan is one of our four Senior High School Students and the only one who is not boarding at her school. It is...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/11/2014
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  • CSW's 58th Session and the UU-UNO's Parallel Events

    Background of CSW The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is a functional commission of UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). It was established on 21 June 1946. It is the principal global intergovernmental policy-making body that dedicated to the promotion of gender...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/10/2014
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  • Spring Seminar in Retrograde: Top Five Countdown!

    By Dylan Debelis Since 1957 the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office has hosted an annual Spring Seminar. In 1998 the event evolved into an intentionally intergenerational space that brought together youth, young adults, and adults in shared dialogue around issues that...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/6/2014
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  • An Open Letter to World Leaders

    Calling to end pushing LGBTIs into double victimization! First, donors do not fund LGBTI support programs (except few exceptions over the recent years and its too little). Second, donors continue funding governments ignoring their human rights violations against LGBTIs. As an...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/5/2014
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  • Uganda and Beyond

    by Val Kalende ( Reposted from the Huffington Post) Uganda's "jail the gays" bill will likely become law anytime soon perhaps as soon as this week. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has promised Ugandans that he will assent to the bill after receiving medical evidence from...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/4/2014
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  • Basic Freedoms in a Homophobic World

    On February 27th, 2014 the NGO Committee on Human Rights and Unitarian Univeralist United Nations Office held a panel discussion on Homophobia around the world.The panel centered on actions taken by the Russian, Ugandan, Nigerian, and Indian governments against the LGBTQIA...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/4/2014
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  • 2014 Every Child is Our Child Site Visit

    In early February, Bruce Knotts, UU-UNO Director, and Maria Militano, Every Child is Our Child (ECOC) intern, traveled to Odumase Krobo, Ghana for our yearly monitoring visit. The purpose of this visit was to maintain our relationship with the ECOC leaders, build new connections...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 2/26/2014
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  • Meet Susan: Our Wonderdul High School Student

    During our 2014 site visit (INSERT LINK), we had the pleasure of meeting a very special student that has been in our program since 2010. Susan is an inspiring young woman whose resilience and perseverance shines through. She is 18 years of age and is in her first year of Senior...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 2/24/2014
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  • 'Anti-gay' bill becomes law in Uganda (updated)

    It was dreadful to wake up this morning to the news that the President of Uganda had signed the 'anti-gay' bill into law. Though this action has looked likely for weeks, there has been some hope that Museveni would challenge the popular will in his country. Instead, he re-...
    By Eric Cherry | 2/24/2014
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