UUA International Blog Archive
UUA International Blog Archive
International Engagement & Building Peace
  • UU-UNO Director's Report: June 2012

    Every Child is Our Child Project in Ghana Please see a full report on the May 7-12 visit to the UU-UNO Every Child is Our Child Project . This group plans to meet again at General Assembly. We are working and planning together to sustain and hopefully to grow this important...
    By Bruce Knotts | 6/7/2012
  • Hundreds Participate in Race for Environmental Awareness in Khasi Hills

    On Saturday May 25th, 600 runners turned out for the Unitarian Union of North East India's (UUNEI) 4K "Quasquicentennial Green Run" in celebration of the 125th anniversary of Unitarianism's founding in the Khasi Hills. Drawing participation from all over the Khasi-Jantia Hills...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 6/5/2012
  • Celebrating Kathy Sreedhar

    Kathy Sreedhar, a champion of social justice in India for five decades, is retiring from the Unitarian Universalist Holdeen India Program (UUHIP) at the end of June. For the last 28 years she has built the program into a major force for grassroots social change in India. She has...
    By Derek Mitchell | 6/4/2012
  • They’re coming to simply survive.

    In preparation for Justice GA in Phoenix, Ariz., (June 20-24, 2012) the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) have jointly organized three Service Learning trips to the U.S.-Mexico border with our partner organization,...
    By Eric Cherry | 6/1/2012
  • May BorderLinks trip begins

    In preparation for Justice GA in Phoenix, Ariz., (June 20-24, 2012) the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) have jointly organized three Service Learning trips to the U.S.-Mexico border with our partner organization,...
    By Eric Cherry | 5/23/2012
  • Every Child is Our Child - Ghana 2012

    The UU-UNO has just completed its largest and most successful monitoring trip to its Every Child is Our Child project in Eastern Ghana, May 7-12. The delegation included UUA President, Peter Morales, members of his staff, including the UU-UNO director, Every Child Program...
    By Bruce Knotts | 5/23/2012
  • See "The Minister's War" at UUA General Assembly

    In 1939, Waitstill and Martha Sharp left behind the safety of their home in Wellesley, Massachusetts and flew to war-torn Europe. In Nazi-occupied Prague and Paris, in the grim detention camps of Vichy France and on hidden trails through the Pyreenees, they risked their lives to...
    By Eric Cherry | 5/22/2012
  • Announcing the 2012 Greeley Award Winner: Kent Price

    We extend our congratulations to UU-UNO Envoy Kent Price, winner of the 2012 Rev. Dana Greeley Award ! Each year the UU-UNO invites submissions of sermons that speak to the importance of the United Nations and building a more just international community. This year, sermons...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 5/21/2012
  • Every Child is Our Child

    $120! That’s all. A lousy 120 bucks for a whole year. It boggles the mind. At first I thought I had heard wrong. It costs only $120 to send an orphaned child whose parents died of HIV/AIDS to school for a year in Ghana.
    By Peter Morales | 5/18/2012
  • Come to Japan With IARF-US

    American and European members of the International Association for Religious Freedom and friends have been invited by the IARF- Japanese Chapter to visit them for nine days: October: 11 – 20, 2012. This will be a return visit following the inspiring visit of 22 of its members to...
    By Eric Cherry | 5/16/2012
  • From Elmina Castle: Undoing Racism

    C harles Dumond is a member of the UUA delegation that is currently visiting the “Every Child is Our Child” program partners of the UU-UNO in Ghana. In this blogpost he shares reflections following visits to schools near the Cape Coast and Elmina Castle near Accra. “True...
    By Charles Du Mond | 5/14/2012
  • From Odumase, Ghana: Education is Medicine

    Lorella Hess is a member of the UUA delegation that is currently visiting the "Every Child is Our Child" program partners of the UU-UNO in Ghana. In this blogpost she shares reflections following visits to schools near Odumase. Conditions in these schools are primitive. The...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 5/11/2012
  • All of Us Together on the Path to Justice

    The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) partnered with the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) on a joint volunteer trip to Haiti, April 28-May 5, 2012. In the post below, UUSC Haiti Emergency Response Manager Wendy Flick shared mid-trip snapshots of the...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 5/10/2012
  • Doha Accord Passes, Clearing Path Towards International Debt Crisis Relief

    In a major victory on the international debt crisis front, the Doha Accord has been passed, essentially securing a consensus-driven, strong mandate on debt and responsible lending and borrowing. From Jubilee USA : This United Nation's consensus built accord, which means the work...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 5/10/2012
  • From the gray van - Ghana: Odumase to Accra

    Our first day in Ghana was filled with formalities as we met The Royals. We had audiences with the Paramount Queen Mother, many more queen mothers and the King of the Krobo people We packed into small cinder block rooms or spread out under welcome shade wherever we could find it...
    By Eric Cherry | 5/10/2012
  • Hope in Haiti: Hard to Imagine, Easy to Find

    The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) partnered with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) on a joint volunteer trip to Haiti, April 28–May 5, 2012. In the post below, trip participant Jocelyn Furbush writes about the hope and inspiration she experienced...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 5/9/2012
  • Many Ways to Build a Foundation

    The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) partnered with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) on a joint volunteer trip to Haiti, April 28–May 5, 2012. In the post below, trip participant Barbara Nelson reflects on the various ways to build foundations — with...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 5/8/2012
  • Thinking About Earthquakes in Haiti

    The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is partnering with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) on a joint volunteer trip to Haiti, April 28–May 5, 2012. In the post below, trip participant Orelia Busch reflects on tiny movements and cataclysmic earthquakes....
    By UUA Communications: Information and Public Witness | 5/4/2012
  • An Education in Partnership in Ghana

    Thirteen Unitarian Universalist leaders, including UUA President Rev. Peter Morales, will arrive in Accra, Ghana, on Sunday to begin a notable visit with an international human rights partner - the Manya Krobo Queen Mother's Association (QMA). The Queen Mothers are traditional...
    By Eric Cherry | 5/3/2012
  • Community in Haiti: We Educate One Another

    The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is partnering with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) on a joint volunteer trip to Haiti, April 28–May 5, 2012. In the post below, chaplain and trip participant Megan Lynes talks about the powerful sense of community...
    By UUA Communications: Information and Public Witness | 5/2/2012
  • Bringing Your Truest Self to Haiti

    The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is partnering with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) on a joint volunteer trip to Haiti, April 28–May 5, 2012. In the post below, trip staffer Charles Huschle ruminates on the many qualities and skills that the trip...
    By UUA Communications: Information and Public Witness | 4/30/2012
  • Ready for More Invigorating Work in Haiti

    The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is partnering with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) on a joint volunteer trip to Haiti, April 28–May 5, 2012. In the post below, trip communications specialist Nicole McConvery of the UUA writes in anticipation of a...
    By Nicole McConvery | 4/27/2012
  • New York City Bar Association Hosts Public Forum on LGBT Rights in Africa

    Re-posted from the 44th Street Blog , the official blog for the New York Bar: On April 23rd, the New York City Bar Association hosted a public forum called “LGBT Rights as Human Rights: Recent Legal Developments in Africa,” which considered developments in LGBT rights in...
    By Bruce Knotts | 4/25/2012
  • BorderLinks: Putting a Human Face on the Border Crisis

    In preparation for Justice GA in Phoenix, Ariz., (June 20-24, 2012) the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) have jointly organized three Service Learning trips to the U.S.-Mexico border with our partner organization,...
    By Christopher A Rothbauer | 4/24/2012
  • UU-UNO Spring Seminar 2012

    After months of preparation, the UU-UNO Spring Seminar kicked off from April 12-14 with great success! Titled "Beyond Borders: Breaking Barriers of Race and Immigration," the annual gathering did just that, drawing 119 participants from across the US and Canada for a weekend of...
    By Bruce Knotts | 4/23/2012
  • April BorderLinks Delegation Prepares to Begin

    In preparation for Justice GA in Phoenix, Ariz., (June 20-24, 2012) the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) have jointly organized three Service Learning trips to the U.S.-Mexico border with our partner organization,...
    By Eric Cherry | 4/18/2012
  • UU-UNO Director’s April Report

    Race and Immigration We are just days away from the UU-UNO annual Spring Seminar, where we will spend three days examining global immigration from the perspective of race. Around the world, migrants are treated differently because of their race. Perhaps in most cases, people of...
    By Bruce Knotts | 4/10/2012
  • UU Holdeen India Program Roadshow

    The UU Holdeen India Program (UUHIP) is a powerful expression of Unitarian Universalism’s commitment to social justice. Since 1984, UUHIP has supported organizations of India’s most vulnerable groups as they seek to advance empowerment and promote equity. It is committed to...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 4/6/2012
  • ICUUW Initiatives for Women and Their Families in the Philippines

    Women and men from around Negros Island and from three continents gathered at Silliman University in Dumaguete, Philippines, on February 6, 2012, to discuss ways that women’s lives are transformed through livelihood opportunities. This one-day gathering was sponsored by the...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 4/6/2012
  • First UU Church of Houston Funds Unitarian School in Tynring, India

    In January 2012, six members of First UU Church of Houston , and of the International Convocation of UU Women (ICUUW), visited the Unitarian churches and schools of northeast India, in a region called the Khasi Hills, one of the poorest regions of India. There we learned that...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 4/5/2012
  • Fwd: Ban Ki-moon - latest SOGI-related remarks

    We want to pass on this exciting message sent to our office from Charles Radcliffe of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The term SOGI stands for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and is the all-encompassing term used at the UN when...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 4/4/2012
  • From the Road: Interfaith Rituals

    Among the greatest gifts of crossing religious and cultural boundaries is that we come to understand ourselves more clearly. On this trip to Japan I had the opportunity to visit briefly other religious partners: the Konko Church of Izuo (a modern Shinto movement), the Tsubaki...
    By Peter Morales | 3/22/2012
  • The Papaye Peasant Movement: A Model for Us All in Haiti

    UUSC is partnering with the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) on a joint volunteer trip to Haiti, March 10-17. In the post below, trip participant Linda McKim-Bell, UUSC's Pacific Northwest regional coordinator, highlights the example that the Papaye Peasant Movement (MPP...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/22/2012
  • Community and Song on the Front Porch in Haiti

    UUSC is partnering with the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) on a joint volunteer trip to Haiti, March 10-17. In the post below, trip participant Linda Kim Duncan tells the story of a delightful song-filled evening of connection with people of the Papaye Peasant Movement...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/21/2012
  • A Day Rich with Learning and Language

    UUSC is partnering with the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) on a joint volunteer trip to Haiti, March 10–17. In the post below, trip participant Alison Gottlieb reflects on a full day of learning with the Papaye Peasant Movement (MPP). The UUA-UUSC Haiti Volunteer...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/20/2012
  • From the Road: Kamaichi and Sendai

    The visual parallels between the atomic bomb blast in Hiroshima and the tsunami that hit Japan’s northeast coast a year ago are eerie. In Hiroshima we saw once more the famous photographs of Hiroshima before and after the bomb. In Kamaichi and Sendai the signs of breathtaking...
    By Peter Morales | 3/20/2012
  • Resourcefulness, Creativity, and Shared Values in Haiti

    UUSC is partnering with the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) on a joint volunteer trip to Haiti, March 10-17. In the post below, trip participant Flannery Wheeler ruminates on her experiences of connection while working with the Papaye Peasant Movement (MPP) on their eco...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/19/2012
  • Up Through the Mountains to the Papaye Peasant Movement

    UUSC is partnering with the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) on a joint volunteer trip to Haiti, March 10–17. In the post below, trip participant Diane Duesterhoeft reviews the journey to and arrival at the training center for the Papaye Peasant Movement (MPP). The UUA-...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/15/2012
  • Migration and Assimilation: What Are the Academics Saying?

    On February 29th the academic groups of UMI Transitions, CRNS, and NYU ran a symposium in New York City entitled “Latin-American Migrations, Patterns of Settlement and Transnational Dynamics.” It’s goal was to bring together experts from around the world in the field of Latin-...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/14/2012
  • From the Road: Hiroshima

    The word “Hiroshima” has become synonymous with the horrors of nuclear war. Unfortunately, we need to be horrified now and then. We need to see and feel just how terrible war is and how particularly horrifying nuclear war would be. A visit to Hiroshima’s Peace Park and the...
    By Peter Morales | 3/14/2012
  • Syrian religious leaders unite to reject violence

    In response to continuing fighting and bloodshed in their country, Muslim and Christian leaders from Syria have joined together to urgently call for a peaceful solution to the ongoing violence. The statement came out of a meeting organized by the Religions for Peace Middle East...
    By Eric Cherry | 3/9/2012
  • The 56th Session of CSW and International Women’s Day

    The blog post below was written by Cristina Velez, a graduate intern at the UU-UNO. Today, March 8th, marks International Women’s Day! Marches like these are happening all over the world. Learn more about the history and celebration for International Women’s Day here ....
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/8/2012
  • From the Road: Rissho Kosei-kai

    Kyoto, 5 a.m. March 6— I have often spoken and written about the importance of hospitality–about how hospitality is a spiritual practice. In the first two days of our visit to Japan I have felt as though I were attending a workshop in advanced hospitality. Our friends and...
    By Peter Morales | 3/8/2012
  • Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) Update

    Last week the member groups of Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) (the Unitarian Universalist Association is one of 24 national religious denominations and organizations that constitute it) met in Washington DC for a retreat to discuss future directions of the organization....
    By Eric Cherry | 3/7/2012
  • UU-UNO Director’s March Report

    Reintegration The first two months of 2012 have been so very exciting at the UU-UNO. During this period we finally completed a legal process that took far longer and was more complicated than any of us expected to legally merge the UU-UNO with the UUA. The legal process was most...
    By Bruce Knotts | 3/7/2012
  • The First Visits with UUA Partners in Japan

    UUA President Rev. Peter Morales is in the midst of a week-long visit with interfaith partners in Japan. On Sunday, Rev. Morales attended the worship service at the historic Universalist church in Tokyo: Dojin Church. Members of the Tokyo Unitarian Fellowship (a largely ex-pat...
    By Eric Cherry | 3/6/2012
  • This Is What a Construction Engineer Looks Like

    International Women's Day — which celebrates the economic, political, and social achievements of women throughout the world — is March 8. And while I believe we should honor women's accomplishments every day, International Women's Day is a great reminder. This year, one of the...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/5/2012
  • From the Road: Preparing for Japan

    From March 3 – 12, 2012 Rev. Peter Morales, UUA President, will travel to Japan to visit with a number of historic interfaith partners. The visit will also provide Rev. Morales with an opportunity to extend congratulatory greetings to Rissho Kosei-kai during its annual “Founding...
    By Peter Morales | 3/2/2012
  • UUA President Prepares to Visit Japanese Partners

    From March 3 - 12, 2012 Rev. Peter Morales, UUA President, will travel to Japan to visit with a number of historic interfaith partners. These include: Rissho Kosei-kai (RKK) - a 6-million member lay-Buddhist organization headquartered in Tokyo. RKK Dharma Centers in Hiroshima,...
    By Eric Cherry | 2/24/2012
  • Love Beyond Borders – Advent of the New Movement

    From the day of its inception, the UU-UNO Love Beyond Borders campaign has focused on creating an allied response to global LGBT/SOGI issues. (LGBT=Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender is the term most used in the United States; SOGI=Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity is the term...
    By Bruce Knotts | 2/24/2012

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