UUA International Blog Archive
UUA International Blog Archive
International Engagement & Building Peace
  • Celebrate Universal Children’s Day and the ECOC Program!

    Universal Children’s Day Sunday, November 20th Involve your congregation in observing Universal Child’s Day! Marking the day on which the Assembly adopted the both the Declaration and the Convention on the Right of the Child (1959 & 1989, respectively), Universal Child’s Day...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 11/14/2011
  • Get To Know the Every Child Is Our Child (ECOC) Students!

    In the next few weeks, the UU-UNO will feature a child that receives access to education, school supplies and health care through the ECOC Program. Meet Jessica! Jessica is a 13-year-old girl who studies at Okwenya School located in Manya Krobo, Ghana. Jessica’s father contacted...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 11/9/2011
  • Climate Change and Forced Migration

    The following post was written by Guy Quinlan. He is a member of UU-UNO Climate Change Task Force and attends All Souls Church in New York City. CLIMATE CHANGE AND FORCED MIGRATION In February 2010 the US Defense Department reported that “climate-related changes are already...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 11/8/2011
  • Introducing Kye Flannery, UUA International Office Intern

    I’ve been pretty darn lucky this year. For one thing, I’ve just started interning at the International Resources Office at the UUA. I’ve also had opportunities to visit Mexico, Bangladesh and Haiti, so I’ve gotten to ask a lot of questions about what responsible, long-term...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 11/3/2011
  • Servetus: Heretic and Hero

    Cross-posted from Beyond Belief , UUA President Peter Morales’s blog. Imagine that an unknown 20-year-old were to write a book today taking issue with some point of religious doctrine, basing his arguments on his interpretation of texts in Hebrew, Greek and Latin. I doubt anyone...
    By Peter Morales | 11/1/2011
  • Speaking of Servetus

    Cross-posted from Beyond Belief , UUA President Peter Morales's blog. I have just arrived in Spain to participate in a conference in honor of the 500th anniversary of the birth of Michael Servetus (or, as the Spaniards name him, Miguel Servet). Organized by the Michael Servetus...
    By Peter Morales | 10/27/2011
  • IARF Japan Delegation Visits UUA

    On Saturday October 22, a delegation of twenty-three International Association for Religious Freedom (IARF) members hailing from Japan visited the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) for the day. Leading the group on an East Coast tour was the former chairman of Rissho...
    By Nicole McConvery | 10/27/2011
  • Climate Change and their Refugees

    “Environmental refugees” refers to the people who are forced to migrate from or flee their home region due to sudden or long-term changes to their local environment. These conditions can include increased droughts , desertification , sea level rise , and disruption of seasonal...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 10/24/2011
  • San Diego Gay and Lesbian News (SDGLN) Coverage

    Read more about the Compass for Compassion Conference! Editor in Chief of the San Diego Gay and Lesbian News (SDGLN), Ken Williams, recapitulates the conference and highlights our Executive Director, Bruce Knotts. SDGLN exclusive: Uganda remains a lightning rod over gay rights...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 10/24/2011
  • Another History-Making Month: UUA United Nations Office Monthly Report for October

    We began the month with the opening of the UN General Assembly under intense security. The street where we work (44th street) was blocked by police and the only way we were allowed entry was by showing our UN badges. There were snipers on the roof of the UN, helicopters in the...
    By Bruce Knotts | 10/19/2011
  • UN Sunday Readings

    Get pumped for UN Sunday this month! Each week we have posted readings that you can use in your UN Sunday service focusing on this year's theme: Empower Women for a Better World. This week is the last in our series of UN Sunday Readings . This weeks reading is a meditation story...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 10/19/2011
  • UU Led UN LGBT Consultation Agrees To Next Steps

    In the Spring of 2009, Human Rights Watch called the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office and said that fundamentalist ministers and politicians were inflaming homophobic hatred in Uganda. Human Rights Watch asked the UU-UNO to form a coalition of progressive faith...
    By Bruce Knotts | 10/14/2011
  • A Seminarian's Experience at Tsubaki Grand Shrine

    Christian Schmidt is a third year UU seminarian at Andover Newton Theological School. In August 2011 he 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 partner of the...
    By Eric Cherry | 10/6/2011
  • UU-UNO Interns Share Their Impressions of the United Nations General Assembly

    The UU United Nations Office ( UU-UNO ) is fortunate to have formal relationships with the graduate schools of social work at Fordham University, Columbia University and our latest addition, New York University. It is always an exciting time to meet our new interns and begin to...
    By Bruce Knotts | 10/5/2011
  • Incredible Support for the UU Holdeen India Program

    Derek Mitchell, the new Director of the UU Holdeen India Program (UUHIP), shares the following update: During August and September, friends of the UU Holdeen India Program (UUHIP) have shown incredible support for the work of our partners. An Uplifting Musical Contribution On...
    By Derek Mitchell | 9/21/2011
  • Why Confrontation Now at the UN?

    Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP), the UUA's strategic partner on Israel/Palestine issues, is a coalition of 24 national Church denominations (including the UUA) and organizations that helps church organizations, leaders and individuals effectively advocate for justice and...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 9/21/2011
  • Take the UN Flag Out of the Closet: UUA United Nations Office Monthly Report for September

    This is the first of a regular series of monthly reports that Bruce Knotts, the Director of the UU United Nations Office (UU-UNO), will be providing to constituents. Look for future reports on or around the 15th of the month. Contributions to support the work of the UU-UNO are...
    By Bruce Knotts | 9/16/2011
  • UU Marches in Solidarity With Bolivian Indigenous Community

    Since August 15, 2011, more than 1,500 Bolivian indigenous men, women, and children have embarked on a 350-mile trek, from the Amazonian lowlands of Trinidad to the highlands of La Paz, in opposition of a national highway construction project that would cut through a protected...
    By Nicole McConvery | 9/15/2011
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    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 9/14/2011
  • Unitarians of Bujumbura, Burundi Dedicate New Church Home

    Despite usual hardships and renewed political tensions in the country, Sunday, August 21st was a joyful day in Bujumbura, Burundi, as the Assemblée des chrétiens unitariens du Burundi (ACUB) dedicated its brand new church building (the first UU church built in East Africa) and...
    By Eric Cherry | 9/13/2011
  • Welcome to Ghana: You Are Invited!

    Beginning August 5, 2011, Erik Mohn, UUA Young Adult Spirituality & Service Consultant, began a 24-day journey to Ghana where he volunteered in a health clinic, a school, and an orphanage through Amizade, a global service learning organization. Here he reflects on the...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 9/8/2011
  • Ugandan Cabinet Won't Bring the Kill-the-Gays Bill to a Vote

    The UUA learned on August 23rd, that the Ugandan Cabinet has decided not to allow the infamous anti-homosexuality bill to be voted on by Parliament. David Bahati, the parliament member who authored the legislation, vowed to bring the bill back in November, according to media...
    By Bruce Knotts | 8/31/2011
  • Lasting Impressions of Haiti

    UUSC was excited to partner with the Unitarian Universalist Association on a joint volunteer trip to Haiti for youth and young adults, August 20-27. In the post below, participant Rebecca Burns reflects on her time in Haiti - why she didn't want to leave and what she is taking...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/30/2011
  • The UUA's United Nations Office adds a new Youth Envoy Coordinator

    The UUA United Nations Office sadly had to say farewll to Kate Smith who left her position as the UNO's Youth Envoy Coordinator to study in China. Succeeding Kate is Kamila Jacob who comes to the UNO, as Kate did, with talent, ability and enthusiasm. Here, in her own words is...
    By Bruce Knotts | 8/30/2011
  • Family Watch International Fights UN Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity Human Rights Initiatives

    The UUA's United Nations Office has been following the very disturbing trend of American fundamentalist ministers and politicians stoking the flames of homophobic bigotry around the world. Countries of particular recent concern have been Uganda, Malawi, Jamaica and Nigeria....
    By Bruce Knotts | 8/26/2011
  • Whole and One Across Divisions

    UUSC is excited to be partnering with the Unitarian Universalist Association on a joint volunteer trip to Haiti for youth and young adults, August 20–27. In the post below, participant Sydney Weddleton reflects on the power of common goals. Throughout my time thus far in Haiti,...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/26/2011
  • Sounds of Haiti

    UUSC is excited to be partnering with the Unitarian Universalist Association on a joint volunteer trip to Haiti for youth and young adults, August 20-27. In the posts below, two participants share their first impressions. The following post was written by youth participant...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/26/2011
  • Challenging Oppression in Haiti: The Power of the People

    UUSC is excited to be partnering with the Unitarian Universalist Association on a joint volunteer trip to Haiti for youth and young adults, August 20–27. The following post was written by Charles Huschle, UUSC's senior associate for foundations and corporations and one of the...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/26/2011
  • Big Fish, Little Fish: Building Foundations and Mobilizing Community in Haiti

    UUSC is excited to be partnering with the Unitarian Universalist Association on a joint volunteer trip to Haiti for youth and young adults, August 20—27. In the post below, participant Ravenna McGuire reflects on their first day working at the eco-village and learning about the...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/24/2011
  • Youth Delegation: From Port-au-Prince to the Central Plateau

    UUSC is excited to be partnering with the Unitarian Universalist Association on a joint volunteer trip to Haiti for youth and young adults, August 20–27. In the posts below, two participants share their first impressions. The following post was written by Ravenna McGuire on...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/24/2011
  • UU-UNO at UN Climate Change Working Group

    On August 17th, 2011, the climate change work group held a session to discuss preparation for the COP-17 meeting (17th Conference of the Parties ), which will be held from November 28 - December 9, 2011 in Durban,South Africa. The COP-17 meeting will bring together...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/24/2011
  • Youth Delegation Arrives Safely in Haiti's Central Plateau

    UUSC is excited to be partnering with the Unitarian Universalist Association on a joint volunteer trip to Haiti for youth and young adults, August 20–27. In the post below, trip leader Evan Seitz, UUSC's associate for experiential learning and youth services, gives a quick...
    By Eric Cherry | 8/23/2011
  • My First Look at Hope in Haiti

    UUSC is excited to be partnering with the Unitarian Universalist Association on a joint volunteer trip to Haiti for youth and young adults, August 20–27. In the post below, Charles Huschle, UUSC's senior associate for foundations and corporations and one of the staff members on...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/22/2011
  • The Papaye Peasant Movement’s Call for Community

    UUSC is excited to be partnering with the Unitarian Universalist Association on a joint volunteer trip to Haiti for youth and young adults, August 20–27. In the post below, Jessica Atcheson, UUSC’s editor/writer, gives a quick update after the group arrived in the Central...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/22/2011
  • UUA Seminarian Scholar writes from Tsubaki Grand Shrine

    Christian Schmidt (the UUA's 2011 Tsubaki Grand Shrine Seminarian Scholar) writes from TGS after the first three days of his two-week stay It’s been a busy few days at Tsubaki Grand Shrine . In my first three days here, I have been given Shinto priest clothing to wear, been...
    By Eric Cherry | 8/17/2011
  • UU Society of Iowa City experiences transformative Service/Learning work in Guatemala

    The Iowa City Press-Citizen has a great article about a recent service/learning trip that 27 youth and adults from UUSIC took to Guatemala. Experiences like this reflect a widely shared commitment among Unitarian Universalists that UUA President Peter Morales has identified as...
    By Eric Cherry | 8/12/2011
  • A UU-UNO High School Intern and Youth Envoy Learns about Youth Development at the United Nations

    by Olivia Legan, UU-UNO Intern The panel members had not yet opened their mouths to speak, but the conference room was already buzzing with conversation. The chatter was unusual with many different accents and languages ricocheting from wall to wall. Sharp inflections of German...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/9/2011
  • I Sit, I Think, I Wonder…

    Beginning August 5, 2011, Erik Mohn, UUA Young Adult Spirituality & Service Consultant, will be embarking on a 24-day journey to Ghana where he will volunteer in a health clinic, a school, and an orphanage through Amizade , a global service learning organization. Here Erik...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/5/2011
  • A Week of Service in Haiti

    Two church groups recently went to Haiti in July, each for a week of service. The first group, from Arlington Street Church in Boston, went to work at a school in a camp. The second group –including participants from the First Parish Church in Cambridge – went to provide medical...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/4/2011
  • Hiroshima Day 2011

    That fateful summer, 8:15. The roar of a B-29 breaks the morning calm. A parachute opens in the blue sky. Then suddenly, a flash, an enormous blast—silence—hell on Earth... August 6th marks the 66th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. The UUA's International Office has a...
    By Nicole McConvery | 8/4/2011
  • UN Sunday - October 24, 2011

    The Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO) is proud to announce the completion of our 2011 United Nation Sunday resource packet . In celebration of the founding of the UN on October 24th, 1945, the UU-UNO invites congregations and individual UUs to deepen their...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/3/2011
  • LGBT organization among 3 that receive ECOSOC status

    The International Lesbian, Gay Alliance is a consortium of about 300 LGBT organizations, mostly based in Europe. ILGA.org is by far the best source of on-line information about international LGBT issues. ILGA is one of the oldest and best known international LGBT organizations...
    By Eric Cherry | 7/26/2011
  • Why Celebrate July 17th?

    by Lorand Laskai, UU-UNO Intern Since 1998, July 17th has marked, a significant, if overlooked, holiday: International Justice Day , a day celebrating the ratification of the Rome Statute and the inception of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Dedicated to bringing...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 7/11/2011
  • International Presence at General Assembly 2011

    The 50th anniversary of the UUA's General Assembly was a hub of activity on the international front. With guests from over ten countries in attendance and numerous events, workshops, and celebrations, this year's proceedings were particularly historic. Drawing over 4,000...
    By Nicole McConvery | 7/8/2011
  • My First Meeting for FENICC

    by Dave Chapman, UU-UNO Envoy First UU Fellowship of Hunterdon County The announcement and invitation read, “Ryan Smith from the Presbyterian United Nations Office will be speaking on the importance of an interfaith presence at the ICC. Join us for this interfaith dialogue on...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 7/6/2011
  • An Interfaith Breakfast at UUA General Assembly

    Interfaith history was made on Friday, June 24th on the 25th floor of the Westin Hotel when leaders from two great faith traditions met with UUA President Peter Morales over breakfast at General Assembly. Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, a renowned American Muslim cleric and spokesperson...
    By Jane Greer | 6/29/2011
  • Award-Winning film, Budrus, to be screened at UUA General Assembly

    Come to a screening of the film at the UUA General Assembly hosted by UUs for Justice in the Middle East (UUJME) Workshop title: Budrus: Creating Justice on the Ground in Palestine/Israel When: Friday, June 24, 1:00 - 2:15pm, Where: Charlotte Convention Center 208A [youtube...
    By Eric Cherry | 6/14/2011
  • Ela Bhatt honored with Radcliffe Award

    In keeping with a historied tradition of honoring individuals who have had a transformative impact on society, Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study bestowed this year's Radcliffe Institute Medal upon Ela Bhatt, founder of the Self-Employed Women's...
    By Nicole McConvery | 6/1/2011
  • Going to Haiti: Careful and Humble Listening to a Difficult Song

    The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) partnered with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) on a joint volunteer trip to Haiti for seminarians, May 24-31. In the post below, participant Kevin Tarsa shares his thoughts on the journey to help rebuild the homes...
    By UUA Communications: Information and Public Witness | 6/1/2011
  • Going to Haiti: Understanding My Connection to the Natural World

    The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) partnered with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) on a joint volunteer trip to Haiti for seminarians, May 24-31. In the post below, participant Karen Quinlan shares her thoughts on the journey....
    By UUA Communications: Information and Public Witness | 6/1/2011

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