UU-UNO Spring Seminars: International Human Rights
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 global concern. The seminar works to help our participants find themselves in the global U/U story with regards to international human rights. Each year focuses on a different human rights theme. Past themes have included women’s rights, poverty, HIV, human trafficking, peacekeeping, climate change, and race and immigration. The annual spring seminar is a major program of the office that brings together all UN-office interns, staff, and an inter-generational planning committee across and outside UU congregations to collaborate on the planning of the amazing program. Seminar 2014 on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and environmental justice was the most successful we’ve hosted, with 200 participants. We received a great deal of help in organizing this seminar from the Canadian Unitarian Council and the congregations in Ottawa and Kingston, ON. Read more about the 2014 seminar here. The 2015 seminar will be on criminal justice examining the lack of justice for indigenous women, racial bias in criminal justice, the death penalty, the mentally ill in prisons, restorative justice and pointing the way forward to better criminal justice for all of us. For more information on the 2015 seminar, please visit our webpage. The UU-UNO and the seminar planning committee work diligently to provide a platform for dialogue about the rights of those who are underprivileged or under-served, a space for intellectual, psychological and network growth, as well as an experience that the participants will never forget! We should rethink and redesign a system that stresses preventive and restorative justice, in order to affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person. The seminar on international criminal justice will carry out the mission to promote Justice, equity and compassion in human relation; a free and responsible search for truth and meaning; the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large; the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all; and respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. To support our the work of the UU-UNO, please donate generously to the UU-UNO.

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