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  • At the Parliament of the World's Religions 2015

    Nearly 10,000 people from 50 faith traditions and 80 countries convened last week for the world's largest interfaith gathering, the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Salt Lake City, Utah, to commune in harmony and to grapple with and explore solutions to global issues like...
    By Eric Cherry | 10/27/2015
  • Armed group attacks Burundi Unitarian Church

    The International Council of Unitarians and Universalists shared very disturbing news from the Unitarian Church in Bujumbura, Burundi earlier today. Please see the message from their minister, Rev. Fulgence Ndagijimana below. Rev. Fulgence has said that financial support is not...
    By Eric Cherry | 10/22/2015
  • Global Drug Policy - Is a War on Drugs What We Need?

    In April 2016 there will be a UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on global drug policy; the first such conference in 18 years. This has been promoted by many Latin American countries and other supporting nations that are dissatisfied with the militarized and punitive...
    By Bruce Knotts | 10/19/2015
  • UU-UNO LGBTQI Asylum Seekers and Refugees Event: Where Do We Go Now?

    On October 20th, between 12-2pm, Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office, LGBT-FAN, and Housing Works, Inc. are hosting an LGBTQI Asylum Seeker & Refugee Event at the United Nations Church Center. The world's nations are currently evolving in social polarity; where...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 10/13/2015
  • Parliament of the World's Religions 2015

    The Parliament of the World's Religions was created to cultivate harmony among the world's religious and spiritual communities and foster their engagement with the world and its guiding institutions in order to achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable world. To accomplish this,...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 9/24/2015
  • Remembering Dr. Albert Schweitzer

    On September 4, 1965, the world lost an incredible polymath: Humanitarian, theologian, philosopher, organist, musicologist, physician, and scholar, Dr. Albert Schweitzer. A lifelong Lutheran, Schweitzer challenged both the secular and traditional Christian views of Jesus,...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 9/22/2015
  • Faithful International Partnering - Proceeding Carefully and Intentionally

    Here's an important reminder as the new 'church year' begins for many of our congregations. International engagement is important ministry, and more transformative when its collaborative. Our organizations look forward to supporting your hopes and dreams. And, we urge you to be...
    By Eric Cherry | 9/21/2015
  • Unitarian Day 2015

    September 18th marks the 128th anniversary of the birth of Khasi Unitarianism. On this day in1887, Hajjom Kissor Singh started the journey of organized Unitarianism in North East India . According to The Shillong Times , this year's celebration was marked with a day-long program...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 9/18/2015
  • Hungarian Unitarian Church Refugee Appeal

    In response to the global refugee crisis, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee and the Unitarian Universalist Association announced the launch of two new initiatives in a joint statement : A special UUSC-UUA Refugee Crisis Fund , with the goal of raising $250,000 over...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 9/11/2015
  • Youth Civic Engagement for a Sustainable Tomorrow

    UU-UNO interns Audrey Carleton and Jen Caplan at the International Youth Day event at the UN Headquarters in NYC. On Wednesday, August 12th, the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO) interns participated in the United Nations' International Youth Day . The theme...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/27/2015
  • Climate Change Conference Roundup: Commit2Respond NOW to Mitigate Climate Change

    I had the privilege of speaking at, leading discussions, and participating in two amazing meetings on Climate Change. The first was the week-long International Affairs Conference on Climate Change on Star Island, NH, featuring several amazing leaders in this field of climate...
    By Bruce Knotts | 8/18/2015
  • Potential Government Shut Down Due to Funding Dispute Over Planned Parenthood

    Over the past two weeks, two videos have been released showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing the harvesting of fetal tissue after abortions and even negotiating the prices charged for that tissue. Planned Parenthood condemned the scam for deceptively characterizing its...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/7/2015
  • Women in a Changing Cuba: a discussion with Reverend Dr. Ofelia Ortega Suárez

    “Vivir en la esparanza; Live in Hope”. This quote comes from Reverend Dr. Ofelia Ortega Suárez. She spoke at the UN Church Center Friday, July 17, 2015, on the topic of “Women in a Changing Cuba”. You could not ask for a better person to speak on this topic than Dr. Suárez. She...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 7/21/2015
  • Human Rights Roundtable: Civil Society Engages with Permanent Mission of China for the First Time

    On Thursday, July 2nd, the Non-Governmental Organization’s (NGO) Committee on Human Rights hosted a roundtable discussion with the Permanent Mission of People’s Republic of China to the United Nations. With the help of keynote guest speaker Yao Shaojun, counsellor of the Chinese...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 7/17/2015
  • Building a New Way Globally at General Assembly 2015

    [gallery type="rectangular" ids="7625,7616,7627,7622,7618,7619,7617,7624"] The 54th anniversary of the UUA’s General Assembly was a rich and interconnected hub of activity on the international front as we hosted guests representing over eight nationalities. Additionally,...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 7/13/2015
  • Emergency Burma Meeting - Raising Awareness About Violence Against Religious and Ethnic Burmese Minorities

    On June 2nd, the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office co-sponsored the meeting, ‘ Burma Refugee Emergency Roundtable: Democracy or Demonizations? ’ with Burma Task Force USA and the Amnesty International United Nations Office. Stakeholders such as Amnesty International,...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 6/17/2015
  • UU Puerto Rico Marches with Pride!

    [gallery type="rectangular" ids="7593,7592"] Rev. Mark Bowen, leader of Unitarios Universalistas de Puerto Rico , shares the following update: UU Puerto Rico was proud to march in the 25th Annual San Juan Pride Parade on Sunday June 6th! Our small, but growing, congregation...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 6/16/2015
  • Peace and Planet Mobilization and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Conference

    The 2015 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference (NPT Rev Con) took place at the UN from April 27th to May 22nd. Though the NPT is a legally binding treaty that calls on nations that possess nuclear weapons to negotiate "in good faith" toward the goal of total...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 6/1/2015
  • From the Director: Women’s Rights and Human Rights: The Path to Full Participation, April 28th Breakfast

    Over the past twelve months, I’ve found myself a regular invitee at the Council on Foreign Relations here in New York City. Richard Haass is the Director. I met him from time to time when I was an American Diplomat in Kenya and Sudan. On April 28th I was invited to a breakfast...
    By Bruce Knotts | 5/29/2015
  • A Unitarian Pilgrimage to Transylvania

    Reverend Kent Saleska, minister of the UU congregation in Wayzata, MN has provided terrific blogposts and photos from the UU Partner Church Council's most recent pilgrimage to Transylvania . ...this religious pilgrimage moved and changed me. First, I saw history come alive: I...
    By Eric Cherry | 5/15/2015

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