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International Engagement & Building Peace
  • Religious Freedom ain't what it used to be

    Celebrate Religious Freedom Day this week, and keep in mind that "Religious Freedom" ain’t what it used to be. Yes, the historic meaning it typically brings to mind for religious liberals continues to be relevant in present day struggles: freedom of conscience in religious...
    By Eric Cherry | 1/11/2017
  • If we hate haters for hating...

    A refugee justice rally was held at South Australia's Parliament house on Saturday, December 3rd, organized by the University of Adelaide's Students Against Racism group. Rev. Rob MacPherson, Minister of the Unitarian Church of South Australia , was asked to speak at that rally...
    12/12/2016
  • Human Rights Day in an unjust world

    Every year on December 10th, the world celebrates Human Rights Day. It is the anniversary of the day the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. This year marks 68 years since these rights were acknowledged to belong inherently to every human...
    By Allison Hess | 12/8/2016
  • Unitarians in Poland - Then and Now: A Historical Study Tour with the Rev. Dr. Jay Atkinson

    Unitarians in Poland - Then and Now: A Historical Study Tour with the Rev. Dr. Jay Atkinson June 6-11, 2017 JOIN US on a visit to the 16th century’s Unitarian “heartland” where early religious dissenters —who called themselves the Polish Brethren—first established congregations...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 12/6/2016
  • Day of Religious Freedom - 13th January

    In 1568, on January the 13th, the Diet of Torda (Transylvania) proclaimed: “His majesty, our Lord, in what manner he—together with his realm—legislated in the matter of religion at the previous Diets, in the same matter now, in this Diet, reaffirms that in every place the...
    12/2/2016
  • The Future of Human Rights Protection at the United Nations

    A troubling new initiative has just been proposed at the United Nations which threatens all human rights protection, but focused on sexual orientation/gender identity human rights. On Monday, the NGO Committee on Human Rights, of which I am a co-chair, met the newly appointed...
    By Bruce Knotts | 11/14/2016
  • Refugee Crisis - Where is the world?

    This guest post is from the Unitarian Universalist Peace Ministry Network (UUPMN). It was written by Ann Lundberg, a member of UUPMN and of The Unitarian Church in Westport, CT. Whether the global refugee crisis is the worst humanitarian crisis of our time-- or just the most...
    11/8/2016
  • Hurricane Matthew - Why we care

    This blog post is written by Rebecca Bowe, an intern at the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office working on the Racial Justice Initiative. This summer she spent 9 days in Haiti with a mental health team, aiming to implement a mental health component to a medical clinic...
    By UUA International Resources: UU United Nations Office | 10/20/2016
  • UN Report Shows Burundi Regime's True Colors: Brutal, Cruel, and Defiant

    The Rev. Fulgence Ndagijimana, minister of the Unitarian Church of Burundi, provides a reaction to the recent UN Human Rights report following their investigation into events in Burundi. Since April 2015, when people massively took to the streets to oppose a controversial third...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 10/17/2016
  • 17 Goals for a World Community - with Peace, Liberty, and Justice for All

    Goals work. Lose weight, save money, set up a study schedule to improve grades. Set some goals and work towards achieving them and whether or not you achieve your goals, you’ll have improved performance over what would have been the case without goals.
    By Bruce Knotts | 9/15/2016
  • Update from Burundi Unitarians (at home and in exile)

    Rev. Fulgence Ndagijamana, Minister of the Unitarian Church of Burundi, has distributed this important update via the International Council of Unitarians and Universalists (ICUU) . Dear friends, colleagues, partners and global UU family, It has been a while since we last sent...
    By Eric Cherry | 9/15/2016
  • Indian Independence Day for Khasi Unitarians

    This guest post on our blog is by Dranwell Barishisha "Barri" Mukhim. Barri is a member of the Unitarian Union of North East India; here, she writes about what Indian Independence Day (August 15) means to her as a Khasi Unitarian . India was freed from about 300 years of British...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/15/2016
  • Burundi Resolution at the United Nations

    The violent atrocities and political impasse in Burundi that have threatened our Unitarian siblings there continue to be of great concern to the international community. On July 29, the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution, UN Security Council Resolution 2303 ,...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/11/2016
  • Climate Call to Action: Lessons from Bhutan

    When it comes to addressing climate change, we must draw from as many sources as possible to seek creative solutions. On July 13, I attended a side event at the United Nations Headquarters titled “Getting to Zero: A Poverty, Environment, and Climate Call to Action for the...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/10/2016
  • Joint Activism: Working Together for Human Rights and Dignity

    At the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO), we work to ensure that all people’s human rights are upheld and respected, no matter who they are or what their circumstances. Although advocacy areas are often separated, with some organizations and people working to...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/8/2016
  • What Americans Owe the Hibakusha

    On the morning of August 6, seventy years after the U.S. dropped the atomic bomb, I was in Hiroshima. I entered sacred time and space in a ceremonial ritual at a place called “The Mound”—said to contain remains of the 70,000 people incinerated in the blast. A Buddhist monk stood...
    By Chris Antal | 8/5/2016
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • Global Unitarian and Universalist community gathers in the Netherlands

    From July 17-23, 2016 the International Council of Unitarians and Universalists held its biennial Council Meeting and Conference in the Netherlands. Nearly 150 people, including a large delegation of Young Adults U/Us from around the world, gathered for planning, study, worship...
    By Eric Cherry | 8/5/2016
  • Sports and Development: A Promising Pair

    With the summer Olympics coming up this month, sports are at the front of people's minds worldwide. Every couple of years we are reminded of the power of sports to bring the international community together in constructive, friendly competition. They serve as a symbol of our...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/4/2016
  • Financing for Women, Peace, and Security

    Sixteen years ago, a landmark resolution on Women, Peace, and Security passed in the Security Council of the United Nations. That resolution, UNSCR 1325 , laid the foundation for a new approach to global security, and alongside the Beijing Declaration , the global community...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 7/26/2016
  • Interfaith and International Engagement at UUA General Assembly

    At the end of June, Unitarian Universalists gathered in Columbus, OH for a week of learning, worship, and activism. The Unitarian Universalist Association’s General Assembly this year brought a special perspective to UU social justice work. The theme for GA 2016 was “Heartland:...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 7/14/2016

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