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  • 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

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