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International Engagement & Building Peace
  • 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
  • Tracing the Origins of Racism

    Understanding the origins of racism can help to think creatively about ways to combat it - this blog post discusses an event near the United Nations focused on this theme.
    By Seble Alemu | 6/27/2016
  • World Refugee Day, 2016

    As we celebrate World Refugee Day, let us remember that all of our peoples migrated from somewhere else. Even indigenous peoples have migrated. Migration is always difficult, but perhaps it is harder now than it’s been for a long time. There are some 65 million people who are...
    By Bruce Knotts | 6/20/2016
  • Bolder Ways of Being a Unitarian Universalist Activist

    On May 20th - 22nd, 2016, the Canadian Unitarian Council invited Unitarian Universalists across Canada to explore Bolder Ways of Being in Vancouver. For their now bi-annual national conference, participants were invited to learn and discuss ways to step out of their comfort...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 6/16/2016
  • Inclusive Education for Global Citizenship: UN Conference in Gyeongju, Korea

    The 66th Annual United Nations (UN) Department of Public Information/Non-Governmental Organization (DPI/NGO) Conference was held in Gyeongju, Republic of Korea from May 30 through June 1, 2016. This year’s conference was on Education for Global Citizenship : Achieving the...
    By Bruce Knotts | 6/15/2016
  • Ethical Eating: A Solution to Climate Change

    As climate change continues on its current course, it becomes an increasing existential threat to human civilization. The Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office’s (UU-UNO's) Climate Justice Initiative is compelled to acknowledge this threat, and try to find solutions from...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 5/31/2016
  • Letter from a Blue Ribbon Congregation: The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Huntington

    Why and how does the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Huntington, New York, continue its support of the UU United Nations Office at the "Blue Ribbon Congregation Award" level In June 2016, at this year’s UUA General Assembly in Columbus, Ohio, our congregation, the Unitarian...
    By Allison Hess | 5/25/2016
  • General Assembly 2016: Where Faiths Connect

    Insert photo gallery here 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, numerous events, workshops, and celebrations with an...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 4/27/2016
  • The Colors of Inequality: 2016 UU-UNO Intergenerational Spring Seminar

    This guest post on our blog is from Isabella Gavanski, one of the Youth participants in this year's Intergenerational Spring Seminar - The Colors of Inequality: Costs and Consequences . My name is Isabella Gavanski, I am 15 years old and I attend the Lakeshore Unitarian...
    By UUA International Resources: UU United Nations Office | 4/25/2016
  • A Different Kind of Social Justice – Pastoral Care, from Accotink to Ajijic

    Contributions by Scott Sammler Michael & SMDA Our fellowship was born in 1987 when a small group of expatriate religious liberals came together to meet as Unitarian Universalists in San Miguel de Allende. The fellowship has been active and thriving ever since. Every UU...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 4/8/2016
  • United Nations Reform: Slow, patient work to make the UN better

    Bruce Knotts is Director of the Unitarian Universalist Association United Nations Office. He also serves as Chair of the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace, and Security and Co-Chair of the NGO Committee on Human Rights. As President and CEO of the NGO Committee on Disarmament...
    By Bruce Knotts | 3/30/2016
  • Of Trees and Sweeping

    Florence Caplow is a Soto Zen priest in the Suzuki Roshi lineage, and a dharma teacher, field botanist, UU seminarian at Iliff School of Theology, essayist, and editor. She was the recipient of the UUA’s Tsubaki Grand Shrine Scholarship in 2015 and is currently on her visit with...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/17/2016
  • Behind the scenes at COP21

    This guest post is by Ahti Tolvanen. Ahti is a UU-UNO Envoy for Lakehead Unitarian Fellowship in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Here he writes about his experience as a participant in the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) international climate change conference in Paris, which took...
    By Allison Hess | 2/23/2016
  • Unitarian Leader Takes Equal Marriage Stand in Romania

    Rev. Dávid Gyero, the Deputy Bishop of the Hungarian Unitarian Church (Churches in Transylvania, Romania and Hungary), has shared his recently issued courageous statement on Equal Marriage. By way of context, Romania is currently in the midst of a Constitutional struggle that...
    By Eric Cherry | 2/9/2016
  • Responding to Requests for International Contributions

    In the context of war and violence, mounting injustice, natural disasters and countless other severe challenges around the world, Unitarian and UU leaders in many countries are responding in creative and impactful ways to the issues they face locally. In recent weeks, requests...
    By Eric Cherry | 2/4/2016
  • February Update on Situation for Burundi Unitarians

    Rev. Fulgence Ndagijimana, founder and minister of the Unitarian Church in Burundi, has shared the following update on the current situation in Burundi. For further context and background information, read "Making Sense of the Burundi Crisis." You are welcome to share this...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 2/3/2016
  • UUPCC Youth & Young Adult International Opportunities

    [gallery type="rectangular" link="none" ids="8039,8040,8041,8042,7985"] UUPCC Young Adult Grants for ICUU Conference & Council Meeting 2016 The UU Partner Church Council has set aside funds to provide assist young adult participants (ages 21 – 35) to attend the International...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 1/28/2016
  • 70th Anniversary of the First UN Resolution to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons

    On January 24th, 1946, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously passed its first resolution, which called for the establishment a commission to monitor nuclear energy around the world, and for the elimination of atomic weapons and other weapons of mass destruction. This...
    By Allison Hess | 1/25/2016
  • Making Sense of the Burundi Crisis

    Rev. Fulgence Ndagijimana, founder and minister of the Unitarian Church in Burundi, has prepared an article that will help interested people understand the context and background of the current situation You are welcome to share this article widely. Donate online to support...
    By Eric Cherry | 1/25/2016

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