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International Engagement & Building Peace
  • Beyond Agreements and Laws - Doing World Peace with International Bridges to Justice

    Is world peace an optimist’s dream? Something shouted at war protest by people who don’t understand the way the world works? Or is it something much more realistic? If you want to take action that’s beyond just talking about it – this is for you. As broadcast on KKFI Kansas City...
    By Sarah Foster | 1/15/2014
  • Uganda Passes the Anti Homosexuality Bill

    On Friday, December 20, 2013, the Ugandan Parliament passed the long-dreaded kill-the-gays bill otherwise known as the Anti-Homosexuality Bill. The bill, as passed, does not call for the death penalty; instead, it mandates life imprisonment for "aggravated homosexuality."...
    By Bruce Knotts | 12/20/2013
  • Dark Day for Gay rights in India

    Last week's report that India's Supreme Court had issued a ruling upholding the criminalization of gay sex was shocking. And, LGBT activists in India have organized and responded quickly. Derek Mitchell, the Director of the UUA's Holdeen India Program writes from New Delhi that...
    By Eric Cherry | 12/16/2013

    .. If you're a U/U young adult living outside the US, we want to talk to you! The UUA International Office is conducting a listening project. If you're interested, book Shawna Foster or send her an email . What's a listening project? It's when an interviewer spends time with a...
    By Eric Cherry | 12/13/2013
  • Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office Reflections on the Warsaw Climate Change Conference

    Warsaw Climate Conference 2013 – THE INSIDE SCOOP Since 1995, The United Nations Climate Change Conference has been held annually at different locations around the world. This year, the conference was held in Warsaw, Poland from November 11th through the 23rd. We were fortunate...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 12/10/2013
  • KUJENGA MADARAJA - Spanning Cultures: ICUU Conference & Council Meeting

    The International Council of Unitarians and Universalists (ICUU) will hold its biannual Conference and Council Meeting January 28-31, 2014 at the beautiful and inspiring campus of the UU congregation at Shelter Rock in Manhasset, New York. More than 140 Unitarians and Unitarian...
    By Nicole McConvery | 12/10/2013
  • UUA President Attends the 9th World Assembly of Religions for Peace: "Welcoming the Other"

    As I attend the Religions for Peace World Assembly in Vienna, I can’t help but feel deep pride as a Unitarian Universalist. There are more than six hundred religious leaders here from all over the world—Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists and Sikhs. There are even...
    By Eric Cherry | 11/22/2013
  • Religions for Peace will inaugurate 9th World Assembly

    Every 5-6 years the worlds largest and most representative interfaith organization focused on Peace, Religions for Peace (RFP) convenes a World Assembly of senior-most religious leaders for the purpose of forging a deep moral consensus on contemporary challenges, eliciting a new...
    By Eric Cherry | 11/19/2013
  • Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office Annual Fall Awards Ceremony

    The sound of laughter, smooth jazz, and the clink of champagne glasses rose out of Reidy Hall, located in the lower level of All Souls in New York City, on Friday evening, November 8th, 2013. Old friends were gathered around tables adorned with elegant flowing table cloths, felt...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 11/15/2013
  • UU Church of the Philippines and Typhoon Haiyan

    Update, Monday November 17, 0013: Reaching Out to Survivors in the Philippines In the week since a super typhoon devastated parts of the Philippines, UUSC and the UUA have sprung into action with the generous support of donors to the UUSC-UUA Philippines Typhoon Haiyan Relief...
    By Eric Cherry | 11/9/2013
  • All Souls Unitarian Church (Washington, DC) premiers amazing film

    In 1996, a box was uncovered at the home of a parishioner of All Souls Unitarian Church in Washington D.C. In that box were nearly 50 colorful drawings made by children as thanks for gifts received from the church fifty years earlier. Not many people in the church knew the story...
    By Eric Cherry | 11/6/2013
  • Unitarians respond to Bujumbura Central Market fire

    Reverend Fulgence Ndagijamana, minister of the Assembly of Unitarian Christians of Burundi writes from Bujumbura: On January 27th 2013, the central market of Bujumbura caught fire and thousands of families lost their livelihoods . It is important to remember that the central...
    By Eric Cherry | 11/4/2013
  • New UU Leadership in the Philippines

    [gallery type="rectangular" ids="5448,5457,5456,5455,5454,5453,5452,5451,5450,5449"] On Sunday, October 20, 2013 the Bicutan UU Church in Metro-Manila installed its first minister, Rev. Ma. Theresa (Tet) Gallardo. The church's new chapel, which was dedicated one year ago, was...
    By Eric Cherry | 11/1/2013
  • Challenges for Religious Freedom in the Digital Age | August 2014

    The International Association for Religious Freedom (IARF) will be hosting its 34th World Congress at the University of Birmingham, in the United Kingdom, from August 24 to 27, 2014 . The theme of the upcoming congress, "Challenges for Religious Freedom: The Digital Age," is...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 11/1/2013
  • 2013 UN Sunday Readings

    Get excited for UN Sunday ! To celebrate UN Day (October 24th), the UU-UNO posted readings to be used for a UN Sunday service or event. We invited our UU-UNO Envoys (and any passionate congregants) to host UN Sunday service or event and focus on this year's topic: Sex, Love and...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 10/25/2013
  • International Bridges to Justice: Vishna's story

    [youtube= ]. Visit Communities of Conscience website Vishna is a four year old boy who is like any other you will meet at that age. He is from Cambodia, and has bright brown eyes and pinchable cheeks. His...
    By Eric Cherry | 10/16/2013
  • The Philippines endures earthquake

    A magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck the Philippines earlier this week, centered below the island of Bohol. A state of emergency has been declared in Bohol and Cebu. Please extend your thoughts and prayers to all who are suffering through this disaster. The center of Unitarian...
    By Eric Cherry | 10/16/2013
  • ICUU International Ministers Gathering: February 1-2, 2014

    ICUU International Ministers Gathering February 1 and 2, 2014 Theme: Connecting As Ministers Across Unitarian and Unitarian Universalist Cultures “We serve and work in many different countries, within many different cultures, in different economies and political settings,...
    By Eric Cherry | 9/30/2013
  • A Seminarian’s Experience at Tsubaki Grand Shrine

    Sarah E. Gillespie is a UU seminarian & 2014 M.Div candidate at Andover Newton Theological School. In July 2013 she 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...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/30/2013
  • Be Like Others: Transgender Life in Iran

    In the Islamic Republic of Iran, homosexuality is criminalized and punishable, in some cases by death. However, sex reassignment surgery is legal with government permission, and Iran performs the second most sex reassignment surgeries of any country in the world. On August 22,...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/26/2013


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