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With a deep passion for and commitment to international human rights, youth and adults from all over North America gather annually for our three day seminar to dig deeply into issues with global impact.

Through peer and expert-led panel discussions, community building activities, keynote speeches and worship services, participants undergo a transformative process of learning, reflection, and growth as we explore some of the most challenging issues facing humanity today.

Seminar 2016

Our 2016 seminar, "The Colors of Inequality: Costs and Consequences," will be April 7-9, 2016 in New York City. The seminar will focus on income inequality and racial discrimination around the world. Together, we will consider Unitarian Universalist (UU) engagement with issues like:

  • Rich versus poor disparities within countries and worldwide
  • Globalization's impact on income inequality
  • UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Poverty alleviation
  • Inclusion of women, LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) individuals, indigenous people, and other vulnerable groups in economic activity
  • Political instability caused by income inequality
  • Structural discrimination based on race

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2016 Seminar Costs

  Before March 10th After March 10th
Senior (65+) $295 $355
Adult (36-64) $340 $395
Young Adult (18-35) $225 $285
Youth (14-18) $140 $175
Day Rate $160 $160

Seminar fees help us cover the costs of venues, materials, and food for participants during the seminar. New this year: all youth participants must be accompanied by an adult Youth Sponsor (maximum 5 youth per sponsor). We are offering a $100 discount on the registration fee to all Youth Sponsors with the promo code YOUTHSPONSOR2016

The UU-UNO fundraises to provide scholarships and support the financial needs of speakers from around the world. We recommend gathering a multigenerational delegation at your congregation and planning a fundraiser to help cover the costs of attending the seminar; it's a great way to get your community involved!

Registration for the 2016 Spring Seminar will be open from January 26, 2016 to March 18, 2016. Registration and Participant Forms must be received no later than March 18th. Cancellations cannot be refunded after March 18th. Upon submission of all participant forms, participants will receive via email a Welcome Packet which will contain information about speakers, schedule, suggested packing list, and much more. A tentative schedule (PDF) is availlable for review.

To apply for a scholarship, please fill out this scholarship application by the deadline of February 26th. Scholarships are open to participants of all ages; you need not be UU to apply. If you would like to fund a scholarship for an attendee, please contact us: unitednations [at] uua [dot] org

Youth at Spring Seminar

The UU United Nations Office's Intergenerational Spring Seminar is open to anyone age 14 and up, and typically around half of all participants are between ages 14 and 18. Youth orientation begins a day early, so for Seminar 2016 youth will arrive on April 6. Safety is our top priority—as a new policy this year, all youth attending the seminar must be accompanied by a youth sponsor (maximum 5 youth per sponsor).

  • Youth Sponsors: Adults over the age of 25 who travel to the seminar with youth participants and supervise them throughout, including lodging with the youth at an NYC congregation. Housing provided, $100 discount with code YOUTHSPONSOR2016.
  • Travel Squad Leaders: Youth will be traveling from All Souls NYC to the UN Church Center each day; this position will be in charge of ensuring their assigned group gets to the location safely. To qualify for this position you must have a sense of direction in New York City and we prefer that you live in the Metro NY area. Application coming soon.
  • Youth Deans: Youth leaders during the seminar and key members of Seminar Planning Committee. Two-year position for youth aged 14-18. All fees, including registration, travel, food, and lodging are covered by UU-UNO. Application closed for 2016.
  • Youth Chaplains: Provide a listening ear to participants who need to process the spiritual or emotional impact of their experienceMust receive chaplain training prior to start of the seminar. All fees, including registration, travel, food, and lodging are covered by UU-UNO. Application closed for 2016

Leadership Opportunities

We have a number of leadership roles available to those who'd like to take on a more hands-on role in facilitating the seminar (open to youth or adults). The following positions are selected by the staff of the UU United Nations Office and the chairs of the Planning Committee:​

  • Planning Committee Members: In the months leading up to the Spring Seminar, our Planning Committee convenes via phone, forming subcommittees to determine and coordinate: programming, budgeting, publicity, worship, speakers, youth programming, and scholarship recipients. Registration fees covered by UU-UNO. Application closed for 2016
  • Collaboration Group Leaders: Leaders that facilitate intergenerational small group discussions during the Seminar; prompt questions will be provided. Registration fees are reduced 10%.
  • Adult Chaplains: Support youth staff during Spring Seminar and provide a listening ear to participants who need to process the spiritual or emotional impact of their experience. Must receive chaplain training prior to start of the seminar; preferably clinical pastoral education. All fees, including registration, travel, food, and lodging are covered by UU-UNO. Application (PDF)

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For more information contact unitednations@uua.org.