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UU-UNO Intergenerational Spring Seminar

UN Spring Seminar 2015: Registration is Open

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.

What We'll Explore

Our 2015 seminar will take place April 9–11, 2015 in New York City; youth (ages 14-18) arrive a day early on April 8th. This year's seminar will focus on the international criminal justice system. Together, we will consider UU engagement with issues like:

  • The death penalty/capital punishment
  • Criminal justice systems
  • The New Jim Crow
  • Disability rights
  • School to prison pipeline
  • Mental health
  • Mass incarceration
  • Immigration detention
  • Canadian justice or lack thereof for indigenous women
  • Victims of crime (domestic abuse, sex trafficking, refugees, political prisoners)
  • Human trafficking
  • Positive examples of restorative justice

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2015 Seminar Costs

  Before March 10th After March 10th
Senior (65+) $295 $355
Adult (35-64) $340 $395
Young Adult (19-34) $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. A tentative schedule (PDF) is availlable for review.

The UU-UNO also 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!

Participants must register no later than April 3rd. Cancellations cannot be refunded after April 3rd.

If you are interested in applying for a scholarship or financial assistance, or if you would like to sponsor an attendee, please contact us: unitednations [at] uua [dot] org

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. The following positions are elected by co-chairs of our Planning Committee:

  • 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. Registration fees are reduced 10%
  • Collaboration Group Leaders: Leaders that facilitate intergenerational small group discussions during the Seminar; prompt questions will be provided. Registration fees are reduced 10%. 
  • Spirit Care Peers (SCPs): Participants will be engaging a variety of topics, some of which may be difficult or have a more personal impact. SCPs are individuals who are available to meet with participants who express a need to process the spiritual or emotional impact of their experience in a supportive space; those who have completed a chaplain training will receive priority consideration. Registration fees are negotiable.
  • Youth Advisors: Adults over the age of 25 who oversee the youth participants and stay with them in the youth accommodations at an NYC congregation. Housing provided. 

We invite applicants interested in one of the above roles to fill out our application form (PDF). Selected leaders will receive an orientation by conference call prior to the start of the seminar.

In the months leading up to the Spring Seminar, our Planning Committee convenes via phone, forming subcommittees that determine and coordinate: Programming, budgeting, publicity, worship, speakers, youth governance, and scholarship recipients. 

Those interested in joining the Spring Seminar Planning Committe can learn more here (PDF); the application period for joining the 2015 Planning Committee is now closed. 

How to Get Here & Where to Stay

Youth and youth advisors stay at the Unitarian Church of All Souls in Manhattan during the Seminar and arrive on April 8th for orientation.

Attending adults arrive on April 9th and need to arrange their own housing. We have compiled this list of affordable housing conveniently located near the seminar.


Youth and adults can register online: Remember, all registrations are due by April 3rd!

Support Spring Seminar

We're currently raising funds via Crowdrise to make this an incredible seminar experience for our attendees. Please consider making a generous contribution towards:

  • Scholarships for youth and young adults who would be unable to attend the seminar without financial assistance
  • Transportation and honorariums for world-renowned speakers, who help make the seminar a life changing event for participants
  • Venue rentals for 3 days of the conference in New York City
  • Creative programming that will allow the office to hire musicians and spoken word artists to perform at the seminar
  • Catering costs associated with hosting the conference

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