On Friday, November 8th, 2013, the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office hosted a Fall Award Ceremony for Humanitarian of Year, at All Souls Church, Reidy Hall, in New York City. There was a live auction, delicious food and beverages, esteemed speakers, music and much, much more!
The Humanitarian of the Year Award was given to Ken Roth, the Executive Director of Human Right Watch! Read more about Ken's achievements.
For more information, read our blog post!
On November 3rd, 2012, we celebrated fifty years of Unitarian Universalist (UU) service at the United Nations (UN).
Envoys represent the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO) within their congregation. They work to give their congregation a voice at the United Nations and distribute important information on current UN and UU-UNO activities. They plan events in their congregation to promote our global justice programs. Envoys must be 14 or older and we encourage envoy teams. Envoys are extremely valuable to the UU-UNO because they are the link between the office and the global UU community. Make sure your congregation has an envoy—a connection to the United Nations.
Every April, youth and adults from around North America gather in New York City for our exciting and educational Intergenerational Spring Seminar. All participants gain a deep understanding on a topic of global concern in a fun intergenerational environment. Past seminars have focused on poverty, HIV, human trafficking, peacekeeping, and climate change. This year’s topic is Empowerment of Women. During these four days, approximately seventy-five youth and youth advisors stay at one of our Manhattan-based UU congregations while learning, connecting with others, organizing and mobilizing. Not only do youth attend the conference, but many also take on important leadership roles in its planning and execution.Contact our office for more information on how to participate in the next spring seminar!
Our internship program provides young people an exciting opportunity to learn about the United Nations and to work in support of UN efforts to eradicate injustice, and promote human rights around the world. Interns working at the UU-UNO conduct research, participate in conferences and write for our various written and online publications distributed all over North America. The talent and cultural diversity of our interns are evident in their written articles, video documentaries and online posts. Their contributions are invaluable to our office.
We are currently accepting applications for Summer 2015. Due to an outstanding amount of intern applications for Summer 2014 and the Academic School Year 2014-2015, we are currently at capacity for our internship program.
Every year, the UU-UNO invites congregations and individual UUs to deepen their understanding of the United Nations by devoting one service each October to reaffirm the connections between UU principles and the vital issues dealt with at the UN.
The theme for each year follows that of the Intergenerational Spring Seminar. The 2012 UN Sunday was Race and Immigration. Our 2013 Spring Seminar will focus on stopping violence and discrimination based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI). Congregations may choose to either use our prepared materials that can be tailored to their own needs or create their own. Often, a UU-UNO Envoy or special UN-related speaker presents the sermon. We encourage children and youth to participate in the service as well. Many congregations dedicate a Sunday offering to support their work at the UN through the UU-UNO.
The UU-UNO has a Religious Education packet titled: “UN Me.” Please share this information with your Religious Education committee and help our children expand their knowledge of international affairs!
You have a great opportunity to strengthen support for the UU-UNO by helping your congregation achieve blue ribbon status. In order to do this, your congregation needs to meet 4 criteria and to maintain this status must be met annually. In return, your congregation will be recognized for its steadfast dedication to international human rights and be honored at a United Nations Office event at UUA General Assembly.
Learn more about UU-UNO Programs.
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For more information contact unitednations @ uua.org.
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Last updated on Thursday, May 22, 2014.
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