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Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office

Guided by our principles, Unitarian Universalists (UUs) are called to advocate for international human rights; to be a voice for the voiceless by promoting the inherent worth and dignity of all living things.  The UU-UNO is the UU voice to the UN.  Join our Global Social Justice movement by getting involved and building awareness!

Global Social Justice Work

  • Every Child is Our Child project provides school supplies and healthcare cards to children made vulnerable by HIV/AIDs in Ghana.
  • A global initiative for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender/ sexual orientation and gender identity (LGBT/SOGI) Human Rights focuses on promoting UU values of equality for all people at the UN.
  • Women: Security and Peacebuilding promotes awareness and action through education and advocacy in women's global security and their role in peacebuilding and peace-keeping efforts, and the ratification of Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) (U.S.) and international implementation.
  • Climate Change Initiative is to build the Unitarian Universalist (UU) climate change movement through education and advocacy and to collaborate with other climate change voices at the United Nations in order to promote a world with mitigated climate change that will be viable for us and for future generations.

Take Action

  • Be UU-UNO representative within your congregation by becoming an Envoy
  • Attend the Spring Seminar, an annual 3 day intergenerational seminar addressing a global human rights issue.
  • Other ways to Get Involved
  • For more information about our events, read our Blog Page

Building Awareness

  • Intergenerational Spring Seminar occurs annually in April in New York City. This multigenerational event draws people from across the U.S. and Canada (and beyond!) to tackle different international human rights issues.
  • United Nations Sunday celebrates the work of the UN and the UU-UNO. Each year we choose a Sunday close to UN Day (October 24th) and invite congregations to have a service and/or event that embraces a multigenerational, international theme to get the whole congregation involved in affirming the importance of human rights education and advocacy. We have resources available to assist with planning!
  • Dana Greeley Sermon Award honors the first Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) President, Rev. Dana Greeley, who was an advocate for both the UN and the work of the UU-UNO. The UN Sunday sermon winner receives an honorarium and has the opportunity to present their paper at UUA General Assembly (GA).
  • The UN Me Religious Education Curriculum has five units, each with a different theme and objective. Students will have the opportunity to learn about global issues, peacebuilding, the function of various organizations of the United Nations, and more!

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Last updated on Friday, November 21, 2014.

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