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Envoy News

September 2012

Your UU Connection to the United Nations

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UU-UNO's 50th Anniversary

UN Sunday

Save the date - 2013 Intergenerational Spring Seminar

News You Can Use

 

  

Mission Statement

 

The Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office promotes the goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all, as reflected in the United Nations Charter. Through targeted education, advocacy and outreach, we engage Unitarian Universalists in support of international cooperation and the work of the United Nations.

Dear Friends,

It's time to check in!  We are nearly through September and congregations everywhere are back in gear.  We need to hear from you! Reply and let us know how things are going at your congregation.  Have you announced your Envoy status to your congregation? Do you have an envoy team? Are you struggling? Are you thriving?

As we focus on celebrating the rich history of the UU-UNO we must remember to highlight ourselves and the Envoy Program. Over the last fifty years, the UU-UNO has served as a shining example of what can be accomplished with determination, hard work and the partnership of social activists, philanthropic institutions and caring individuals throughout the world.  For fifty years envoys have been promoting understanding and support of the United Nations in their congregations and bringing the voice of Unitarian Universalism to the UN.  Congratulations! 

You're invited to participate in a Check-in Call on OCTOBER 16th from 5-6pm EDT.  This will be a call to help organize your next UNO event, outreach in your congregations, combat systematic struggles, and highlight successes.  Please RSVP to kjacob@uua.org

Free Conference Call Number: 641-715-3200

Code: 875-935 #

In Peace & Justice,

Kamila Jacob
Envoy Outreach Coordinator

UU-UNO's 50th Anniversary  

REMEMBER: The congregation which sends the highest percentage of delegates will receive special recognition.

As the UU-UNO representative in your congregation, we ask that you spread awareness of the UU-UNO 50th anniversary and our rich history of service at the UN. To honor this legacy, we invite you and your congregation members to join our 50th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, November 3, 2012 from 6:30-10:00pm at the Time's Center in New York, NY. Pay tribute to the UU-UNO’s unique formula for advocacy, mutual respect and tolerance and the prospect of promoting human rights through education, economic development and environmental protection. Over the last fifty years, the UU-UNO has served as a shining example of what can be accomplished with determination, hard work and the partnership of social activists, philanthropic institutions and caring individuals throughout the world.

Purchase a Ticket and/or Donate to the Scholarship Fund.

Please join the celebration by purchasing a ticket to join this historic event and/or donate funds toward a scholarship for youth, young adults and others who need support to attend. Tickets are $200 before September 30th.

Donate to our Silent Auction

Donate Merchandise, Gift Certificates, Experiences, Services, Vacation Homes, and more.  After you make your donation, check out our ever growing list of items to bid on. Reach out to Bill Bechman (bill.bechman@gmail.com) for further assistance.  

Support our 50th Anniversary Fund

We have a special fund to honor UU-UNO notables including Ambassador Adlai Stevenson, Eleanor Roosevelt, Dana Greeley, Homer Jack as well as diplomatic, philanthropic and corporate leaders in the international community. We welcome you participation!

Highlight our 50 Year Legacy at your Congregation

  • Have a party! 
  • Put the save the date announcement in your congregation's newsletter or bulletin.
  • Reserve a spot to highlight the UU-UNO's 50th Anniversary during your congregation's Coffee Hour.
  • Speak to your congregation's minister, board members, and social justice leaders to brainstorm how everyone can get involved.

UN Sunday

Have you booked your UN Sunday? Do you need help? 

UN Day is October 24th. We want pictures of you honoring this day at your congregations' UN Sunday service! We have chosen October 28th as this year's UN Sunday, but we encourage you to choose any date in October that works for your congregation.  If October doesn't work, contact us, we can help you work out an appropriate date that works with your congregations schedule.  

A tool to help you honor UN Day in your congregation by holding a service or an event to reaffirm the connection between the UU principles and the work of the United Nations is our 2012 UN Sunday Resource PacketThis year's packet includes resources from our 2012 spring seminar for fighting discrimination based on race and immigrant status as well as recommended readings, hymns, and preparation suggestions.  Remember to fill out the feedback form that comes with your 2012 UN Sunday Resource packet.  

If you are working on finalizing your UN Sunday plans, remember there will be a Check-in Call on OCTOBER 16th from 5-6pm EDT to assist with planning and organizing events in your congregations as well as highlighting and sustaining successes. Please RSVP to kjacob@uua.org

Free Conference Call Number: 641-715-3200

Code: 875-935 #


Save the date - 2013 Intergenerational Spring Seminar 

Involve your congregation in our Spring Seminar, April 4-6

Every April the UU-UNO hosts our intergenerational spring seminar in New York City. This year's seminar topic is Stop Violence & Discrimination based on Sexual Orientation and Gender IdentityIt is never too early to start fundraising for members of your congregation to attend.

We want you to join our Spring Seminar Planning Committee! We will have having bi-weekly calls beginning OCTOBER 3RD from 4-5pm EDT. The 2013 Leadership Application is available for you to fill out and submit TODAY!

For more information on the time commitment and how you will be involved, please email our office at Unitednations@uua.org

News You Can Use 

You can use the following bullet points in your congregation's newsletter, website or announcements!

UU-UNO Updates: 

  • Our latest Faith Without Borders Blog features readings, reflections, and poems you can use for your UN Sunday Service. Click HERE
  • UN Day is October 24th, thus our UN Sunday Service date is October 28th! Make sure to save the date and speak with your minister or worship committee about planning a service. The 2012 UN Sunday Resource Packet is available to guide your work.
  • The UU-UNO 50th Anniversary Gala will be November 3rd in New York City. See what will be included in our Gala program HERE.

 United Nations Updates:

  • Groundbreaking digital collaboration for social good asks people to donate their voices.  Click HERE
  • Our Envoy Coordinator got to see Obama's historic UN address live! Fortunately, there is a professional video available for your viewing HERE
  • UN General Assembly pledges renewed global support for women and children.  Click HERE                                    

For more UN headlines visit: http://www.un.org/news/