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Envoy News

December 2012

Your UU Connection to the United Nations

Table of Contents

Blue Ribbon Congregation Award

Task List

Spring Seminar 2013

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,

Good Day!

Let's get right down to business.  Be sure to submit your sermons or papers about the UN and the UNO to our Dana Greeley Award contest.  With this award comes fame and fortune! Follow the link above to learn more.  

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Start the new year off right! Participate in an Envoy training session on Tuesday January 8th, 5pm-6pm Eastern time.  This training will address strengths and barriers of implementing multigenerational social justice work into your congregations.  We will discuss how to reach out and connect with your congregation using your passion and perseverance.  We will also review UN office highlights for you to share with your congregations.  It would be lovely if you can RSVP to kjacob@uua.org - this way I can send a reminder email to you.  

Call in number: 641-715-3200, you will then be prompted for the Access Code# 875935

In Peace & Justice, 

Kamila Jacob
Envoy Outreach Coordinator

Blue Ribbon Congregation Award

Each year we task Envoys with putting together a UN Sunday service. After the service, the congregation can check off one of the 4 criteria for achieving Blue Ribbon status. The 4 criteria are:

1. Have an Envoy (including Youth Envoy) or Envoy team

2. Have a UN Sunday Service 

The following congregations have had their service and informed our office about their service.  

  • All Souls Unitarian Church of Indianapolis, IN, - All Souls UU Church of Kansas City, MI - All Souls UU Congregation of Watertown, NY -First Jefferson UU Church of Fort Worth, TX - UU Congregation of Columbia, MD - UU Community of the Mountains in Grass Valley, CA - Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church of Charlottesville, VA - Unitarian Society of Germantown in Philadelphia, PA - UU Church of Halifax in Nova Scotia, Canada - First UU Society of Burlington Vermont - Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, NY - Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rock Tavern, NY - Towson UU Church of Towson, MD - First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of San Francisco, CA - First Unitarian Church of Victoria, Canada - UU Congregation of Frederick, MD - UU Church of Las Cruces, NM 

3. Have 15 members or 5% of your congregation donate individually to the UU-UNO.  

4. Give the UU-UNO an annual budget line or collection plate. 

We want pictures of you honoring this day at your congregations' UN Sunday service! If October didn't work, contact us, we can help you work out an appropriate date that works with your congregations schedule.  

Utilize 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.  

You should also check out our suggested readings on our new blog page!

Is your congregation supposed to be on the list above? When is your UN Sunday?  Let us know by emailing the Envoy Coordinator - kjacob@uua.org

Since merging with the UUA, we have a new protocol for financial contributions.  To make online donations use this link.  We have two new documents that explain individual and collection plate donations.  

1) How to send donations

2) Donation form to be mailed with the above "How to" form

Task List 

Here is a handy, dandy task list to take the first steps to accomplish your New Year resolution of being an even better envoy in 2013:
  1. Tell everyone you love that you love them
  2. Remind your congregation that you are a UU-United Nations Office Envoy and that you will schedule more opportunities to speak with you (and your team) this year.
  3. Email Kamila, Envoy Coordinator, to check in. How is everything going? Are you still an envoy? Do you feel that you know your responsibilities as an Envoy? Will I be seeing you at Spring Seminar?

3 tasks, 4 weeks - You are up for this challenge.  I look forward to hearing from you - kjacob@uua.org 

Sex, Love, and Violence - Spring Seminar 2013 

Spring Seminar registration is open!!!! Our title is Sex, Love, and Violence: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in a Globalized World. This year our Intergenerational Spring Seminar will be April 4th-6th 2013. Remember YOUTH ARRIVE IN THE EVENING ON APRIL 3RD! This evening is for a youth and advisor orientation.  

How is fundraising going? Make a reminder announcement at the next service and have the table at coffee hour again with a sign-up sheet to find out who may be interested in attending with you.   

We are collaborating with the UU College of Social Justice for registration. Please go to http://uucsj.org/pay and use our "trip code": HIP7061.  

Early Bird Rates (until March 1st)

  • Senior (65+) $295
  • Adult $340
  • Young Adult $225
  • Youth/Seminary $140
  • Day Rate $160
Rates after March 1st until March 15th Deadline
  • Senior (65+) $355
  • Adult $395
  • Young Adult $285
  • Youth/Seminary $175
  • Day Rate $160

Keep checking back to www.uua.org/unspringseminar for updates and information.  

News You Can Use 

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

UU-UNO Updates: 

  • Our office closes December 21st and reopens again January 2nd. Please do not hesitate to send an email - unitednations@uua.org
  • Remember to go to UUA.org/un for information about our office. We have posted final blog on our old website which details where each program area is on UUA.org. 
  • Where is your holiday cheer?! Like us on Facebook!
  • Faith Without Borders is where our blogs will posted. Be sure to check regularly for updates and news.  

 United Nations Updates: