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Envoy News

February 2013

Your UU Connection to the United Nations

Table of Contents

Blue Ribbon Congregation Award

March Envoy Training

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,


Time to get ready.....the next envoy training call will be TUESDAY, MARCH 19th, 2013.  Please see more information below in section titled: March Envoy Training. 

DEADLINE: If you have had your UN Sunday service or event, be sure to submit your speeches/addresses to our Dana Greeley Award contest.  Prizes include: $500, presenting at our Reception at the 2013 General Assembly, recognition on our blogs and UUA website, and last but not least, pride and bragging rights! 

Hope all is well with you! Climate change has assisted in making today a lovely warm day in NYC, I started day dreaming about the summer.  Do you have any exciting summer plans? Mine include reminding you all to invite your congregation to give the UN Me RE Curriculum a try.  You should also get a few good-weather FUNdraisers on the calendar!

In Peace, Love & Justice, 

Kamila Jacob
Envoy Outreach Coordinator

Blue Ribbon Congregation Award

Calculating which congregations will win the 2012-2013 Blue Ribbon is in full swing! Thank you for all those who snail mailed or emailed information about your UN Sunday events and services.  If you have yet to send information about your UN Sunday - please pause reading this section, shoot me an email and come right back to this email for more information! 

UPDATE: We are going through a change here with our database.  We are implementing a new system requiring the staff to go through and change all of the records. 

What does this all mean? Please be patient while we are "under construction".  I will work as quickly as I can to get the records of your donors, but I may need more time so please be sure to ask for records a week before your deadline.  We at the UUA are working on a short timeline to update the records to make sure you have the records you need for your fantastic work.  Thank you for your patience and flexibility.  

March Envoy Training

Tuesday, March 19th we will be having an Envoy Training Call.  The January training call gave us a plethora of ideas for possible fundraisers and events, but we didn't focus as much on sustaining strengths or overcoming specific barriers.  Please RSVP and include 1 strength and 1 barrier you are facing at your congregation ideally in regards to implementing multigenerational social justice work.  You may also include successes and issues you are facing as an envoy (a recent fantastic fundraiser, struggling to recruitment new envoys or donors, unsure of envoy status or responsibilities, etc).  This call is for Envoys of all experience levels.  Please email whether or not you will be attending along with your 2 points to kjacob@uua.org.
Conference call number: 641.715.3200 
Access Code: 875935#
You will get a reminder email with the agenda closer to the date.  The minutes from this training call will be included in the March edition of the E-news.  Our next training in a few months will be experience specific (1 year or less, 1-4 years, 5+ years).  
How did you do on February tasks? Did you.....
1. Submit article/speech/sermon/address to the Dana Greeley Award Competition?
2. Have a UN Office recruitment event?
3. Get a scholarship donation and/or register for Spring Seminar 2013?
4. Update Kamila about your work/help needed as an envoy?
Here is the UN Office Envoy Fundraising Packet. This is jam packed with ideas for FUNdraisers.  Please utilize this to fundraise to send and/or fund someone to attend our 2013 Seminar. It is also available for download on www.uua.org/un/envoys 

REMEMBER: 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

Sex, Love, and Violence - Spring Seminar 2013 

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. Youth and advisors arrive on April 3rd for orientation.  

All those who have registered will receive a Welcome Packet next week which will feature our 2013 Mission Statement, pre-seminar readings, schedule, and other information you will need and find handy for the seminar.  


Registration is in 2 parts:
1. Please go to http://uucsj.org/pay and use our "trip code": UUUNO.  

MESSAGE TO YOUR CONGREGATION: If you are unable to attend this year, please make a donation to support others in their efforts to attend.  Go to http://uucsj.org/pay and fill out the form, but in the Participant field instead of your name put "Scholarship recipient".  We will send you a letter acknowledging your tax deductible donation.  

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 Every Child is Our Child program in the works! In April we will have an ECOC site visit to enhance our efforts to make this program more sustainable. Click to see our Fundraising video you can show at your congregation!
  • Planning an event to celebrate the fantastic historical and magnificent present day strong and powerful women? If your congregation would like to host a Half the Sky screening to educate and advocate international women's rights, please contact our Women's program point person: unintern@uua.org with subject line: "ATTN Jacklyn - Half the Sky screening".  
  • Your Envoy Coordinator has been part of the core planning team for the first Youth-led UNDPI briefing. The briefing will be a CSW follow-up event on March 25th in Conference Room 4.  Email kjacob@uua.org if you are interested in attending! 
  • March 1st is the Early Bird deadline for Spring Seminar registration. The registration deadline is March 15th.  
  • Faith Without Borders is where our blogs are posted. Be sure to check regularly for updates and news.  

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