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Envoy News

April 2013

Your UU Connection to the United Nations

Table of Contents

April Task List

Dana Greeley Award

Blue Ribbon Congregation Award

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,

Spring Seminar happened the first week of April and was a great success. We had an excellent Planning Committee, a committed Youth leadership team, and dedicated staff, volunteers, and interns who worked together to put together this fantastic event.  Here are two excerpts of initial reactions after returning home from the seminar from two youth participants to their peers in a Facebook group*
"I just wanted to say I'm happy I know people like you guys and gals. Today it was nice today so I wanted to ride a bike. The only bike available was my moms pink bike so I decided to ride it. I was then yelled at and called "faggot, gaywad, etc". by the family of the guy who jumped me in 7th grade on accusations of being gay. I then had sticks and stones thrown at my by little kids in the neighborhood, this was just one incident of many that has happened since I was in kindergarten. So I just wanted to thank you all for being such great people and to tell you, you all give me HOPE."  
This comment received immediate responses - words of encouragement and support through the network of youth fostered at the conference. It also sparked a response from other youth attendees to share their personal experiences and their confidence and hope to make change after attending the seminar.  Another youth recalls going to a Catholic camp in middle school where a rumor was spread about his sexual orientation and the other kids bullied him. This led to a change in religion and a change in school - big changes for the entire family.  This change did not stop bullies, but the experience at the seminar changed his attitude and gave him hope.  
"…I sincerely just wanted to say thank you for one of the most amazing interfaith experiences of my life. I've always been considered by many a "gay" kid because of my attitude towards situations and in general life.….Hanging around people such as your great selves (Unitarians) was awesome! It gave a free and inclusive environment to openly express who I am, to show my "true colors." You all are an inspiration to society and to the world! I cannot wait to see you all next seminar, and believe me when I say that there will no longer be just "two Californians." I told all the youth at my local church and about 4 to 5 express interest. I don't care if I didn't meet you at the seminar, just know I love you all!!!"
*These youth gave me permission to share this testimony with Envoys.
How bold and brave!
We will have a Seminar recap call on:
Tuesday, May 14th from 5pm-6pm Eastern.  
We will review the panels, creative programming, the Envoy lunch, and read through the 2013 Intergenerational Spring Seminar Statement.  
PLEASE RSVP TO RECEIVE THE AGENDA AND CALL IN NUMBER - kjacob@uua.org or call 212-986-5165 x3

In Peace, Love & Justice, 

Kamila Jacob
Envoy Outreach Coordinator

April Task List

Did you complete the March Task List? 

1) Update Envoy Coordinator  2) Get Envoy email address at your congregation  3) Email 2013 goals to kjacob@uua.org 

Task 1

Present UN Me RE Curriculum to your Director of Religious Education.  If you do not currently have a DRE, who is the person who organizes the elementary school classes?  You can also find the teachers of the 4th, 5th, or 6th grade class (summer teachers too!) and invite them to take a look.  

Perhaps you can have a multigenerational activity table at coffee hour to advertise.  Print a few of the activities from the UN Me curriculum for people to try out and get involved! 

Task 2

Book a UN Sunday service or event.  If you are told that you cannot host a themed Sunday service, invite your minister to focus on sexual orientation and gender identity human rights issues.  You can also request to have an international theme or focus on the 7th principle for that day.  Following the service, have an event with the theme "Sex, Love, and Violence: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in a Globalized World".  This service and/or event will help you meet one of the Blue Ribbon Award criteria. Book the space for a weekend in October ASAP!  The UN Sunday packet to with event ideas will be coming out over the summer, you can also email me for assistance.  

Task 3

Complete March Task List items!! If you are struggling to complete any, please email me or call to let me know.  
In case you missed it.....

Dana Greeley Award

The 2013 Dana Greeley Award winner will be announced within the next few weeks on our website as well as in next month's Envoy Newsletter.  This award is given annually honoring the memory of Reverend Dana McLean Greeley, the first president of the Unitarian Universalist Association and strong supporter of the United Nations. Esteemed judges are hard at work to select a winner of the fantastic prizes including $500, an invitation to read their winning submission the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly, and public recognition of your talents (aka bragging rights).  Submissions are judged anonymously - so the contestants will not be announced here, but stay tuned for the winner!! 


Blue Ribbon Congregation Award

First things first - THANK YOU! Being an Envoy is not an easy task and in case you don't hear it enough, YOU ARE APPRECIATED.  The UU UN Office relies heavily on the hard work and dedication of Envoys and it is important to remember that your actions are making a difference - a change for the better.  Calculations and follow-ups are still in progress, but expect to hear from me this week about your Blue Ribbon Status.  

If you know you have met all criteria and haven't heard from me please email me at kjacob@uua.org or call 212-986.5165 x3

News You Can Use 

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

UU-UNO Updates: 

Upcoming Events

  • Canadian Unitarian Council Annual Conference and Meeting is in Calgary Alberta May 17th-19th.  Director Bruce Knotts will be attending the conference as well as hosting a UN Office reception on Sunday (May 19th) from 4:30-6:00pm. 
  • Metropolitan New York District Assembly is May 3-4 in Morristown, New Jersey.  Kamila will be leading a workshop with assistance intern Dylan Debelis during the last time slot on Saturday.  Click to read more about the MNY District Assembly
  • Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly is June 19-23 in Louisville, Kentucky.  The UN Office will have a table in the exhibit hall in the International Village.  We are looking for our Envoys to help out!  Please email kjacob@uua.org if you plan to attend GA and can donate 1 hour of your time to be a representative (and hang out with me)!  We will be hosting the Envoy breakfast on Friday, June 21 from 7am-8:30am - keep an eye out for how to sign up.  Our annual reception will be on Friday evening from 5:30-7pm.  

 United Nations Updates: