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Envoy News

May 2013

Your UU Connection to the United Nations

Table of Contents

April Task List

Dana Greeley Award

Every Child is Our Child Site Visit

Blue Ribbon Congregation Award

CUC Annual Conference Meeting

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,

May has come and gone...golly that was fast!  We had a Spring Seminar Recap call where participants called in to learn about the panels, creative programming, the Envoy lunch, and hear the 2013 Intergenerational Spring Seminar Statement.  Participants also learned of next year's dates and the topic!  Please check the Spring Seminar webpage (www.uua.org/unspringseminar) for this information.  The minutes are available for download here (this is a ".doc" file): May 14th Intergen Spring Seminar 2013 Recap Call.  If you would like to hear the recording of the call, please request it by emailing me (kjacob@uua.org).  The 2013 Intergenerational Spring Seminar Statement is now available online for your viewing.  

Director Bruce Knotts attended the Canadian Unitarian Council Annual Conference Meeting (CUC ACM).  See a brief statement about his visit just below the section about the Blue Ribbon Congregations. 

The 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 volunteer 1 hour of your time to be a representative (and hang out with me) at our exhibit table!  

We will be hosting the Envoy breakfast on Friday, June 21 from 7am-8:30am at the Marriott in Ballroom 10.  I will be emailing all UNO Envoys next week with how to register.  Keep an eye out! 

Our annual reception will be on Friday evening from 5:30-7pm at the Marriott in Kentucky Ballroom E. The reception will be on the first level and the breakfast will be on the second level.   I found a floor plan map of the Marriott for your convenience.  After clicking on the hyperlink, click on the map on the webpage to enlarge it.  

In Peace, Love & Justice, 

Kamila Jacob
Envoy Outreach Coordinator

April Task List

Did you complete the March Task List?  If you are struggling to complete any, please email me or call to let me know.  

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?  Additionally, you can seek out 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 there are challenges with scheduling a themed Sunday service, invite your minister to focus their sermon on sexual orientation and gender identity human rights issues. You can also try requesting to have an international theme or even just focus on a specific principle for that day connecting that principle to LGBTQ rights.  Following the service, have an event with the theme "Sex, Love, and Violence: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in a Globalized World".  Feel free to contact kjacob@uua.org to discuss ideas of how this can be executed.  

Book the space for a weekend in October ASAP!  The UN Sunday packet with event ideas will be coming out over the summer, you can also email kjacob@uua.org for assistance.  This service and/or event will help you meet 1 of the 4 Blue Ribbon Award criteria (you are the Envoy...so that is 2 of 4!). The other criteria is listed below in the "Blue Ribbon Award" section, check it out! 

Task 3
Will you be attending General Assembly? Inform the Envoy Coordinator by emailing, kjacob@uua.org or call +1212-986-5165 x3.  If you feel that you are unavailable to volunteer at the table, please let me know - I'd love to see you face-to-face anyway :) 

In case you missed it.....

Dana Greeley Award

Our 2013 Dana Greeley Award winner is Dylan Debelis!  Dylan Debelis is a first year Masters of Divinity student studying at Union Theological Seminary and is currently an Aspirant for Unitarian Universalist Ministry. He is a politically oriented spoken word poet who performs around New York City living out an ever-present goal of giving voice to the voiceless. Dylan has been an intern for the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office for over one year and currently serves on the UU-UNO's Ministerial Outreach Committee. He is also the New York Outreach Coordinator for the Unitarian Universalist organization Promise the Children that uses congregational advocacy to fight for children's rights locally and nationally. (I promise this was anonymous!)  Read more about UN Sunday and the Dana Greeley Award by clicking HERE or going to www.uua.org/unsunday

Every Child is Our Child Site Visit 

On May 29th, 2012-2013 academic interns Jacklyn and Anida, summer intern Keziah, and myself went to All Souls NYC to do a presentation for their Women's Alliance on our site visit in Ghana.  We put together a brief presentation about our findings.  You can see the presentation by clicking the hyperlinked text above.  Please keep in mind that this presentation was paired with our script which is not attached here.  We have also published our blog with our Daily Diary which I encourage you to read and share.  

Blue Ribbon Congregation Award

Think you should be on this list. but don't see your congregation?  Contact kjacob@uua.org or call +1212-986-5165
1. First Unitarian Church of Victoria in BC Canada
2. Universalist Unitarian Church of Halifax in Nova Scotia Canada
3. Kingston Unitarian Fellowship of Kingston, ON Canada 
4. Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga in ON Canada
5. First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto in ON Canada
6. First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa in ON Canada
7. Prescott Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Prescott, AZ
8. Conejo Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newbury Park, CA
9. First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of San Francisco, CA
10. The Unitarian Church in Westport of Westport, CT 
11. Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church of Adelphi, MD
12. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia, MD
13. Unitarian Universalist Church of Manchester of Manchester, NH
14. Morristown Unitarian Fellowship of Morristown, NJ
15. Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces of Las Cruces, NM
16. Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo of Buffalo, NY
17. Unitarian Church of All Souls of Manhattan, NY
18. Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Rock Tavern of Rock Tavern, NY
19. Unitarian Church of Staten Island of Staten Island, NY 
20. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Stony Brook of Stony Brook, NY
21. All Souls Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Watertown, NY
22. Unitarian Universalist Community Church, Washington County of Hillsboro, OR
23. Unitarian Society of Germantown of Philadelphia, PA
24. First Unitarian Church of Dallas of Dallas, TX
25. Cedars Unitarian Universalist Church of Bainbridge, WA
26. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of La Crosse of La Crosse, WI

CUC Annual Conference Meeting
Here is a message from Director Bruce Knotts, reflecting on his trip to the CUC ACM:
I was privileged to attend the 2013 Canadian Unitarian Council’s Annual Conference and Meeting in my mother’s home city of Calgary, Alberta.  The theme of the meeting was diversity and the plenary hall was decorated by a massive rainbow flag which Canadian Unitarians made and carried to Parliament on the day they voted for same-sex marriage.  Certainly the very effective advocacy for same-sex marriage in Canada by Canadian Unitarians contributed greatly to its passage.  Rev. Mark Morrison Reade gave the keynote address and he covered a wide spectrum of diversity to which we all need to aspire and gave a very interesting history of diversity movements in Canada.  His verdict was that Unitarians struggled with acceptance of LGBTQ members and while there remains some resistance, Canada has achieved virtually 100% adherence to the guidelines of the Welcoming Congregation Program.  Visible minorities and minorities of class remain a challenge for Canadian Unitarians (and I might add for American UUs as well).  I gave remarks at the International Dinner and was very encouraged by the warm and enthusiastic support Canadian Unitarians give to the UU-UNO.  The CUC is exploring ways to raise the profile of the UU-UNO in Canada, including encouraging CUC congregations to hold UN Sundays and financial support for the UU-UNO.  The CUC announced its newly formed UU-UNO Advisory Council with stalwart CUC UNO supporters, with a commitment to add young and diverse UNO supporters in Canada.  The UU-UNO has benefited in recent years from Canadian interns and it is my hope that some of those will find their way onto the CUC UNO Advisory Council.  The UU-UNO held a very successful reception and for the first time ever, the UU-UNO Blue Ribbon Awards were incorporated into the ACM national awards dinner program.  Our relations with the Canadians have always been excellent, but at this ACM, the warmth and hospitality of the CUC community reached the highest levels I’ve experience in my 5.5 year tenure.  Thank you CUC for your support and warm hospitality.  As the CUC Advisory Council forms, we look forward to advice and support from the CUC in new and ever more meaningful ways.

News You Can Use 

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

UU-UNO Updates: 

  • The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues is just finishing up and staff and interns were able to attend many of the events that occurred.  Keep an eye out for our upcoming blog about our experiences and knowledge gained.  
  • On April 26th, Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights, Ivan Šimonović briefed the NGO Committee on Human Rights.  On Thursday, May 9th, Ms. Navi Pillay, High Commissioner for Human Rights met with NGOs at UN Headquarters in New York. The fact that these meetings took place are significant. See the Human Rights Committee Minutes.  
  • Summer interns are hard at work collaborating with the Climate Change Task Force to develop the Climate Action Team program.  This program works to build momentum to combat climate change on a policy and grassroots level.  
  •  July 17th is International Justice Day! This is a great opportunity to utilize activities in the UN Me Religious Education Curriculum and invite participants of all ages.  Learn more about the UN Human Rights Office in this article about the International Criminal Court.  Be sure to check our blog page regularly for updates and news. 

Upcoming Events

  • 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. We will be hosting the Envoy breakfast on Friday, June 21 from 7am-8:30am in the Marriott Ballroom 10 - keep an eye out for the email next week to RSVP and secure your spot!  Our annual reception will be on Friday evening from 5:30-7pm in Marriot Kentucky Ballroom E.  
  • In collaboration with a few other organizations we will be hosting a film screening of God Loves Uganda on June 12th at the UN Church Center.  See link above for the blog post with all of the details.   
 United Nations Updates:
  • Learn about how Africa's resources
    can fuel its economic transformation.  
  • Read about the Human Rights Council
    and how it called on the Syria authorities “to meet their responsibility to protect the Syrian population and to put an immediate end to all attacks against the civilians of Al Qusayr.”  
  • from running for the upcoming Presidential Office. 
  • of Japan's efforts to plan and implement the decommissioning of TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.
  • Read about United States making nice with Russia and Iran at the United Nations in a bid to come together to bring wrestling back into the Olympic program for the 2020 Olympic Games.