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Envoy News

September 2013

Your UU Connection to the United Nations

Table of Contents

Task List

Intergenerational Spring Seminar

Envoy FAQs

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,

The leaves are changing, the Halloween commercials are on television, and there was a Hocus Pocus movie marathon this weekend, it must be September!

This also means our annual fundraiser is fast approaching. Join us on November 8th at All Souls Congregation of Manhattan from 6:30pm-9pm.  We are having a Fall Awards Ceremony for Humanitarian of the Year.  Our award recipient is the Executive Director of Human Rights Watch, Kenneth Roth.  Tickets are live! See more information below as part of your upcoming Tasks.  

I look forward to receiving more timelines from y'all.  I hope to see what you and your team are doing in order to support you.  I can send resources, spread the word about upcoming events, and even connect you to envoys with similar aspirations.  As each of our congregations have different structures and protocol, it is great to see how each envoy takes steps, large and small, to educate their congregations and advocate for international human rights.  Please send your timeline of meetings/events/announcements today!  No effort is too small.  If you feel that you haven't been up to much lately, let me know, we can work on a plan together.  

Here are the minutes from the September Training Call about having a UN Sunday Service.  This is a .doc file.  

In Peace, Love & Justice, 

Kamila Jacob
Envoy Coordinator

September Task List (complete tasks by the end of October)

If you are having difficulty completing any tasks, please email or call to let me know. 

Task 1

Add your new Envoy email address to the GoogleDoc Spreadsheet.  This is set up so that anyone with this link can access this list.  This is confidential information for Envoys only.  It is not meant to be shared for congregation or personal announcements to be sent via email.  

In case you missed it...

Having an envoy email address is helpful in so many ways!  You don't have to search your personal email for the Envoy news and announcements from the office, you have an official email for people ask questions and RSVP to your events, a new team member can easily catch up by reviewing recent emails, if an envoy steps down correspondence isn't lost, if an envoy an envoy steps down and there is a gap in time before the next one - not all is lost, and much much more!  In trainings and conversations with me, there have been requests to communicate easily with other envoys in general and also specifically in your area.  This is a first step to increase communications per your request! 

Ask your administrator if you can have an email address through the congregation - envoy@Congregation.org.  

If you are able to do so, congrats!  Please add this email address to the spreadsheet linked above and below. 

If you are not able to make an email address through your congregation, make a Gmail account.  Go to www.Gmail.com and create an email as "envoy" and add your congregation name or acronym.  Here are some examples:

  • EnvoyAllSoulsNYC@gmail.com

  • Envoyfpbedford@gmail.com

  • Envoycucparamus@gmail.com 

  • EnvoyfirstUdallas@gmail.com 

  • Envoyfuubklyn@gmail.com

Here is the direct link that can be copied and pasted: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Aky2TpJAxkbzdHZ6aDBkNWk1WXdOOFpWbDQwQThZVHc&usp=sharing

Task 2

Get your ticket and/or sponsor someone to attend our annual Fall Fundraiser. Be sure to include the Save the Date (pictured bove) in your congregational newsletter. Click the link ("Save the Date") to download the .jpg image below.  If you have any difficulties please contact me via email (kjacob@uua.org) and I can send it to you.  

Please consider volunteering at the event, sponsoring another attendee, and donating to the auction. Click to download the auction form(.pdf).

Additional information and updates can be found on our webpage

Join our Facebook event page!


Task 3

Check out our UN Sunday Readings blog featuring contributions from UU celebrities! These can be used for opening/closing words, a homily, or can be read at your event.  There will be a reading posted each week through October.  

Intergenerational Spring Seminar 2014

Our 2014 planning committee meetings have begun!  We have a great group and we are looking forward to making this a great seminar.  Be sure to download our 2014 Intergenerational Spring Seminar Flyer and post it up at your congregation.  As you know, the office looks to envoys to disseminate information to your congregations.  Keep an eye out for Publicity and Fundraising request from the 2014 planning committee in the Envoy News.    

Envoy FAQ's
Miss an Envoy Newsletter? Be sure to go to www.uua.org/un/envoys and look on the left side menu for the link to the "Envoy News" page.  Click to see past and present editions of the newsletter.  

News You Can Use 

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

UU-UNO Updates: 

  • Our UN Sunday Readings blog is live and we have some excellent contributions this year.  Check in weekly as we add a new reading for you to share with your congregation in October.
  • Kamila and Bruce are booked through October visiting congregations to celebrate United Nations Sunday.  We look forward to seeing you!
  • Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day on October 14th! Take time to education yourself and others about the history of Christopher Columbus and critically think about how and why we celebrate "Columbus Day".  Download our Doctrine of Discovery flyer.
Upcoming Events
  • Save the Date for our 2014 Intergenerational Spring Seminar, April 3-5th (youth arrive on April 2nd for an evening orientation).

  • We will be hosting an interactive panel “When is Discrimination a Violation of Human Rights” from 12:00pm-2:45pm on October 7th at the United Nations Church Center. This event will feature key panelists including Roberta Sklar (Director of Communications for IGLHRC) and Eliot Borenstein (Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies and Collegiate Professor at NYC). Download our event flyer and share it with your congregation!
  • Get ready for our Fall Award Ceremony on November 8th! We will be honoring our Humanitarian of Year, Ken Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch. The event will take place at All Souls Church, Reidy Hall, in New York City, from 6:30pm-9:00pm.  There will be a live auction, delicious food and beverages, esteemed speakers, music and much, much more! Please consider participating in our auction, volunteering at the event, and even sponsoring a ticket for someone else to attend.   
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