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Envoy News

October 2013

Your UU Connection to the United Nations

Table of Contents

October Action Items

UN Sunday Travels

Program Updates

Fall Fundraiser and Awards Ceremony

Intergenerational Spring Seminar

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,

Hope you had a HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Our annual fundraiser is fast approaching! Do you have your ticket for Friday's festivities?  Do you want to help someone else pay for their ticket?  Please see "Fall Fundraiser and Awards Ceremony" for more details and visit our website.  Our tickets are being sold at uuunofallfundraiser.bpt.me (no "www.")

GET CONNECTED!

During the first two weeks of December we will be having regional envoy check in calls.  I will include a Doodle poll in the November newsletter to schedule the December calls.  This is a first step to re-energizing our District Envoy program.  If you are interested in being an envoy for your District, please let me know. 

In Peace, Love & Justice, 

Kamila Jacob
Envoy Outreach Coordinator

Envoys in Action

Please try to complete the following Action Items before the end of November.    

1

Send in your Envoy report from your UN Sunday service or event.  The envoy report is the last page of the 2013 UN Sunday Resource packet.    

2

Set up a meeting with your minister to touch base.  Schedules are hard to coordinate, but find the first available time and stick to it!  You can use the meeting agenda from the UN Sunday packet to get you started.     

3

Review the Blue Ribbon Congregation criteria and make sure your congregation is on track to achieve Blue Ribbon Status (you can also discuss this while meeting with your minister)!  If you have any questions on this be sure to contact kjacob@uua.org. 

UN Sunday Travels

Bruce and Kamila have done quite a bit of travelling in September and October to celebrate United Nations Sunday.  

Bruce visited the following congregations:  
  • Towson Unitarian Universalist Church
  • Kingston Unitarian Fellowship in Ontario, Canada 
  • Community Unitarian Church at White Plains
  • First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto, Canada
  • 4th Unitarian Universalist Society in New York City 
Kamila visited these congregations:  
  • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Huntington, Long Island
  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Manchester, NH
  • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County, PA
We had a wonderful time at each of these congregations and are looking forward to a few more celebrations in November and December.  Some envoys have expressed complications with getting a fall date, but have still managed to reserve the pulpit in the early part of 2014.  Way to be persistent! 

Program Area Updates

Climate Change

Climate change is now recognized as one of the biggest threats to human rights and social justice. The UU-UNO is helping congregations come together and fight the effects with Climate Action Teams (CAT)! These are groups of individuals who set goals, strategize, and work create a world the future generations will be proud of. Fight the good fight! Contact us to get a CAT started in your congregation today!

Every Child is Our Child
We are currently working on a financial model in order to project program expansion as well as working on a site visit report with Anida, our former ECOC intern.  Our current intern, Maria, is also looking for ways to increase financial resources to develop and maintain financial viability of the ECOC program.

LGBTQ Rights
We are addressing LGBTQ human rights from multiple angles.  We are having a film screening on December 3rd which shares the testimony of young gay men in Cameroon facing severe homophobia.  We are also looking to start conversation on LGBTQ rights in Seminaries and Theological institutions.  Using interfaith dialogue and religious texts to highlight that human rights are for all people, regardless of one’s sexual orientation and gender expression.  We hope to open the discussion on faith-based social justice work and raise the awareness of the violence that the LGBTQ community has faced.  

Refugees and Asylum
It is our intention to help establish a network of “welcoming congregations” through Guardian Groups; a process that will take some time. However, support and feedback from those of you already doing this work will be invaluable. Please reach out!

Ministerial Outreach
Does your minister know about the UU-UNO? Do they know that you are a representative in your congregation? Have you been meaning to have a conversation with your minister about the role of Unitarian Universalism in international justice? NOW is the perfect time! This November and December are the UU-UNO’s months for ministerial awareness. Make a meeting, make a call, or pull your minister aside after the service. Introduce yourself, remind them about the UU-UNO and write back to us to let us know! 

Women's Rights

The UU-UNO is working on our proposal for a side event for 58th CSW (Commission on the Status of Women) taking place in March 2014. The theme of this year is: "Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the millennium development goals for women and girls". Our plan is to host a film screening on the topic of Women & Climate Change. We are looking forward to hearing your ideas and suggestions. Please reach out to give any recommendations!


Fall Fundraiser and Awards Ceremony

The Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office is hosting an Awards Ceremony on Friday, November 8th, 2013 at All Souls Church, Reidy Hall, in NYC, from 6:30pm-9:00pm. There will be a live auction, delicious food and beverages, esteemed speakers, music and much, much more! Our Humanitarian of the Year Award will be given to Ken Roth, the Executive Director of Human Rights Watch.  Please join us! Get your tickets today at http://uuunofallfundraiser.bpt.me and be sure to join our Facebook event page.  

Can't be there physically? Check out some of our exciting auction items!  Please consider sponsoring an attendee to attend. For any questions regarding this event, please email unitednations@uua.org.  

Intergenerational Spring Seminar 2014

Our 2014 planning is well underway.  Our subcommittees have been formed and we are all excited to be working with our wonderful teams!  Now is the time to get the word out about attending the seminar.  For information and updates please visit www.uua.org/unspringseminar.

News You Can Use 

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

UU-UNO Updates: 

  • Bruce and Kamila will continue visiting congregations for UN Sunday celebrations in November and December.
  • First Parish of Bedford, Massachusetts will be hosting the UU-UNO Justice Con November 16th-17th.  If you are in the Mass Bay district, be sure to let youth and advisors to register ASAP.   
  • The monthly Letter from the Director is now available online! 

Upcoming Events

  • November 8th is our Fall Fundraiser and Awards Ceremony at All Souls Church in New York City from 6:30pm-9:00pm.  
  • The Department of Public Information (DPI) Non-Governmental (NGO) office has weekly briefings at UN Headquarters.  Envoy Coordinator, Kamila Jacob, has been participating in the planning of a Youth-led briefing on November 7th.  If you can't make it to NYC tune into the live webcast of this event.  
  • On December 3rd we will be holding a screening for the new documentary Born This Way. This film is set in Cameroon, a country which arrests more homosexuals than any other country in the world. We will hear about the lives of four young gay Cameroonians, getting but a glimpse of how homophobia impacts their lives. Stay tuned for more info about time and place!
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