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Your UU Connection to the United Nations



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 Intergenerational Spring Seminar is days away! I am really looking forward to it.  We have had a wonderful planning committee this year and I am looking forward to seeing them in person instead of talking on the phone.  Speaking of conference calls, we should have one! Please submit your RSVP to one of the times listed below for our next conference call. We will review the seminar and discuss Blue Ribbon Awards, Dana Greeley Award, UUA General Assembly and Canadian Unitarian Council ACM.  

Monday, April 28 at 4:00pm EST


Wednesday, April 30 at 3:00pm EST

Participating in Envoy Check-in calls is a part of your envoy responsibilities so please remember to RSVP if you can or cannot attend.  

In Peace, Love & Justice, 

Kamila Jacob
Envoy Outreach Coordinator

Envoys in Action

February review: (1) Spring Seminar (2) Check out Envoy page on Climate portal - climate.uu-uno.org (3) Next Envoy check in call coming up!

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


When is your district assembly? Please let me know the dates of your district or regional annual meeting and if you plan to attend.  I will be leading workshops at the Joseph Priestly District meeting (April 11-12) and the Metropolitan New York District meeting (May 2-3).  We would love to have representation at as many annual meetings as possible.    


Are you going to the UUA General Assembly or CUC Annual Conference Meeting? Please fill out the Annual Meeting Form to let us know what you plan and don't plan to attend.   


Save the Date and RSVP about the Envoy Check-in Call.    


Here is some of the March traveling schedule and a peak into April and May.   

  • March 3 - Bruce visited the UU Congregation of Kansas City, MO  

  • March 10-11 - International Staff Group Retreat went really well! We got to talk about our mission and bonded as a group.  

  • March 14-16 - Bruce visited the UU Congregation in Conejo Valley, CA

  • April 2-5 - The Intergenerational Spring Seminar! 

  • April 9 - Bruce will be speaking at Princeton University 

  • April 11-12 - Kamila will be attending and leading a workshop at the Joseph Priestly District Assembly

  • April 21 - Patriot's Day! The UUA is closed for this holiday and thus, so is the UU-UNO. 

Intergenerational Spring Seminar!

Each year following the seminar we host a conference call, open to all, to review the seminar and to share how people are taking action in their local communities.  This year's call will be April 15th at 3:00pm EST.  Please keep an eye out for the email confirming the date and time, providing the conference call number, and sharing the agenda.  Give your congregational community and beyond a chance to participate by spreading the word! Be sure to pass along the email addresses of those interested and we can add them to the informational email (this email invitation will go out on Monday, April 7th).  

CUC Annual Conference Meeting/UUA General Assembly 

As indicated in the Envoy Action Items (#2): Please fill out the Annual Meeting Form to let us know what you plan and don't plan to attend.  

We will have a display table at the CUC ACM.  Bruce is very excited to attend this year!  

At UUA GA, Bruce Knotts will be a panelist for LGBTQ and Immigration: An Intersection of Human Rights.  This will take place on Thursday, June 26th during the Program #2 slot, 12:30pm-1:45pm.  Additionally, we have a UU-UNO workshop/program during the Program #7 slot on Friday, June 27 from 5:00pm-6:00pm entitled: Beyond Borders: Implementing Intercultural Conversations. Following our program we have our UU-UNO Reception to present the Blue Ribbon Congregation Award plaques and our Dana Greeley Award winner.

The envoy breakfast is currently being finalized. I am trying to get a delicious feast in a good location and at a good price!  I hope to have this confirmed within the next two weeks and then I will share the information with you.   

Program Area Updates

Our academic year interns are hard at work to help develop UU-UNO program initiatives.  Here are brief updates from each. 

Climate Change

Be sure to check out the Envoy page on the climate portal!

Contact Caroline at the UU-UNO to find out more information and tips on how to get a CAT started in your congregation! unintern@uua.org (subject ATT:CAROLINE) 

Every Child is Our Child (ECOC)

Maria is working on finalizing the financial Model for Every Child is Our Child-this model will help us determine how much money is needed in order to grow the program and add more students.  Also, Maria is working on a report for her site visit to Ghana.  She is hoping to have it completed soon, as well as a video of the visit.

If you would like congregation to send post cards to encourage the children to stay in school, please contact our office! unintern@uua.org with subject line "ATTN: Maria". 

Intergenerational Spring Seminar

9 days left! The planning committee is finalizing all aspects of the Seminar planning. Moderators have been working with the panelists to develop topic ideas for each panel. The 2014 panelists will be coming from around the world, bringing together a collective force made up of unique perspectives to raise awareness of the rights of indigenous peoples on several issues of global concern! 

A message from co-chair, Yasmin: I cannot believe it has already been three months since I began interning for the UU-UNO. I am very excited for the upcoming spring seminar on indigenous rights that I am co-chairing. I am proud of everyone for the hard work they put into this year’s seminar!


Refugees and Asylees

I am in the process of putting together the beginning stages of a community map for New York City that includes resources such as pro bono legal services, soup kitchens & food pantries, LGBT centers, public libraries, health clinics, social service agencies, and ESL classes, among others. If you are interested in creating a community map for your area, feel free to reach out to Lauren at unintern@uua.org. Looking forward to hearing from you!

Email unintern@uua.org with subject line "ATT: Lauren". 

Women's Rights

Our blog about CSW is coming soon!  

News You Can Use 

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

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