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Envoy News

April

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 was a great success! We filmed each of our panels and we hope to make those available to you next week.  We have been posting pictures on Facebook and we also posted a blog for you to share if you haven't already.  

These pasts weeks we have been doing a lot of seminar follow-up and we have also been meeting with our interns to discuss what they hope to see the office accomplish in the near and distant future.  It has been so wonderful to watch each of them grow in soul and spirit throughout their time here and I am definitely going to miss them. They are all very hard working, caring, and willing to go above and beyond to accomplish their goals. Through their intellect and passion for international human rights work they have strengthened our office over the last 9 months and touched our hearts.  Some of them will be working with us periodically throughout the summer and many have insisted on visiting frequently - and I can't say no to that!  At the same time, I am very excited to meet our incoming interns who will be with us during the summer and I can't wait for you to follow their journey for the duration of their time her as well.  

On another important note - have you been seeing the news about the fight for religious freedom in North Carolina? This is the kind of work we have been doing here in the office on an international level - supporting the UU congregation in Uganda to keep their doors open to all people despite the discriminatory laws.  You can read more about this work in the Director's letter which will be published next week.  

In Peace, Love & Justice, 

Kamila Jacob
Envoy Outreach Coordinator
Envoys in Action

March review: (1) Let me know what your district/regional assembly will be (2) Are you or are you not Going to GA or ACM? (3) Next Envoy check in call April 28th!

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

1

Inquire about space and time for your UN Sunday service or event in October. The San Francisco Envoy Team has already informed me that they are working with their minister to arrange for a UN Sunday service and has also already begun conversations about fundraising for the 2015 Intergenerational Spring Seminar!  Great work team! 

2

Meet with your envoy team/committee and make timeline with a few milestones for the summer. The minutes from the Envoy call on April 28 will soon be emailed out and posted on the envoy page - review these minutes during this meeting as well.

3

Let me know your summer plans!  Are you traveling with your family? Going to UU Camps? Backpacking? Camping?   


Adventures 

Here is some of the April traveling schedule and peek into May!

  • April 2-5 - Intergenerational Spring Seminar 

  • April 9 - Bruce spoke at Princeton University 

  • April 11-12 - Kamila attended and led a workshop at the Joseph Priestly District Assembly called: "Tools for Community Building"

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

  • May 2 - Last day for many of our academic interns 

  • May 2-3 - Kamila will attend Metro-New York District Assembly and will lead a workshop about intergenerational engagement in congregations. 

  • May 5-10 - Kamila will be out of the office 

  • May 16-18 Canadian Unitarian Council Annual Conference Meeting (CUC ACM) cuc.ca/acm-2014
Canadian Unitarian Council Annual Conference Meeting (CUC ACM)

The 2014 CUC ACM will take place in Montreal, QC Canada from May 16-18.  This year's theme is: Building Beloved CommUUnities: Sacred Spaces Beyond Walls.  The UU-UNO will host a reception on Sunday, May 18, 4pm-5:30pm in the Gentilly Room.  The Blue Ribbon Congregation Awards will be presented and, of course, there will be time for snacking and schmoozing!  Calculations are still in the works and the envoy of the winning congregations will be notified no later than May 12th (some of you may have heard from me already).  

Here is a bit more information about this year's theme: "CUC ACM 2014 will build on 2013’s theme of 'Diversity: Creating A Shared Understanding.' Expanding from Rev. Shawn Newton’s Confluence Lecture (The Risks of Relevance) and Rev. Mark Morrison-Reed’s Keynote address (Radical Inclusion), ACM 2014 will take us into an exploration of how we expand our UU community beyond congregational walls, how we remain relevant into the future, and being radically inclusive." 

UUA General Assembly 

As indicated in the Envoy Action Items to complete by end of April (#2): Please fill out the Annual Meeting Form to let us know what you plan and don't plan to attend.  We want to see our friends! I will email those attending with our events and an optional volunteer form (this will list positions, responsibilities, and time slots to sign up for).  I will reconfirm a week or two before GA and I can host a Volunteer Responsibilities conference call if you would like to talk it all out.   

During UUA GA we have a few events lined up.

  • Thursday, June 26, Program #2, 12:30pm-1:45pm - Bruce Knotts will be a panelist for LGBTQ and Immigration: An Intersection of Human Rights.
  • Friday, June 27, 5:00pm-6:15pm - The UU-UNO workshop/program during the Program #7 slot on  entitled: Beyond Borders: Implementing Intercultural Conversations.
  • Saturday, June 28, 7am-8:30am - Envoy Breakfast in the Providence Biltmore, Salon 6.  I am currently negotiating with the hotel to have the most affordable and most delicious breakfast for you all! This should be finalized by mid-May and I will let you know the price, menu, and share the RSVP link.   
  • The UU-UNO Reception is currently being scheduled. We will be sending out more information about GA to all constituents in the next few weeks. During the reception we will present the Blue Ribbon Congregation Award plaques and our Dana Greeley Award winners. 

Program Area Updates

Our academic year interns having been working hard in the office as well as balancing their work and social lives work to help develop UU-UNO program initiatives.  Here are brief updates - and farewells - from each. 

Climate Change

My time at the UU-UNO is ending, but the climate change program is stronger than ever! A total of 15 Climate Action Teams across the United States and Canada are now officially registered, and two more from Washington DC and California are on their way! The Open Working Group On Sustainable Development has officially ended, and we wait to see which aspects of the discussion will be adopted in the post 2015 agenda. Through everything I have seen and experienced here over the past eight months, I’m very glad to know that UU voices are being represented here at the UN on all these important issues! - Caroline, Fordham University 

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

Our new Climate Change intern will start in mid-May. Contact the UU-UNO to find out more information and tips on how to get a CAT started in your congregation! unintern@uua.org (subject attn: Climate Change) 

Every Child is Our Child (ECOC)

I am working on completing the site visit report and also preparing to return to Ghana this summer! I will also take some time in May to meet with the incoming ECOC intern. I am looking forward to staying involved as much as I can over the summer.  - Maria, New York University 

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

SOGI Rights (LGBTQI)

Refugees and Asylees

Bruce Knotts and I will be putting together a presentation for several UU Congregations in the NYC area! We will be visiting to discuss the issues that LGBTQI asylum seekers and refugees are facing in today’s homophobic world, and how your congregation can support! We will tell about the wonderful work done by the Guardian Committee at the First UU Society of San Francisco to gage interest in bringing such a program to New York City. To learn more about the Guardian Group in San Francisco, you may visit http://www.uusf.org/#!guardian-group/cvi9.
If you are outside the New York City area and are interested, please feel free to reach out to Lauren at unintern@uua.org so that we can get you involved! 

Lauren will be with us through the summer. Email unintern@uua.org with subject line "ATT: Lauren". 

Women's Rights

There’s only one week left until the end of my internship at UU-UNO. It’s sad to say goodbye. It’s been a great year here working for the Women’s Program. This year, we continued making efforts in promotion of women’s rights and held two successful panels for this year's Comission on the Status of Women (CSW58). Next year will be an important one for women’s rights, as Beijing +20 ( the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Women's conference) will be held and occasion many reviews of progress and setbacks for women around the world. Stay connected with UU-UNO and continue making the world a better place for women and girls!  - Sharon, Columbia University 

NGO Committee on Human Rights 

Jasmine has been working with us a few days a week since January.  She wanted to share this farewell message: I wished I had started with UU-UNO at the beginning of my school year. Unfortunately I started in January 2014. I learned a lot from that internship especially working with the NGO Committee on Human Rights on issues that affect people every day such as homophobic laws in countries around the world, women's status and climate change. Also the Spring Seminar on Indigenous Peoples was very educational. The internship was a great learning experience. The staff at the UU-UNO office were very supportive. I will miss you all. It’s hard to say good bye, however, I will leave UU-UNO with great memories. 

News You Can Use 

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

Upcoming Events

  • Please look at our BLOG PAGE to catch up on past events and learn about future events!

  • May - Canadian Unitarian Council (CUC) Annual Conference Meeting (ACM) in Montreal, Metro New York District Annual Meeting 3-4, UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues 12-23, Summer interns start!

  • June - Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) General Assembly, 25-29   

  • July - Kamila at UUMAC 13-19, Bruce's b-day 23, Kamila at Unirondack 27- August 2

 United Nations Updates: