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Envoy News

May

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,

Right now is the best time to GO HERE and catch up on what you've been missing!

Aren't you glad you went there? You are much wiser than you were a few minutes ago. 

The summer months are here (wish the weather would follow...) and the office is buzzing with brand new interns!  We have interns who have just begun (see introductions in the Program Updates section) and 5 more starting June 2nd!  The UU-UNO internship program is getting stronger and more popular and we are already over capacity (we have a waitlist!). I am very much looking forward to getting to know new people and seeing them learn, grow, and teach me a thing or two during their time here.

Yesterday, a women whose words have touched my life passed away.   Maya Angelou has touched the lives of many and her messages will be passed on for generations. “Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon mourned the death of celebrated African-American poet and author Maya Angelou, saying the United Nations owed her a particular debt of gratitude for the moving poem she wrote for the world body's 50th anniversary”  I am currently reading "Even the Stars Look Lonesome" and I highly recommend it. Remember to tell those you love you love them and hold Maya's spirit in your hearts. Blessed be.     

In Peace, Love & Justice, 

Kamila Jacob
Envoy Outreach Coordinator
Envoys in Action

March review: (1) Book your UN Sunday (2) Have envoy check-in with team (3) What are you up to this summer (personal and/or envoy related)?

Please complete the following Action Items before the end of June. 

1

Send me your UN Sunday best practices to help with our 2014 UN Sunday packet! What have you done that worked? What didn't work? Do you have pictures from 2013? For first timers, what are you looking to do? 

2

Fill out Annual Meeting Form - *THIS HAS BEEN UPDATED AS OF MAY 9* If you filled out this form prior to May 9th please fill it out again (you can just include your First Name and complete the last question.  As many questions are required you can either fill them out or write "done").  

3

LGBTQI Rights: Our Asylum and Refugee intern is hard at work preparing for our film screening on June 5th. Keep an eye out for an email she will be sending to Envoys to share knowledge on the work she has been doing in her time at the UU-UNO.    


Adventures 

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

  • May 22 - UN DPI Briefing on Music: An Avenue Towards the World we Want which can also be viewed live on webtv.un.org - this briefing was Youth-led and Kamila was part of the planning committee
  • May 26 - UU-UNO closed, CUC re-opens
  • June 7-8 - Cedar Lane Youth visit NYC! 
  • June 11-July 8  - Intern and Office Coordinator, Nickie, will be out of the office 
  • June 26-29 UUA General Assembly

Canadian Unitarian Council Annual Conference Meeting (CUC ACM)

Bruce returned from the 2014 CUC ACM in Montreal, QC Canada and reported he had a wonderful time meeting people and seeing old friends.  The reception was successful and fun!  I want to give a big THANK YOU shout out to the ACM organizers and UU-UNO Committee.  Without your dedication, patience, and love the CUC ACM would not have been as wonderful as it was.  THANK YOU. 

I apologize about not having the plaques arrive on time to get them to you.  They are still on their way back to us and once they arrive they will be sent to your congregation.  Please let me know if your congregation cannot have packages delivered and provide an alternate mailing address.

Some congregations were SO CLOSE to meeting all the qualifications.  I am re-checking my calculations for any envoys hoping to achieve Blue Ribbon status for 2013-2014. If you were not an announced Blue Ribbon Congregation and you believe you have met the requirements or if you were a few donations short that have since been sent in, please contact me immediately.  

UUA General Assembly 

BY JUNE 8th: you must fill out the Annual Meeting Form to let us know what you plan and don't plan to attend. If you are NOT attending GA you must fill this out. If you ARE going to GA, fill this out. This has been an action item already, thank you to those who have already filled this out. It has been updated as of May 9th so if you filled it out prior, please go back and answer the last two questions.  

I will email anyone who says they plan to attend GA with our events and an optional volunteer form (this will list positions, responsibilities, and time slots to sign up for). I will reconfirm the week of the 15th and I can host a Volunteer Responsibilities conference call if you would like to talk it all out. 

We can't wait to see you! Be sure to read our UUA General Assembly blog to see all of our events.

Program Area Updates

Our academic year interns have now graduated and our summer interns are getting oriented.  Here are some brief introductions from the interns who have already started. 

Hannah

Hi, I’m Hannah, I’ll be interning in May and June at the UU UNO office. I’m from Long Island and my family and I attend UU Central Nassau.  I am currently studying History, International Relations, and French at American University. I’m looking forward to my summer in NYC at the office. So far I’ve gotten to attend the Thirteenth UN Indigenous Peoples Forum (blog to be published this week). I can’t wait to learn more about the office and the United Nations!  I can be contacted at unintern@uua.org with "attn Hannah" in the subject line.  

Nic

Greetings UUs near and far!

My name is Nicolaas Smith. I’m currently enjoying a fantastic summer internship placement at the UU-UNO. My current projects focus on the Every Child is Our Child program. I am aiming to establish a long-term penpal program between North American youth and ECOC students. Additionally, I am creating modified OWL and Goldmine programming to be implemented by the UU College of Social Justice internship in Ghana. I anticipate engaging in this partnership with the Queen Mothers Association later this summer to facilitate these projects!

My UU roots dig back to the Ottawa First congregation. I attend Queen’s University and major in political studies, complimenting a Global development minor. I am greatly excited to be so involved with UU faith-based social justice over the next few months and can’t wait to see these initiatives unfold in the near future. If you have any interest in learning more or aiding these initiatives, please contact me at unintern@uua.org with subject line: "attn: Nic". 

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!

  • Our 2014 Intergenerational Spring Seminar Statement is live on the website! 

  • 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, Nickie out June 11-July 7, More new interns June 2   

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

 United Nations Updates: