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February 2017

Dear ,

I hope that all is well with you and your loved ones. You should have all received the most recent issue of the Act Globally newsletter yesterday. Since that newsletter is full of information, I urge you to take a look at the Winter 2017 Act Globally for announcements and information to share with your congregation. I've decided to avoid being unnecessarily repetitive, so I haven't included any of the same things here - all new stuff!

Our next Envoy Conference calls will be Tuesday March 14th (Pi Day!) - Mark your calendars now and please RSVP here. New Youth Envoys: There will be a New Youth Envoy Orientation conference call on Thursday March 16th at 4:30pm - Email me to RSVP for that. 

The deadline to qualify as a Blue Ribbon Congregation is fast approaching: all requirements must be achieved by March 31st! Please contact me by email if you want to check in on how your congregation is doing towards achieving Blue Ribbon status this year. 

In faith, love, hope, and justice,

Allison Hess

International Engagement Associate


As many people in our congregations around the US and Canada are "hitting the streets" as it were, to protest and advocate for basic rights that are under threat or worse, I want to share again a blog post about UUism and the SDGs that Bruce and I wrote a few months ago. Read the post about 17 Goals for a World Community (with peace, liberty, and justice for all!) on our blog.

As you engage in your local activism, consider how global tools and resources from the UN might help you in that work.

Don't hesitate to reach out to me if you need any help or guidance finding things!


Please complete the following tasks by the end of March.

  1. If you plan to attend your local District / Regional Assembly or UUA General Assembly, don't forget to register (And let me know if you'll be there!)
  2. Make sure you meet all the requirements by March 31st to become a Blue Ribbon Congregation!


There are many opportunities to connect with our Global UU faith - from service learning trips and justice training with UUCSJ, or pilgrimages with the UU Partner Church Council, and so much more! Subscribe to Act Globally, the UUA International Office's quarterly newsletter, to stay tuned into opportunities to engage with global Unitarian Universalism in action! 
A look behind, a look ahead

February 11-20: Allison in California visiting congregations.

February 16-19: Allison and Bruce attend Third International Women's Convocation in Monterey, CA

February 22: Bruce speaks on Muslim Ban & Humanitarian Crisis at Asian American Cultural Center at Yale.

February 27: Last day to register for Intergenerational Spring Seminar

February 28: Mardi Gras!

March 12: Bruce speaks at UN Sunday Service at the UU Congregation of the South Jersey Shore

March 13-24: UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)

March 13: UU-UNO panel "Reproductive Justice & Economic Empowerment" during CSW at UN Church Center

March 15: Extended deadline for submissions of sermons to the Dana Greeley Sermon Competition.

April 5-8: Intergenerational Spring Seminar
CSW61 March 13-24, 2017

The 61st UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is taking place this March and the UU United Nations Office is proud to be taking part in the CSW NGO Forum. The theme for this year's CSW is Women's Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work, with a focus area on the empowerment of indigenous women. We will be hosting a side event on reproductive justice and the impacts it can have in women's economic life and impacts on decision-making.
The panel, entitled "Reproductive Justice and Economic Empowerment," will take place in the UN Church Center, Monday, March 13, from 2:30-4pm. View a flyer for our panel (pdf). The event will be live streamed! Stay tuned for more details.
Love in the Face of Fear
The last few weeks have seen an increase in instances of antisemitic, Islamophobic, and other hate crimes. Just this morning I found out that someone had vandalized the front door of my own congregation (Fourth Universalist Society in NYC; see picture to the left). Our congregation voted earlier this month to become a sanctuary space for those whose status in this country is threatened, and we have a Black Lives Matter sign out front. We may never know the real reasons why the perpetrator did what they did. But the important thing is that our community will continue to boldly stand up for justice and love in solidarity with our neighbors of all faith backgrounds, identities, and countries of origin. Let this be a call for all of us to remain outspoken and courageously compassionate in the face of hatred or fear.
News: United Nations
Keep yourself and your congregation informed about important news coming from the UN
People of African Descent - The UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent recently visited Germany to gain first-hand knowledge of discriminatory practices affecting people of African descent in Germany. They observed a number of factors that have caused the magnitude of racism in the country to be obscured from broad.

Human Rights - In an address to the opening session of the UN Human Rights Council, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres highlighted how human rights violations are a clear indication of impending crisis and must be addressed immediately.

Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria - The UN health agency has just published a catalog of antibiotic-resistant bacteria on which to focus efforts for researching and developing new antibiotics. "Antibiotic resistance is growing, and we are fast running out of treatment options. If we leave it to market forces alone, the new antibiotics we most urgently need are not going to be developed in time," said WHO's Assistant Director-General for Health Systems & Innovation.

Indigenous Representation - Today at the United Nations, the General Assembly is having informal consultations on indigenous peoples' participation in the General Assembly. Background and more information about this movement at the United Nations.

Mediterranean Migrant Route - A recent report from UNICEF shows that the routes from sub-Saharan Africa into Libya and across the Mediterranean is one of the "world's deadliest and most dangerous for women and children." 

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT - Every two weeks the UN posts articles and videos summarizing noteworthy news developments over the past two weeks in the UN system. Find it here!       
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