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ENVOY NEWS
September 2016

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Greetings, and happy September! Last Thursday, the UU-UNO was proud to co-sponsor an inspiring event at All Souls Church in NYC honoring the founders of #BlackLivesMatter. A professional recording of the event will be available soon - stay tuned! Speakers at the event called us all not to be content with honoring and praising the founders of #BLM, but to see them as role models and equally commit ourselves to constantly struggling toward racial justice. 

This month marks the one-year anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The UU-UNO's Director Bruce recently wrote a blog post about the SDGs and their importance and relevance to Unitarian Universalist individuals and communities - you can read it below. I especially encourage you to share it with other folks in your congregation, whether via direct emails or through your church newsletter. As the blog post explains, we all need to be maximally aware and maximally engaged in order for the SDGs to become an achievable reality. You may also find that the SDGs are a valuable centering tool for the work of the congregation to pivot around.

I hope you saw last Friday's Act Globally newsletter - that quarterly newsletter will give you information about a lot of really great opportunities to connect with UUs globally or local UUs working on global initiatives. 


Here are the minutes from our September conference calls - if you weren't able to make it for either of those calls, please read over the minutes carefully. We discussed some very useful techniques for being an effective Envoy in your congregation! You can RSVP here for our next conference calls on Wednesday, October 12th. 


In faith, love, hope, and justice,


Allison Hess

International Engagement Associate
UUA International Office

TIME TO ACT

Sharing information and news is important, but you want to make change in your local and global community. Here's how.


Sustainable Development Goals

In light of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the following "Time to Act" suggestions for September 2016 will be related to the Twelfth SDG: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.


  • Start a compost bin at your congregation - to dispose of food waste from coffee hour and other events - members can even bring in organic waste from home to compost at church.

  • Take the congregation on an autumn gleaning trip - visit a local farm or orchard and collect surplus crops to be distributed rather than thrown out! Here's a directory of small-scale gleaning organizations in the US and Canada to get started.

  • Petition the government of Nigeria to demand that Shell clean up oil spillage in the Niger Delta which the corporation has been leaving unattended for years.

ENVOY TASKS

Please complete the following tasks by the end of October.

  1. If you are holding your UN Sunday Service in October, please submit your Envoy UN Sunday Report!
  2. I've only received a few plans from people - as requested in the August Envoy News, please send me an email describing your plans for the coming year! If you're having trouble getting things scheduled or deciding what to do, give me a call and we can talk about some ideas!
UU-UNO Reception
October 21, 2016 - Arlington, VA

UU United Nations Office Director Bruce Knotts and the DC area Host Committee invite you to an evening celebrating the UU-UNO's important work supporting human rights around the world. The reception will honor the Kingdom of Norway for their commitment to advancing human rights for LGBTQ persons worldwide. More on the event and opportunities to register or become an event sponsor at UUA.org/UN-Reception.
Events
A look behind, a look ahead


September 5: UN Office closed in observance of Labor Day

September 15: Forrest Church Award for Humanitarian Service presented at All Souls Church to #BLM founders


September 13: Opening of the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly

September 19: UN high-level Summit for Refugees and Migrants

September 20: Release of PBS documentary "Defying the Nazis"


September 20: UUSC, UU-UNO, & UUA event at Community Church in NYC on Defying the Nazis and present day refugee crisis

September 19-30: Allison out of office for vacation

October 10: UN Office closed in observance of Indigenous Peoples' Day

October 21: UN Office fundraiser event at Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, VA

October 23: United Nations Sunday

October 24: United Nations Day

FOR YOUR NEWSLETTER


This year, on United Nations Day, we will mark 71 years of international cooperation, peacebuilding, humanitarian service, and collaboration on sustainable development. One year ago this September, the Sustainable Development Goals were unanimously adopted at the United Nations. As the 71st year of the UN begins, we have an opportunity to reflect on how we are active and engaged with our world community, and recommit to doing our part to accomplish these Goals and to ensure it is a world filled with peace, liberty, and justice for all. Learn more about the SDGs and action you can take at sustainabledevelopment.un.org 
United Nations Sunday

UN Sunday is next month! As a reminder, the recommended date for UN Sunday is October 23rd - the closest Sunday to United Nations Day on the 24th! This year's topic for UN Sunday is economic inequality, building off of our April 2016 Intergenerational Spring Seminar on The Colors of Inequality: Costs & Consequences. If you have already scheduled your UN Sunday service but it isn't on my list, please let me know and I'll add it! You can find the UN Sunday packet here.


October 9: First Unitarian Society of Westchester, NY (Bruce speaking)
Cedar Lane UU Church in Bethesda, MD
October 16: Unitarian Church of Staten Island, NY (Allison speaking)
UU Congregation at Rock Tavern, NY (Bruce speaking)
October 23: First Unitarian Church of Milwaukee, WI (Bruce speaking)
Unitarian Society of Germantown in Philadelphia, PA (Allison speaking)
First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto, ON
University Unitarian Church in Seattle, WA
UU Fellowship of Centre County in State College, PA
First Unitarian Church of Portland, OR
First Unitarian Church of Wilmington, DE

October 30: North Shore UU Church in Lacombe, LA (Bruce speaking)
First Unitarian Church of Alton, IL
November 6: The Unitarian Church in Westport, CT (Bruce speaking)
January 8: Conejo Valley UU Fellowship in Newbury Park, CA
February 12: New Haven Unitarian Society in Hamden, CT (Bruce speaking)
March 12: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Jersey Shore (Bruce speaking)
17 Goals for a World Community - with peace, liberty, and justice for all

By Bruce Knotts, UU-UNO Director


Goals work.  Lose weight, save money, set up a study schedule to improve grades.  Set some goals and work towards achieving them and whether or not you achieve your goals, you'll have improved performance over what would have been the case without goals.

You've probably also noticed that goals can be even more effective if there's someone watching, keeping track, and holding you accountable to the goals you've set yourself. As Unitarian Universalists, we are called to look out for each other, to cherish, respect, and care for the world around us, including our fellow human beings. In light of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals adopted one year ago this month, we have an opportunity to reflect on how we are active and engaged with our world community, and recommit to each doing our part to ensure it is a world filled with peace, liberty, and justice for all...


...continue reading the story behind UN Development Goals and the important UU connection they hold.
Upcoming Opportunities
Events and Activities for you to connect with Global UUs
Answer the Call - "Defying the Nazis" and the Refugee Crisis

Tune in later today! The UUA & UU-UNO along with UUSC are presenting an event on September 20, 3:30-5:00 pm EDT to address the legacy of Martha and Waitstill Sharp, American Unitarians who bravely rescued refugees from Europe during World War II. What does this story mean for us today? Can we answer the call like the Sharps did? The event will be live-streamed! Featured speakers include Ken Burns (co-producer and documentary film-maker), Artemis Joukowsky (author, film-maker, and grandson of the Sharps), and Tom Andrews (UUSC). The documentary about the Sharps' story will air on PBS later in the evening. Learn more about what you can do to uphold the Sharps' legacy at UUA.org/SharpStory.

In New York City? Join us in person!
Sept. 20, 2016 3:30-5 pm
Community Church of NYC
40 E 35th St, New York, NY
RSVP: bit.ly/defyingthenazis

News: United Nations
Keep yourself and your congregation informed about important news coming from the UN
Agricultural data tracking - The UN agriculture agency and USAID just signed an agreement to boost the capacity for developing countries to track key agricultural data. This essential data will help track progress toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Danger in Gaza - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for intensified efforts to encourage Israelis and Palestinians to take the difficult steps required to change the current destructive trajectory of their conflict. "The two-state solution is at risk of being replaced by a one-state reality of perpetual violence and occupation."

Education for refugees - The United Nations refugee agency's recent report revealed that millions of children have no school to go to. As governments, UNHCR, and its partners work hard to enroll more refugees in school, the rate at which the refugee population is growing makes actual progress a daunting task.


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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