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ENVOY NEWS
August 2016

Dear ,


I hope you had a wonderful and relaxing summer! As we get back into the swing of things with the new church year, please send me an email in the next few weeks to describe your plans for the coming year. During the summer you should have met with your Envoy team and/or congregational leadership to brainstorm some of the things you'd like to see happen and start making plans. I'm looking forward to hearing from you! If you're feeling like you could use some more guidance, please remember to check the Envoy Resources webpage, and let me know if there are any resources I can create for you/point you towards that you don't see.

Just as a heads up, you might want to start thinking now about fundraising for a group from your congregation to attend our 2017 UU-UNO Intergenerational Spring Seminar! We've collected a lot of feedback from seminars we've done in the past, and we are really looking forward to all of the exciting new changes!


Here are the minutes from the August Envoy conference calls. Sorry for the minimal advance notice on that - I'll be sure to give you plenty of warning for future calls. Our next conversation will be on September 14th. You can RSVP here for that call!


In faith, love, hope, and justice,


Allison Hess

International Engagement Associate

New Guidelines for UU-UNO Supporters!

The UU-UNO has returned to a membership-like structure for accepting donations, and we are excited about the opportunities that this new system will open up for our office. Please continue to donate to the UU-UNO as a Supporter! Here are the new guidelines for UU-UNO Supporter levels:
  • $250  Global Equality Supporter
  • $150  Family/Household Supporter
  • $60    Individual Supporter
  • $30    Retired/Student Supporter
This will be relevant when working on achieving Blue Ribbon status!  Your congregation will need 5% of its members (or 15 individuals for larger congregations) to become Supporters. Global Equality and Family/Household Supporters can count for two individuals.
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 newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the following "Time to Act" suggestions for August 2016 will be related to the Eleventh SDGMake cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

Burundi Resolution at the United Nations

The violent atrocities and political impasse in Burundi that have threatened our Unitarian siblings there continue to be of great concern to the international community. On July 29, the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution, UN Security Council Resolution 2303, requesting that the Secretary-General establish a police component to monitor the security situation in Burundi. In her remarks explaining the US’s vote to support the Resolution, Ambassador Samantha Power, US Permanent Representative to the United Nations, expressed disappointment on behalf of the US that this resolution does not do more to protect the people of Burundi...
Events
A look behind, a look ahead


August 6: Hiroshima Day

August 11-13: Youth Assembly at the United Nations

August 19: World Humanitarian Day, including events at the United Nations Headquarters

August 24-26
: NGO Global Summit for the UN SDGs at UN Headquarters

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 events at Community Church in NYC on Defying the Nazis and present day refugee crisis

FOR YOUR NEWSLETTER


On September 19, the United Nations is holding a high-level summit to address refugees and migration. Unitarian Universalists have a long history of taking action in support of refugees  - Unitarian minister Rev. Waitstill Sharp and his wife Martha took bold action during World War II to save hundreds of individuals from Nazi persecution in Europe. Their story Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War will be released as a book September 6th and a documentary airing on PBS September 20. In honor of the Sharps' legacy, UUs are called now to take bold action in the wake of the present-day refugee crisis. Learn about how UUs today can learn from and carry on the Sharps' history at www.UUA.org/SharpStory 
Martha and Rev. Waitstill Sharp
United Nations Sunday

UN Sunday is coming up soon! If you haven't yet, be sure to get in touch with your congregation's minister &/or Worship Committee to get UN Sunday on the schedule. The recommended date for UN Sunday is October 23rd (closest Sunday to UN Day on 10/24). The theme for this year's 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!

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

October 30: North Shore UU Church in Lacombe, LA (Bruce speaking)

November 6: The Unitarian Church in Westport, CT (Bruce speaking)
February 12: New Haven Unitarian Society in Hamden, CT (Bruce speaking)

Upcoming Opportunities
Events and Activities for you to connect with Global UUs
Third International Women's Convocation
Monterey Peninsula, CA
February 16-19, 2017
UU women and women of liberal faiths will attend from many countries. Two Convocation keynote speakers are Dr. Cecilia A. Conrad, managing director of the MacArthur Foundation, and Zenshin Florence Caplow, author, and Soto Zen priest in the Suzuki Roshi lineage.
Substantial fee discount for early registration extended until September 30
Further discounts for ministers and young adult women are available, as are optional tours before and following the Convocation.

Intergenerational Spring Seminar 2017
Chaplain applications due Sept. 6
The UU-UNO is now seeking both Youth and Adult Chaplains to serve at the upcoming Intergenerational Spring Seminar in April. The chaplain team of two youth and two adults will work to ensure a welcoming, inclusive, and inspiring seminar for all participants. All travel and lodging expenses will be covered. Learn more and apply atwww.uua.org/unspringseminar. The application deadline is September 6th, 2016
News: United Nations
Keep yourself and your congregation informed about important news coming from the UN 
Peace in Colombia - After over 50 years of war and violence in the country, Colombia has reached a peace agreement between the Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia - People's Army (FARC-EP). One of the fundamental objectives of the peace agreement is the empowerment of women and promotion of gender equality. The UN is committed to working with Colombia to establish and preserve a culture of peace in the country, emphasizing "Now that the negotiations have concluded, an equally determined and exemplary effort will be required to implement the agreements."

Food security - Two UN agencies have combined efforts in Sudan to help smallholder farmers improve production. By working together, the World Food Programme and the International Fund for Agricultural Development will be able to strengthen their support for efforts in the country to combat food insecurity and a deteriorating economy.

Aid to Syria - Amidst the continuing crisis in Syria, UN agencies have completed a delivery of humanitarian assistance and supplies to Syria's Homs province. The UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs emphasized that, while this convoy was very needed and welcome, "the level of access to besieged areas was wholly unacceptable." 

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!     
Program Updates
For more information on any of the program areas, email unintern@uua.org with "Attn: [program]" in the subject line.
Climate Justice

This November, the 22nd Conference of Parties (COP22) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change will hold a climate conference in Marrakesh, Morocco. The UUA will have a delegation at the conference representing Unitarian Universalists, and the UU-UNO is working on putting together a proposal to sponsor an event during COP22. We also continue to work with the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation on the issue of ethical eating.

LGBTQ Human Rights

The UU-UNO was a major organizer of a recent conference on Education, held at the United Nations Headquarters at the end of August. The conference promoted inclusive education for all and the importance of combating bullying and other forms of discrimination in schools and informal education systems. There was a particular emphasis on protecting people from discrimination in education based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Racial Justice

The UU-UNO's Racial Justice initiative has strengthened its constituent base - building relationships with more than 300 activists, educators, faith leaders, and nonprofit administrators in New York and throughout the East Coast. We are getting ready for an award ceremony at All Souls Church for the presentaiton of the Forrest Church Award for Humanitarian Service. This year's award will honor the founders of the #BlackLivesMatter movement.  
Women's Rights

In addition to beginning the process of engaging the office with the 2017 UN Commission on the Status of Women, the UU-UNO has been building partnerships with NGOs and UN member states on issues relating to women's sexual and reproductive health and rights. We have also been working with the Think Equal campaign to spread education programs worldwide that reduce violence against women and promote gender equality. 

 
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