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May 2017

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Greetings! Earlier this month, I traveled up to Boston for the UUA's International Staff Group Retreat (see photo!) and also to participate in the UUA staff's White Supremacy Teach-In. I know a lot of people have been doing these teach-ins at your congregations. Of course this is just a start of this institution-wide conversation - there is so much each of us must now continue to learn and do. 

Congratulations to the 22 congregations who achieved Blue Ribbon status this year! See below for the list of these dedicated congregations whose commitment to global peace and justice is recognized through this annual Blue Ribbon Award. Be sure also to take a look below for the international events planned for the upcoming UUA General Assembly.

Here are the minutes from the May Envoy conference calls. Our next call will be on June 14th and will feature special guest UNO Director Bruce Knotts! Please RSVP here for the June call.

In faith, love, hope, and justice,

Allison Hess

International Engagement Associate


Please complete the following tasks by the end of June.

  1. As the summer begins, take some time with your Envoy Team to reflect on the past year and set goals for the coming year. Start making plans and get them rolling this summer!

  2. If you'd like someone from the UU-UNO to speak at your UN Sunday service, be sure to invite us soon as our schedules are filling up quickly!


The Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office is deeply engaged this summer in bringing intergenerational dialogues to the United Nations through a partnership with the UN's Department of Public Information. A day-long event will be held this August to address how global citizens of all ages can be active in working to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

The UU-UNO is also paying close attention as the United Nations meets June 15-July 17 to negotiate a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. The treaty negotiations, while not supported by nuclear-armed states, will increase pressure to eliminate nuclear arms for future generations.

A look behind, a look ahead

May 1: UU-UNO hosts Climate-Induced Displacement panel as part of UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

May 9: UUA staff participate in BLUU White Supremacy Teach-in

May 11-12: UU-UNO staff in Boston for International Office staff retreat

June 5-9: The Ocean Conference at UN Headquarters

June 10: Allison's birthday!

June 15-July 17: Nuclear Ban Treaty Negotiations continue at UN headquarters (NYC).

June 17: Women's March & Rally to Ban the Bomb (NYC)

June 21-25: UUA General Assembly in New Orleans, LA - International Events at GA


The following "Time to Act" suggestion for May 2017 will be relates to the First SDG: End poverty in all its forms everywhere  - focusing on target 1.5) By 2030, build the resilience of the poor and those in vulnerable situations and reduce their exposure and vulnerability to climate-related extreme events and other economic, social, and environmental shocks and disasters.

  • Find out what threats exist in your area from economic, social, or environmental disasters and who the most vulnerable populations are. What is your congregation's capacity for support in case of such a disaster? Have a conversation about how you can reduce exposure and vulnerability in your community.
Proudly Announcing 2017 Blue Ribbon Congregations!

The UU-UNO is proud to announce the following congregations who have achieved 2016-17 Blue Ribbon status. Congratulations! Congregations in the US will be honored during a reception at the Unitarian Universalist Association's General Assembly in New Orleans, Louisiana on June 22nd. To learn what it takes to be a Blue Ribbon Congregation, take a look at our website.
  • Monte Vista UU Congregation in Montclair, CA
  • Conejo Valley UU Fellowship in Newbury Park, CA
  • Unitarian Society of New Haven in Hamden, CT
  • The Unitarian Church of Westport, CT
  • First Unitarian Society of Wilmington, DE
  • North Shore UU Society in Lacombe, LA
  • Community Church UU in New Orleans, LA
  • UU Fellowship at Salisbury, MD
  • Glacier UU Fellowship in Kalispell, MT
  • UU Congregation of the South Jersey Shore in Egg Harbor City, NJ
  • Morristown Unitarian Fellowship in Morristown, NJ
  • UU Fellowship of Huntington, NY
  • UU Congregation at Shelter Rock in Manhasset, NY
  • Unitarian Church of Staten Island, NY
  • UU Congregation at Rock Tavern in Washingtonville, NY
  • All Souls UU Church in Watertown, NY
  • Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga, ON
  • UU Community Church of Washington County in Hillsboro, OR
  • First Unitarian Church of Portland, OR
  • Unitarian Society of Germantown in Philadelphia, PA
  • UU Estrie in North Hatley, QC
  • First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, WI
Members of Blue Ribbon Congregations are welcome to come to the UUA's International Office booth in the Exhibit Hall at GA and get a Blue Ribbon for their name badges!
UUA General Assembly
June 21-25, 2017 - New Orleans, LA

We're gearing up for the end of June when the UUA's international office will be involved in a number of events at UUA General Assembly in New Orleans, Louisiana. This year's GA theme is "Resist & Rejoice." We look forward to connecting with UUs from around the United States (and some of our international guests too) at GA - if you aren't going yourself, see if someone else from your congregation is attending - we'd love to meet them either at one of our events or by visiting us at the International booth in the UUA Expressway in the exhibit hall! Here's a list of international events to look forward to at GA.

Join your fellow UU-UNO Envoys, Youth Envoys, and prospective Envoys for a meeting at this year's UUA General Assembly in New Orleans, LA!

Friday, June 23, 2017
11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Bienville Room at the Hampton Inn & Suites

Please note: lunch will not be served at this meeting, but there will be enough time to eat between the meeting and afternoon workshops which begin at 1:30 PM.
From the International Blog

First in Asia: Progress towards Marriage Equality in Taiwan

By Bruce Knotts, UU-UNO Director
This year I was invited to speak at the annual meeting of the World League of Freedom and Democracy and to lead a delegation of six members of the NGO/DPI Executive Committee. I opened the conference by highlighting the danger to freedom and democracy posed by current trends towards authoritarian populism...

Climate-Induced Migration: United Nations Forum on Indigenous Issues

By Lyle Davison, UU-UNO Program Intern
At the 16th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII), the UU-UNO co-hosted an official side event at the United Nations Headquarters. The event addressed climate-induced migration specifically impacting the livelihoods of indigenous communities around the world...

News: United Nations
Keep yourself and your congregation informed about important news coming from the UN
Peacekeeping reforms - On International Day of UN Peacekeepers, Secretary-General António Guterres highlighted the adaptations needed to ensure peacekeepers have the tools and rules needed to adapt.

Migrants in Libya
 - Two United Nations agencies have pledged to join forces and "go the extra mile" by expanding their operations in Libya and enhancing their support to migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, and Libyans affected by the ongoing conflict.

Environment & Tobacco - The World Health Organization spotlighted for the first time the ways in which tobacco affects human well-being from an environmental perspective: "Tobacco exacerbates poverty, reduces economic productivity, contributes to poor household food choices, and pollutes indoor air."

Spotlight on Oceans - This special feature in UN News Centre examines United Nations-backed projects in the Caribbean that highlight the connection between life on land and life below water.

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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