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May 2018

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Greetings! The UU-UNO is now in the full swing of summer-mode as our summer interns have begun their work with us and we are gearing up for the UUA General Assembly in Kansas City in a few weeks. Unfortunately the UU-UNO will not have a workshop, but we are looking forward to an exciting Envoy Brunch on Friday June 22 - if you or others in your congregation who are attending GA and want to get the inside scoop about what's new at the United Nations, be sure to register to attend that brunch! (Registering ahead of time will ensure that we order the correct amount of food!)

On behalf of the UU United Nations, I am very proud to announce the list of 2017-2018 Blue Ribbon Congregations below! Many congratulations and much gratitude to those congregations for their dedication to global engagement and peace-building. More on Blue Ribbon congregations below.

I hope
many of you will be able to join the Envoy conference call this evening to talk about United Nations Sunday - you can still RSVP. As noted below, the UN Sunday packet will be ready within the next week or so!

Here are the minutes from the May Envoy conference call. Due to two conference calls in May (25th plus special one this evening on UN Sunday), there will be no Envoy call in June. Our next call will be in July - please RSVP here!

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


Negotiations are underway at the United Nations this summer to establish a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration. The UN General Assembly will convene an intergovernmental conference in Morocco in December with the goal to adopt the global compact. This is an incredible opportunity to address the many challenges associated with migration in the 21st century, as well as strengthening international cooperation and support for migrants to contribute to sustainable development. The Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office is working alongside partners at the UN to ensure that the global compact addresses human rights for all, including those who are uprooted by the changing climate. Unitarian Universalists can put pressure on elected representatives to ensure that the United States and Canada get behind this global compact and guarantee its success.
A look behind, a look ahead

May 3: UU-UNO hosts "Refugees, Migrants, and Resettlement in the Trump Era: What's Next?" event.

May 5: UU-UNO Spring Reception in Middletown, NJ.

May 15: May Envoy Conference Calls.

May 18-20: CUC National Conference in Hamilton, ON.

May 28: UUA offices closed for Memorial Day.

May 29: Summer Internships begin at UU-UNO.

May 31: UN Sunday Envoy Conference Call.

June 5-10: UNO Director Bruce Knotts in Taiwan to address World League of Freedom & Democracy.

June 10: Allison's birthday!

June 20: World Refugee Day.

June 20-24: UUA General Assembly in Kansas City, MO - International Events at GA.

The following "Time to Act" suggestions for May 2018 will be related to the Tenth Sustainable Development Goal: Reduce inequality within and among countries - focusing on target 10.7 (Facilitate orderly, safe, regular, and responsible migration and mobility of people, including through the implementation of planned and well-managed migration policies) SDG 10? WHY IT MATTERS!

  • Reach out to your elected representatives and urge them to support the United Nations global compact for safe, orderly, and regular migration.
  • Check out the resources for further engagement with the 2018 Intergenerational Seminar topic and take action to Advance Just Migration for All
Proudly Announcing 2018 Blue Ribbon Congregations!

The UU-UNO is proud to announce the following congregations who have achieved 2017-18 Blue Ribbon status. Congratulations! Congregations in Canada were presented with their awards at the Canadian Unitarian Council's National Conference two weeks ago in Hamilton, ON. Congregations in the US will be honored during the International Reception at the Unitarian Universalist Association's General Assembly in Kansas City, MO on June 22nd. To learn what it takes to be a Blue Ribbon Congregation, take a look at our website.
  • UU Church of Birmingham, AL
  • Monte Vista UU Congregation in Montclair, CA
  • First UU Church of San Diego, CA
  • Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo, CA
  • Unitarian Society of New Haven in Hamden, CT
  • The Unitarian Church in Westport, CT
  • North Shore UU Society in Lacombe, LA
  • Community Church UU in New Orleans, LA
  • The First Parish in Bedford, MA
  • UU Fellowship at Salisbury, MD
  • Morristown Unitarian Fellowship in Morristown, NJ
  • UU Fellowship of Huntington, NY
  • Unitarian Church of Staten Island, NY
  • UU Congregation at Rock Tavern in Washingtonville, NY
  • All Souls UU Church in Watertown, NY
  • Kingston Unitarian Fellowship in Kingston, ON
  • UU Community Church of Washington Country in Hillsboro, OR
  • First Unitarian Church of Portland, OR
  • UUEstrie in North Hatley, QC
Members of Blue Ribbon Congregations are encouraged to come to the UUA's International Office Booth in the Exhibit Hall at GA and get a Blue Ribbon for their name badges! Click below to see Blue Ribbon Congregations over time!
UUA General Assembly
June 20-24, 2018 - Kansas City, MO

This year's UUA General Assembly will be largely focused around skill-building and networking. You can take a look at the preliminary schedule of events and programming in store at Of particular note: Preparation Resources will help those attending to prepare for General Assembly in a few different areas - even if you've been before, make sure you're GA ready!
Here's a list of International programs to look for at UUA General Assembly which we'll be involved with:
RSVP here to let me know if you're going to make it to GA this year. You can also find us at the International Office booth within the UUA Expressway in the Exhibit Hall!

Envoy Brunch at General Assembly!

Join your fellow UU-UNO Envoys, Youth Envoys, and prospective Envoys for brunch at this year's UUA General Assembly in Kansas City, MO!

Friday, June 22, 2018
12:00 - 1:30 PM
Roosevelt Room at the Marriott Downtown KC

Please note: A delicious brunch will be served! Please register ahead of time ($12) if you plan to attend so we know how much food to order!
Reimagining Interfaith Cooperation
July 29 - August 1, 2018 - Washington, DC

This is an incredible chance to get to know interfaith organizers from around the world for networking, spiritual engagement, and skill-building. There are multiple program tracks that speak to activism in the current global political moment, plus a Kids' Track!

Registration is just $100 for Young Adults and children age 5+.

The Regular Registration rate of $365 is extended until June 1st. After that, Late Registration is $400 and closes June 25.

COMING SOON: United Nations Sunday

Keep an eye out in early June for the UN Sunday Packet - in development now!
Although UN Sunday is not until October, it is important to get it on the calendar and start planning now! The recommended date this year is October 21st (the Sunday closest to UN Day Oct. 24). Talk to your congregation's worship team or minister to see about scheduling a service. This year's theme is When Crisis Calls: Advancing Just Migration for All - the UN Sunday Resource Packet will have info to help you plan a worship service that addresses the Unitarian Universalist UN connection, as well as creating just systems for welcoming refugees and supporting respectful migration policies.

UU-UNO Statement in response to May 14 attacks at Gaza/Israel border

Brutal Attacks on Gaza Protesters
The Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO), together with the United Nations community, condemns the lethal use of violence by the Israeli Defense Forces against Palestinian protesters who were protesting the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem and the U.S. declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.  The United Nations position is that the status of Jerusalem will only be resolved through negotiations by the Government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

The UU-UNO upholds the right to peaceful protest without armed authorities using lethal force.  Violence has terrible consequences. More than 58 protesters have been killed and more than 1,800 wounded.  The wounded include an 8-month old baby, children, Palestinians with disabilities, and journalists. Hospitals in Gaza have been unable to cope with the casualties...

From the International Blog

Refugees, Migrants, and Resettlement in the Trump Era: What's Next?

By Rani Allan, Refugee Program Intern

On the warm May evening of May 3rd, concerned individuals gathered at the Community Church of New York to engage in the critically-needed discussion on the refugee and migration crisis. Moderated by the Unitarian Universalist U.N. Office’s Refugee Program Intern Rani Allan, the panel discussion featured four.......

Nuclear Weapons: Averting a global catastrophe

Reposted from International Committee on the Red Cross. Statement by Peter Maurer, President of ICRC

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) appeals to all States, global leaders and citizens to act on the increasing risk of the use of nuclear weapons. Whether used in a specific region or among major powers, the use of nuclear weapons would cause a.......

Rev. Homer Alexander Jack: A Model for Unitarian Universalist Disarmament Action

By Joanne Dufour, UU-UNO Disarmament Volunteer & Envoy

How do you ever get the membership of the United Nations to sit down and talk about disarmament and even set off a large enough public response to have a significant downsizing of nuclear arsenals as a result? All we need is another Homer Jack. "And who is he?" you ask .......

Climate Change and Sustainable Development Goals Panel Discussion at the United Nations

By Mengluo Ren, Climate Justice Intern

Climate justice is a social justice issue. It is working at the intersection of environmental degradation and the racial, social, and economic inequities it perpetuates. Every living person depends on the environment. Here at the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office.......

News: United Nations
Keep yourself and your congregation informed about important news coming from the UN
Protecting Rohingya refugees - A major canal dredging project underway in Southern Bangladesh to protect Rohingya refugees from monsoon floods, will have the added benefit of boosting local agriculture.

Freedom and counter-terrorism - While commending efforts by the French government to combat terrorism, the UN Special Rapporteur on the protection of human rights raised concerns about the effect recent counter-terrorism laws are having on fundamental human rights there, including freedom of movement, religion, and association.

Cyclone relief - Following a visit to a cyclone-hit community in Somaliland, the United Nations has released $2.7 million to help people affected by an unprecedented storm which delivered a full year's worth of rain in just a few days, compounding damage caused by recent severe flooding.

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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