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Envoy News

January 2013

Your UU Connection to the United Nations

Table of Contents

Blue Ribbon Congregation Award

Task List

Spring Seminar 2013

News You Can Use

 

  

Mission Statement

 

The Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office promotes the goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all, as reflected in the United Nations Charter. Through targeted education, advocacy and outreach, we engage Unitarian Universalists in support of international cooperation and the work of the United Nations.

Dear Friends,

Greetings!

If you have had your UN Sunday service or event, be sure to submit your speeches/addresses to our Dana Greeley Award contest.  If your congregation has a statement, mission, or declaration to undo racism and combat the anti-immigrant sentiment, please let me know.  Perhaps you and your envoy team can add an international perspective to this statement.

Download the Envoy Training Call Minutes. This document is the notes from our Envoy Training Call on January 8th. There was a wonderful range of experience on the call from a few hours of experience, to dedicated months of practice, to committed years of time and hard work. It is very important that you can see this document. There is a lot of information, if you have trouble downloading it please let me know. This is a great opportunity to meet with your envoy team and plan a recruitment event - spread awareness and get folks involved in the United Nations Office and new envoy team members.  

In Peace & Justice, 

Kamila Jacob
Envoy Outreach Coordinator

Blue Ribbon Congregation Award

Per request during our Envoy Training call, instead of listing Blue Ribbon candidates, here are excerpts from a few of the Envoy reports and feedback about UN Sunday services.  I hope this encourages you all with new ideas AND to remember to send this in (it is your duty!).   

All Souls UU Congregation of Watertown, NY –

I used the “How to Plan a UN Sunday” packet.  It was easy to use – I really appreciated the introductory materials that I could use to inform new members (and remind old members) of our congregation about the UN and the UNO.  Our message about immigration was by a former congregation President…Wonderful music was sung by 18 members of the Northern Blend Chorus.  The children processed with many country flags to “Let There Be Peace on Earth”, heard a story about immigration, and prepared to go Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF.

UU Community of the Mountains in Grass Valley, CA –

After the service we showed a short film “The Story of Human Rights” (from humanrights.com). [We are working on having an intergenerational service] next year. The RE teachers are interested in the materials suggestion in the UN Sunday Packet.  We collected over $300 for the UU-UNO.  We involved our local UN Chapter in the service and program afterwards and co-sponsored a speaker at our church the following Saturday with a UNA Human Rights Fellow…one of our members put together information summari[zing]…compatibility of the UN Declaration of Human Rights and UU principles.

UU Church of San Diego -

I was recognized for 20 years of service as the UUUNO Envoy on Sunday Oct. 21st. We also had our UN Sunday International Food fair that day! The rain made us go inside, but we held the food fair after the service in our beautiful new social hall. We had 9 countries represented and we raised more than $500. The Jr. and Sr. high youth had a Halloween Ball this past Saturday and also raised money for UNICEF.

Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church of Charlottesville, VA –

Our UN Day service was complicated, though we succeeded in featuring the UN effectively.  The service was titled “Universal Family” because our minister has a policy of emphasizing a single theme each month, and [November] is “Family”.  So when we discussed a UN Day Sunday with him last spring, the only way…was to include international or refugee families who have moved to Charlottesville in recent years in the service and his sermon…Also I was allowed to make a presentation to the Congregation of our plaque for being a UU-UNO Blue Ribbon Congregation in 2011-2012. 

In addition, we had a potluck luncheon after the service to which we invited several refugee families now living in Charlottesville, together with their cultural dress and food dishes.  We even had local TV coverage of the potluck.  

Unitarian Society of Germantown in Philadelphia, PA –

UN Sunday at the Unitarian Society of Germantown (Philadelphia, PA) was combined as a World Peace and Understanding effort with our intern minister giving the sermon.  I spoke to the children at the beginning of the service about "The Wizard of Oz" and Dorothy's quest for a perfect world, which she found wasn't really perfect after she went over the rainbow.  The point was our obligation to work with organizations like UUUNO and the United Nations toward making our world a better place in which to live.  We shared the our collection plate with UUUNO and sent the contribution in.

UU Congregation of Frederick, MD –

As Envoy, I was pleased with the response to our UN Sunday, celebrated October 21st this year.  We hung a large United Nations flag up on the panels behind the podium…I set up a table with posters and brochures, buttons and a small UN flag, and talked with people about the UU-UNO.  The previous week, I spoke at length on Sunday morning at our Friendly Forum, concerning the history and achievements of the organization.  On UN Sunday it was announced in the Order of Service that the day’s Social and Environmental Justice “Split Plate” recipient was the UU-UNO…I spoke to the congregation at the beginning of the service of the great work being done by the UU-UNO, and how proud all UUs should be for our progress at the United Nations in accordance with our principles.  Our minister led us in a reading of the Charter of the UN, our RE chose a special children’s story to tell and the theme was carried out in the RE classes.  We also followed recommendations for the music and hymns, which enhanced the service.  Our donations were a substantial increase over last year.  

UU Church of Las Cruces, NM -

I attached the report of contributors as an Excel spreadsheet.  It shows that we had 26 people contribute at the membership level.  We certified this year at 198 members, so we have over 12% of the congregation as members.  Our total contributions exceeded $1,000.  We also have an envoy team of 2 senior envoys and 3 youth envoys.  As you know we held the UN Sunday Day and took up a plate collection for UU-UNO.  I think we have met all the qualifications for the Blue Ribbon Church category for the third year. 

On another matter, we have 4 students this time who are hoping to come to the Youth Seminar so they are fundraising like crazy and there is great leadership to get them totally enthused.

Thank you for your reports and feedback. 

The packet includes resources from our 2012 spring seminar for fighting discrimination based on race and immigrant status as well as recommended readings, hymns, and preparation suggestions. It is available for download at www.uua.org/unsunday. You should also check out our suggested reading blog

Task List - February

1. Submit article/speech/sermon/address to the Dana Greeley Award Competition
2. Have a UN Office recruitment event
3. Get a scholarship donation and/or register for Spring Seminar 2013
4. Submit information about your envoy work to qualify for the Blue Ribbon Congregation award
Here is the UN Office Envoy Fundraising Packet. This is jam packed with ideas for FUNdraisers.  Please utilize this to fundraise to send and/or fund someone to attend our 2013 Seminar. You get the first look, our cherished envoys, reply with feedback please! - kjacob@uua.org 

REMEMBER: since merging with the UUA, we have a new protocol for financial contributions.  To make online donations use this link.  We have two new documents that explain individual and collection plate donations. 

1) How to send donations

2) Donation form to be mailed with the above "How to" form


Sex, Love, and Violence - Spring Seminar 2013 

Spring Seminar registration is open!!!! Our title is Sex, Love, and Violence: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in a Globalized World. This year our Intergenerational Spring Seminar will be April 4th-6th 2013. Youth and advisors arrive on April 3rd for orientation.  

**NOTE OUR UPDATED REGISTRATION PROCESS**
Registration is in 2 parts:
1. Please go to http://uucsj.org/pay and use our "trip code": UUUNO.  
2. Fill out our Registration form:

Early Bird Rates (until March 1st)

  • Senior (65+) $295
  • Adult $340
  • Young Adult $225
  • Youth/Seminary $140
  • Day Rate $160
Rates after March 1st until March 15th Deadline
  • Senior (65+) $355
  • Adult $395
  • Young Adult $285
  • Youth/Seminary $175
  • Day Rate $160

MESSAGE TO CONGREGATION: If you are unable to attend this year, please make a donation to support others in their efforts to attend.  Go to http://uucsj.org/pay and fill out the form, but in the Participant field instead of your name put "Scholarship recipient".  

Keep checking back to www.uua.org/unspringseminar for updates and information.  

News You Can Use 

You can use the following bullet points in your congregation's newsletter, website or announcements!

UU-UNO Updates: 

  • The office is co-sponsoring an event on January 31st, 2013 at the UN Church Center, "Selling Sexual Orientation Change Therapy: Promise or Pressure?" for more information on this event Follow this Link.
  • We have a new branch of our Every Child is Our Child program in the works! In April we will have an ECOC site visit to enhance our efforts to make this program more sustainable. You should have received an email about how you can help make it happen! 
  • We have already had a successful screening event at All Souls NYC and another screening is in the works. If your congregation would like to host a Half the Sky screening to educate and advocate international women's rights, please contact our Women's program point person: unintern@uua.org with subject line: "ATTN Jacklyn - Half the Sky screening".  
  • Envoy Shari Loe and team from Morristown UU Fellowship is hosting their UN Sunday event on March 3rd.  If you are in the area, be sure to reach out to learn more - perhaps you can invite a group from your congregation to attend! Email: shariloe@att.net 
  • Faith Without Borders is where our blogs will posted. Be sure to check regularly for updates and news.  

 United Nations Updates: