Each fall, I look forward to the 24th of October—United Nations Day.
This holiday marks the establishment of the United Nations, which has defined much of the work of the UUA International Office. Accordingly, we also celebrate the Sunday closest to UN Day as United Nations Sunday.
Since UN Day and UN Sunday are coming up soon, I wanted to share a few notes on the UU presence at the UN. Our office, the UU-UNO (Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office), was established in 1962. Helping build a world community is the primary goal of the UU-UNO, with peace, liberty, and justice for all.
UUs like you support the UN’s international work, including the UU-UNO, through individual and congregational support.
I hope you check out the work of the UU-UNO as we get closer to October 27, UN Sunday. Each year, the UN Sunday theme is based on the Intergenerational Spring Seminar topic. For 2019, that is Equity in Action: Gender in an Intersecting World.
Is your congregation hosting a UN Sunday event? Let us know with a reply to this message. You can also check out our UN Sunday resources on UUA.org.
Have you attended the Intergenerational Spring Seminar in New York City?
Held each April for ages 14 and up, this conference is an excellent opportunity to tour the UN building and see where delegates really sit and do business. Deans and chaplains, along with sponsors, help create a supportive and empowering environment for youth participants.
If you haven’t seen it yet, here is a video from Taz Trefzger, Senior Youth Dean for the 2020 Seminar, on the seminar’s importance.