This Sunday, March 8 our Sunday service will focus on world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all, with a special visit from Bruce Knotts, Director of the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO) and an opportunity to give generously to our share-the-plate offering in support of the UU-UNO’s work.
The UU-UNO promotes our Unitarian Universalist values to the United Nations. Through targeted education, advocacy, and outreach, the UU-UNO also engages Unitarian Universalists in support of international cooperation and the work of the UN. The UU-UNO advocates within several program areas within the United Nations: Climate Justice, children’s rights (including access to healthcare, education, and gender equality), the rights of LGBT people around the world, racial justice, and women’s rights (sexual and reproductive health/rights). For a non-governmental organization to have any influence on the UN, it must be accredited through the UN system. The UU-UNO has two types of accreditation through the Economic and Social Council and the Department of Global Communications allowing our Unitarian Universalist values to inform key policy issues within the UN. While our congregation’s participation in the UU-UNO has waned over the last several years, we are in a critical time for us to have a seat at the table at the United Nations. For more information about their work please join us on Sunday, March 8th as UU-UNO Director Bruce Knotts leads our service. You can also learn more on their website.
Each UU congregation appoints an UU-UNO Envoy who serves as a representative of the UU-UNO within the congregation and connects the congregation to our world community. First Unitarian member, Anna Hamilton is our Envoy and will be helping to lead our worship service on Sunday. If you want to strengthen First Unitarian’s ongoing work in the UU-UNO, please contact Anna Hamilton at AnnaCHamilton@comcast.net or Rev. Pamela Wat to learn more.