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As we all get used to some form of new routine with the end of summer, the Unitarian Universalist Office at the UN is looking toward October, when we’ll be marking the 75th Anniversary of the founding of the United Nations. Please join us to honor this anniversary at a special virtual event and in your own congregation’s UN Sunday service. Be sure to follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for all the latest updates and news.

Save the Date – “Our Goal of World Community: The UN at 75”
Thursday, October 22, 2020 | 6:00 PM Eastern

The UN is our greatest hope for achieving our UU Sixth Principle “goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.” As Unitarian Universalists we must do all we can to support the UN and work to achieve its priorities of human rights, peace, sustainable development, and humanitarian action. This year, the United Nations is celebrating its 75th birthday, and the Unitarian Universalist Association Office at the UN, in collaboration with the Canadian Unitarian Council, will be commemorating that anniversary with a special virtual event co-sponsored by the NGO Committee on Human Rights: “Our Goal of World Community: the United Nations at 75.” In our current political-, social-, economic-, health-, climate moment, continued involvement with and investment in global cooperation could not be more critical. During this event we’ll talk about how Unitarian Universalists can make our mark for global justice. Mark your calendar for 6:00 PM Eastern on Thursday, October 22, 2020. We look forward to sharing more details and how to register in the coming weeks.
Featured speakers will include:

  • Rev. Dr. Susan Frederick-Gray, President, Unitarian Universalist Association
  • Rev. Alicia R. Forde, Director, Unitarian Universalist Association International Office
  • Hawa Diallo, United Nations Department of Global Communications (invited)
  • Chris King, United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs (invited)
  • Bruce Knotts, Director, Unitarian Universalist Association Office at the United Nations
  • Craig Mokhiber, Director, New York Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Bobbi Nassar, Co-chair, Nongovernmental Organization Committee on Human Rights at the United Nations
  • Vyda Ng, Executive Director, Canadian Unitarian Council
  • Gillian Sorenson, International Rescue Committee, formerly Assistant Secretary General at the UN, then with the UN Foundation. She is a lifelong UU.


United Nations Sunday: Invite a guest speaker from the UU@UN
Recommended date: October 25, 2020

The UUA Office at the United Nations invites all congregations to host a worship service each year dedicated to talking about the United Nations and the UU@UN. This year’s UN Sunday theme is All In for Climate Justice: People, Power, Planet. The recommended date for UN Sunday 2020 is October 25, the closest Sunday to UN Day on October 24. A collection of planning resources is available, and UU@UN staff are eager to be part of your UN Sunday worship service! Our staff can work with you to create the service and either pre-record a sermon or join you for a live virtual service (depending on availability). Reach out to to request either Bruce Knotts or Allison Hess to join your UN Sunday as a guest speaker.

This work is made possible by the generosity of member congregations and individual donors.

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