May 7, 2010
I. UU Church of the Philippines
Over the last week and a half, Rev. Eric Cherry made a visit to the UU Church of the Philippines, attending their Annual Meeting. During his travels, Rev. Cherry documented the experience, sharing photos from: the Annual Meeting, grave of Rev. Toribio Quimada - church founder - in Santa Catalina, church in Caican, Manila, and more!
Additionally, enjoy this video of the UUCP convention singing 'Maglipay Universalist (Be Joyful Universalists!)'!
II. UU-UNO Envoy Social Justice Training
The UU United Nations Office (UU-UNO) is sponsoring an Envoy Social Justice Training on Saturday, June 5, 2010, from 10am to 4pm, at the River Road UU Congregation in Bethesda, MD.
Participants will have the opportunity to learn community organizing strategies and share stories about best practices in their congregations.
LEARN ABOUT THE UU-UNO'S PROGRAM INITIATIVES ON:
- United Nations Sunday
- UN Religious Education
- Every Child is our Child
- Women, Security, & Peace
- LGBT Human Rights
- Climate Change
- And more!
Cost: $30 (includes breakfast, lunch, and materials)
Registration Deadline is May 28, 2010
REGISTER ONLINE TODAY!
For more details, contact Holly Sarkissian, UU-UNO Envoy Coordinator at 212-986-5165 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
III. News from Churches for Middle East Peace
Ask your Representative to Sign Letter Urging the President to End the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
to advance U.S. National Security Interests
A new letter to President Obama led by Representatives Kind (WI-3), Delahunt (MA-10), Price (NC-4), and Synder (AR-2) highlights the views of General David H. Petraeus, Commander of U.S. Central Command and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak that ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is in the national security interest of both the United States and Israel.
Get involved by emailing your representative, asking him/her to sign the letter to President Obama highlighting the security benefits of a negotiated two-state agreement between Israel and the Palestinians!
The deadline for Congressional sign on is Monday, May 10, 2010
Visit the Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) website for further details!
2010 Advocacy Conference | June 13th - 15th, 2010 | Washington D.C.
You are invited to CMEP's 2010 Advocacy Conference to learn, increase your skills, network and advocate for peace with justice in the Holy Land. The conference will be June 13th - 15th at the Kellogg Conference Hotel in Washington, DC.
Psalm 34:14 and 1 Peter 3:11 "Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it." inspired this year's conference theme. This Hebrew Bible and New Testament command to action is at the heart of what CMEP does to be proactive in promoting the right of people in the Holy Land to live in peace and security, free of fears of harassment, oppression, and violence The conference will provide knowledge, skills and networking opportunities for every participant to pursue peace on Capitol Hill and at home.
Conference rates are: $150 for standard registration, $110 for students, and $85 for Monday, June 14th only registration. A limited number of volunteer scholarships are also available,
Learn more about the conference and register today!
IV. UUHIP: Partners for Justice in India Video
The UUA International Resources Office is happy to announce the release of "UUHIP: Partners for Justice in India," a great introduction to the work and philosophy of the Unitarian Universalist Association's Holdeen India Program.
UUHIP works with key leaders and organizations of India's most marginalized and disadvantaged peoples in their struggle to secure human rights and economic and social justice. The program supports the efforts of those peoples excluded or oppressed on the basis of gender, caste, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation, especially dalits (untouchables), adivasis (tribals), migrant, bonded and child laborers, domestic and home-based workers, and scavengers, helping them to participate fully in the social, economic and political life of India.
Available online for free, as well as on DVD, the video features profiles of 5 Holdeen India Program partners as well as reflections by Program Direction Kathy Sreedhar, former UUA President Rev. John Buehrens and UU minister Rev. Abhi Janamanchi.
For those interested in obtaining a DVD copy of the video, please contact the International Resources Office.
View "UUHIP: Partners for Justice in India" online!
V. Flower Communion Resource
Celebrating Flower Communion is an excellent opportunity for Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations to express their commitment to our Sixth Principle: We Covenant to Affirm and Promote the Goal of World Community with Peace, Liberty and Justice for All.
The UUA's International Resources Office has a Flower Communion resource available online. Find a few suggestions for bringing Sixth Principle Ministry to life in relation to your Flower Communion service in the seven areas of the Faith Without Borders program.
View the Flower Communion resource online!
VI. Ministerial Training Opportunity in UK
The London district of Unitarian Churches (UK) is seeking qualified Unitarian Universalist (UU) seminarians interested in providing short-term (3-12 month), supervised ministerial services to London-area congregations. UU seminarians in Candidacy with the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) are invited to apply for this opportunity.
Preference will be given to applicants who have successfully completed other ministerial field education and CPE units.
The term of service is between 3 and 12 months. The London District will provide the seminarian with housing in East London-or alternative accommodation nearer to the congregation-as well as a small stipend to be agreed. Supervision will be provided by local Unitarian ministers who are in Fellowship with the UUA. All other expenses are the responsibility of the seminarian.
View further details about this opportunity and apply today!
VII. ICUUW Newsletter Now Available
The International Convocation of Unitarian and Universalist Women (ICUUW) has released its Spring 2010 newsletter.
In this issue, read about: a Bolivian UU's fight for justice, International Women's Day 2010, the Women's Funding Network, a message from the ICUUW president, and more!
Read the ICUUW's Spring Newsletter (PDF)!
VIII. Attend the IARF Congress in September!
The International Association for Religious Freedom (IARF) will be hosting its 33rd World Congress September 4-7, 2010 in Kochi, India.
Held every four years, the theme of this year's congress is "Beyond Conflict to Reconciliation: the Challenge of the 21st Century" and the keynote speaker will be the Dalai Lama. Learn more about this special event!
IARF Council members recorded video greetings, welcoming all to this year's congress: 11 Reasons to Attend the IARF's 2010 World Congress
IARF CONGRESS | COCHIN, KERALA, INDIA
SEPTEMBER 1-7, 201O
The Dalai Lama will be keynote speaker for the 33rd IARF Congress, which takes place September 4-7.
UUA President Peter Morales will participate.
Pre-Congress/Congress events include:
- A tour the last week in August.
- September 1-4: International Assoc. for Liberal Religious Women (IALRW)
- September 1-4: Interfaith Issues - Joint program with World Congress of Faiths (WCF)
including worship, small group discussions, and excursions (to be confirmed in March).
- September 4-7: IARF CONGRESS - www.iarf.net
The 33rd Congress of the International Association for Religious Freedom will be a very special occasion for participants. The theme is "Beyond Conflict to Reconciliation: the Challenge of the 21st Century."
An international list of speakers includes: His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Dr. Karan Singh, President of the Temple of Understanding, Ms. Asma Jahangir, UN Special Rapporteur on Religion or Belief from the United Nations, Dr. Sheikh Ali, Muslim interfaith leader.
Registration information is available online.
The UUA has ten voting delegates so if you are interested in being one, contact the Rev. Eric Cherry at the International Resources Office. There will be important issues to vote on regarding the future of the organization.
Also, the International Association for Liberal Religious Women will be celebrating its 100th year with a special program for women. Don't miss these exciting events and of course, don't miss that unique welcome given by Indian hospitality to its guests!
Please contact Doris Hunter, chair of the US Chapter, IARF if you have questions about the coming 33rd Congress of IARF.
IX. ICUU Announces New Mailing List
The International Council of Unitarians and Universalists (ICUU) has launched a new email mailing list for the circulation of announcements about ICUU as well as news about developments in Unitarianism and Unitarian Universalism in other countries: All are welcome to join!
Learn more about the ICUU and join its new mailing list!
- June 5, 2010: UU-UNO Envoy Social Justice Training, Bethesda, MD
- June 13-15, 2010: Churches for Middle East Peace 2010 Advocacy Conference, Washington D.C.
- June 23-27, 2010: UUA General Assembly, Minneapolis, MN
- July 9-13, 2010: U-U Ministers Conference, Eindhoven, the Netherlands (visit www.icuu.net)
- July 13-17, 2010: The Third ICUU International Theological Symposium, Eindhoven, the Netherlands (visit www.icuu.net)
- September 1-7, 2010: IARF Congress in Kochi, India