November 19, 2010
I. Clinton Honors SEWA Founder with Fairness Award
On November 15th, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presented the first Global Fairness Initiative Award to Ela Bhatt, founder of the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), a partner of the Unitarian Universalist Holdeen India Program (UUHIP).
With a membership of over 1.2 million, SEWA works towards strengthening women’s leadership, their confidence, their bargaining power within and outside their homes, and their representation in policy-making and decision-making fora. The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), through the UU Holdeen India Program, has been a strong ally and supporter of SEWA for the last 25 years.
Read more about Ela Bhatt, SEWA, and the Fairness Award!
II. UUSC-UUA Experiential Learning Survey
The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) and the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) know that there is deep interest in our congregations for UU experiential learning opportunities.
We are seeking exciting and transformational ways to meet this need together.
Please help us do this well by taking five minutes to fill out our short (approximately five-minute) survey, which will be used to design future programs.
Your input is immensely valuable and important to us.
Thank you for taking the time to participate in our survey.
III. Winter Holiday Resources
As the winter season approaches, the UUA's International Resources Office recommends consulting our Winter Holidays resource booklet for suggestions on ways to express commitment to our Sixth Principle: We Covenant to Affirm and Promote the Goal of World Community with Peace, Liberty and Justice for All.
View our resource guide of suggestions for celebrating the winter holidays!
IV. Short-term Ministry: Lake Chapala, Mexico
The Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (LCUUF) is interested in hosting a visiting Unitarian Universalist (UU) Minister for two weeks in 2011. The winter months, January to April would be preferable, but timing is open to negotiation.
The LCUUF is situated in the beautiful Lake Chapala area within an hour's drive of Guadalajara, Mexico's second largest city. The visiting minister would be expected to speak at two Sunday Services, provide consultative services to the board and committees, and facilitate lay leader training. In addition to an honorarium of 8,000 pesos (approximately $650 U.S.) the Fellowship would provide local transportation, some meals, and if desired, accommodation in members' homes.
If interested in the position, please e-mail a brief statement of your interests and expertise, as well as a resume of your education and experience to LCUFF President Stephen Barr at email@example.com by December 31, 2010. Click here for additional details.
V. News from the UU-UNO
Monthly Executive Report
The November UU-UNO Report from Executive Director Bruce Knotts, has updates about UN Sunday, Human Rights, UN Security Council News, and more!
Greeley Award 2011
The UU United Nations Office invites you to submit the sermon or address from your UN Sunday service for the 2011 Dana Greeley Award.
Consisting of a $1,000 honorarium and the opportunity to deliver the winning address at General Assembly 2011, the award honors the memory of the Rev. Dana McLean Greeley, first president of the Unitarian Universalist Association and a strong supporter of the United Nations.
Sermons highlighting the work of the United Nations and the UU-UNO will be given priority consideration for this award. Submissions are due by February 1, 2011 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
VI. UUJME Sermon Contest
UUJME (Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East) views the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as one of the defining legal and moral issues of our time, with wide-ranging ramifications for the future of global interfaith relations and human rights.
For UUs to contribute meaningfully to this cause, we must first openly and honestly discuss the issue amongst ourselves. The 2011 UUJME Sermon Contest gives us the opportunity to better understand the barriers that prevent these important discussions from taking place and explore ways to move past them toward an active contribution, in collaboration and fellowship with other faith communities, to a just peace in Israel-Palestine.
Eligible sermons must have been delivered, either by clergy, seminarians, or laypersons, in a UU church service or church-sponsored event, between May 1, 2010 and April 30, 2011. The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2011.
The winner will be awarded a $400 prize and given the opportunity to deliver his or her sermon at an event during the 2011 UU General Assembly in Charlotte, NC.
For more information and submission guidelines, visit www.uujme.org.
VII. ICUU Webinar: Africa: A New World for Emerging Unitarian Universalist Movements
Unitarian and UU ideas, ideals and movements are emerging and growing in many African countries, in a wide variety of cultural, historical, social and political settings.
Program Coordinator (Rev.) Jill McAllister visited Burundi and Uganda earlier this year as part of ICUU work in nurturing African groups toward becoming viable and sustainable organizations and congregations.
Jill will share the story joined by several African leaders as co-presenters. Hear and see the impact of projects we are involved in, including a task force on ministerial education and training, collaborating with the UUA Partner Church Council in community capacity building workshops, and expanding the use of web-based communication technologies.
An interactive questions and answers session will wrap up the webinar.
The webinar is expected to last ninety minutes.
There is no charge to attend, but participants need to register in advance using the link in this invitation.
IMPORTANT NOTE - Time of Seminar (other time zones):
USA West Coast - 10 am, USA Eastern Time - 1 pm,
Alberta, Canada - 11 am, UK - 6 pm,
Mainland Europe - 7 pm, Romania - 8 pm,
Uganda & Burundi - 9 pm
Africa: A New World for Emerging Unitarian Universalist Movements
Friday, December 3, 2010
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM GMT
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Required: Mac OS® X 10.4.11 (Tiger®) or newer
Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now!
VIII. ICUUW Fall Newsletter
The International Convocation of Unitarian Universalist Women (ICUUW) has just released their Fall newsletter (PDF).
This edition includes:
"Re-visioning Women's Work" - Barbara Beach Keynotes IALRW Conference
Barbara's mother was forced to resign her teaching job when she got married, joining the ranks of women whose work was unrecognized and unpaid. Similarly, to this day, women in the developing world fight for more human rights - and sustainable livelihood could be the key to success. Identify yourself with Barbara's passionate address and learn about the ongoing projects and plans.
The Moral Underground:How Ordinary Americans Subvert an Unfair Economy
Read Laura Nagel's excellent review of the book and look for the ICUUW survey coming in November - you could win a free copy of Lisa Dodson's book!
Pittsburgh Pastor Becomes Accidental Advocate for School in Uganda
Rev. Renee Waun founded the African Rural Schools Foundation (ARSF) with a visionary young man, Hanan Bulime. Find out details on their work since 2006 and how you can get involved. It will change your life! Perhaps you would like to travel with Rev. Waun to visit ARSF in Uganda this coming January?
IX. Sacred Places - A Pilgrimage to India
Feb. 15 - March 7, 2011
Join Rev. Abhi Janamanchi and members of Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater on a three-week spiritual pilgrimage to India in February 2011. The group will visit sacred places in southern and northern India (Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, Muslim, Sikh, Christian, and Unitarian) including the Khasi Hills of northeast India, and experience India from a native's perspective.
This trip promises to be a cultural and spiritual immersion into the heart of India. Anyone that is interested in going on this trip of a lifetime, please contact Barbara Brandt or Rev. Janamanchi.
View this powerpoint video for additional information!
X. ICUU Global Chalice Lighting November 2010
The International Council of Unitarians and Universalists announces the 87th in its monthly series of global chalice lighting readings. Congregations worldwide are invited to participate.
All ICUU-affiliated groups have been asked to submit brief chalice lightings for the project. Every month, a reading will be distributed to Unitarian and Universalist congregations around the world. We ask each congregation to use the reading for at least one worship service in the designated month, identifying it as the “Global Chalice Lighting” for that month and naming the group which submitted it. Readings will be circulated in English and, where different, in their original language.
It is hoped that the ICUU Global Chalice Lighting Project will enhance the worship experience in our congregations and raise awareness of the international dimensions of our religious movement.
This Global Chalice Lighting is submitted in Portuguese and English by Liberal and Unitarian Christians of Portugal. It is to be used during November 2010.
O Sopro da Vida, apesar de nós;
O Sopro da Vida que os crentes chamam Deus;
O Sopro da liberdade e do perdão;
És Tu que nos fazes viver e lutar na nossa vida;
És Tu que dás sentido à nossa existência;
És Tu que nos permites viver e orar juntos apesar das nossas diferenças e singularidades;
Obrigado, Sopro da liberdade e do perdão, porque é em Ti e através de Ti que o respeito e o amor podem existir, sempre apesar de nós;
É sempre em Ti e através de Ti que, apesar de nós, podemos sonhar e trabalhar por um mundo novo, um mundo de liberdade, de amor e de perdão.
Breath of Life, in spite of us;
Breath of Life that believers call God;
Breath of freedom and forgiveness;
You give us life and sustain us in our life's struggles;
You give meaning to our existence;
You make it possible for us to live and pray together, in spite of our differences and singularities;
We thank You, Breath of freedom and forgiveness, for in You and through
You respect and love can exist, always in spite of us;
In You and through You always, in spite of us, we have the power to dream and to work for a new world, a world of freedom, love and forgiveness.
Paulo Renato Garrochinho
Liberal and Unitarian Christians of Portugal