January 14, 2013
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Uganda: New Life Orphanage & School
Unitarian Universalist (UU) seminarians are invited to apply for a 2-4 week (or longer) placement as a volunteer assistant at the New Life Orphanage and New Life School.
New Life School (NLS) is a primary school located in rural Uganda near the village of Kitofaali. With no public schools in the area, NLS serves approximately 500+ students with two kindergarten classes and one class per primary grades one through seven.
Every parent receives an invoice for tuition, but only about one-third of the parents are able to pay. Regardless, all children in the region are welcomed, fed and taught year-round. NLS does not receive any government funding. Its main mission is to “uplift the standards of education among children and youths and the well being of each individual in the community.” Learn more!
Japan: Tsubaki Grand Shrine Scholarship
The Tsubaki Grand Shrine Scholarship is available to Unitarian Universalist (UU) seminarians (in candidate status) attending non-UU theological schools who have an interest in international and interfaith engagement.
Scholarship recipients will be provided with expenses for travel to the Tsubaki Grand Shrine (TGS) in Suzuka, Japan, as well as room and board at the Shrine for two to three weeks.
The deadline to apply for the Tsubaki Grand Shrine Scholarship is April 1, 2013.
India: Anne Margaret Barr Children’s Village
The Anne Margaret Barr Children’s Village (AMBCV) in Kharang, India was established in February 2009 as a home for as many as 24 orphaned children. It is operated by the Unitarian Union of North East India, under the leadership of Reverend Nangroi Suting and with day-to-day care and oversight of the children by three “Mothers.”
Unitarian Universalist (UU) Seminarians are invited to apply for a 2-3 week placement as a volunteer assistant at the AMBCV. Placements will typically occur during July/August and December/January with some flexibility depending on the volunteer’s availability. The optimal circumstance is for two seminarians to be volunteering at the same time during each of the placement sessions.
Applications for July/August placements are due by March 15, 2013.
The UU-UNO invites submissions of sermons or addresses that speak to building a more just international community. The Dana Greeley Award honors the memory of Reverend Dana McLean Greeley, the first president of the Unitarian Universalist Association and a strong support of the United Nations. Winners receieve a $500.00 honorarium and the opportunity to deliver their winning address at UUA General Assembly.
The sermon theme should follow the topic of the most recent Intergenerational Spring Seminar. Papers highlighting the work of the UN and the UU-UNO will enjoy priority consideration.
Read the guidelines for the Dana Greeley Sermon Award and submit your sermon by the February 1st deadline!
The UU Partner Church Council will be hosting one day of workshops, worship, learning and sharing to celebrate its 20 year anniversary.
Hosted by: River Road UU Congregation, Bethesda, MD
Featured Guest: Rev. Adél Nagy, 2012-13 Balázs Scholar, Starr King School for the Ministry
Two workshop tracks: 1) Partnership: Keeping it Fresh, Passing it On, Understanding Economic and Cultural Issues and 2) Using Community Capacity Building Tools in Your Own Congregation at Home.
A limited number of homestays are available on a first come/ first serve basis. When registering, please choose one of 4 options depending on whether or not you need overnight accommodations. Register today!
The Unitarian Universalist Church of the Philippines (UUCP)is pleased to report the inauguration of its Learning Center, which took place on December 18th, 2012.
Now completed, the facility will serve as an educational center for pre-school children in a remote village in Canlaon City.
Construction of the building was made possible by a grant from the Fund for International Unitarian Universalism, as well as support from the UU Funding Program and individual donors. Continue Reading!
The UU United Nations Office's (UU-UNO)
2013 Intergenerational Spring Seminar will focus on stopping violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI), and is to take place April 4th-6th, 2013 in New York City. Registration is now open!
Every April, youth and adults from around the United States and Canada gather for an exciting and educational Intergenerational Spring Seminar. All participants gain a deep understanding on a topic of global concern in a fun intergenerational environment.
Past seminars have focused on poverty, HIV, human trafficking, peacekeeping, climate change, and empowerment of women. Approximately seventy-five youth and youth advisors stay at one of our Manhattan-based Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations while learning, connecting with others, organizing and mobilizing. Not only do youth attend the conference, but many also hold important leadership roles in its planning and execution. Find out more about this unique annual event!
The Interfaith Youth Core will be hosting an Interfaith Leadership Institute later this month. Interfaith Leadership Institutes (ILIs) are training events that equip undergraduate students, staff, faculty and administrators to be movement builders for interfaith action.
You will return from the ILI with the tools to help transform your campus communities by bringing together people of different religious and non-religious traditions to change the world!
The next leadership institute will take place January 25-27 in Atlanta, GA. The deadline to register is January 15.
The Church of the Larger Fellowship, a unique UU congregation without walls, offers online worship. If you feel like going to church this Sunday (via your computer), click here.
Join us for worship on Sundays at 8:00 pm (Eastern Time, US), with a rebroadcast of the same service on Mondays at 9:00 am (Beta test during September) and 1:30 pm (Eastern Time, US). Although the service is prerecorded, many viewers arrive at the worship link early and stay late, to participate in a live chat. It’s our version of coffee hour!
Take a look at this You Tube video. Hope to see you at worship!
- January 19, 2013: UUPCC Regional Conference
- January 25-27, 2013: Interfaith Youth Core Leadership Institute, Atlanta, GA
- February 1, 2013: Deadline to submit sermon for Dana Greeley Award consideration
- February 1-4, 2013: UUCSJ: BorderLinks Trip to Arizona/Mexico
- February 15-23, 2013: UUCSJ: Sienna Project: Building Schools in Guatemala
- March 5-13, 2013: UUPCC: NE India & Khasi Hills Pilgrimage
- March 15, 2013: Deadline to apply for July/August placement in Anne Margaret Barr Children's Village in North East India
- March 15-24, 2013: UUPCC: Meet the UUs in the Philippines
- April 1, 2013: Deadline to apply for Tsubaki Grand Shrine scholarship
- April 4-6, 2013: UU-UNO Intergenerational Spring Seminar
- April 12-14, 2013: European Unitarian Universalist Spring Retreat, Mittelwihr, France
- May 11-23, 2013: UUPCC: UU Transylvanian Pilgrimage