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Doing justice in the world is an integral part of our history and tradition here at The Community Church of New York. We encourage the personal spiritual growth of our members and seek to create a more just society and world. Find out more...

Recent Justice Making Events

Backpacks for the Street
We were a sponsor for the organization. Backpacks for the homeless were assembled in our Gallery

UN & Global Affairs honors and hosts activities on global multilateralism and the UN's three pillars of work - development, human rights, peace and security.

Green Sanctuary
Recent Environmrntal Program - Link Here

Yemen, Left to Die - UNGA Forum
Yemeni guests from a range of NGOs helped us gain  direct understanding from unique personal and professional views. We learned what is behind the crisis, what is happening now, and how we can help. See these Facbook links for more information for Feed Yemen.

Time Served! - Art Exhibit
Gallery35 @ Community presented art exploring the issue of overcoming the challenges facing those released from prison who are seeking new beginnings in the larger community.  Partnered with CSSNY's conference  Full Participation is a Human Right that was held at Community Church.

Community Church Concert
to Benefit
St Vincent Sevices for CHildren with AIDS
Jonathan Long performs
 

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Doolittle Grants - Information

John Haynes Holmes Fellowships
Scholarships for UU Seminarians

 

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United Nations & Global Affairs

UN & Global Affairs program honors and hosts activities on global multilateralism and the UN's three pillars of work - development, human rights, peace and security.  See Sunday Announcements and the website monthly calendar for upcoming dates. 

Meeting Schedule:  2nd Sundays, 12:45-2 pm, Conference Room (occasionally room assignment is changed.)
Contact Dana Burch for more information - danaburch4@gmail.com

Our Next Event:

UNGA Forum with Utrice Leid - Sunday, May 26, 1-4 pm, Hall of Worship Assembly Hall
Program: 1-2:30 pm, Hall of Worship / Light Reception, 2:30-4 pm, Assembly Hall
Expanding on last’ year’s presentation - Is there a backlash on women’s global progress at the United Nations, the U.S. and the Caribbean?"  Feel free to invite friends! Spread the word.

 

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HISTORY AND PROGRAMS OF THE UNGA

Our congregation has a long history of world-mindedness, including a close connection with the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office. Its first workspace was here in our buildings beginning in 1962, and its importance was recognized in 1965 when the UU UN Office became a funded program of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

The first Executive Director was Elizabeth Swazee, who with Velva Sabin contacted UU congregations across the country to support the vision articulated by Adlai Stevenson, a Unitarian and US ambassador to the UN. Writing to the President of the UUA in 1962, he said:

"Let me recommend to you the appointment of envoys in UU churches… to promote better knowledge and understanding of the United Nations. In this disastrous and shrinking world, it is no longer possible – if it ever was – for local communities to be more secure than the surrounding world. Our ultimate security therefore lies in making the world more and more into a community…. All of you have the opportunity to share in the answer and thus help us build a more peaceful world."

With a budget crisis in the early 1970’s, the UUA ceased funding the UU UN Office, but members here and elsewhere rallied to keep it going, and for many years, our congregation was a major financial supporter, along with the great generosity of the Shelter Rock UU Congregation through its Veatch program. (This history and information about the UN Office’s work today can be found on its web page uu-uno.org.)

One of our members, Robert Brown, as Executive Director gave excellent leadership in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. Over the years, numerous members have served on its Board and Executive Committee, and they still do so now (Jennifer Hampshire, Secretary, and Janice Marie Johnson). Several members also represent the UU UN Office at various venues at UN Headquarters and help organize the annual intergenerational seminar which is held both at Community Church and at UN Headquarters.

Chairperson, Dana Burch
 

Last Published: May 7, 2019 11:25 PM