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UU United Nations and Global Affairs

Do you have a passion for learning more about what is going on the world and wordking towards finding solutions to problems being faced by so many?  We invite you to join the UN and Global Affairs Committee.  Contact George Garland for more information - gagarland@gmail.com.

Meeting Schedule:  2nd Sundays, 12:45-2 pm, Conference Room (occasionally room assignment is changed.)

UN and Global Affairs Forums - are offered on Sundays throughout the year.  See Sunday Announcements and the website monthly calendar for unpcoming dates.

Next Offering

UNGA Forum and Luncheon

Sunday, May 13, 12:45-2:15 (Lunch available $5 at 12:15 pm)
UN Briefing on Water – Hon Marcia Brewster, Guest Speaker
Currently president of UNA-Westchester, our UN expert has devoted most of her career to United Nations programs related to water, sustainable development and gender. Until 2006 she was Senior Officer for water resources in the Sustainable Development Division at United Nations headquarters in New York. Flyer



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, George Garland

Link to UU United Nations and Global Affairs downloads

Last Published: April 26, 2018 4:43 PM