UUs to discuss the UU Association Office at the United Nations


    By Joan Ward 

    Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

    Please join us this Sunday, Oct. 17, at 10 a.m. via Zoom as we gather to learn about the work of the Unitarian Universalist (UU) Association’s Office at the United Nations (UN). 

    As quoted from the UUA.org website, https://www.uua.org/international-justice/un: “From involvement in drafting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to leading the faith caucus to establish the International Criminal Court, to overcoming UN apathy about sexual orientation and gender identity issues, the Unitarian Universalist Association Office at the United Nations has a long history of providing strong leadership in all aspects of human rights at a policy level. 

    “The history of Unitarian Universalist involvement in the United Nations dates back to its very beginnings. Along with a number of other Unitarian volunteers, Elvira Fradkin was present in San Francisco at the founding of the United Nations on Oct. 24, 1945. Fradkin went on to be a strong supporter active throughout the UN system, including serving as the UN representative for the American Unitarian Association. The Unitarian Universalist Association Office at the UN was created in 1962 at the recommendation of the U.S. Ambassador to the UN at the time and a Unitarian, Adlai Stevenson.

    “In celebration of UN Day (Oct. 24), the Unitarian Universalist Office at the UN invites congregations and individual UUs to engage with the story of our global Unitarian and Unitarian Universalist faith by deepening our understanding of the United Nations and devoting one service in October to reaffirming the connections between our UU principles and the vital issues dealt with at the UN. This will be the topic on Sunday, Oct. 17.” 

    The theme for the UN Sunday service follows the theme for the year’s UU@UN Intergenerational Spring Seminar; this year’s theme is “All In for Climate Justice: Food Equity and Sustainability.” The focus will be on our seven principles and how working for equitable and sustainable food systems can bring us closer to climate justice. 

    Joan Ward will present an overview of the work locally in food/nutrition equity, including the Archuleta County Food System/Food Equity Coalition, the Pagosa Farmers Market, the Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership and more. Michael Demchak is service leader.

    Join the Zoom meeting at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88284380641?pwd=ZnAycGppOUdZTVlJMlRYVGV6OVdQdz09; telephone: (346) 248-7799; meeting ID: 882 8438 0641; password: 059944.

    Our fellowship, based on its seven principles, offers each individual support in their unique spiritual path and an opportunity to participate in social and environmental action. We welcome diversity and invite everyone to share in our faith community.

    Religious Exploration classes have been temporarily canceled due to COVID-19. For more information about the Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, please see the website www.pagosauu.org.