Following World War II, the United Nations (UN) was founded on October 24, 1945. The UN is a global association of governments that facilitates cooperation in international law, security, economic development, and social equality. With aims to protect human rights and achieve world peace, it is a center for governments to communicate and develop strategies to reach these ends. Since its founding, October 24 has been called United Nations Day. In 1971, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution recommending that the day be observed as a public holiday by Member States.
In celebration of this annual event, the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO) invites congregations and individual Unitarian Universalists to deepen their understanding of the United Nations by devoting one service in October to reaffirming the connections between Unitarian Universalist (UU) principles and vital issues dealt with at the UN. This year, our speaker is Dr. Robert Pyne from St. Norbert College. Dr. Pyne, Senior Director of Community Engagement, directs the work of the Norman Miller Center for Peace, Justice and Public Understanding. He also teaches courses on human rights and peace and justice at the college. He regularly leads multi-narrative educational trips to Israel and the West Bank and has organized similar experiences for students South Africa.