The United Nations (UN) was founded on October 24, 1945, directly following WWII. 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, a day that is also observed by UU congregations around the world.
This year, our UN Sunday speaker is Dr. Robert Pyne from St. Norbert College with a timely message titled: “Women’s Rights and the UN: Signs of Progress or Growing Despair?” 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.