What is a “Blue Ribbon” Congregation?

Blue Ribbon Congregation

You have a great opportunity to strengthen support for the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO) by helping your congregation achieve Blue Ribbon status. The Blue Ribbon Award is given yearly to congregations that have proved their continued support of the UU-UNO by meeting the following four requirements:

1. Have an Envoy, Youth Envoy, or Envoy Team.

voys serve as the link between their congregation, the UU-UNO, and the United Nations. They promote UU-UNO education and advocacy in their congregations and bring local concerns to the international stage through the UU-UNO. Learn about the Envoy Program.

2. Hold an annual UN Sunday service.

In celebration of the founding of the United Nations on October 24th, 1945, the UU-UNO invites congregations to deepen their understanding of the United Nations by devoting one service in October to highlighting the work of the UU-UNO and reaffirming the connections between UU principles and vital issues dealt with at the UN. Learn about United Nations Sunday.

3. Have 15 members or 5% of your congregation be contributing members to the UU-UNO.

The annual contribution rate for UU-UNO Supporters is $60 (or $30 for Retired/Student Supporter).  Please create a document to keep track of the Supporters from your congregation and send to the UU-UNO with your UN Sunday report.

4. Give the UU-UNO an annual budget line or collection plate.

In return, your congregation will be recognized for its steadfast dedication to international human rights and be presented with:

– A reception in your honor at UUA General Assembly or the Canadian Unitarian Council (CUC) National Conference.

– Formal recognition on the UU-UNO website.

– A specialized plaque to be displayed at your congregation.

For more information on how to become a Blue Ribbon Congregation, contact our office: unitednations@uua.org