Multi-Faith Advocacy for Eco- and Social Justice

From the TOU archives:  A 1997 photo of  the first interfaith service commemorating the opening of the United Nations General Assembly Main UN Representative Grove Harris points out former Secretary-General  Kofi Annan, and Chair of the Board Alison Van Dyk points out TOU founder Juliet Hollister.

From Alison Van Dyk, Chair of the Board

We are in challenging and difficult times. Current erosion of environmental protections will increase air and water pollution, threatening our health for generations. 

Since 1960, the Temple of Understanding has promoted core moral values within the secular environment of the UN. We are amplifying voices from many faiths to take a stand on issues of food security, the human rights of women regardless of religion or ethnicity, and the protection of our air, water, and sacred natural sites.

Please support our work! Contribute financially,   visit our website at , and  share our short film  Roots of Change  with your friends and colleagues . Your  donation  is tax-deductible, and  95% will go toward our UN work and youth leadership programs

Whatever your faith, may this season of hope touch each of us with a renewed commitment to justice.

In Gratitude,

2017 Highlights

TOU advocated for eco-justice and effective responses to climate change through participation in a variety of events. Click above for news about gender issues addressed at COP23 (UN conference on climate change), the "Walk On Earth Gently" interfaith climate statement, the Paris Agreement, the People's Climate March, and more.

We are pleased to support the release of a valuable new guide on water justice by  our partner the UN Mining Working Group. The guide unpacks the issues in SDG 6 and concludes with ways that citizens can use the UN system.  Click above to read more and download Water & Sanitation: A People's Guide to SDG 6.  

We partnered with UNCTAD and DPI to show our short film Roots of Change: Food Sovereignty, Women and Eco-Justice at UN events, as well as facilitating a showing at the American Academy of Religion's annual conference. Women's leadership and ownership in local systems of food production are desperately needed--as is the collaboration of their husbands, brothers, fathers, and sons.  Click above to watch the film online and share with friends.

TOU welcomed 20 student interns this summer to attend open meetings of the Security Council, the General Assembly, and various committees; pursue independent research; learn about different religions through visiting their houses of worship; and participate in community volunteer work. Applications are open for 2018! Click above for more information.


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