Catherine Onyemelukwe Elected UU United Nations Office President Catherine Onyemelukwe of Westport CT is the new president of the Unitarian

Universalist United Nations Office. She was elected unanimously at the organization’s annual membership meeting, April 10 at the UN’s Church Center, headquarters of many faith-based nongovernmental organizations represented at the world body. A recognized nongovernmental organization with consultative status with the UN’s Economic and Social Council, the office is the Unitarian Universalist Association’s official representative to the United Nations. Following her election, Ms. Onyemelukwe thanked the board and membership “…for your trust in making me your new president. I look forward to working with you all for our vision of a peaceful, just, and sustainable world community.” A member of the board since 2007 and immediate past chair of its Membership Committee, Onyemelukwe began her career in 1962 as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nigeria, where she taught German and English. She has considerable experience in management and development in nonprofit organizations, including the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, Episcopal Relief and Development, and the Westport Library Board. She currently is Director of Development and Communications for the Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition. Onyemelukwe is married to economist and engineer Clement Onyemelukwe and has three children and three grandchildren. She

earned a bachelor’s degree at Mount Holyoke College and a Master’s degree in Public and Private Management at Yale. She has been active in the National Peace Corps Association and has just concluded service on the board of the Unitarian Universalist Women’s Federation. She chairs the Racial Justice Committee at her congregation, the Unitarian Church in Westport. She is also a member of TEAM Westport, a town committee created to support multiculturalism. Representing more than 1,000 congregations throughout the United States and Canada, the Unitarian Universalist UN Office traces its origins to Adlai Stevenson, a Unitarian, US Ambassador to the United Nations during the Kennedy Administration, and twice a candidate for the US presidency. The office promotes world community as expressed in the UN Charter and, through education, advocacy, and outreach, encourages Unitarian Universalists to support international cooperation and the work of the UN. Members of the board in the 1990s helped create the International Criminal Court, and the office is a leader among nongovernmental organizations at the UN in promoting human rights for all. It is the only faith-based organization at the UN with a program that advocates full rights regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. The UU UN Office is located at 44th Street and First Avenue in New York City, just across the avenue from UN headquarters. The Office is a membership organization and welcomes inquiries from all interested parties, regardless of affiliation with a UU congregation. Its Web site is April 19, 2010 contacts Catherine Onyemelukwe

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