The Episcopal Church and the United Nations

The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things. From one ancestor he made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live, so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find him—though indeed he is not far from each one of us. For “In him we live and move and have our being”; as even some of your own poets have said, “For we too are his offspring.” ~ Acts 17:24-28

Welcome to the web page for The Episcopal Church and the United Nations (UN). Episcopalians have been engaging with the UN since its inception in 1945. At the United Nations, they participate in many different ways: as UN staff, as representatives of member states, as representatives of civil society organizations. representatives, or simply by learning from the UN or attending UN events. In their local churches, dioceses and communities, Episcopalians engage with the UN by learning about issues being discussed at the UN, by contributing their expertise to the UN when possible, and by creating an understanding of the link between our local concerns and the global community of which we are all a vital part. In whatever way Episcopalians engage with the UN, their work is important and contributes to The Episcopal Church's overall presence, witness and partnership with the United Nations. And the work of the United Nations is important in informing and educating Episcopalians about the world - God's world, important to us because "In him we live and move and have our being".

As an institution, The Episcopal Church has long been associated with the UN as a non-governmental organization. It is formally linked in two ways, through association with the UN's Department of Public Information, and with the Economic and Social Council. This latter status, known as "ECOSOC consultative status", was granted in 2014, upon application, and represents a significant upgrade in the Church's ability to be represented officially at the UN and to advocate through various official UN channels. The Episcopal Church is also represented at the UN as a member province of the Anglican Communion, which itself is known as an ECOSOC non-governmental organization, the "Anglican Consultative Council".

If you are an Episcopalian, you will find here information, resources, commentary and blog posts related to our mutual ministry with the UN. Welcome!

If you are a member of the UN community or simply a general inquirer, you will find here information on the activities of The Episcopal Church as it engages with the United Nations. Welcome!

Elizabeth Boe, Officer for Global Mission Engagement at The Episcopal Church, shared her reflections on just, inclusive and sustainable peace after attending the third annual Symposium on the Role of Religion and Faith-Based Organizations in International Affairs. Her thoughts were originally shared in a blog post for Global Mission of The Episcopal Church and are reposted here with permission. Thank you, Elizabeth, for your passionate commitment to peace.

Elizabeth Boe, Officer for Global Mission Engagement at The Episcopal Church, shared her reflections on just, inclusive and sustainable peace after attending the third annual Symposium on the Role of Religion and Faith-Based Organizations in...

Welcome to the new blog and resource page dedicated to The Episcopal Church’s ministry with the United Nations (UN). While Episcopalians have been active at the United Nations since the beginning, it’s only been in the last five years that The Episcopal Church has made a concerted effort to build its presence at the UN. This resulted, happily, in an upgrade in its status in 2014 and a need for a virtual space dedicated to all things Episcopal Church and the UN.

This blog is a dedicated space providing information about what’s happening at the UN, especially in terms of The Episcopal Church’s involvement. You will find here resources from a wide variety of activities: UNCSW, UNPFII, International days and observances, the Sustainable Development Goals, and more. Guest bloggers will write about their experiences at the UN. All are welcome to contribute – simply use the contact form to let us know you’d like to participate.

As you follow what is happening at the UN and look to how you might participate, be sure to also visit our dedicated Facebook page and Twitter account. Simply click on the icons to the left to connect to these resources.

We hope you will enjoy this new page. Stop by often, and let us know how we can serve you in your ministry with the UN.

Welcome to the new blog and resource page dedicated to The Episcopal Church’s ministry with the United Nations (UN). While Episcopalians have been active at the United Nations since the beginning, it’s only been in the last five years that The...