Youth, Women, Food, Water
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From Alison Van Dyk, Chair of the Board

The holiday season is a time for reflection and commitment. Since 1960, Temple of Understanding has been dedicated to promoting core moral values within the secular environment of the UN, values that protect women's rights to property ownership, education, and equality. Religious freedom, human rights, and food sovereignty are intrinsic to our call for a safe and peaceful world.

We encourage you to visit our website at and share our short film Roots of Change with your friends and colleagues. Your contribution is tax-deductible, and 95% will go toward our UN work and our global youth leadership programs

  Chantal Line Carpentier (UNCTAD), Grove Harris (TOU Main UN Rep),
Azza Karam (UNFPA), Alison Van Dyk (TOU Chair of the Board)
Roots of Change  Film Premiere, October 2016

May this season of hope touch each one of you with a renewed sense of dedication to those values central to all faiths, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

In Gratitude,

2016 Highlights
TOU premiered an original short film featuring women's spirited calls to change our global direction. 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!

In collaboration with the Mining Working Group and Franciscans International, the Temple of Understanding contributed a statement on the Human Right to Food for the thirty-first session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.
In an intervention at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, TOU joined the American Indian Law Alliance to recommend that a study be conducted on the effects of extractive industries' impacts on freshwater in North and South America (Turtle Island) including groundwater and sacred waters.

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 2017! Click above for more information.

TOU spread the word and took action in support of this historic Indigenous-led protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline and water pollution. #StandingRock


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