The United Nations was formed in 1945 (replacing the League of Nations) with the hope that an ongoing dialogue between nations of the world just might prevent war, genocide, and the many other unimaginable but very real offenses the world bore witness to during both WWI and WWII.
The United Nations was founded in the profound hope that communication and familiarity might unite the world and promote peace and security. There is no official language of the UN (there are, in fact, 5, and many many interpreters for others), no leader nation–all voices, cultures, and languages mix here, and we are left to do our best to make sense of each other.
It reminds me– in some very small way– of what it is like to walk through a museum.
There are all kinds of ways to be human. There are all kinds of ways to interpret and celebrate our humanity: our triumphs, our Gods, our beauty, our fierceness.
The UMFA invites you to celebrate all of this, to celebrate ourselves and each other. This United Nations Day might be the perfect time to reflect on this strange, wonderful, and vast human landscape.
Come on in and see who we are.