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September 29, 2014

Hudson River Presbytery says "children should carry toys!"

At the Hudson River Presbytery's "Changing the Conversation Conference", participants traced our hands to raise awareness and send the message that it's not okay to use children under the age of 18 for soldiers. In doing so, the participants joined other Presbyterians who support the Red Hand Campaign that calls for universal ratification and enforcement of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict. Follow Presbyterian efforts to end the use of child soldiers. Like the Presbyterians Say No Child Soldiers Facebook page. Learn more about Presbyterian work to address human trafficking.

Make Red Hands. Take photos or video. Send them to: Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, 777 UN Plaza, New York, NY 10017.

 

Thanks to the planning team of Hudson River Presbytery for the video.

Categories: Advocacy, Child soldiers , Human Rights

Tags: child soldiers, conference, hudson river presbytery, office of public witness, public witness, red hands, stony point center, video


September 29, 2014

Changing the Conversation: Claiming Our Voice

On September 27 and 28, Hudson River Presbytery hosted a weekend of theology, advocacy and worship called “Changing the Conversation: Claiming Our Voice.” The weekend included three events, a conference on Saturday at Stony Point Center from 9:00-­‐3:30, a fundraising reception for the Office of Public Witness and Presbyterian Ministry at the UN that evening from 4:00-­‐6:00, and a worship at Pleasantville Presbyterian Church on Sunday morning at 10:00am that will be simulcast to congregations throughout the presbytery.

The Rev. Mark Koenig, director of the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, and Kyle ...

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September 29, 2014

The Good Lie

From our partners in World Mission:

 

Presbyterian World Mission Encourages Congregations to Host an Event and Discussion About the Movie “The Good Lie.”

The movie, which opens in theaters October 3rd, focuses on the “Lost Boys,” who were orphaned by the brutal civil war in Sudan, beginning in 1983. Fifteen years later, a humanitarian effort would bring 3600 lost boys, as well as girls, to America.

Philippe Falardeau has written a moving screenplay which stars Academy Award® winner Reese Witherspoon alongside Sudanese actors, and children of war, Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal, and newcomer Kuoth Wiel.

Mamere and ...

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September 25, 2014

The things that make for peace

Larissa Kwong Abazia, Vice-Moderator of the 221st General Assembly (2014) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) visited the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations for a celebration of the International Day of Peace. Check out what she had to say about her experience.

 

My congregation and I have been spending the time between September 7- October 5, 2014 observing the Season for Peace.  It seemed appropriate after a summer watching headlines from Gaza, Syria, Ferguson, and countless other challenges both near and far.  But when we speak of peace, so often our minds immediately go to images of violence ...

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September 19, 2014

World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel, 21-27 September 2014

The Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum (PIEF) of the World Council of Churches invites member churches to participate in World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel (WWPPI) during 21-27 September 2014. This yearly event encourages and equips congregations, community groups and people of faith to worship, educate and advocate for an end to the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine.

This year, the theme of WWPPI is “Let my people go” (Exodus 9:1). In response to the request of church leaders and laity in Palestine, the WWPPI international working group has chosen to focus attention in 2014 on the critical issue ...

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