August 13, 2014
In conjunction with Orange Days to end violence against women and girls, CongoSwim brings together Presbyterians and people of good will to witness and raise funds to
In solidarity with the Walk for Congo in Oakland, CA, I will walk 5k (a little over 3 miles) with family members in Cleveland Heights August 23rd. If you are in town and would like to walk with us, let me know. In support of my participation, please consider the below ways to support groups working for lasting peace and an end to violence against women and children in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
- Pray. Lift up all families and leaders in Congo.
- Advocate. One of the top requests from community leaders in Congo is for the full implementation of an existing US law regarding how the US extends military aid within the region. Click HERE to order a postcard to mail to Secretary of State Kerry. The postcards have already helped create a change in the way the U.S. officials have chosen recent policy for Congo. Details about the US law are in the 30 minute documentary Crisis in the Congo which you can watch on the VIDEOS page.
- Donate. Click the ‘Donate’ button below to give what you can. You may specify my name as the participant you are supporting. Details about the groups we are raising funds for are on the Who We Support page. Thank you!
If you prefer to give by check, make it payable to Friends of the Congo and put CongoSwim and my name in the memo line. Mail your check to:
Friends of the Congo1629 K St., NW Suite 300Washington, DC 20006
- Posted at 12:11 p.m.
August 12, 2014
By Max Hill
Today is International Youth Day 2014. The purpose this day is to raise awareness for youth living with mental health issues. The United Nations says the reason for this being the focus of this International Youth Day this year is, “Youth with mental health conditions can often experience stigma and discrimination, which in turn can lead to exclusion and/or discourage people from seeking help for fear of being negatively ‘labeled’.”
I see this issue as one that hits close to home for me. Growing up I had (and still have) many friends that live with mental ...
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- Posted at 4:15 p.m.
August 11, 2014
From the World Council of Churches on Iraq:
Prayers and solidarity for the churches in Northern Iraq
WCC calls for urgent action in Iraq
Letter to the UN Secretary-General on Iraq
Learn about Presbyterians at work with our sisters and brothers in Iraq
An open letter (from Lebanon) to Ban Ki-moon on behalf of Mosul's Christians
From the World Communion of Reformed Churches on Iraq:
For our brothers and sisters in Iraq
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- Posted at 10:00 a.m.
August 10, 2014
A version of this article appeared online and in the print edition of The Daily Star on August 08, 2014, on page 7.
A group of liberal-minded Muslim and Christian Lebanese professionals and academics has written an open letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressing grave concern about the latest persecution of Christians in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul by the “Islamic State.” Here is the text of the letter prepared by the group, which prides itself on embodying the best that Lebanon has produced by way of peaceful pluralistic coexistence and mutual respect among the 18 religious ...
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- Posted at 7:39 p.m.
August 5, 2014
by Max Hill
On July 15, I had the pleasure of leading a discussion for our guests from First Presbyterian Church of Albuquerque. This discussion focused on the issue of the recruitment and use of children as soldiers around the world. The group’s initial thoughts on what a child soldier looked like were not unexpected. The group, for the most part, agreed that when they thought of a child being used as a soldier, they thought of a boy around fifteen or sixteen years old with a gun. This definition gave me a great jumping off point with the ...
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- Posted at 12:00 p.m.