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October 27, 2014

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF 2014

Halloween costumes have appeared in New York City. However you observe the holiday, consider participating in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF this year.

Started by Presbyterians, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF is a prime fundraiser for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to save and improve children's lives, providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more.

Child in Robin costume from Batman with Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF boxThe U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF's work through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States. UNICEF works toward the day when ZERO children die from preventable causes and every child has a safe and healthy childhood.

Children, and adults have raised more than $170 million since 1950 through Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. Those funds have allowed UNICEF to save and improve children's lives by addressing survival, protection, and development issues.

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF provides resources for families, elementary school teachers, and clubs and groups to use to Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF.

You can contribute, too!

About the photo. Last fall, a seminar group from the Presbytery of Geneva learned about the work of UNICEF and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. Robin made a special appearance and allowed group members to contribute to Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF.

 

Categories: Children, Seminars, UNICEF

Tags: presbytery of geneva, trick-or-treat for unicef, u.s. fund for unicef, unicef


October 24, 2014

Seminar participants learn about Korea

A group from the Presbyterian Church in Chatham Township participated in a seminar on Wednesday, October 15. The group focused on Korea.

Our colleague, Doug Hostetter, from the Mennonite Central Committee UN Liaison Office provided some history of Korea and talked about the work of the Mennonites in both North and South Korea.

Moon H. Lee, former Executive Secretary of National Council of Korean Presbyterian Churches, former Eastern Korean Presbytery Stated Clerk, former NYC Presbytery moderator, and current member of the PC(USA) Advisory Committee on the Constitution, made a presentation and led a discussion about Presbyterian ministry with the ...

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October 24, 2014

Work in common cause for the common good

From United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on United Nations Day

The United Nations is needed more than ever at this time of multiple crises.  Poverty, disease, terrorism, discrimination and climate change are exacting a heavy toll.  Millions of people continue to suffer deplorable exploitation through bonded labour, human trafficking, sexual slavery or unsafe conditions in factories, fields and mines. The global economy remains an uneven playing field.

The founding of the United Nations was a solemn pledge to the world’s people to end such assaults on human dignity, and lead the way to a better future. There have been ...

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October 23, 2014

Faith intersects with the international community

by Grace Segers

This summer, I interned at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, aided by a scholarship from the Peace, Justice, and Hunger Working Group. At the Ministry, I got to see the intersection of faith and international politics in action.

The internship was simply an amazing experience. The Presbyterian Ministry at the UN is in the Church Center for the United Nations, which houses many religious non-governmental organizations. It is located directly across from the United Nations itself, so I always felt like I was right in the middle of the action. I attended numerous meetings on ...

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October 20, 2014

Welcome to Rev. Alonzo Johnson

The Rev. Alonzo Johnson has accepted a call  as a term Mission Associate with the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program.  Alonzo has concluded his service as the pastor/head of staff of Oak Lane Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, PA. He is a graduate of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (LPTS) and is currently a candidate for his Doctor of Ministry degree at LPTS. He is passionate about peacemaking and social justice issues and has rich experience in urban ministry with a focus on mentoring youth in the arts.
 
Alonzo will nurture and support existing and new peacemaking networks, and coordinate  program communications in ...

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