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November 26, 2012

Going orange to end violence against women and girls

November 25 was the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon invites the world to join  the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign on the 25th of every month by observing an Orange Day.

Several Presbyterian congregations took action and bore witness for an end to violence against women on November 25:

White Plains Presbyerian Church in orange



White Plains Presbyterian Church heard a sermon  "The Way Things Are Is Not How They Have to Be" by the Rev. Jeffrey Geary and congregation members wore orange.




United Presbyterian Church of West Orange




Worshipers at the United Presbyterian Church of West Orange wore orange and reflected on working to end violence against women and girls in prayer and conversation.







Letters on orange paperSt. James Presbyterian Church in Harlem had an extended Minute for Mission that included an opportunity to write letters asking Senator Gillibrand and Senator Schumer to work to pass the Violence Against Women Act. Thanks to Jann Carden of the United Presbyterian Church of West Orange for the idea of using orange paper for the letters!



Share your story about observing Orange Days.

Find ideas to make 25th of each month an Orange Day.

In the words of the Rev. Geary:

As we proclaim Christ the King Sunday, as we rejoice in the dominion of God over all the earth, we are clear that God’s reign is a Reign of Love!  A safe place for all people!  A nourishing commonwealth in which every person is valued!  A renewing space where we let go of any thoughts or practices that cause harm and reach out in care and respect to one another. Friends, the way things are is not how they have to be.  May this Orange Day stand as a sign of the world we intend to build, together with God, starting now.

Categories: Christ the King / Reign of Christ, Congregations, Human Rights, United Nations, Women, Worship

Tags: ending violence against women and girls, orange day, un secretary-general, unite to end violence, violence against women act

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