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February 24, 2014

Red Hands continue to make a difference: two more member states ratify

On January 15, 2014, St. Lucia ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict.

Estonia ratified on February 12, 2014 It is a great start to 2014, as we move forward in raising awareness internationally to protect children from being exploited as soldiers.

This raises to 28 the number of United Nations member states that have ratified the Optional Protocol since Presbyterians became involved in the Red Hands Campaign. There are still 39 United Nations member states left to ratify.

Every effort counts. Keep your Red Hands ...

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November 20, 2013

The Growing Voice of the Red Hands

by Esther Lee

Red handsIt is our joy to announce that this year, Cameroon (4 Feb 2013) and Zimbabwe (22 May 2013) ratified or acceded to the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict. The momentum continues to build. Thanks to all who participated.

The Red Hands made by Presbyterians all over the country are delivered to the permanent missions at the United Nations asking them to encourage their governments to sign and ratify the protocol. Though this treaty does not guarantee absence of children in the military forces ...

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October 30, 2013

Celebrate World Day of Prayer and Action for Children and Universal Children's Day

World Day of Prayer and Action logoThe World Day of Prayer and Action for Children is celebrated on Universal Children's Day (20 November) by secular and faith-based organizations working to end violence against children. The World Day brings people together to pray and act for the well-being of children. Universal Children’s Day also commemorates the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989

Celebrate the World Day of Prayer and Action on November 20 or on a Sunday before or after that date.

Ideas for prayer and worship

Ideas for action

Groups working on issues affecting children

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May 1, 2013

Support the Code

An estimated 1.2 million children all over the world are annually exploited through prostitution, pornography, and trafficking.  Some travelers use tours and hotels as venues to exploit children.  Without clear policies and training, staff are not equipped to identify and react to such behavior.  You can take a stand against the sexual exploitation of children by informing companies about their vulnerability in the tourism industry.

The Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct is the only internationally accepted framework that sets a standard of responsible business practices to effectively crack down on the sexual exploitation of children. To date, over 1 ...

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February 6, 2013

UNICEF Tap Project

Tap ProjectThis year, the UNICEF Tap Project will live on Facebook. You can donate using the UNICEF Tap Project Facebook App and keep the water flowing with the help of your Facebook friends. With your support, we will turn the world’s largest social network into a water network. We will raise awareness about the world water crisis and provide an essential resource to children around the world like we’ve never done before. More information on how you can be a part of the world’s biggest water network for children is coming soon. So stay tuned…

But you can ...

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January 15, 2013

Children are children, not soldiers - 11 years on

‘Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.’ – Matthew 19:14

February 12, 2013 marks the eleventh anniversary of the entry into force of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict.

Find worship resources, ideas for participating in the Red Hand Campaign, and suggestions for further study for this occasion. Red hands being madeThey may be used at any time.

UNICEF estimates that more than 300,000 children – boys and girls under the ...

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November 13, 2012

Some groups working on behalf of children: World Day of Prayer and Action for Children

World Day of Prayer and Action logoPresbyterian Mission Agency
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Office of Child Advocacy

Presbyterian Child Advocacy Network of PHEWA

Presbyterians in Covenant with Children

Presbyterian Kids4Kids - helping children act

A Vision for Children and the Church

United Nations

UNICEF
United Nations Children’s Day

Other Non-governmental Organizations

Children's Defense Fund

World Day of Prayer and Action for Children

 

Thanks to Sera Chung for working on this post.


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November 13, 2012

The Convention on the Rights of the Child

World Day of Prayer and Action logoThe Convention on the Rights of the Child is the first legally binding international instrument to incorporate the full range of human rights—civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights. In 1989, world leaders decided that children needed a special convention just for them because people under 18 years old often need special care and protection that adults do not. The leaders also wanted to make sure that the world recognized that children have human rights too.

The Convention sets out these rights in 54 articles and two Optional Protocols. It spells out the basic human rights that children everywhere ...

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November 7, 2012

Ideas for prayer: World Day of Prayer and Action and Universal Children's Day

World Day of Prayer and Action logoNovember 20 brings the World Day of Prayer and Action and Universal Children's Day. The Presbyterian Office of Child Advocacy and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations invite you to join people around the world and celebrate on that day or on Sunday, November 18 or Sunday, November 25.

 

Here are some ideas for prayer:

World Day of Prayer and Action Planning Guide

Prayers for Children

Hold a Prayer Vigil for Children
Tips and suggestions on planning your own prayer vigil for your congregation from the PC(USA) Office of Child Advocacy

2012 National Observance of Children’s ...

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November 7, 2012

World Day of Prayer and Action for Children and Universal Children's Day

World Day of Prayer and Action logoNovember 20 brings the World Day of Prayer and Action and Universal Children's Day. The Presbyterian Office of Child Advocacy and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations invite you to join people around the world and celebrate on that day or on Sunday, November 18 or Sunday, November 25.

World Day of Prayer and Action
The World Day of Prayer and Action for Children is also celebrated annually on or around 20 November. The World Day is an opportunity for both prayer and action on behalf of children. It presents an occasion for diverse religious communities and people ...

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October 22, 2012

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF

Trick or Treat for UNICEF displayWe are taking part in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. How about you?

This program began in Philadelphia in 1950, the idea of Presbyterians Clyde and Mary Emma Allison as a way to respond to the needs of children in the aftermath of World War II.
In the sixty years since those orange cartons (decorated milk cartons were first used) have been used by children and adults to raise almost $167 million dollars. Those funds are used by UNICEF to provide food, medicine, and education to help children thrive.
By participating in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, Presbyterians serve in the global neighborhood as ...

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August 11, 2012

2012: Summer of seminars

 Thank you Church of the Covenant - Joann and SophiThe summer of 2012 has seen a number of groups hold seminars at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations.

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August 4, 2012

Why are the hands red?

"Why are the hands red?"

The children's summer program from the First Chinese Presbyterian Church of New York City had come to the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations to learn about child soldiers and to participate in the Red Hand Campaign.

Due to the size of the group - 74 children and 12 counselors, we met at the Church of the Covenant. As always, we are grateful to our partners there.

After words of welcome and opening prayer, Elodie de Bethmann and Johnstuart Winchell started the day with singing. The counselors followed with another song. Great energy and enthusiasm ...

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July 13, 2012

UN Secretary-General issues 11th annual report on children in armed conflict

From Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict a network of international nongovernmental organizations that strives to protect children in war zones:

The 11th Annual Report of the Secretary-General to the Security Council on Children and Armed Conflict, issued on Monday 11 June, 2012, provides an overview of the situation of children affected by armed conflict and the measures taken to protect them. It covers the period between January and December 2011, and contains specific recommendations for follow-up UN action. The body of the report contains information on grave violations committed against children, in particular the recruitment and use of children, sexual violence against children, the killing and maiming of children, the abduction of children, attacks on schools and hospitals and the denial of humanitarian access to children by parties to conflict.

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June 25, 2012

UN Committee on the Rights of the Child examines the US

The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child met last week with nongovernmental organizations that offered recommendations to the United States to improve its efforts to stop the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography.  ECPAT-USA, a partner of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s human trafficking roundtable submitted an alternate report to the Committee. 

ECPAT-USA has posted a description of the process as well as the alternate report. 

To learn more about what Presbyterians are doing around the issue of human trafficking, visit the Human Trafficking Roundtable.

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April 9, 2012

Clean water from Clifton Presbyterian Church

Clifton Presbyterian Church in Maxwelton, WV

Helps with the UNICEF Tap Project

by Larry Davis

When the Presbytery of West Virginia held a seminar at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, they learned about the UNICEF Tap Project. Earlier this year, the presbytery invited congregations to participate in this effort to provide clean water to children around the world. Clifton Presbyterian Church in Maxwelton responded. Larry Davis writes:

Water bottle filled with dirty waterAs a result of the receipt of a Presbytery of West Virginia email about the UNICEF Tap Project for 2012, the Clifton Presbyterian Church in Maxwelton, WV (population 181) decided to ...

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April 2, 2012

Sound the alarm for children in the Sahel

From our partners at UNICEF.

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March 21, 2012

All our sons, all our daughters

This post has been revised in response to comments and observations made on Facebook and in other places. Some language has been edited; other material has been added. I am grateful to all those who took the time to read and comment.

Our position of privilege tells me that what happened to Trayvon Martin is less likely to happen to my sons than it is to the sons or daughters of many of my friends. Less likely than it is to happen to the sons or daughters of people I do not know. Less likely than it is to happen ...

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March 14, 2012

First ICC verdict addresses exploitation of children in situations of armed conflict

The International Criminal Court (ICC) announced its first verdict today. The court found Thomas Lubanga Dyilo guilty of conscripting, enlisting, and actively using children under the age of 15 in hostilities in the Ituri district of the Democratic Republic of the Congo during 2002 and 2003. Lubanga was one of the leaders of the Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC), a rebel group implicated in serious human rights abuses, including ethnic massacres, torture, rape, and the recruitment of children, some as young as seven. Congolese authorities transferred Lubanga to the ICC's custody in March 2006. His trial began in January ...

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March 7, 2012

Tap Project at the CSW

Presbyterian participants at the 56th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women helped provide clean water for children around the world. They conributed to the UNICEF Tap Project for the coffee and tea provided by the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations. You could do the same during a coffee hour, fellowship meal, or other time people gather.

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February 22, 2012

A visit from Central New York

The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations is hosting a seminar from the Central New York Presbytery Partnership Group.

Twenty-one students and four adults have gathered to explore issues related to child labor and the trafficking of children in labor.

Opening worship celebrated what children should be able to do. Allie Naskret, field education student with the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, led the service.

A visit to the United Nations followed.

After lunch, the group discussed labor and work - and the work they do. A speaker from the International Labor Organization spoke on child labor and trafficking. The ...

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February 8, 2012

It is time for the U.S. to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child

Urge President Obama to send the Con­ven­tion on the Rights of the Child (CRC) to the United States Senate for ratification.

The CRC sets the standard for children’s welfare around the world. The United States played a major role in drafting the CRC. However, the United States and Soma­lia are the only countries that have not rat­i­fied the Con­ven­tion on the Rights of the Child The United States signed the con­ven­tion in 1995, indi­cat­ing its sup­port and its inten­tion to pur­sue rat­i­fi­ca ...

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January 24, 2012

International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust – 27 January

One and a half million Jewish children perished in the Holocaust – victims of persecution by the Nazis and their supporters.

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December 8, 2011

How to make Red Hands

Red hand being made with paintThe Red Hand Campaign asks nation states to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict and make clear their commitment to ending the use of child soldiers.  The goal is for every country in the world to ratify the optional protocol by 2012, the tenth anniversary of when it took effect.

To take part in the Red Hand Campaign:

  1. Create red hand prints on paper (using finger paint, drawing an outline, using red paper, or in some other way) and then add their names, hometowns, and ...

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November 21, 2011

Take opposition to sex slavery and trafficking on the road

TassaTagsLooking for a stocking stuffer?

Consider a TassaTag.

TassaTags are 4"x6" bright, hand-woven cotton luggage tags. TassaTags serve a much larger purpose than simply helping you spot your luggage.

Each purchase of a TassaTag supports ECPAT-USA (End Child Prostitution and Trafficking), a non-profit children's rights organization whose mission is to protect children in the US and abroad from commercial sexual exploitation. ECPAT-USA is a partner of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

TassaTags are fair trade products. Women at The Regina Center in Nongkhai, Thailand make the tags. This project enables women to stay in their villages and ...

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October 28, 2011

Trick or Treat for UNICEF this weekend

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF logoWhat are you doing this weekend?

Be sure to spend part of your time taking part in some way in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF.

This program began in Philadelphia in 1950, the idea of Presbyterians Clyde and Mary Emma Allison who wondered "Why can't kids collect food for starving children?"

In the sixty years since those orange cartons (decorated milk cartons were first used) have been used by children and adults to raise almost $160 million dollars.

Those funds are used by UNICEF to provide food, medicine, and education to help children thrive.

By participating in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, Presbyterians ...

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September 22, 2011

Red Hands make a difference

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.” (Matthew 19:14)

Red Hands being madeWe moved another step closer a world where children are children and not soldiers today. Presbyterian Red Hands helped make it happen!

Saint Lucia signed the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on Children and Armed Conflict.

Saint Lucia received Red Hands from Presbyterians asking them to sign and ratify the Prototocol. Signing takes the crucial first step; Saint Lucia still needs to ratify the ...

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September 6, 2011

Children's Books at Huguenot Memorial Church

I have always liked books; I was an English major in college. Children's books have held a special appeal to me. Books written for children can be amazing: in words and images they may carry profound truth. The Presbyterian Peacemaking Program makes good use of children's books. Intergenerational conferences often included a time of bed-time stories in which staff read books of peace and justice.

Why this focus on children's books?

Picture of children's booksOn Friday, September 2, I visited Huguenot Memorial Church (Presbyterian) in Pelham, New York. We were planning a seminar for the church at the Presbyterian Ministry ...

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July 22, 2011

Red Hands at work

What difference do Presbyterian Red Hands make?

A display of Red Hands with the message that children are children, not soldiersThis year three states: Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines have ratified or acceded to the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict. Chad recently signed an action plan to end the use of children by the country’s security forces.

Clearly the international consensus that "Children are children, not soldiers" is building.

Presbyterians are playing a part. The Red Hands made by Presbyterians are delivered to permanent missions at the United Nations asking them to encourage their ...

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July 21, 2011

Red Hands say no child soldiers

Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.
Matthew 19:14

Peng Leong stuffing envelopes with Red HandsRed Hands, made by Presbyterians across the church, were sent to the permanent missions of 26 member states of the United Nations today. The Red Hands, in a variety of styles, all bear the same message: "Children are children, not soldiers."

With the Red Hands went a request that the state sign and ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in ...

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July 13, 2011

US statement on children in armed conflict

Below are remarks from U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice on the open debate on children in armed conflict held yesterday in the United Nations Security Council:

Thank you, Mr. President. We’re grateful to you, Mr. Minister, as well as to Ambassador Wittig and the German Mission for hosting this important debate and for your leadership as Chair of the Security Council Working Group. We also very much appreciate the important statements by the Secretary General, Special Representative Coomaraswamy and UNICEF Executive Director Tony Lake.

Mr. President, abuses against children in armed conflicts do not just tear at our hearts ...

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June 27, 2011

Trick-or-Treat Congress for UNICEF

Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs (Matthew 19:14).’

Presentation with UNICEF boxIn response to Jesus’ concern for children, Presbyterians have Trick-or-Treated to raise funds to support UNICEF and its work for children around the world. I’ve encouraged Presbyterians to do so - even going so far as playing UNICEF Box Man.

Now we have a chance to Trick-or-Treat Congress when we ask the U.S. Congress to continue its funding of UNICEF.

Every fiscal year, the U.S. Congress must pass ...

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June 14, 2011

Look back on the Decade of the Child

Decade of the Child logoAs the Decade of the Child draws to a close in July of 2011, pause to consider what your congregation has done in ministry with and for children, both those within your own walls and those beyond your doors — in your community, the nation and the world. What good programs have you put in place? What special new challenges have arisen in the past ten years? What stubborn problems remain to be addressed? Visit the Child Advocacy website and post a comment about what your church is doing.

Pray for children using the video “For Children We Pray” . Set up ...

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May 5, 2011

UNRWA stages its first Gaza Marathon

From the United Nations News Centre (here's a slightly different version from UNRWA): 5 May 2011 – Gaza’s first-ever marathon took place today as some 1,500 athletes defied the sweltering heat to compete in a series of running events organized...

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April 14, 2011

Skyping the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations

This evening brought a milestone on my technological journey. I had Skyped before . . . in fact there were several Skype conversations today alone. But at about 8:20 Eastern time, as had been carefully prearranged, my Skype came to...

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March 26, 2011

Madagascar: Route to Democracy Needs Revision

As people clamor for democracy across North Africa, the United States has an opportunity to support a return to democracy in Madagascar. The United States can do this by calling on the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to revise the...

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March 22, 2011

A prayer for Madagascar

written by Cynthia Holder Rich and originally published on ecclesio.com; reposted with permission A Prayer for Madagascar God of Peace, Just Savior, Help us to be servants of those hungry for peace, not division; Strengthen our resolve to stand with...

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March 14, 2011

Share a drink of clean water

Participate in the UNICEF Tap Project Providing clean water helps achieve Millennium Development Goal 4: Reduce by two thirds, between 1990 and 2015, the under-five mortality rate

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March 13, 2011

About the UNICEF Tap Project

Share a drink of water through the UNICEF Tap Project Check out participating restaurants Find ways to help In 2007, the UNICEF Tap Project was born in New York City based on a simple concept: restaurants would ask their patrons...

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February 28, 2011

Now brothers and sisters

"They are now brothers and sisters, and now death amongst us shall stop." That's the promise made by Nuer women and Murle women in South Sudan who worked with RECONCILE International - a promise all the more amazing because of...

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January 31, 2011

Children at risk - Sudan, Myanmar, Philippines, Gaza

The Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict provides links to stories about children at risk in several places around the world. Singers strive for peace in new Sudan: The bumping beats of African...

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January 17, 2011

Give the gift of water

The UNICEF Tap Project is a nationwide campaign that provides the world’s children access to safe, clean water. During World Water Week, March 20-26, 2011, restaurants across the United States will encourage patrons to give $1 or more for the...

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January 12, 2011

Cooper House 2011 Winter Break Alternate Mission Trip

A group from the Cooper House Presbyterian Campus Ministry at Virginia Tech visited the offices of the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations on January 11. The visit was part of their 2011 Winter Break Alternate Mission Trip. Six students...

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December 18, 2010

Advent Devotion - December 18, 2010

Scripture - Isaiah 11:1–9 I love the imagery this Scripture contains. As I read this passage and reflected on the season and Guatemala, one particular phrase struck me: “a little child shall lead them.” For many in the world, it...

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December 10, 2010

Advent Devotion - December 10, 2010

Scripture - Isaiah 7:10–25 In one of our conversations with the street dweller kids in Manila, we asked them to draw on a big paper plate the food they wanted to eat during Noche Buena (a traditional Filipino dinner on...

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December 6, 2010

Praying for change in Myanmar

From the World Council of Churches “We believe in change and ask that you continue to pray for us.” This was the message an international team of church representatives heard again and again, as they visited people and churches in...

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October 28, 2010

Mary Emma Allison - Presente!

Presbyterian United Nations Ministry Word was received this evening that Mary Emma Allison died today. She and her husband, the Rev. Clyde Allison, helped start Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF sixty years ago. Children around the world are alive this evening due...

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October 25, 2010

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF in the Brooklyn area

Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations If you happen to be in Brooklyn this weekend and are looking for a way to help support UNICEF's work to care for children around the world. Here's an opportunity: Brooklyn for Peace, which...

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October 14, 2010

Trick or Treat for UNICEF

Presbyterian United Nations Ministry It has been a long time since I have attended a Halloween party. I did so tonight, joining nearly 200 adults and children to celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. This program began in...

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August 6, 2010

What happened to all those red hands?

The first batch of red hands and letters has been delivered. Over 800 red hands were created by participants in the Presbyterian Youth Triennium, They had the simple message: children should be children, not soldiers. Participants wrote some 200 letters...

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July 23, 2010

Why should children not be soldiers?

This was a question posed at the Presbyterian Youth Triennium. Participants created red hands with answers - red hands that will be delivered to world leaders to call them to put an end to the practice of using children as...

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July 22, 2010

Almost two a minute

117 Red Hand cards were made today at the Presbyterian Youth Triennium - in one hour. That's almost two messages every minute to be sent to world leaders to tell them that children are children, not soldiers! Thanks to all...

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July 21, 2010

Red Hands at Triennium - Day 1

Over 250 participants in the Presbyterian Youth Triennium created Red Hands to carry the message to world leaders that children are children, not soldiers. Some amazing messages were written: Stop the use of child soldiers: what if it was your...

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July 19, 2010

Presbyterians Say No Child Soldiers

Follow the Presbyterian effort to end the use of child soldiers on Facebook. The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, the Office of Child Advocacy, and the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program have launched a new page to provide information and advocacy...

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July 15, 2010

Sixty years of Trick or Treat

Several anniversaries were celebrated during the 219th General Assembly (2010) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in Minneapolis. The Presbyterian Peacemaking Program marked thirty years of ministry. Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF marked its sixtieth anniversary. For sixty years, children have been helping...

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May 26, 2010

Worship service on child soldiers

Worship at the Presbyterian Center on May 26, 2010 focused on child soldiers and how followers of Jesus, who welcomes children, can work to address this issue. Planned by a team of staff from the Office of Theology Worship and...

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May 19, 2010

Living the Believers’ Calling – no child soldiers!

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking: Hold a Red Hand Sunday to call for an end to the use of children as soldiers. Create red hand prints on paper or cloth (using finger paint, drawing an...

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April 29, 2010

Living the Believers’ Calling – learn about violent video games

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking: Learn about the video games to which children and youth have access and the potentially harmful effect of viewing violent content. A free booklet by the Office of Child Advocacy...

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April 28, 2010

Living the Believers’ Calling – help children learn about Sudan

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking: Use Piece Work/Peace Work: Working Together for Peace and Sudan with elementary children from Grades 1-6. It includes four sessions, one intergenerational session and a resource section with stories of...

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April 22, 2010

No child soldiers!

During a retreat, staff members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s Compassion, Peace and Justice ministry took time to create red hands to say that children should not be used as soldiers. Human Rights Watch reports that children are fighting as...

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April 14, 2010

Bring the world to you

Host an International Peacemaker in your presbytery, synod, or educational institution. International Peacemakers from 8 countries are scheduled to visit the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) from September 24 through October 18, 2009. These individuals from our partner churches will share about...

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December 19, 2009

Advent devotion - December 19, 2009

Scripture - Luke 1:1–25 Advent is a joyful time of anticipation. We await the arrival of the Christ just as prospective parents eagerly anticipate the arrival of a baby. We prepare the house; we decorate the room; we receive gifts....

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November 2, 2009

New study resource on Sudan for children

Order Piece Work/Peace Work: Working Together for Peace and Sudan at the Presbyterian Marketplace. Use item number 24-358-09-008. The cost is $8.00 plus shipping and handling.Piece Work/Peace Work: Working Together for Peace and Sudan is a curriculum designed for elementary...

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October 22, 2009

Trick or treat for UNICEF - more of the story

From the Presbyterian Child Advocacy Office: The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the PC(USA) have long had a special relationship. Why? Because Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF was initiated by the Rev. Clyde Allison, a Presbyterian minister. Allison's children and others...

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October 10, 2009

Protect children, not guns

Children's Defense Fund recently released a new report based on the latest data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing that 3,184 children and teens died from gunfire in the United States in 2006. This represents a...

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October 8, 2009

Prayer for Presbyterian AIDS Awareness Sunday

This Sunday, October 11, raise awareness and focus attention on the global AIDS epidemic — observe Presbyterian AIDS Awareness Sunday. Among the many resources available to plan for this event is the It's a Matter of Faith packet. Order or...

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September 29, 2009

How will your congregation use its share?

Congregations that receive the Peacemaking Offering are encouraged to keep 25% of the offering for use in peacemaking ministries of their choice. These funds are used in many creative ways by different congregations. Ministries supported by the Peacemaking Offering include:...

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October 24, 2008

Happy Birthday United Nations

Today, October 24 is United Nations Day. The Better World Campaign reminds us that, despite its challenges, flaw, and shortcomings, the United Nations plays a significant role in the lives of people around the world. Often the shortcomings are highlighted...

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March 11, 2008

Malawi: She Is Granny

Written by Joy Gaska …Her contagious smile reveling teeth neglected, thinning extremities speaking days gone hungry, weather worn skin with wrinkles that marked an age unknown and a compassion that echoed and told a story far more potent and poetic...

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February 29, 2008

Malawi: The Arrival

We reached the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg around 9:00 AM. After checking in, we made our way to the gate for our South Africa Airways flight to Lilongwe, Malawi. For many in the group, this is their first...

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February 29, 2008

South Africa: That I Will Be Able to Continue This Work

For seven months, the Rev. Buhle Mpofu has served as the HIV and AIDS Coordinator for the Uniting Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa (UPCSA). The church has identified addressing HIV and AIDS one of its three mission priorities. The HIV...

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February 29, 2008

South Africa: Rainbow School

It started in a building built of shipping containers. Today, the children of the Rainbow School after-school study programme fill the rooms of JL Zwane Presbyterian Church and Centre. They gather around teachers for two hours of tutoring. Children come...

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February 29, 2008

South Africa: He Did Not Like to Let Go

He liked to be high. And he did not like to let go. We visited a community-based orphanage for 15 children. JL Zwane Presbyterian Church supports the orphanage which is run by one woman and her daughter with help from...

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February 29, 2008

South Africa: JL Zwane Presbyterian Church and Centre

Our visit to the Guguletu Township on Tuesday, February 26, was coordinated by the JL Zwane Presbyterian Church and Centre. The Rev. Edwin Louw, Associate Pastor, Ms. Yvonne Daki, and Mama Nomazizi provided an introducation to the hope-filled, hope-instilling ministries...

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