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April 6, 2016

Education empowers women: impacting the Commission on the Status of Women

Presbyterians at worship at Commission on the Status of WomenGiven the long and strong commitment to education within the Reformed tradition, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s focus during the 60th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women was the importance of education for women and girls to sustainable development. The church raised this concern in our written statement to the Commission before its meeting. During the Commission, we raised this concern in our advocacy efforts with our partners in Ecumenical Women. The church was honored to be selected to make an oral statement to the Commission. Ryan Smith, Presbyterian representative to the UN, delivered ...

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April 6, 2016

Prayer is advocacy: Ecumenical Women orientation

Ecumenical Women's orientation at the 60th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women included worship, inspiration, and organizing.

Thanks to Paul Olson for the video.

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March 30, 2016

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) oral statement at 60th Session of UN Commission on the Status of Women

Ryan Smith reads PC(USA) statementFor the second year in a row, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) was selected to make an oral statement to the Commission on the Status of Women. The church’s statement focused on the importance of education linked to sustainable development. Ryan Smith, Presbyterian representative at the UN, read the statement on behalf of the church, which is represented within the UN community by the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations.

The statement affirms:

For 177 years, the Presbyterian Church has served as one of the greatest forces for education in the world, helping hundreds of thousands of children ...

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March 16, 2016

Naming the Need for Education

By Addie Domske

Today I participated in worship for the Commission on the Status of Women, along with other women here with the Presbyterian Church (USA).

I was fortunate enough to write part of the liturgy for our short worship time, found below. (It is partially inspired by a Presbyterian women’s history month liturgy.) May we all name what needs to be named in the world!

CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: O God, for your Church universal, which throughout the ages has called women to serve in this world that you love,
People: we thank you.
Leader: For Mary of ...

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March 15, 2016

Presbyterian parallel event at the 60th Session UN Commission on the Status of Women

The Presbyterian parallel event at the 60th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women focused on education as a key to breaking cycles of poverty and empowering women. Education, free, public education, is a central value within the Reformed tradition as affirmed in the introduction to the parallel event:

In different places we are known as members of Reformed, Evangelical, United or Uniting Churches. Depending on the state we are in, we may be called Congregationalists, Waldensians or Presbyterians.

We are some 80 million Christians in more than 225 member churches present in over 100 countries ...

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March 15, 2016

Breaking Cycles of Poverty through Education

An emphasis on education, and on free public education, has been a hallmark of churches that stand in the Reformed tradition since the days of John Calvin.

The Presbyterian parallel event at the 60th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women focused on the role of education in breaking cycles of poverty, particularly for women.

A panel presentation lifted up ways Presbyterians support education in Kenya, Aotearoa New Zealand, the United States and around the world.

Beth Olker, Field Staff for Presbyterian College Women & Young Women's Ministries, Racial Ethnic & Women's Ministries, Presbyterian Mission Agency ...

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March 14, 2016

There can be no business as usual

by The Rev. Anna George Traynham

This morning, UN Under-Secretary General and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka addressed the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). One line has been ringing around the assembly halls since it left her lips: “There can be no business as usual.”

She was speaking in reference to the Sustainable Development Goals adopted in 2015. “Excellencies,” she said in her striking South African accent, “the Agenda you adopted is bold, ambitious and transformational. Now we gather to seek implementation modalities that match this bold agenda, where there can be no business as usual ...

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February 27, 2016

Follow the 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

CSW60 Logo

Over thirty Presbyterians, including fourteen young adults, will attend the 60th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women from March 14-25, 2016 in New York. The Presbyterian presence is made possible because the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is an accredited non-governmental organization with the United Nations' Economic and Social Council. The Presbyterian delegation is recruited and supported through a partnership between Presbyterian Women in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Racial Ethnic & Women's Ministries, and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations.

Learn more about Presbyterian participation in the Commission at:

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October 19, 2015

Work for gender justice

Ecumenical Women's Orientation MarchPresbyterians will join our Ecumenical Women partners to advocate for justice for women at the 60th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

The 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women will tentatively meet on March 14-24, 2016. A PC(USA) orientation will be held on the Friday before the Commission meets. The NGO Committee on the Status of Women will organize a NGO Forum that usually includes a consultation day prior to the Commission and parallel events held during the meeting of the Commission. The Commission will meet at the UN headquarters ...

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March 8, 2015

March in March

Around the world, nations, non-governmental organizations, civil society, and individuals observe March 8 as International Women's Day.

In New York, a March was held from Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza to Times Square. Thousands of women and men marched to call for all women's rights to be honored and for full equality for women.

Presbyterians were among the marchers:

Presbyterian group at the beginning of the march

Many of the signs at the March referenced UN Women's newly launched

“Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality” initiative to galvanize government pledges for action and as part of the wider Beijing+20 campaign.

“Today ...

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March 8, 2015

Sunday in Forest Hills

A number of the Presbyterian participants in the 59 Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women attended the morning worship service at First Presbyterian Church of Forest Hills to hear the Rev. Larissa Kwong Abazia, pastor of the congregation and Vice-Moderator of the 221st General Assembly of the 221st General Assembly (2014) preach.

Those who attended were inspired by the sermon and blessed by the fellowship of the congregation.

Group with the Rev. Larissa Kwong Abazia

Nurtured in spirit, the group left the church to participate in the International Women's Day March.

Thanks to Herndon Lackey for the photo.

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February 28, 2015

March for justice for women

In commemoration of the 20-year anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, Presbyterian participants in the 59th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women will join the march for gender equality on International Women’s Day! Please join us and our partners, the City of New York, the UN Women for Peace Association, NGO CSW New York, Man Up Campaign, and the Working Group on Girls.

We will march through New York City midtown, starting at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza and ending on Times Square.

TIMELINE: 
1:30 p.m. Participants begin to assemble (Dag Hammarskjold ...

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March 11, 2014

Ecumenical Women orientation - 58th Commission on the Status of Women

by Esther Lee

March 8, 2014. The long awaited Ecumenical Women Orientation had arrived.

Making my way to the United Nations early morning, I did not know what to expect other than knowing that there were going to be numerous people attending from all around the world. Upon my arrival at the Church Center, there was already a throng of attendees conversing with one another in much excitement. Though the amount of planning I had personally participated in was trivial, it was refreshing to observe the heavily planned and anticipated day finally play out.

With breakfast kicking off the day ...

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September 19, 2012

September 25 - Observe an Orange Day - Call for an end to violence against women and girls

Orange Day BannerOn September 25 observe an Orange Day – a day to say no and to work for an end to violence against women and girls. Here are some ways to mark this day:

Pray

Advocate

Act

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August 21, 2012

Orange Days: Say No – End Violence Against Women and Girls

Orange Day BannerOn the 25th of each month – join people around the world in observing an Orange Day to work and witness for an end to violence against women and girls. Read the most recent Orange Day stories.

One of the most widespread violations of human rights, violence against women and girls includes physical, sexual, psychological and economic abuse. It cuts across boundaries of age, race, culture, wealth and geography. It takes place in the home, on the streets, in schools and workplaces, in farm fields and refugee camps, and during conflicts and crises.

Violence against women and girls takes many ...

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July 25, 2012

Orange Day says end violence against women

Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations staff on Orange DayThe UNiTE campaign proclaims every 25th of the month as Orange Day, aiming to raise awareness about the issue of violence against women and girls, not only once a year on 25 November (the International Day to End Violence against Women), but every month!

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign aims to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls in all parts of the world.

UNiTE brings together a host of UN agencies and offices to galvanize action across the UN system to prevent and punish violence against women.

Through UNiTE, the ...

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July 24, 2012

Outcomes from the 56th Commission on the Status of Women

The Commission on the Status of Women has recommended that the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations approve draft language on the following topics:

Detailed language on each of these areas are available in the full report ...

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March 20, 2012

Women share stories of hope at the United Nations

Women make up the majority of the world’s poor. The reality of the world today is that women are disproportionately affected by poverty, due to unequal access to resources and opportunities, discriminatory land and inheritance laws, and unequal distribution of household resources. Violence against women persists, particularly in regions ravaged by war and natural disasters.

Meeting So begins Allie Naskret's reflection on the process and experience of the 56th Session of the Commission of the Status of Women. A student at Princeton Theological Seminary, Allie serves as a field education student with the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations ...

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March 18, 2012

All children of God

Marsha Landrith (right) and St. James membersOn Sunday, March 4, Marsha Landrith, Presbyterian participant in the Commission on the Status of Women, preached at St. James Presbyterian Church in Harlem.

The sermon focused on Mark 8:28-38. Jesus and his disciples are on a journey on foot that will eventually land them in Jerusalem for what we know as Palm Sunday.

Marsha notes that, "From the beginning of his earthly ministry, almost everything Jesus said or did came to his disciples and the world around him as a complete surprise." This encounter proves no different.

In our reading from Mark this morning, just as the disciples ...

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March 18, 2012

Re-Authorize the Violence Against Women Act!

Here’s a way to follow-up on the Commission on the Status of Women:

Call both of your Senators’ offices in Washington today and ask them vote YES on the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act.

Our partners in Presbyterian Women tell us that now is the time influence our Senators on the Violence Against Women Act. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has agreed to bring VAWA, S. 1925, to the Senate Floor very, very soon—possibly next week! And Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) became a co-sponsor of VAWA yesterday bringing our total co-sponsors to 59! We now ...

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March 14, 2012

Christ the Living Water

During the 56th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, participants made connections women from around the world. Participants also made connections with the Presbytery of New York City. On Sunday, several participants preached in congregations of the presbytery.

Emily Denon, student at Vanderbilt Divinity School, preached at Glen Morris Presbyterian Church. Her text was John 4:5-42. This passage contains the story of the Samaritan woman who met Jesus at Jacob's Well.

The sermon begins with a consideration of water - water that plays a key role in literature and in the Bible - water that plays a ...

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March 9, 2012

1,000 Days: Improving Nutrition for Rural Women

By Nancy Neal

Isatou JallowOn Friday, March 1,  at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York, Bread for the World and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) co-sponsored a parallel event called 1,000 Days: Improving Nutrition for Rural Women. Other co-sponsors included the Women's Missionary Society of the AME Church, Franciscans International, the 1,000 Days Partnership, Save the Children, and Family Care International. The effort was coordinated by staff at The Hunger Project. A standing room only crowd of over 100 came out to hear about the importance of maternal and child nutrition ...

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March 8, 2012

Voices, promises, covenant

Leigh Bonner speakingDuring the Commission on the Status of Women, Presbyterian participants made connections with area Presbyterians in several ways. A number of the participants came from the New York City area. The parallel event partnered with the Poverty Initiative from Union Theological Seminary. Participants attended the World Day of Prayer service at Glen Morris Presbyerian Church. A luncheon was held.

And on Sunday, March 4, three participants preached in congregations in the Presbytery of New York City. Marsha Landrith preached at St. James Presbyterian Church. Emily Denton preached at Glen Morris Presbyterian Church. Leigh Bonner preached at the Church of the ...

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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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March 7, 2012

What I learned at CSW56

Rhonda Everdyke and Leah Ntuala in conversationThe Rev. Leah Ntuala, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Seneca Falls, served as part of the Presbyterian delegation to the 56th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women. It marked the first time she had attended the Commission. She returned to preach in Seneca Falls on Sunday 4 March.

She shared her first reflections on the CSW experience:

Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

Mary Ann Radmacher

I heard about CSW56 through the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations. I ...

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March 6, 2012

From Story to Skills: Advocating with Women in Rural Areas

Kym leads Bible StudyA Parallel Event at the 56th Commission on the Status of Women

During this parallel event women from rural contexts shared their stories connecting experience to issues, Global North to Global South, and the Bible to advocacy, with small group opportunities to learn more and determine actions we can take during the Commission on the Status of Women and at home to address poverty and hunger and work for just development. The event was organized by Presbyterian Women, Young Women’s Leadership Development, Women’s Leadership Development, and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations in the PC(USA), and ...

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March 6, 2012

Action plans from the parallel event From Story to Skills: Advocating with Women in Rural Areas

Small group discussionDuring the parallel event From Story to Skills: Advocating with Women in Rural Areas, held at the 56th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, participants were invited to share action plans that they plan to implement:

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March 6, 2012

Key insights from the parallel event From Story to Skills: Advocating with Women in Rural Areas

Meredith Mimlitz reportsDuring the parallel event From Story to Skills: Advocating with Women in Rural Areas, held at the 56th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, participants were invited to gather and discuss and share key insights they gleaned:

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March 5, 2012

Intersections: CTAUN and CSW: education and sustainability

Written by Grace Bickers

After advocacy training at both the Presbyterian and Ecumenical Women’s orientations for the Commission on the Status of Women and a week’s worth of insight from the remarkable women making up these delegations, I was excited to learn how the information I learned during a previous opportunity to attend the annual CTAUN (Committee for Teaching About the United Nations) conference on the theme of “Education IS a Human Right” could be put to work. Much of the information shared at the conference is directly relevant to the Ecumenical Women’s advocacy talking points: access ...

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March 5, 2012

Who do you say that I am?

The Commission on the Status of Women enters its second week today. The Commission continues to meet and work on its task of making recommendations related to "the empowerment of women living in rural areas and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, development and current challenges" (Presbyterian revised version of the Commission's theme). Presbyterians continue to attend side events and advocate with the Commission in partnership with our Ecumenical Women colleagues.

Some of the Presbyterian participants have already returned home and have begun to tell the story of their time at the Commission.

The Rev. Emily Miller returned ...

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May 14, 2011

Blessed are the peacemakers

From across the Presbytery of New York City they came to First Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn for the Presbyterian Women's Spring Gathering. The 2011-2012 Horizons Bible Study, Confessing the Beatitudes by the Rev. Dr. Margaret Aymer, provided the theme and...

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April 30, 2011

Thursday night in Queens

"You have the coolest job." That was one of the closing comments to my time at the First Presbyterian Church in Whitestone. Pastor Andy James had invited me to visit during Lent and share about the Presbyterian Ministry at the...

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April 23, 2011

On Empowering Women through Art in South Sudan

Honna Eichler reflects on the ministry of Milcah Lalam of RECONCILE International in Sudan. They met during the 55th session of Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations. Honna writes: “With art there is no barrier.” These...

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March 19, 2011

What do we do?

We ansered that question on Friday for a group from First Presbyterian Church in Bloomington, Indiana. At the end of a long day, at the end of a long week, the group arrived at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United...

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March 12, 2011

Advocacy resources on Libya and Côte d'Ivoire

Reports from Libya and Côte d'Ivoire tell of violence and displacement. Ecumenical Women at the United Nations — an international coalition of church denominations and ecumenical organizations, including the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) — has developed tools to encourage women and...

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March 10, 2011

How does RECONCILE Work

Milcah Lalam of RECONCILE, a mission partner of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), attended the Commission on the Status of Women. Presbyterian Women arranged for her to attend. The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations coordinated the Presbyterian presence at the...

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March 8, 2011

United Nations observes International Women’s Day

Video Message Transcript Written Message: International Women’s Day 2011: Time to Make the Promise of Equality a Reality Message from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Reports from the 55th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women AllWomen in the...

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March 3, 2011

Reflections on New Zealand

Pam Tankersley of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa/New Zealand spoke at the Ecumenical Women's worship service on March 1. She reflected on the earthquake that struck her country - of the loss of human life - the injuries - the...

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March 2, 2011

From the Midwest to the UN: One Woman's Story

By Cindy Eschliman It is not often that I am put in a position of being in the minority. I am a young, white woman, who grew up in Hutchinson, KS – the center of the Midwest and I now...

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March 2, 2011

Learning Methodologies - Post Trauma 4

Ecumenical Women presented a parallel event, Learning Methodologies- Post Trauma on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at the 55th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women. This panel discussion will include speakers whose bodies of work focus on post-trauma...

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March 2, 2011

Learning Methodologies - Post Trauma 3

Ecumenical Women presented a parallel event, Learning Methodologies- Post Trauma on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at the 55th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women. This panel discussion will include speakers whose bodies of work focus on post-trauma...

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March 2, 2011

Learning Methodologies - Post Trauma 2

Ecumenical Women presented a parallel event, Learning Methodologies- Post Trauma on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at the 55th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women. This panel discussion will include speakers whose bodies of work focus on post-trauma...

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March 2, 2011

Learning Methodologies - Post Trauma 1

Ecumenical Women presented a parallel event, Learning Methodologies- Post Trauma on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at the 55th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women. This panel discussion will include speakers whose bodies of work focus on post-trauma...

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March 1, 2011

Nothing Is Lost on the Breath of God

Pam Tankersley of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa/New Zealand spoke at the Ecumenical Women's worship service this morning. She reflected on the earthquake that struck her country - of the loss of human life - the injuries - the pain...

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March 1, 2011

A world where all live, all thrive

Carolyn Groseclose Sprinkle, a member of Presbyterian Women from Sparta, North Carolina, reflects on her experience at the 55th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women. She considers God's vision of a world where all live and all...

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March 1, 2011

Going home to make a difference

Pam Snyder, a member of Presbyterian Women from Staunton, Virginia, reflects on her experience at the 55th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women. She considers what she has learned and what she will do when she returns...

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February 25, 2011

Ratify CEDAW

On behalf of Presbyterian participants in the 55th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, Louise Davidson of Presbyterian Women invites the ecumenical community to join in an advocacy effort to secure Senate ratification of the Convention to...

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February 25, 2011

Reflections on statement by Ms. Michelle Bachelet, Under Secretary General and Executive Director of UN Women

Reflections on statement by Ms. Michelle Bachelet, Under Secretary General and Executive Director of UN Women « Ecumenical Women at the United Nations.

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February 25, 2011

Worship at Ecumenical Women CSW - 2/24/11

Each day at the Commission on the Status of Women begins with worship for Ecumenical Women. Different denominations take turns leading the service. Today was the turn of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Here's the Prayer of Confession and Assurance of...

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February 23, 2011

CSW Webcast

Follow the meetings of the Commission on the Status of Women on the United Nations Webcast. Presbyterians (and others) are gathering in the conference room of the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations to view the Webcast.

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February 23, 2011

Intergenerational Empowerment and the Work of the Church at the 55th Commission of the Status of Women

by Honna Eichler I am currently sitting in the PC(USA) office in the UN Church Center, peering out the window at the busy UN complex below. The streets below are vibrantly full and include many from an international community dedicated...

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February 22, 2011

Presbyterians at CSW55 - 21 February 2011

About 30 Presbyterians will attend the Commission on the Status of Women. This participation is a partnership between Presbyterian Women, Racial Ethnic Young Women Together, the National Network of Presbyterian College Women, and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations....

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February 22, 2011

Toward agreed conclusions at CSW55

An outcome of the 55th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women will be the agreed conclusions. Through the agreed conclusions, the Commission will urge "Governments, the relevant entities of the United Nations system, international and regional organizations,...

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February 21, 2011

We gathered

From churches and countries around the world, we gathered at the Church Center for the United Nations. Followers of Jesus Christ, seekers of justice, supporters of human rights for women, men, and all people, we gathered. To dance, to worship,...

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February 20, 2011

Commission on the Status of Women

The Ecumenical Women's orientation for Commission on the Status of Women has started. Follow along on Twitter at #CSW.

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February 19, 2011

Prayers for a Saturday morning . . .

and other times . . . Pray for the people of . . . Yemen, Bahrain, Jordan, Libya and other countries who call for change . . . Uganda who are vote . . . Palestine and Israel who stand...

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February 14, 2011

Upcoming: side event at the CSW

Presbyterian Women are bringing Milcah Lalam of RECONCILE in Sudan to the CSW (Commission on the Status of Women) in February. The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations will host the Presbyterian presence at the CSW. RECONCILE's mission is to...

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February 9, 2011

Coming in February ... the Commission on the Status of Women

The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations is preparing to welcome Presbyterian participants for the Commission on the Status of Women from February 22 through March 4. Presbyterian Women is a key partner in this event. The Commission on the...

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January 29, 2011

We can give that a try

They arrived from Boston at around 2:00 a.m. on Friday morning and by 9:30 a.m, they made it to the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations. Five students, two faculty members, and an assistant from the Program for International and...

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January 26, 2011

Living as global disciples - adult education class

The people kept coming and more and more chairs were brought into the room. On Sunday, January 23, I had the privilege to lead an adult class at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church.We gathered at 12:30, after worship in the Corning...

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October 29, 2010

Ecumenical Young Adults at 2010 Commission on the Status of Women

Check out this video from the Ecumenical Young Adults group to get a flavor of what happens at the annual meetings of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). Learn more about attending the 55th Session of the CSW...

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October 29, 2010

Attend the 55th Commission on the Status of Women

The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations invites Presbyterians to consider attending the 55th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) on February 22 through March 4, 2011. There will be orientations on February 20 and 21....

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