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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.

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Groups working on issues affecting children

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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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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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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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June 9, 2010

Stop violence against women - worldwide!

From our colleagues in the Presbyterian Washington Office Support the International Violence Against Women Act The International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA) has been introduced in the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill, which was also introduced in...

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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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February 3, 2010

Red hands say no child soldiers

Human Rights Watch reports that children currently are used as soldiers fighting in at least 14 countries around the world. They note that “Boys and girls alike are forced into combat, exploited for their labor, and subjected to unspeakable violence.”...

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February 12, 2009

Red Hand Day - The Effort Continues

We rejoice in the witness of 250,000 red hands being delivered to the United Nations Secretary-General. Among those were red hands created by Presbyterians at the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators' Annual Conference. During 2009, the 20th anniversary of the...

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December 18, 2008

Raise a Red Hand; Stop the Use of Child Soldiers

February 12, 2009 is Red Hand Day - the international child soldier’s commemoration day, a day to work to end the use of child soldiers. According to an optional protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child,...

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