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August 24, 2014

Celebrate the International Day of Peace - 2014

2014 International Day of Peace posterThe United Nations has set September 21 as the International Day of Peace. This day provides an opportunity for  individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on  a shared date. It was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly. The focus for 2014 is The Right of Peoples to Peace

Here are some ways to celebrate the International Day of Peace on September 21 or Sunday, September 22 or at some other time:

Promote the Peacemaking Offering

Organize to address racism

Observe a Minute of Silence at ...

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November 16, 2013

Visits in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Women's group meeting in the DRCDebbie Braaksma, Africa Area Coordinator; Jeff Boyd, Regional Liason for Central Africa and I traveled to Kananga and Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo this week to meet with Presbyterian Community of Congo (CPC) and Presbyterian Community of Kinshasa (CPK) church partners. In Kinshasa, we were joined by Christi Boyd, Facilitator for Women and Children’s Concerns for the PC(USA) in the region.

We had the opportunity to visit Presbyterian schools, hospitals supported by the PC(USA) and meet with church leaders about community development, health, evangelism, education and many other issues.

We also had the opportunity to speak ...

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November 8, 2013

Visiting partners in South Sudan

I’ve had the  privilege of visiting Presbyterian partners in South Sudan over the past week.  Presbyterians have been engaged with South Sudan for a long time and the strength of our partnerships was certainly evident this week. 

Photo of Ryan in South SudanFrom meeting with ACROSS and learning about the work they do with Ethiopian refugees in South Sudan and their role as a primary health service provider for UNHCR in South Sudan to the Presbyterian schools across the country, it is clear that Presbyterians are hard at work in South Sudan.

I had the opportunity to meet with leaders of the Presbyterian Church ...

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September 24, 2013

Orange Day: September 25 - Safe Schools for Girls

From the Say No UNiTE to End Violence Against Women Campaign

Say No UNiTE logoIn July last year the Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign proclaimed every 25th of the month as Orange Day. Initiated and led by the UNiTE campaign Global Youth Network, worldwide activities implemented on this day by UN country offices and civil society organizations strive to highlight issues relevant to preventing and ending violence against women and girls, not only once a year, on 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women), but every month.

Under the heading ‘Safe spaces for women and ...

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August 9, 2013

Celebrate the 2013 International Day of Peace

2013 International Day of Peace LogoThe United Nations has set September 21 as the International Day of Peace. This day provides an opportunity for  individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on  a shared date. It was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly. The focus for 2013 is Education for Peace

Here are some ways to celebrate the International Day of Peace on September 21 or Sunday, September 22 or at some other time:

Promote the Peacemaking Offering

Observe a Minute of Silence at Noon in your time zone

Ring your ...

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March 8, 2013

Advocacy for women at the UN

On FridDelegation with Ambassador Shinay afternoon, an advocacy delegation from Ecumenical Women visited the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations.

The delegation met with Ambassador Shin Dong-Ik, the Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations. From the ambassador, they learned about Korea's work on the Security Council. They shared Ecumenical Women's talking points for the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women:

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October 15, 2012

The MDGs and World Poverty Day

End Poverty 2015 Millennium Campaign logoA one-day social media action for

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

#EndPoverty – 17 October, 2012

At the 2000 UN Millennium Summit, world leaders from rich and poor countries alike committed themselves - at the highest political level - to a set of eight time-bound targets to help fight extreme poverty worldwide by 2015. These targets came to be known as the Millennium Development Goals, MDGs.

Over the last decade, millions have overcome extreme poverty and attained better access to health care and education. Despite the significant progress, challenges remain. With just 3 years left till the MDG deadline, we have ...

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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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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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November 8, 2010

Achieving the Millennium Development Goals: Teaching for Action

The Committee on Teaching about the United Nations invites you to register for their 2011 Conference. The event, Achieving the Millennium Development Goals: Teaching for Action will be held on Friday, January 14, 2011 in the North Lawn Conference Building...

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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 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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March 23, 2010

30 ideas for 30 years

Download 30 Ways to Mark 30 Years to find 30 ideas to celebrate 30 years of peacemaking. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Peacemaking: The Believers’ Calling, the General Assembly statement that called for a new emphasis on peacemaking...

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October 31, 2009

American Indian Perspectives on Thanksgiving

We are making plans to celebrate Thanksgiving at our house - selecting the menu, sending invitations, renewing traditions. The Education Office of the National Museum of the American Indian offers a teaching poster that presents "American Indian Perspectives on Thanksgiving."...

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July 1, 2009

Addressing gun violence - PC(USA) efforts

As on many issues, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has a mixed record when it comes to working on gun violence. Good statements have been made; we have not always lived up to those statements, but some good work has also...

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March 8, 2009

HIV/AIDS and peacemaking

"Where there is sickness and where there is suffering, there can be no peace." So the Rev. Kondwani Gondwe of the Matiki Presbyterian Church in Malawi reminded a group of Presbyterians on a travel/study seminar last March. The Biblical understanding...

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