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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…

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January 10, 2012

The earth is God's

Group touring United NationsWhat if rather than looking at the environments as a subject for study, we took the environment as a lens or a filter through which we viewed the other issues we face?

That question lies at the heart of the January Term Doctor of Ministry class that began on Monday, January 9 and will run through Friday, January 20 at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations. Dr. Mark Douglas of Columbia Theological Seminary is teaching the course.

Monday, January 9 saw conversations about the United Nations and the Presbyterian Minstry at the United Nations.

On Tuesday, January 10, class ...

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September 19, 2011

Environment and Ecumene - A January Term D. Min. Class

Environment and Ecumene
A Doctor of Ministry Course at the United Nations, New York City
Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations and Columbia Theological Seminary
January 9-20, 2012


Every two years, the Presbyterian United Nations Office and Columbia Theological Seminary partner to hold a Doctor of Ministry Course on a topic of importance for the world and faith communities. This year, we are pleased to announce that this year’s course will examine “Environment and Ecumene.” The course will be held from January 9-20, 2012 at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations in New York. Dr. Mark Douglas will ...

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July 2, 2011

Big Tent - Day 2 - Peacemaking Conference

Here are some reports on the July 1 happenings at the Peacemaking Conference under the Big Tent:

Be Awake - Matthew Dimick ponders the opening plenary by Serene Jones

Big Tent Day 2 - Little Miss Undainty reflects on responding to gun violence, David LaMotte, and Making Peace with God's Earth

Pictures and posts on Facebook

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May 3, 2011

Register for Peacemaking Conference and Pre-Conference at the Big Tent

Register NOW for the Peacemaking Conference and Pre-Conference at Big Tent June 30-July 2, 2011 in Indianapolis, IN The Big Tent ― the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s biennial celebration of ministry and mission ― will be pitched in Indianapolis June 30-July...

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February 9, 2011

Eco-Stewards Program for Young Adults

From Eco-Journey, the blog of the Environmental Ministries Office The Eco-Stewards Program is for young adults ages 20-30 who are interested in exploring the connections between our faith and environmental stewardship. The 2011 program will take place June 2-9 with...

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November 7, 2010

Sources of information on the Madagascar crisis

Dan Turk, who with his wife Elizabeth serves as a mission co-worker in Madagascar for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), identifies the following sources for information on the crisis in Madagascar. Note that many of the news sources are available in...

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October 21, 2010

Restore democracy, respect human rights, and protect the environment in Madagascar

Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations Restoration of democracy, respect for human rights, and protection of the environment in Madagascar. That was the heart of the message provided by Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mission Co-worker Dan Turk and Doug Tilton, regional...

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September 7, 2010

Webinar on Earth Care Congregations and Energy Star

PC(USA) Congregations that are interested in working on earth care are invited to participate in a webinar from PC(USA) Environmental Ministries and ENERGY STAR for Congregations called Earth Care Congregations and How ENERGY STAR Can Help on Wednesday, October 6...

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July 27, 2010

Become an Earth Care Congregation

From Eco-Journey, the blog of the Environmental Ministries Office. Environmental Ministries is introducing the Earth Care Congregations program to encourage churches to care for God’s earth and to honor churches that have committed to this important mission.The goal of the...

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May 30, 2010

The Word and the World: Psalm 8 and the Gulf Oil Spill

by Bruce Gillettte “Effective preaching, teaching, and personal witness require disciplined study of both the Bible and the contemporary world.” --from The Confession of 1967 of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Many people in our churches have been watching the news...

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March 17, 2010

Eco-Stewards Program

Eco-Stewards Program Are you a young adult (~20-30) searching for a way to connect your faith and environmental calling? Join us for the 2010 Eco-Stewards Program, as we delve into the complex environmental issues surrounding mountains, coal, land use, and...

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March 11, 2010

Promote the Armenia Travel/Study Seminar

The Presbyterian Peacemaking Program and the Environmental Ministries Office are partners in a travel/study seminar to Armenia on November 1-12. Participants will: * Explore how people of faith care for God’s earth? * Learn about Armenia’s relationships with its neighbors,...

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November 22, 2009

What's on PC(USA) blogs

Here are a few items that have recently appeared on blogs related to Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) staff members of program offices. David Gambrell, Associate for Worship, posts a prayer for Thanksgiving. Eco-Journey, from the Environmental Ministries Office, has a link...

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October 10, 2009

Yupiks address toxic waste

In September, Presbyterian indigenous Yupik tribal leaders, youth, and elders visited policy makers in Washington, DC to discuss the environmental health issues caused by toxic waste at a former military base near their home in Alaska. Read more from the...

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October 9, 2009

Nazeli visits Miami Valley Presbytery, Ohio

Presbyterians in the Presbytery of Miami Valley (Ohio) are among those who had the opportunity to meet Dr. Nazeli Vardanyan from Armenia. Her visit included a presentation at Sinclair Community College where she made a presentation. Students had the opportunity...

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October 8, 2009

Nazeli in Western New York

Among her stops visiting Presbyterians, Dr. Nazeli Vardanyan from Armenia visited the Presbytery of Western New York. Dr. Vadranyan is director of Armenia Forest, a non-governmental organization (NGO) and president of GOY, an NGO focusing on environmental issues. Her visit...

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September 16, 2009

Eco-Journey: A new blog

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s Environmental Ministries Office has created a new blog: Eco-Journey. Recent posts focus on: Online Energy Star training opportunities - September 21 and 24 An opportunity to advocate with our Senators on climate change We welcome this...

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July 23, 2009

Environmental theology and alternative energy in Peru

This September, take part in an action trip to the rugged Andes and the majestic coast of Peru. The trip, which will take place on September 12–18, 2009, will provide an opportunity to learn more about Peru and see some...

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June 19, 2009

Embracing God's Call to Be Green

There is still time to register for the 2009 Faith and Environment Conference at Montreat Conference Center cosponsored by Presbyterians for Restoring Creation. Through worship, plenaries, workshops and more, explore what it means to be a responsible steward of creation.

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April 12, 2009

If you can't make it to Atlanta, what about Ghost Ranch?

The summer bubbles over with good opportunities for learning, fellowship, and growth. Presbyterian Peacemaking Program staff members are involved in a number of them. In June, there is the Big Tent where peacemakers will explore peacemaking in the neighborhood where...

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December 7, 2008

Environmental Work in Peru Featured on CNN

For 10 years, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) mission workers in Peru have worked to empower the residents of La Oroya, a town high in the Andes that has been devastated by mining-related environmental degradation. That decade of educating and organizing Peruvians,...

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May 18, 2008

A Faithful Summer Vacation

Sowing Mustard Seeds; Working for God’s Justice, Confronting Poverty is the theme of the 2008 Peacemaking Conference planned for July 15-19 at Chapman University in Southern California. Register now. Co-directors Edie Gause and Andrew Short commented, “ It’s inspiring to...

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