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January 16, 2014

Religious Freedom Day

Elon University at the Isaiah WallToday, students from Elon University joined us at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations to look at the post-2015 development agenda, the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and intersections between social action and poverty. 

As part of their seminar, the group had the chance to visit the Permanent Mission of the United States to the United Nations.  The event, "Rising Tide of Restrictions on Religion: Religions Respond" was co-sponsored by the NGO Committee on Religious Freedom. 

Below is a press statement by Ambassador Power on the International Day of Religious Freedom.


Statement by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent ...

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December 2, 2011

Words save lives

Will you write a letter to save a life?

I will.

Tonight I signed up to participate in Amnesty International’s Write for Rights Global Write-a-thon between December 3 and December 11. This time period includes Human Rights Day.

Hundreds of thousands of people from around the world will take part in the Write for Rights Global Write-a-thon; Amnesty International calls it the world’s largest human rights event:

Through letters, cards and more, we take action to demand that the human rights of individuals are respected, protected and fulfilled. We show solidarity with those suffering human rights abuses, and ...

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October 9, 2011

A prayer for the United Nations

God of compassion, walk alongside all of your global stewards who work to create a more just and peaceful world. Equip the United Nations community with a sense of urgency and humility that lets your will be done. Each day you give bread enough for all, grant us also the wisdom to ensure that everyone has enough. Teach the world’s leaders to forgive, to extend welcome across borders. Show the world a new path beyond greed, oppression, and division. We pray for a world united. We pray for the power to save succeeding generations from war. We pray for ...

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December 18, 2010

They are free - the 43

Thirty-eight members of the Morong 43, health care workers imprisoned in the Philippines since February 2010, were released on Friday December 17. Here are links to more information: After 10 months in jail, 38 members of 'Morong 43' set free...

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December 9, 2010

Advent Devotion - December 9, 2010

Scripture - Luke 22:1–13 Why is one of the last chapters of Luke one of the first readings for Advent? Why is a story about preparations for the Last Supper at the beginning of our expectation for Christ’s birth? The...

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May 10, 2010

A prayer for Memorial Day

Holy God, your love is stronger than death, and your life-giving power has no end. We commend to your eternal care all who have died in the service of others, even as we lament the violence of war. Comfort and...

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April 25, 2010

A prayer for the people of North Korea

God of justice, we pray for the people of North Korea. We pray for those who are imprisoned and for those who have loved ones in prison. We pray for those who are persecuted for their faith or other reasons....

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January 22, 2010

Let the oppressed go free

Colleague and friend David Gambrell has posted a prayer based on Luke 4:14-21. This is the Gospel lesson for Sunday. It is a prayer that we would proclaim Christ who proclaims good news for the poor and freedom for the...

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