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June 29, 2015

70th Celebration of the United Nations Charter Day

by Nathan Jumper

UN 70th Anniversary logoJune 26 marks the 70th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter. It set the stage for the ratification of the UN Charter which was completed October . It is, as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon remarked:

an opportunity to reflect – to look back on the UN’s history and take stock of its enduring achievements. It is also an opportunity to spotlight where the UN – and the international community as a whole – needs to redouble its efforts to meet current and future challenges across the three pillars of its work: peace and security, development, and human rights.

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June 29, 2015

We were wrong: Midyear 2015 report by OCHA South Sudan

by Sarah Hoyle

Six months ago, we thought that violence and suffering had peaked and peace was on the horizon. We were wrong.

- Toby Lanzer, Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan

Unfortunately now, conditions in South Sudan are much worse than they were six months ago. OCHA South Sudan has just released the midyear report on conditions and progress in the region, and crises for those caught in violence and turmoil in South Sudan are as dire as ever.

Cover of OCHA South Sudan Midyear reportThe report highlights 4 main areas of crisis that are currently of greatest concern. 

1. Displacement. About 2.1 million people have ...

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June 29, 2015

70th anniversary concert

by Amélie Clémot

UN 70th anniversary logoTo commemorate the 70th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Charter, musicians from Sweden, who will perform at the official ceremonies on June 26th in San Francisco, came to the Church Center for the United Nations to compliment the reading and reaffirmation of the UN Charter. The piece preformed, "The Way Chose You," was written and directed by Stefan Safsten, who was inspired to compose the piece after reading the following poem by Dag Hammarskjöld, the second UN secretary general and the only one to die in the line of duty:

Tired ...

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June 25, 2015

Legally binding obligations to fight violence against women and girls

by Nathan Jumper

Orange Day BannerOn this Orange Day to witness and work for an end to violence against women and girls, here's a proposal for another step in that effort.

The United Nations Special Rapporteur* on violence against women, Rashida Manjoo, has called for the creation of a legally binding framework on violence against women and girls within the UN human rights system.

This legal instrument would provide a clear, normative framework for the protection of women and girls in order to ensure that States are held accountable to humanitarian standards that are legally binding. A monitoring body would be ...

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June 23, 2015

Let’s Develop—Our Lives—Our Communities—Our Identities—Without Drugs

by Nathan Jumper

When global leaders gather this September to adopt the post-2015 development agenda, one of the obstacles  they must address will be the harm to communities and individuals caused by drug trafficking. Despite continued and increased efforts by the international community, the world drug problem continues to constitute a serious threat to public health, particularly young people. Up to 200,000 people die every year due to illicit drugs. These people cause injury not only to themselves but also injure the communities of which they are a part by undermining socio-economic and political stability. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon recently ...

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June 22, 2015

Elder abuse or violence against older persons?

by Willa Van Camp and Amelie Clemot

World Elder Abuse Awareness Week logoOn June 15, a panel discussion was held on Elder Abuse vs. Violence against Older Persons. Sponsored by the Group of Friends for Older Persons, the panel included permanent representatives of member state missions to the UN and representatives of UN programs and non-governmental organizations. The panelists discussed the various issues surrounding this topic. The first concern discussed was the lack of consensus on how to define violence against older persons. The official definition of elder abuse – the single, or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there ...

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June 20, 2015

World Refugee Day

by Nathan Jumper

The United Nations General Assembly has designated June 20 as World Refugee Day. This day is set aside in order to remember the massive numbers of people who are forcibly removed from their homes everyday.

The Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has issued a call for prayer and recommitment to refugees and asylees. 

That the treatment of refugees remains a pervasive and urgent humans rights issue is reflected in Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remark from 2014:

Around the world, conflict has forced a record number of people to flee ...

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June 20, 2015

End sexual violence in armed conflict

by Sarah Hoyle, Willa Van Camp, Amelie Clemot

The General Assembly of the UN met today and named June 19th as the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict. Many representatives spoke to reiterate the fact that this day should stand out from the others as a rallying cry to end the devastating epidemic of sexual violence in war.

The the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Bangura stated that “This annual commemoration will serve as a global call to action for security, justice and service actors on behalf of survivors ...

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June 12, 2015

Making It Work

by Sarah Hoyle

On June 10, a side event to the 8th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities featured a presentation about the Making it Work initiative. This initiative was begun in partnership with countries around the world that had developed best practices to prevent violence against women and girls with disabilities and empower them to assert their rights.

These women and girls need legal advocates and access to justice, since often times the ones abusing them are the very people who should be their legal guardians. These women ...

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June 12, 2015

Opportunities for empowerment and inclusion

by Madeline Bacchus

On June 10, a side event to the 8th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities featured a panel on Arab youth with disabilities and the opportunities of empowerment and inclusion they have. The panel addressed cases from Palestine, Syria and Morocco.  Among the speakers were representatives from The Zero Project, Disabled People International (DPI) and the Federal Organization of Deaf Persons in Morocco.

All spoke in depth of the work they and their organizations have done and continue to do to aid people with disabilities.  Pauline ...

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June 12, 2015

New perspectives on education: Palestinian children living with disabilities in refugee camps

by Madeline Bacchus

On Wednesday, June 10, a discussion was hosted by a member of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and a member of World Vision on new education perspectives for Palestine refugee children with disabilities living in refugee camps in Lebanon. The setting of the camps is already dangerous for those who are able-bodied, with narrow streets, exposed electric wires running alongside water and limited natural sunlight.  The added on limited number of schools and health facilities makes life extremely difficult for those living with a disability.  Access to education specifically is limited, if not impossible ...

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June 10, 2015

Teo Ufford-Chase - summer 2015 intern

by Teo Ufford-Chase

teo ufford-chase outside UNHey all! My name is Teo Ufford-Chase and I am the latest intern to join the team at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations. I am a rising junior studying politics and economics at Eckerd College. This is actually my second time working as an intern here; the first was back in April of 2013. I am very excited to be back at the United Nations, a place that I feel is at the center of so much positive change in the world.

I feel very enthusiastic about having the opportunity to return to the UN ...

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June 9, 2015

NO to Child Labour—Yes to Quality Education

by Nathan Jumper

World Day Against Child Labour posterThe following statement was made in June 2014 and is attributable to the President of the General Assembly at the United Nations (UN):

Each year on June 12, the United Nations family observes World Day Against Child Labour. 168 million children still engage in illegal forms of labour, mostly in the informal economy and agriculture. Eighty-five million of these children work in severely hazardous conditions. Several millions more are victims of forced labour, commercial sexual exploitation, and other illicit activities.

But in recent years we have made progress. Since 2000, the United Nations has reduced child labour ...

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June 8, 2015

All God's gifts

by Sarah Hoyle
This is a version of the sermon Sarah preached at the Tillman Chapel, Church Center for the United Nations, on 5 June 2015.

Sarah Hoyle preaching Saying grace before a meal is a funny thing in my family. I always like to volunteer to pray, because my dad will often draw it out with a “Blessed be you oh God, Creator of the Universe…” and then sing the “Amen”when I would much rather rush through “God is great, God is good.” Even today, if I remember to pause to give thanks for the meal at all, it’s often ...

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June 8, 2015

Healthy oceans, healthy planet

by Nathan Jumper

Secretary General of the United Nations (UN) Ban Ki-moon recently made a statement on the importance of the world’s oceans to the post-2015 sustainable development goals. He remarked:

Given how critical oceans are to the health of our planet and the prosperity of people, they are an essential element in our emerging vision for sustainable development, including the new set of sustainable development goals now being prepared to guide the global fight against poverty for the next 15 years. Climate change poses a great challenge for the health and productivity of the oceans. The science is ...

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June 4, 2015

Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.

World Environment Day logo

The World Environment Day (WED) is the United Nations’ principle vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness of the environment and responsible management of the planet’s natural resources. This years’ theme is Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.

Italy—a country at the forefront of global action towards improved global nutrition and resource use—is the global host this year. Gian Luca Galletti, Italian Minister for the Environment, remarked, “This year, WED will focus on the need to respect the carrying capacity of the planet and to manage natural resources efficiently—all aspects that are of utmost importance if ...

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June 2, 2015

Our home, God's creation

by Amelie Clemot

World Environment Day LogoThe earth, God's creation, is our home: we rely upon it for air, shelter, food and water... Yet, we humans are the earth's biggest threat. How is it that we are comfortable destroying the very thing on which we depend for life and existence?

Well, it could be because we just don't think about the environment during our day-to-day life. Sure, most of us try to recycle our food packages, but I will be the first to admit that when I'm at the grocery store I do not base my purchasing decisions on ...

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June 1, 2015

Willa Van Camp - summer 2015 intern

by Willa Van Camp

Photo of Willa Van CampHello, my name is Willa Van Camp and I am the newest summer intern. I am a rising junior at Austin College in Sherman, TX where I am studying Economics and Math. I am originally from Palo Alto, CA where I am a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church. My church came for a seminar at the Presbyterian Ministry in June of 2012. That's how I learned about the internships.

I am very excited to be here this summer and get a chance to learn about a number of different issues. I am especially looking forward ...

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June 1, 2015

A Shift in Perspective- Child Sex Trafficking and Advocacy in NYC

by Sarah Hoyle

Thursday, May 28 was a long day. I didn’t step back into my summer dorm until 9:30pm, still in my work clothes and my not-made-for-NYC shoes. Rev. Koenig, German Zarate, and I had just come from a performance and panel discussion hosted by End Child Prostitution and Trafficking-USA (ECPAT-USA), the NYC Clergy Roundtable and other organizations working to end sex trafficking. ECPAT-USA is a long-time partner of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

The performance, "A Day in the Life" by the young women of The Arts Effect NYC, gave faces to the stories of ...

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June 1, 2015

Protecting civilians in armed conflict - South Sudan

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May 28, 2015

Madeline Bacchus - summer 2015 intern

by Madeline Bacchus

photo of Madeline BacchusMy name is Madeline Bacchus and I will be interning for the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations during the summer of 2015. I am a rising sophomore at Tufts University, where I am studying Peace and Justice Studies and Communications, and a member of the Presbyterian Church of Sweet Hollow in Melville, New York.

This summer I hope to learn more about the UN’s relationship with and involvement in gender equality and justice. I also hope to become involved and have the opportunity to contribute to such efforts, as I am very concerned with human ...

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May 28, 2015

International Day of UN Peacekeepers

by Nathan Jumper

international day of peacekeeping logoUnited Nations Secretary-General Ban-Ki-moon once remarked: “United Nations peacekeeping has given life to the UN Charter’s aim ‘to unite our strength to maintain international peace and security’. Through years of struggle and sacrifice, the iconic Blue Helmet has earned its place as a symbol of hope to millions of people living in war-ravaged lands.”

These words capture the work of an organization that has become one of the main tools in the international pursuit of justice and peace. Since its inception in 1948 the United Nations (UN) has established 70 peacekeeping operations around the globe. Currently ...

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May 28, 2015

Sarah Hoyle - summer 2015 intern

by Sarah Hoyle

Sarah Hoyle outside the UNHello everyone! My name is Sarah Hoyle, and I am one of the new summer interns. I am a rising senior Politics and International Affairs Major at Wake Forest University. I am also a member of Clemmons Presbyterian Church in Clemmons, North Carolina where I have for a long time been interested in how Christ calls us to advocate and work for victims of injustice.

I am interested in learning more this summer about food justice and hunger on an international scale, an issue which the Presbyterian Church is very involved in. As a Political Science major ...

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May 28, 2015

Dan Dorrow - summer 2015 intern

by Dan Dorrow

Photo of Dan DorrowMy name is Dan Dorrow. My internship with the Presbyterian Ministry at the UN during this summer of 2015 fulfills my final Master of Divinity requirement at Princeton Theological Seminary. I look forward to learning about and contributing to the Ministry’s important work here as I discern my post-graduation future.

I am interested in all aspects of social justice. I believe that our Christian faith offers important resources for public conversations about the common good. My first career as an economist informs my thinking as a theologian on issues like the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals ...

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May 27, 2015

Learn more about Western Sahara

by Nathan Jumper

Map of Africa, Western Sahara in GreenBasic Facts

Western Sahara is formally listed by the United Nations as a “Non-Self-Governing Territory.” This means that it possesses neither independence nor formal incorporation in another country. Located on the Northwestern coast of Africa, South of Morocco and North of Mauritania, Western Sahara is comprised of a population estimated at 550,000, most of whom are Sunni Muslim. From the late 1800s through 1976, Western Sahara was a colony of Spain and, as is often the case of former colonies, Western Saharan boundaries still reflect the interests of its colonizing power. There is currently an intense ...

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May 22, 2015

Gender Inequality, Non-communicable Diseases, and the SDGs

by Nathan Jumper and Amelie Clemot

Cover of report on Women and Non-communicable diseasesThe NGO Committee on the Status of Women/New York and the NGO Committee on Mental Health recently held a panel session in the UN community on the relation between gender equality and non-communicable diseases (NCDs). NCDs are currently divided into four categories: cancers, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory diseases, and diabetes. (Interestingly, a recent Harvard study has listed Mental Health as a fifth category of NCD. However, this is not yet recognized in other official venues.) One of the central discussions at the panel was the economic impact of NCDs. Simply put, they are ...

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May 19, 2015

Amelie Clemot - summer 2015 intern

by Amelie Clemot

photo of Amelie ClemotMy name is Amelie Clemot and I will be interning at the Presbyterian Ministry at the UN this summer of 2015. I am a rising sophomore at Wesleyan University and am studying Psychology and International Relations.

My goal this summer is to learn more about the UN and its relationship with NGOs such as the Presbyterian Ministry. In addition, I am very concerned with human rights and am involved with the ACLU on my campus. I hope to contribute to projects on women and children’s rights and to learn more about the different causes and global ...

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May 19, 2015

Nathan Jumper - summer 2015 intern

by Nathan Jumper

photo of Nathan JumperHello! My name is Nathan Jumper and I am a summer intern with the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations. I am entering the final year of my Master of Divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary and plan to apply to PhD programs in Religious and Cultural Studies for Fall 2016.

My primary research interest concerns an analytics of power as it is manifested in forms of bodily violence and sexuality. My interest in the movements of bodies has led to more concrete and particular concerns, such as racial justice and gender equity. I feel very fortunate to ...

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October 23, 2014

Faith intersects with the international community

by Grace Segers

Grace Segers outside secretariatThis summer, I interned at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, aided by a scholarship from the Peace, Justice, and Hunger Working Group. At the Ministry, I got to see the intersection of faith and international politics in action.

The internship was simply an amazing experience. The Presbyterian Ministry at the UN is in the Church Center for the United Nations, which houses many religious non-governmental organizations. It is located directly across from the United Nations itself, so I always felt like I was right in the middle of the action. I attended numerous meetings on ...

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October 13, 2014

Jamie Yen Tan - intern, 2014-15 academic year

photo of Jamie Yen Tan by UN Secretariatby Jamie Yen Tan

Hi, my name is Jamie Yen Tan and I am a year-long intern with the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations.  I grew up in Irvine, California and am now a Master of Divinity Senior at Princeton Theological Seminary.  I recently lived in Singapore where I studied at Trinity Theological College, Singapore and served with The Presbyterian Church in Singapore (Orchard Road Presbyterian Church).

At this internship I look forward to supporting the PC(USA)’s collaborative work towards justice, particularly alongside other nations, NGOs, and faith-based organizations.  My primary interests are racial justice, gender equity ...

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October 9, 2014

Alison Fraser - intern, 2014-15 academic year

picture of alison klingby Alison Fraser

Hello, my name is Alison Fraser and I am working this year as an intern at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations. The goal of the staff here are to equip and connect Presbyterians for ministry, in order to serve as faithful disciples of Jesus to the global community. In supporting this work, I will be learning about how the church responds to the realities of the issues of security, instability, hunger, peace, justice and reconciliation.

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia, and moved out to New York to participate in Teach ...

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October 9, 2014

Richard Aylor - intern, 2014-15 academic year

photo of Richard Aylorby Richard Aylor

My name is Richard Aylor, and I am interning for the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations this academic year.  I am currently a senior at Princeton Theological Seminary and a candidate for ordination in the PC(USA).  I am looking forward to this internship because I have always felt called to public advocacy ministry and am interested in my denomination’s role on international justice issues. 

As someone called to minister in a parish, I feel that it is very important that churches are educated on international issues.  The church is not confined to a building ...

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August 12, 2014

International Youth Day 2014

By Max Hill

20% of world's youth experience a mental health conditionToday is International Youth Day 2014. The purpose this day is to raise awareness for youth living with mental health issues. The United Nations says the reason for this being the focus of this International Youth Day this year is, “Youth with mental health conditions can often experience stigma and discrimination, which in turn can lead to exclusion and/or discourage people from seeking help for fear of being negatively ‘labeled’.”

I see this issue as one that hits close to home for me. Growing up I had (and still have) many friends that live with mental ...

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August 5, 2014

First Presbyterian Church Albuquerque learns about child soldiers

by Max Hill

First Presbyterian Church Albuquerque group at the Isaiah WallOn July 15, I had the pleasure of leading a discussion for our guests from First Presbyterian Church of Albuquerque. This discussion focused on the issue of the recruitment and use of children as soldiers around the world. The group’s initial thoughts on what a child soldier looked like were not unexpected. The group, for the most part, agreed that when they thought of a child being used as a soldier, they thought of a boy around fifteen or sixteen years old with a gun. This definition gave me a great jumping off point with the ...

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July 11, 2014

How will you use your 67 minutes?

by Christina Gore

In November of 2009 the United Nations General Assembly declared July 18 Nelson Mandela International Day. Nelson Mandela International Day is a day honoring the memory of the great president of South Africa for his contributions to peace and freedom all over the world.  The United Nations has issued a call for individuals to spend 67 minutes helping others.  Each minute represents a year that Mandela spent serving others.


Nelson Mandela once said, “We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hands to make a difference. “ It is in all ...

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July 8, 2014

Progress made, work to do, on children in armed conflict

by Max Hill

No child soldiers red handsLast week the Secretary-General released the annual report on Children and Armed Conflict. This report summarized all of the progress that has been made in terms of reducing the amount of children involved in situations of armed conflict, as well as highlighted areas where work still needs to be done. UN Special Representative on Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, stated that there are 23 situations around the world in which children are being used in armed conflict in some way.

The annual report named some specific groups and areas where clear violations of children’s rights ...

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July 7, 2014

Be our media

by Max Hill

Group shot of four students and colleaguesOn 1 July 2014, I attended a meeting with four students from Bethlehem University (BU), a Catholic university founded in 1973, in Palestine. Our partner NGO Caritas Internationalis arranged the meeting for members of the Israel-Palestine NGO Working Group.

The four students were all very personable and had many positive things to say about their experiences both at the university and their time here in the United States. All four are here as a part of BU’s ambassador program and are participating in 6-week internships arranged through Caritas and its partners

To kick off the meeting ...

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July 3, 2014

Problems and progress with command and control in UN peacekeeping missions

by Grace Segers

The Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations hosted a panel on July 3, 2014, entitled “UN Command and Control Arrangements: Progress, Challenges, Opportunities.” The purpose was to discuss the successes of command and control (C2) arrangements of UN peacekeeping operations, while also highlighting issues and proposing solutions to remedy any flaws. The event was moderated by Mr. Adam Smith, Senior Fellow and Head of the IPI Center for Peace Operations.

One of the first speakers was Mr. Herve Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), who referenced a 2012 DPKO evaluation of ...

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June 25, 2014

Why I wear orange - Christina Gore on ending violence against women and girls

Christina Gore is a student at the University of Tennessee and an intern with the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations during the summer of 2014

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June 25, 2014

Why wear orange? Max Hill on ending violence against women

 

Max Hill is a student at the University of Arkansas and an intern at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations for the summer of 2014.

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June 23, 2014

Christina Gore - summer intern 2014

by Christina Gore

Christina Gore and Ryan SmithMy name is Christina Gore. I am from Franklin, Tennessee, and I am a rising sophomore at the University of Tennessee (UT).  I am majoring in Environmental Studies with a minor in Economics. I am a member of Second Presbyterian Church in Nashville and I am also involved in the Presbyterian Campus Ministry at UT.

For the next six weeks, I have the pleasure of serving as an intern at the Presbyterian Mission at the United Nations. I am very excited to have this opportunity to work with the Presbyterian Church on the international stage. I have ...

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June 13, 2014

Gail Carol Nelson - summer intern 2014

Gail Carol Nelson outside UNMy name is Gail Carol Nelson.  Four years ago I retired from the field of education, teaching and learning with students of all ages.  Last September, for the first time I began formal theological studies.  The gift of my ecumenical placement as an intern at the Presbyterian Ministry to the United Nations is associated with this ongoing education.   Beginning this summer, I hope to become more deeply aware of international efforts to bring reconciliation where there is presently conflict.  I would like very much to become part of that effort and part of the international community gathered to help shepherd ...

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June 6, 2014

Welcome Sera Chung!

We are delighted to share this announcement from the Rev. Dr. Rhashell Hunter, director of Racial Ethnic and Women's Ministries/PW of the Presbyterian Mission Agency. We added the emphasis to the announcement.

Sera Chung leading musicPlease join me in welcoming Sera Chung to Racial Ethnic & Women's Ministries/PW as the Associate for Gender & Racial Justice. Sera will begin her call at the Presbyterian Mission Agency on June 9, 2014. Sera's first assignment will be to travel to Detroit to participate and observe at the 221st General Assembly (2014) in Detroit.

Sera received her Master of Divinity degree from Princeton ...

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June 4, 2014

Children, Not Soldiers

by Max Hill

Ricky Velez-Negron ChildrenNotSoldiersIn March, the United Nations and UNICEF launched an initiative to end the use of children as security forces by governments. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui launched the initiative. This campaign is known as Children, Not Soldiers.

This initiative is a call to action that highlights the importance of allowing all children of the world to have the chance to grow up without being recruited and used as soldiers. In his announcement of the initiative, the Secretary-General stated, “children should be armed with pens and textbooks, not guns ...

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June 4, 2014

An undergrad's thoughts on a Doctor of Ministry class

by Catherine Warren

It was a beautiful coincidence that my second week interning for the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations was spent with a doctor of ministry class from Columbia Theological Seminary in my hometown of Decatur, Georgia. As a child I had babysitters that were in seminary, as well as youth ministers, as well as some of my best friends parents are faculty at the seminary. Needless to say I was happy to welcome them to New York.

MeiYing Shi, Ricky Velez-Negron, Catherine WarrenThe topic of Israel/Palestine was not exactly something that I was happy to welcome. Simply because the topic itself ...

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June 3, 2014

I am a #HeForShe and it is #TimeToAct

UN Meeting Picutre

 

Ryan Smith, Max Hill and Catherine Warren

By Max Hill

Today I attended an event on ending sexual violence against women in conflict. The event was held at the United Nations and announced the launch of the #HeforShe video campaign. Speakers at the event included: Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director for UN Women, Zainab Bangura, Special Representative on Sexual Violence, and Sir Mark Lyall Grant, UK Permanent Representative to the UN.

The United Kingdom Mission to the United Nations (in partnership with UN Women) organized the campaign. Speaking at the event, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said it is “time ...

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June 3, 2014

Red Card to Child Labour Campaign

Red Card Banner

by Grace Segers

On June 12, the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations will be supporting the International Labour Organization’s Red Card to Child Labour campaign. The ILO reports there are an estimated 168 million child workers in the world. These children suffer abuse as sweatshop workers, miners, child soldiers, sex workers, or in other horrific and inhumane positions. The Red Card to Child Labour initiative is an attempt to raise awareness of these children’s plight through social media.

The Red Card campaign will culminate on June 12 with a Thunderclap message. Thunderclap allows various organizations and people ...

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June 3, 2014

Grace Segers - summer intern 2014

by Grace Segers

Grace Segers outside secretariatMy name is Grace Segers, and I am interning for the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations this summer. I am a rising sophomore at Tufts University, where I am studying Political Science and Communications. I am excited to be volunteering for the Presbyterian Ministry at the UN because I am incredibly passionate about international justice and equality for women. I’m hoping to be active in advocacy for women during my time here.

The Presbyterian Ministry at the UN interests me because it combines religious duty with international action. I’m looking forward to examining my ...

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June 3, 2014

Max Hill - summer intern 2014

by Max Hill

Max Hill outside UN SecretariatMy name is Max Hill. I am from Little Rock, Arkansas. I am a rising senior at the University of Arkansas, where I am studying public relations and political science. I am a member of Second Presbyterian Church in Little Rock, Arkansas, as well as an active member and current president at my campus ministry, United Campus Ministry at the University of Arkansas. This summer I have the pleasure of serving as an intern at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations. I am very excited to get to spend my summer in New York City, a ...

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May 16, 2014

Catherine Warren - summer intern 2014

Catherine Warren outside UN Secretariatby Catherine Warren

My name is Catherine Warren. I’m a rising fourth-year studying International Affairs and Anthropology at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. For five weeks this summer, I will be serving as an intern at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations while at the same time navigating New York, which so far has been easy! I applied to the Presbyterian Ministry at the UN with the hope of looking at international issues that I’ve read about in the news and studied in class from a faith-based lens.

I am looking forward to seeing the ...

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October 4, 2013

Fall 2013 - Spring 2014 Volunteer at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations - Esther Lee

Esther Lee with Red HandsMy name is Esther Lee, and I am currently a junior at New York University pursuing a degree in Economics. This academic year, I have the privilege of being a volunteer intern here at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations. I am serving at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations because of my desire to develop further passion and love for people and the world. I am interested in seeing how God works through the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)  in addressing large-scale problems. Through this meaningful volunteering opportunity, I am eager to learn about the current global ...

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June 18, 2013

Summer 2013 intern at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations – Onaje Crawford

Onaje CrawfordI am Onaje Crawford, a senior at Princeton Theological Seminary who comes to the Presbyterian Church’s UN Office as a Field Education Intern. After graduating from The Taft School, a college-preparatory boarding school in Connecticut, and Boston University, where I a received a Bachelors of Science on Political Science, I returned to my hometown of Newark, NJ in 2004. Since returning home, I have served my community by working in education reform. From 2004 until 2007, I helped plan, open, and operate University Heights Charter School, an award-winning, K-8 school in Newark’s Central Ward.  In 2007, I began ...

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June 4, 2013

Summer 2013 intern at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations - Anna Folz

Anna FolzMy name is Anna Folz and I am one of the summer interns for the Presbyterian Office at the UN. I am from Stony Brook, Long Island and am currently studying public health and international studies at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Penna. I have been engaged in several independent study courses at F&M which are focused on a newly established organization I formed called Impulso. Impulso was founded following work I was doing in San Felipe, Guatemala two years ago.  While working there I daily faced the health, educational and environmental problems caused by the continual use ...

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May 22, 2013

Summer 2013 intern at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations - Brendan Welsh

Brendan Welsh photoHello. My name is Brendan Welsh, and I just completed my first year at Princeton Theological Seminary. I went to Episcopal Academy where I grew up, in a suburb of Philadelphia, after which I went to Hamilton College in upstate New York, where I met my wife. In January of 2010 we were married in California, and I went to work for the FOCUS youth ministry in Philadelphia, where I worked for 2½ years. My wife and I come from different denominational backgrounds, but we both joined Narberth Presbyterian Church a little over a year ago, a wonderful community that ...

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May 22, 2013

Summer 2013 intern at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations - Marissa Costello

Marissa CostelloMy name is Marissa Costello and I’m an intern at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations. I wanted to intern here for two reasons specifically. One of those reasons being that I am now going into my senior year as an undergraduate at Saint Francis College but I’m still not sure what career I would like to pursue in my future. I’m a sociology major with a concentration in social work but I don’t know what specific field I would like to pursue. I’m hoping that working with this ministry and being exposed to ...

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