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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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