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August 5, 2013

UNiting for Youth: A Global Interactive Dialogue

Today, Onaje Crawford, one of our Field Education students from Princeton Seminary attended "UNiting for Youth: A Global Interactive Dialogue" at UN headquarters in New York.  Below is his blog.


Today, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Envoy on Youth held “UNiting for Youth: A Global Interactive Dialogue”, connecting youth leaders from around the world with the United Nations to create comprehensive solutions to the challenges faced by youth and people of all ages. After a brief introduction by the envoy, Ahmad Alhindawi of Jordan, the Secretary-General gave opening remarks. Highlighting that working with youth and women are a keep ...

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November 7, 2012

Pray without ceasing

by Rochelle Rawls-Shaw

Picture of UN and 1st Avenue in the RainAs I look out my newly installed window (Superstorm Sandy destroyed the old one) on the 7th floor of the Church Center for the United Nations, I see and am experiencing a different New York, United Nations and United States. There is something missing … something’s changed. It’s cold, wet and gray outside today and there are fewer people walking down 1st Avenue than usual. The flags of the 193 member states have not been lifted today.

There’s nobody in the office right now but me, but I am NOT alone. I am in the ...

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August 13, 2012

Seeking justice in Sri Lanka

In New York on August 20? Come and hear Herman Kumara speak about working for justice in Sri Lanka.

Seeking Justice in Sri Lanka
Herman Kumara
Director of the National Fisheries Solidarity Movement

Brown Bag Lunch
Monday, August 20
12:00 – 1:30
Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations Conference Room
777 United Nations Plaza 7th Floor

Herman Kumara is the Director of NAFSO (National Fisheries Solidarity Movement), a fisher people's movement in Sri Lanka. NAFSO organizes fisher people to lobby the government to defend their rights and to bring good environmental practices in coastal areas. Herman is also ...

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May 7, 2012

Passport to Zero: U.S. Fund for UNICEF 2012 Annual Meeting

Last week, I joined our partners from the US Fund for UNICEF for the 2012 Annual Meeting.  Partners from across the UNICEF spectrum including UNICEF field personnel, corporate donors, individual donors, and other NGOs met together in New York City because we believe in zero. 

Zero is UNICEF’s goal.  Five years ago, 25,500 children died from preventable diseases each day, today that number is 21,000.  UNICEF’s goal is to bring that number to zero.

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October 28, 2011

Learn about ministry in Nicaragua

In the New York City area?
Presbyterian mission co-workers Rev. Leslie Clay and Carl Agsten will speak about their ministry with CEPAD, the Council of Protestant Churches of Nicaragua.
When: November 2nd, 2011 from 12:00 noon until 2:00pm.
Where: 475 Interfaith Center, Clairmont Avenue, Suite 1600 in the Presbyterian Resource Room.   
RSVP to Elder Rosemarie Napoli by November 1.

This event is sponosored by the Council on Witness to Society and the World of the Presbytery of New York City.

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October 14, 2011

Ribbons proclaim hope at Church Center for United Nations

Ribbon of Hope tapestry - nine-foot tallOn October 12, four nine-foot tall tapestries appeared in Tillman Chapel at the Church Center for the United Nations. Thousands of ribbons decorated each tapestry. Each ribbon carried a message of hope, remembrance, and healing.

To mark the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001, Prepare New York created the Ribbons of Hope project. They report that "more than 20,000 ribbons, were created by people throughout the 5 boroughs, across the country and around the world." The ribbons combine to create a tapestry as "colorful and diverse as New York itself" - as colorful and diverse as God's world.

Prepare ...

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October 6, 2011

What's happening with the Ribbons of Hope

Adapted from an email sent by Prepare New York:

More than 20,000 people participated in Ribbons of Hope, commemorating the tenth anniversary of 9/11. The ribbons they created currently adorn 12 nine-foot panels. These tapestries, where ribbons of different colors, textures, shapes and sizes can be found side-by-side, symbolize the strength and vibrancy of our diversity and serve as an important witness to peace and reconciliation. The plan is to continue to display them across the city throughout the full tenth anniversary year. They will travel each month from one prominent location to another. Ribbons will be added ...

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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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August 10, 2011

Ribbons of Hope for September 11

To commemorate the 10th Anniversary of 9/11, Prepare New York and partner groups are sponsoring Ribbons of Hope. People are invited to bring a ribbon to Battery Park in New York City between the hours of noon on Friday, September 9 and dusk on Sunday, September 11. On the ribbon, write a thought or prayer or hope for the healing of the city and for the whole world. In Battery Park, ribbons of all colors, shapes, sizes and textures will be joined to form a large tapestry symbolic of the marvelous mosaic that is New York.

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March 19, 2011

What do we do?

We ansered that question on Friday for a group from First Presbyterian Church in Bloomington, Indiana. At the end of a long day, at the end of a long week, the group arrived at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United...

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April 28, 2010

International Day of Action for a Nuclear Free World

Sorry for the short notice. Celebrate May 2 as the International Day of Action for a Nuclear Free World. Take part in events in New York OR Observe the day in your home town. Here are some resources to help...

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