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July 28, 2013

Let the bells of peace ring

The Annual Interfaith Peace Gathering
Commemorating The Hiroshima / Nagasaki Atomic Bombings

Monday, August 5, 2013

The Interchurch Center
475 Riverside Dr. (Entrance on Claremont Ave.)
@ W. 119th St. and W. 120th St.
New York City

3:00pm Family Program
Supported by New York Peace Film Festival

Japanese Style Storytelling (Kamishibai) with Mrs. Tomiko West, Hibakusha (Hiroshima survivor)
Origami Making Workshop

4:30pm Visit the Photo Exhibitions (On View from July 29 – August 5)

5:30pm Interfaith Peace Ceremony
With Special Guests:

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August 30, 2012

The world is over-armed and peace is under-funded

Below is an op-ed from United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.  Here, he states, "Massive military spending and new investments in modernizing nuclear weapons have left the world over-armed -- and peace under-funded."

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August 30, 2011

Cities Are Not Targets


Woman signs the petition.

D.J. Tephabock of the Presbytery of West Virginia signs the Cities Are Not Targets petition during a tour of the United Nations.

The United Nations has worked to eliminate nuclear weapons since it came into existence. One of the exhibits on the tour of the UN building focuses on this aspect of the UN's work. The exhibit includes an opportunity to sign the Cities Are Not Targets petition. This petition, sponsored by Mayors for Peace, calls for the total abolition of nuclear weapons by 2020. Not able to come to New York? Sign the petition online.

Since 1946 ...

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August 2, 2011

Let the Bells of Peace Ring!

If you are in New York City on Friday, August 5, you are invited to participate in events remembering the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and working for a world free of nuclear weapons:

An interfaith service of remembrance at will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Church Center for the United Nations (44th and 1st) followed by a walk to Dag Hammarskjold Plaza to ring the Peace bell at 7:15 p.m. along side our Japanese brothers and sisters in Japan  (8:15 a.m. Japanese time).

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February 2, 2011

Obama signs START

From Reuters: President Barack Obama has signed documents on Wednesday ratifying the New START nuclear arms treaty with Russia, an imprortant step in reducing the nuclear threat. Under the treaty, Russia and the United States must reduce their deployed strategic...

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January 31, 2011

New START Treaty to enter into effect

The lower and upper houses of the Russian parliament have ratified the New START Treaty which had already been ratified by the United States Senate. The new Russia-US nuclear disarmament treaty will enter into force on February 5 during an...

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December 23, 2010

START approved by Senate

By a 71-26 vote, the Senate ratified the START treaty today. This treaty will lead to a reduction in the number of nuclear weapons held by Russia and the United States. Thanks to all who engaged in advocacy on this...

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December 22, 2010

Bringing START to a finish

Reports indicate that the Senate will vote tomorrow (Wednesday, December 22, 2010) on the new START treaty that would reduce the number of nuclear weapons held by Russia and the United States. It would also reestablish on-site inspections to monitor...

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December 15, 2010

It's time to START

Sen. Brown (OH) has announced on behalf of Majority Leader Reid that the Senate will begin floor action on the START treaty tomorrow (Wednesday) at 2:15 pm. Please contact your senators and ask them to vote to ratify START. Here’s...

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November 11, 2010

Urge Senate to support START

Take five minutes to help get the new START treaty ratified. Contact your Senators! The Presbyterian Office of Public Witness writes: Our political leaders have put listening to the American people at the top of their agenda for the next...

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September 16, 2010

Your Senators Can Help Make A Safer World

This article was written by the Presbyterian Office of Public Witness in Washington. Please contact your senators today and ask them to publicly call for a vote to ratify New START and to vote for START. On September 16, the...

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September 15, 2010

A faith perspective on arms treaty

A faith perspective on arms treaty. from the Atlanta Journal Constitution By Joseph E. Lowery and Jonathan Merritt
 6:10 p.m. Tuesday, September 14, 2010We don’t look alike. We don’t talk alike. We don’t vote alike. And, separated in age by...

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September 12, 2010

Calling about START

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is scheduled to vote on the proposed START treaty this week. Calls to the DC offices of Senators are considered most effective at this point in the process. DC Office phones for key Senators on...

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September 12, 2010

To inspect Russian sites, START is needed

Without START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty), the United States cannot inspect Russian nuclear weapons sites. Encourage your Senators to support ratification of START. As well as allowing such inspections, the new START would reduce the number of U.S. and Russian...

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August 14, 2010

Reduce, eliminate, count down to zero

Countdown to Zero A review by Nancy Eng MacNeill I have always loved the phrase, “time goes by so fast.” Countdown to Zero, has reminded me that I have lived my whole life under the threat that all living things...

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August 9, 2010

START in Danger as Senate Delays

(Based on an alert from the Friends Committee on National Legislation and used with permission.) Please contact your Senators and urge them to support START. Recent events have increased concerns that the Senate may fail to ratify this important treaty...

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August 9, 2010

Ask your Senators to START

Contact your Senators and urge them to give bipartisan support to the new START - the treaty that would reduce the nuclear arsenals of the United States and Russia. The Capitol switchboard number is 202-224-3121. Sample Email I urge you...

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August 8, 2010

Countdown to Zero clips

Find some clips from the new film Countdown to Zero. Use the clips for discussions starters or as previews for the film if it is showing in your area. The film's Web site offers the following description: The Countdown To...

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August 3, 2010

START delayed

Our colleagues with the Friends Committee on National Legislation report that Senator John Kerry, chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has announced that the committee vote on the START treaty has been delayed until September 15 or 16. This...

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July 31, 2010

Countdown to Zero

Check out Countdown to Zero - a new film that traces the history of the atomic bomb from its origins to the present state of global affairs: nine nations possess nuclear weapons capabilities with others racing to join them, with...

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July 31, 2010

Urge Your Senators to Support the START Treaty and Reduce Nuclear Dangers

We have been encouraging support for the START agreement between the United States and Russia. Here is another take on that topic from our colleagues in the Presbyterian Washington Office History of the START agreement The original START agreement between...

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July 28, 2010

Where START stands

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has scheduled a vote on the New START Treaty on Tuesday, August 3 or Wednesday, August 4. This treaty would reduce the number of nuclear weapons held by the United States and Russia.A treaty only...

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July 26, 2010

A prayer about nuclear weapons

Grant us the awareness that true security lies not in nuclear weapons. Grant us the grace to repent our arrogance that allows us to create and rely on nuclear weapons. Grant us the wisdom to conceive a world free from...

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July 16, 2010

New START treaty - where things stand

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is tentatively scheduled to vote on the New START Treaty on Tuesday, July 27. This treaty would reduce the number of nuclear weapons held by the United States and Russia.A treaty only requires a majority...

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June 17, 2010

Peace Among the Peoples

Peace Among the Peoples: Overcoming the Spirit, Logic and Practice of Violence July 28-31, 2010 Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary 3003 Benham Ave. Elkhart, Indiana 46517 Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary will host an ecumenical peace conference July 28-31, 2010, focusing on...

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June 17, 2010

Department of Defense on new START

From a news article by the Department of Defense: "The Defense Department stands firmly behind the new Strategic Arms Control and National Security Treaty, which strengthens strategic stability, enables the United States to modernize its triad of strategic delivery systems...

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May 21, 2010

START at the State Department

This State Department is providing information on the New START Treaty that is regularly updated with new material from the Obama administration.

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May 20, 2010

Living the Believers’ Calling – work for a world free of nuclear weapons

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking: Pray and work for a world free from nuclear weapons. Learn more and find worship resources and action ideas from the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program and the People's Movement for a...

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May 15, 2010

Secretary Gates on START

The U.S. will be far better off if the new START treaty between the U.S. and Russia is ratified and goes into effect. That’s the position put forth in a Wall Street Journal op-ed by Secretary of Defense Robert M....

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May 13, 2010

How to Rid the World of Nuclear Weapons

... and make us all more secure. A pragmatic approach to nuclear disarmament. That's the title of an article in Sojourners magazine by David Cortright, a Sojourners contributing writer, is director of policy studies at Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for...

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May 13, 2010

Toward A Nuclear-Free World: Webinar on the New START Treaty

May 19 program with Assistant Secretary of State Rose Gottemoeller To participate, go to on at 9 a.m. EDT on May 19. Please join the U.S. chief negotiator, Assistant Secretary of State Rose Gottemoeller, who will discuss the recent...

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May 6, 2010

Living the Believers’ Calling – peace cranes

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking: Learn how to fold peace cranes. Incorporate this symbol into worship. See how Central Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, GA and Ridgewood Presbyterian Church in Ridgewood, NY used peace cranes. The...

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May 4, 2010

Indonesia seeks ratification of the CTBT

Indonesia announced today that it will seek ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, dropping its demand that it would only do so after United States had ratified the landmark agreement. The announcement marks the most significant non-proliferation commitment by...

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April 29, 2010

Pray for a world free of nuclear weapons

Grant us the awareness that true security lies not in weapons systems. Grant us the grace to repent our arrogance that allows us to create and rely on nuclear weapons. Grant us the wisdom to conceive a world free from...

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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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April 25, 2010

Working for a world free of nuclear weapons

The Peacemaking Team at First Presbyterian Church of Bend, Oregon has engaged in advocacy supporting the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). The team developed a statement calling for the ratification of the treaty and then invited members of the faith...

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April 13, 2010

Reviewing the NPT

From the United Nations: The 2010 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) will be held in May 2010 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The NPT is a landmark international...

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April 12, 2010

Next steps after START

Urge your Senators to declare publicly their support for speedy action on the new START treaty. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has long supported securing nuclear materials from terrorists and reducing the number of nuclear armaments. For decades the General Assembly...

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April 12, 2010

Reflections on START

Various individuals, faith communities, think tanks, advocacy groups and more have commented on the recently signed START treaty that would reduce the number of nuclear arms held by the United States and Russia. Here are some of them: Statement by...

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April 8, 2010

It's a START

President Obama of the United States and President Medvedev of Russia will meet in Prague, Czech Republic, today to sign a new strategic arms control agreement. In the United States, the treaty will go to the Senate which must ratify...

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April 5, 2010

People's Movement for a Nuclear-Weapons-Free World

Founded last October, a new People’s Movement for a Nuclear Weapons-Free World is dedicated to the mission of “energizing and engaging people everywhere to envision a world free of nuclear weapons” and to work toward making it happen. The new...

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March 26, 2010


President Obama announced that the United States and Russia have agreed to a new treaty limiting each country "to significantly fewer strategic arms within seven years from the date the Treaty enters into force." Plans are to sign the treaty...

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March 25, 2010

A breakthrough on nuclear weapons

The Associated Press reports that: "the U.S. and Russia have reached agreements for a historic new treaty to reduce the nuclear arsenals." The treaty will require ratification in the United States Senate and would represent a significant step toward a...

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February 24, 2010

Reduce nuclear weapons, hunger and poverty

With one email, letter, phone call, or visit, you can call for a step that would help reduce nuclear weapons, hunger and poverty. Urge your representative to support H Res 278. It is especially important to contact members serving on...

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February 22, 2010

Call for abolition of nuclear weapons

Sign a petition to President Obama calling for efforts to abolish nuclear weapons. On April 5th President Obama pledged the United States to demonstrate leadership for nuclear disarmament and abolition. Sign a petition calling the president to make good on...

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February 11, 2010

Support the elimination of nuclear weapons

President Obama is currently making critical decisions about U.S. nuclear weapons. The Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) is expected to be completed by March 1, and will be the basis for United States nuclear policy for years to come. Write to...

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January 31, 2010

A new voice calls for ratification of CTBT

Ask your Senator to support the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). Former Senator from Utah, Jake Garn is among the voices calling for the United States to ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. Others include George P. Shultz, William J....

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January 30, 2010

Seeking Peace

Seeking Peace is one of the enewsletters published by the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program. It comes out about every other week and contains ideas for ways that individuals can work for peace and justice. Subscribe online or by sending us an...

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January 10, 2010

A world free of nuclear weapons

Sign a petition to President Obama for the abolition of nuclear weapons. Last April, speaking in Prague, President Obama pledged that the United States would exercise leadership "to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons." Other...

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October 31, 2009

Q&A - The CTBT

Ask your Senators to work to ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. The Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) calling for a global ban on nuclear tests was rejected by the United States Senate ten years ago. Over 180 countries have...

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October 9, 2009

Can the Senate catch up with the Church?

Help eliminate nuclear weapons. Recognizing the threat they pose to God's sovereignty and to the people and earth so loved by God, General Assemblies of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) have long addressed questions related to nuclear weapons.[PDF] In 1969, the...

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September 26, 2009

A World Free from Nuclear Weapons

On September 24, the U.N. Security Council, in a meeting chaired by by President Obama, took a huge step towards realizing the vision of a world free from nuclear weapons. The most powerful countries in the U.N. reaffirmed their commitment...

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September 6, 2009

Work for a world without nuclear weapons: Pray

A recent statement by the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches notes that we have entered a season of hope in the effort to abolish nuclear weapons. The statement closes with a prayer:God of all times and seasons,...

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September 4, 2009

WMD - We Must Disarm

The International Day of Peace, observed each year on 21 September, is a global call for ceasefire and non-violence. This year the Secretary-General is calling on governments and citizens to focus on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. On 13 June 2009,...

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August 23, 2009

Abolish nuclear weapons

"We believe that lasting peace requires the elimination and prohibition of all weapons of mass destruction. We agree that negotiations for the elimination of such weapons should be predicated on an adequate arrangement for international inspection and control." (PCUSA -...

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July 29, 2009

6 August - Hiroshima Day

August 6 marks the anniversary of Hiroshima Day. This is a day to: remember those who died and were wounded by the bombing Hiroshima remember all people of every nation who died and were wounded during World War II recognize...

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July 10, 2009

Toward a world free of nuclear weapons

The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has long envisioned a world without nuclear weapons [PDF] . Could it be that the nations of the world are beginning to live into that vision? Recent events bring us to another...

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June 18, 2009

North Korea, Iran, and Disarmament

Reflecting on North Korea, Iran, and Disarmament, Tyler Wigg-Stevenson notes that there are many questions about what is happening and what to do about it, particularly for those working for a world free of nuclear weapons. Wigg-Stevenson addresses two myths...

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April 7, 2009

Call your Senators for a world without nuclear weapons

"Today, I state clearly and with conviction America's commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons." President Barack Obama, Prague, April 5, 2009 President Obama cannot do this alone. He needs our support. Please call...

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April 6, 2009

A world without nukes

In a joint statement released after their recent meeting in London, President Dmitry Medvedev of the Russian Federation and President Barack Obama of the United States of America addressed nuclear weapons. "As leaders of the two largest nuclear weapons states,...

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February 5, 2009

Major Cuts in Nuclear Weapons on the Table?

An article posted on the Times Online reports that President Obama plans to convene talks with Russia aimed at reducing each country's nuclear weapons' stockpile. And the reduction could be significant. The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation provides an opportunity to...

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September 23, 2008

Stop the U.S.-India Nuclear Deal

President Bush’s Administration is encouraging Congress to pass a U.S. - India nuclear cooperation agreement. Because India’s civilian and military nuclear programs are not separated, the U.S. could be supplying India technology that directly allows India to produce weapons grade...

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September 3, 2008

Nuclear Weapons Conference

Yale Divinity School Conference on Nuclear Weapons, Security, and Moral Leadership -- 9/18-19 Religious leaders, policy makers, business persons, and scholars will gather at a Yale Divinity School conference in September to take up the topic "Are We Safe Yet?...

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August 4, 2008

Abolish Nuclear Weapons

On August 2, I was one of almost 50 participants in the Peace and Justice week at Ghost Ranch who journeyed to Los Alamos, New Mexico, to take part in the Sackcloth and Ashes vigil sponsored by Pax Christ, New...

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