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August 24, 2014

Celebrate the International Day of Peace - 2014

2014 International Day of Peace posterThe United Nations has set September 21 as the International Day of Peace. This day provides an opportunity for  individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on  a shared date. It was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly. The focus for 2014 is The Right of Peoples to Peace

Here are some ways to celebrate the International Day of Peace on September 21 or Sunday, September 22 or at some other time:

Promote the Peacemaking Offering

Organize to address racism

Observe a Minute of Silence at ...

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December 5, 2013

Giving thanks for Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela at UN General AssemblyThe Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations joins the people of South Africa, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and the international community in giving thanks for the life and witness of Nelson Mandela.

We express our condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues, to the weavers of dreams, to the practitioners of compassion, the pursuers of peace, and the seekers of justice, to all who grieve at his death.

Nelson Mandela's steadfast pursuit of justice, his enduring commitment to South Africa and all its people, his understanding of the possibilities opened by forgiveness, and his willingness to look beyond ...

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November 8, 2013

Visiting partners in South Sudan

I’ve had the  privilege of visiting Presbyterian partners in South Sudan over the past week.  Presbyterians have been engaged with South Sudan for a long time and the strength of our partnerships was certainly evident this week. 

Photo of Ryan in South SudanFrom meeting with ACROSS and learning about the work they do with Ethiopian refugees in South Sudan and their role as a primary health service provider for UNHCR in South Sudan to the Presbyterian schools across the country, it is clear that Presbyterians are hard at work in South Sudan.

I had the opportunity to meet with leaders of the Presbyterian Church ...

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October 6, 2013

Season of Peace Reflection for 10/6

Genesis 50:15–21

Realizing that their father was dead, Joseph’s brothers said, “What if Joseph still bears a grudge against us and pays us back in full for all the wrong that we did to him?” So they approached Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this instruction before he died, ‘Say to Joseph: I beg you, forgive the crime of your brothers and the wrong they did in harming you.’ Now therefore please forgive the crime of the servants of the God of your father.” Joseph wept when they spoke to him. Then his brothers also wept, fell down ...

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October 5, 2013

Season of Peace Reflection for 10/5

James 2:1–9

My brothers and sisters, do you with your acts of favoritism really believe in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ? For if a person with gold rings and in fine clothes comes into your assembly, and if a poor person in dirty clothes also comes in, and if you take notice of the one wearing the fine clothes and say, “Have a seat here, please,” while to the one who is poor you say, “Stand there,” or, “Sit at my feet,” have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my beloved ...

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October 4, 2013

Season of Peace Reflection for 10/4

Romans 3:27–31

Then what becomes of boasting? It is excluded. By what law? By that of works? No, but by the law of faith. For we hold that a person is justified by faith apart from works prescribed by the law. Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, since God is one; and he will justify the circumcised on the ground of faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith. Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary ...

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October 3, 2013

Season of Peace Reflection for 10/3

Colossians 3:12–17

As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all ...

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October 2, 2013

Season of Peace Reflection for 10/2

Psalm 67

May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us. Selah

That your way may be known upon earth, your saving power among all nations.

Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you.

Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. Selah

Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you.

The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, has blessed us.

May God continue to bless ...

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October 1, 2013

Season of Peace Reflection for 10/1

1 Peter 3:8–12

Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or abuse for abuse; but, on the contrary, repay with a blessing. It is for this that you were called—that you might inherit a blessing. For “Those who desire life and desire to see good days, let them keep their tongues from evil and their lips from speaking deceit; let them turn away from evil and do good; let them seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes ...

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September 30, 2013

Season of Peace Reflection for 9/30

1 Corinthians 12:14–16

Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot would say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear would say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body.

Reflection: In initial conversations with military and diplomatic leaders, veterans, and chaplains in Washington, D.C. and New York, members of the ...

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September 29, 2013

Season of Peace Reflection for 9/29

Ephesians 2:12–22

Remember that you were at that time without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself ...

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September 28, 2013

Season of Peace Reflection for 9/28

Romans 13:8–10

Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet”; and any other commandment, are summed up in “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.

Reflection: The history of Christian responses to violence tells a compelling story of the initial embrace of the nonviolent witness of Jesus. Early Christians in Rome refused to engage in ...

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September 27, 2013

Season of Peace Reflection for 9/27

Amos 8:4–8

Hear this, you that trample on the needy, and bring to ruin the poor of the land, saying, “When will the new moon be over so that we may sell grain; and the sabbath, so that we may offer wheat for sale? We will make the ephah small and the shekel great, and practice deceit with false balances, buying the poor for silver and the needy for a pair of sandals, and selling the sweepings of the wheat.” The LORD has sworn by the pride of Jacob: Surely I will never forget any of their deeds ...

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September 26, 2013

Season of Peace Reflection for 9/26

Ephesians 4:25—5:2

So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors, for we are members of one another. Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not make room for the devil. Thieves must give up stealing; rather let them labor and work honestly with their own hands, so as to have something to share with the needy. Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that ...

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September 25, 2013

Season of Peace Reflection for 9/25

Romans 2:1–11

Therefore you have no excuse, whoever you are, when you judge others; for in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, are doing the very same things. You say, “We know that God’s judgment on those who do such things is in accordance with truth.” Do you imagine, whoever you are, that when you judge those who do such things and yet do them yourself, you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you despise the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience? Do you not realize that God ...

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September 24, 2013

Season of Peace Reflection for 9/24

James 4:11–12

Do not speak evil against one another, brothers and sisters. Whoever speaks evil against another or judges another, speaks evil against the law and judges the law; but if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. There is one lawgiver and judge who is able to save and to destroy. So who, then, are you to judge your neighbor?

Reflection: Without imposing one text or one view on the whole picture of Jesus, the third way interpretation is a way of accounting for a prophetic and nonviolent life ...

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September 23, 2013

Season of Peace Reflection for 9/23

Mark 2:13–17

Jesus went out again beside the sea; the whole crowd gathered around him, and he taught them. As he was walking along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him. And as he sat at dinner in Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were also sitting with Jesus and his disciples—for there were many who followed him. When the scribes of the Pharisees saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, they said to ...

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September 22, 2013

Season of Peace Reflection for 9/22

1 John 2:7–11

Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment that you have had from the beginning; the old commandment is the word that you have heard. Yet I am writing you a new commandment that is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining. Whoever says, “I am in the light,” while hating a brother or sister, is still in the darkness. Whoever loves a brother or sister lives in the light, and in such a person there is no cause ...

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September 21, 2013

Season of Peace Reflection for 9/21

Mark 6:7–13

He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics. He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave the place. If any place will not welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a ...

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September 20, 2013

Season of Peace Reflection for 9/20

1 Corinthians 12:4–12

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working ...

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September 19, 2013

Season of Peace Reflection for 9/19

Isaiah 48:17–19

Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: I am the LORD your God, who teaches you for your own good, who leads you in the way you should go. O that you had paid attention to my commandments! Then your prosperity would have been like a river, and your success like the waves of the sea; your offspring would have been like the sand, and your descendants like its grains; their name would never be cut off or destroyed from before me.

Reflection: Within the United States there is also a growing ...

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September 18, 2013

Season of Peace Reflection for 9/18

Matthew 28:16–20

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Reflection: The ...

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September 17, 2013

Season of Peace Reflection for 9/17

James 2:14–26

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,” and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and ...

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September 16, 2013

Season of Peace Reflection for 9/16

Deuteronomy 6:20–25

When your children ask you in time to come, “What is the meaning of the decrees and the statutes and the ordinances that the LORD our God has commanded you?” then you shall say to your children, “We were Pharaoh’s slaves in Egypt, but the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand. The LORD displayed before our eyes great and awesome signs and wonders against Egypt, against Pharaoh and all his household. He brought us out from there in order to bring us in, to give us the land that he promised ...

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September 15, 2013

Season of Peace Reflection for 9/15

Luke 10:25–37

Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.” But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is ...

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September 14, 2013

Season of Peace Reflection for 9/14

Isaiah 59:20–21

And he will come to Zion as Redeemer, to those in Jacob who turn from transgression, says the LORD. And as for me, this is my covenant with them, says the LORD: my spirit that is upon you, and my words that I have put in your mouth, shall not depart out of your mouth, or out of the mouths of your children, or out of the mouths of your children’s children, says the LORD, from now on and forever.

Reflection: The Peace Discernment Steering Team asks if it is time for Presbyterians in the ...

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September 13, 2013

Season of Peace Reflection for 9/13

Joshua 1:7–9

Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to act in accordance with all the law that my servant Moses commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, so that you may be successful wherever you go. This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to act in accordance with all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall be successful. I ...

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September 12, 2013

Season of Peace Reflection for 9/12

Deuteronomy 10:12–22

So now, O Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you? Only to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments of the Lord your God and his decrees that I am commanding you today, for your own well-being. Although heaven and the heaven of heavens belong to the Lord your God, the earth with all that is in it, yet the Lord set his heart in love ...

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September 11, 2013

Season of Peace Reflection for 9/11

Isaiah 55:1–5
Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; listen, so that you may live. I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David. See, I made him a ...

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September 4, 2013

Pray for Syria: World Communion of Reformed Churches

The World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) has issued a statement and call to prayer on Syria noting that, "The WCRC is aware of the current moves towards military response to these attacks and calls for restraint. However heinous the chemical attacks are, military response is not the answer." The WCRC also calls for prayer for the peoples of Syria this weekend.

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September 4, 2013

PC(USA) church partners support call for no military action in Syria

From the Presbyterian News Service:

The General Secretary of the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon, a longtime church partner of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), sent a letter to the PC(USA) yesterday, expressing appreciation for PC(USA)’s “prophetic stand against all kinds of violence in Syria and your condemnation of the use of chemical attacks no matter who was the user.” He also affirms the Synod’s opposition to the use of force by the United States or any international power as it “will only multiply the suffering,” and warns that “what happened in 2003 ...

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August 30, 2013

Stated Clerk Statement on Syria

The Rev. Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) issued a statement today (August 30) in the wake of the escalating violence in Syria, calling upon U.S. and world leaders to refrain from military action.

"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

We are deeply concerned about events in Syria. We grieve for our brothers and sisters who have suffered so deeply for so long. We yearn for an end to the bloodshed and renew our call for a cease-fire and ...

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August 9, 2013

Celebrate the 2013 International Day of Peace

2013 International Day of Peace LogoThe United Nations has set September 21 as the International Day of Peace. This day provides an opportunity for  individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on  a shared date. It was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly. The focus for 2013 is Education for Peace

Here are some ways to celebrate the International Day of Peace on September 21 or Sunday, September 22 or at some other time:

Promote the Peacemaking Offering

Observe a Minute of Silence at Noon in your time zone

Ring your ...

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July 28, 2013

Reflecting on Israel and Palestine

by Marissa Costello

There’s always a place for someone in New York City. New York City is the pure definition of what the term “melting pot” means. It’s known for its enclaves such as Chinatown and as you walk down the next few blocks, there is little Italy. In Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, locals call the neighborhood Beirut because of the recent influx of Arabic and Muslim families moving into the neighborhood. I sometimes wonder, if New Yorkers with so many differences can be said to coexist, why can’t the same be said for countries abroad?

Both peoples ...

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July 24, 2013

Three prayer concerns - July 24

This week, please remember in your prayers:

The people and leaders of Israel and Palestine. May they truly move into the paths of peace. May the occupation end and all the people know justice and security.

The people and leaders of Cuba as they continue to experience a time of change that impacts their economy and shapes their behavior. Guide the people and their government so that they may improve living conditions and their economy.

Pope Francis as he spreads the Good News through his words and actions. Thanks be for the ways in which he reaches out to the ...

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July 5, 2013

Resource for prayer service for South Sudan

 

Our partners in South Sudan are holding a weekend of interfaith prayer services from July 5- 7, 2013. On July 8, 2013 they will hold a National Day of Prayer for Reconciliation.

The ecumenical community of non-governmental organizations at the United Nations will hold a prayer service on the morning of July 8. Feel free to use or adapt this order of worship or create your own.
May God lead the people of South Sudan to justice and peace.

Thanks to Brendan Welsh and Marissa Costello for their work on this prayer service.

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July 1, 2013

Applications to Host International Peacemakers Extended Through July 15

Some of the 2012 International Peacemakers

 There is still time to submit an application to host one of the international peacemakers coming this Fall to itinerate across the PCUSA.  It is a great opportunity learn about efforts in places all over the world to prevent violence, transform conflict, address poverty and work for justice and peace for all of God's people.  The following peacemakers still have available dates:


IRAN - Mansour Khajehpour, contact the Peacemaking Program

NORTHERN IRELAND - Rev. Wilfred Orr, available October 16-21

BOLIVIA - Wilhelm Piérola Iturralde, available October 15-21

CARIBBEAN/JAMAICA -Rev. Nicole Ashwood (CANACOM), several dates ...

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June 27, 2013

National Day of Prayer for Reconciliation in South Sudan

Please join the people of South Sudan in prayer for reconciliation in their country.

A National Day of Prayer for Reconciliation in South Sudan will take place on Monday, July 8, 2013, the eve of the anniversary of the country's independence.

The theme will be Lamentation, leading to repentance and personal conversion/transformation. From July 1-7, there will be prayers with different groups (e.g. government, organised forces, women, youth, etc).

On Friday, July 5 the Muslims will take up the prayer in their mosques, and on Sunday, July 7 the Christians will take it up in their churches ...

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June 10, 2013

To Save Succeeding Generations from the Scourge of War

by Anna Folz

On June 6, 2013, I attended a briefing titled, “Determined to Save Succeeding Generations from the Scourge of War”. The title comes from the opening line of the UN Charter.

There were four speakers on the panel and each touched upon different aspects of war. Before the speakers started a video was shown. The video contained actual footage of the aftermath of war. The video showed the suffering of women, children dying, footage of men who had been shot. The video gave the viewer an opportunity to actually witness the human and environmental impact of war. The ...

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May 29, 2013

International Day of UN Peacekeepers

Today is the International Day of UN Peacekeepers.  We give thanks for the work all those who work for peace everywhere.  We pray for the day that peace does not need to be kept but rather prevails.

Below is a statement by US Ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice:


Statement by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, On the International Day of UN Peacekeepers

U.S. Mission to the United Nations 

New York, NY

May 29, 2013

On International Day of UN Peacekeepers, the United States honors the brave men and women who serve ...

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May 1, 2013

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Asks for Prayers to End Violence in South Sudan

from our partners in World Mission

The crisis in South Sudan’s Jonglei State has escalated alarmingly in recent weeks.  The deteriorating situation has prompted the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to express deepening concern for the people of the region and to renew its urgent call to prayer and action to promote justice, peace and genuine security for the affected populations.

Since the beginning of 2013 the government of South Sudan’s campaign to disarm rebel forces led by David Yau Yau has triggered a growing number of clashes between the South Sudanese military (SPLA) and Yau Yau’s ...

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April 22, 2013

Advocacy Alert CORRECTION AND UPDATE: El Tamarindo, Colombia

An update from our partners in the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship:

 

Friends,

Thank you to the many of you who have already begun reaching out in response to our urgent action this Saturday.  We wanted to provide A CORRECTED E-MAIL ADDRESS and a few critical updates based on some of the feedback we have received and some of the communications we have already seen some write:

1)  The email to the State Department as given was incorrect.  It is:  WHAColombiaDeskOfficers@state.gov   (That’s ColOmbia, not ColUmbia.  We can’t believe we passed on the wrong version!)  

2)  Please remember in ...

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April 22, 2013

Urgent Action Requested from our partners in ministry of the Iglesia Presbiteriana de Colombia: Justice for murdered land rights defender and his community

Our partners in the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship have asked that we share the information below from our partners in ministry of the Iglesia Presbiteriana de Colombia.


 

Yesterday we received an urgent communication from the Rev. Jaira Barriga of the Presbytery of the North Coast in Colombia concerning the murder on April 12, 2013, of a young man, Narcisco Enrique Teheran Mejia.  His murder followed a series of death threats and paramilitary operations in an area called El Tamarindo in the municipality of Galapa, near the city of Barranquilla.  Mr. Teheran was the son of a land restitution activist and was ...

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February 1, 2013

Prayer for the people of South Sudan

God of grace,
God of justice,
God of peace,
you create us to live together,
to honor and respect one another.
Hear us as we pray for South Sudan.

We pray for the people of South Sudan.
Grant courage to turn from violence;
grace to see each other as sisters and brothers;
strength to work for justice for all;
passion to seek peace;
and all that is needed for the living of these days.

We pray for the leaders of South Sudan.
Grant vision for a just and peace country;

wisdom to govern wisely;
strength to work for justice for ...

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December 14, 2012

With Thanks to God for the Life and Witness of Cindy Bolbach

Ruling Elder Cindy Bolbach, Moderator of the 119th General AssemblyRuling Elder Cindy Bolbach, Moderator of the 119th General Assembly

I believe we are living through a hinge time for the PC(USA). A hinge time of hope, excitement, and anxiety, all mixed together.  A hinge time when we are realizing that the denominational structure and organization that we built in the 1950s and 1960s might not be the organizational structure we need for an age that some are calling not just post-denominational but post-Christian.

As the PC(USA), we still inhabit a top-down, corporate structure that worked well 50 and 60 years ago, when we were flush with members and with resources. We are no longer flush with members or with resources.  That does not mean, by the way, that I believe us to be deathly ill. I believe that health of any Christian community of faith is measured not by the number of its members, or by how deep its financial pockets are, but by whether it is proclaiming the Gospel authentically.

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November 26, 2012

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People - 29 November

The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is observed by the United Nations on or around 29 November each year, in accordance with mandates given by the UN General Assembly in its resolutions 32/40 B of 2 December 1977, 34/65 D of 12 December 1979, and subsequent resolutions adopted by the UN General Assembly on the question of Palestine.

 

The Question of Palestine at the United Nations

 

The United Nations, Israel and Palestine - an overview

 

Presbyterians at work in Palestine and Israel

 

What has the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly said about Israel and ...

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October 1, 2012

Presbyterian engagement at the United Nations General Assembly

Last week, New York City welcomed world leaders to the 67th United Nations General Assembly.  The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations was active in raising the voice of Presbyterians from here in the United States as well as those of our partners in the World Communion of Reformed Churches.

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September 25, 2012

President Obama addresses the UN General Assembly

President Obama and other world leaders are in town this week for the 67th United Nations General Assembly.  I had the opportunity to join the President and others in the opening of the General Debate this morning.  Below is President Obama's speech.

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

Remarks by the President to the UN General Assembly

United Nations Headquarters

New York, New York

10:22 A.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Mr. President, Mr. Secretary General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentleman:  I would like to begin today by telling you about an American named Chris Stevens.

Chris ...

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September 21, 2012

The Culture of Peace

Below is a reflection on the International Day of Peace by Rochelle Rawls-Shaw, intern at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations.

I read on a card I picked up at the United Nations, “Everything that is needed to build a culture of peace already exists in each of us.” The UN defines a Culture of Peace as a set of values, attitudes, modes of behavior and ways of life that reject violence and prevent conflicts by tackling their root causes to solve problems through dialogue and negotiation among individuals, groups, communities and nations.

The Presbyterian Book of Common worship ...

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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 11, 2012

Inernational Day of Peace: Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future

From the United Nations:

International Day of Peace posterEach year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The United Nations General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

Sustainable Peace...

This year, world leaders, together with civil society, local authorities and the private sector, will be meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development to renew political commitment to long term sustainable development.

It is in the context of the Rio+20 Conference that “Sustainable Peace for ...

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August 6, 2012

Call to prayer on the International Day of Peace

International Day of Peace posterThe  World Council of Churches calls churches and congregations around the world to prayer on the International Day of Peace: 21 September. Participants are especially invited to pray and act together for a just peace in communities, nations and the world.

Prayers from different parts of the world will be shared through online means, including Facebook and Twitter. People who are not active on these social media platforms may share their prayers by email.
Prayers for a just peace lift up social, economic, ecological or political-military aspects of peace.

The prayers for peace last year circled the globe from Cuba ...

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August 1, 2012

Building bridges

by Johnstuart Winchell

Group involved in an icebreakerThe Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations hosted a seminar on 31 July intended to build bridges of understanding and awareness. Attending were young people from The House of Hope Presbyterian Church of St. Paul, Minnesota as well as young Arab Israelis and Jewish Israelis brought together by Givat Haviva, an Israeli educational center that educates for peace, democracy, coexistence and understanding between Jewish and Arab Israelis.  The groups spent the day getting to know each other by sharing life stories, cultural dances, and reflections on what it may take to create peace within individuals and between ...

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July 21, 2012

A Prayer Following the Massacre in Aurora, Colorado

Use this prayer as a personal or corporate prayer in the days to come:

 

O Lord, our God, victim of violence on a cross,
look with compassion upon all involved in the shooting this week in Colorado.
Comfort those terrorized by this horrendous event.
Wrap your Everlasting Arms around those who mourn.
Heal those whose wounds ooze in open fear.
Strengthen those administering your medicines of blessing—
medical personnel, law enforcement officials, and associated staff.  
Calm all whose memories of violence are triggered by this shooting.
Clothe the gunman with your redemption,
and deal tenderly with his confused family and ...

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June 21, 2012

War and peace in Afghanistan

Map of AfghanistanThe 219th General Assembly (2010) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) approved an overture “On the War in Afghanistan.”

Through this overture, the General Assembly directed that “materials appropriate for studying the effects of the present war in Afghanistan and of non-combative actions the United States might take in pursuit of the region’s stability, prosperity, and peace” should be made available to presbyteries and congregations. Such materials and resources include:

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April 23, 2012

World Week of Prayer for Peace in Palestine and Israel 2012

28 May - 3 June 2012
Pray, educate, and advocate for justice

The Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum (PIEF) of the World Council of Churches invites member churches, faith-based communities, and civil society organizations to join together in 2012 for a week of advocacy and action in support of an end to the illegal occupation of Palestine and a just peace for all in Palestine and Israel. Congregations and individuals around the globe who share the hope of justice shall unite during the week to take peaceful actions, together, to create a common international public witness.

During World Week for Peace 2012 ...

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April 11, 2012

A prayer for peace as the Quartet meets

From Churches for a Middle East Peace:

In late April the United Nations Security Council is scheduled to hold its quarterly open debate on the Middle East. The focus of discussion will likely be whether the Quartet—comprised of the European Union, Russia, the United Nations and the United States—has been able to achieve sufficient impetus to have the Israeli-Palestinian peace process move in a positive direction. In preparation for that discussion the Quartet meets today in Washington, DC.  

As people of faith, on this occasion we ask you to pray for peace and for God to make a ...

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March 13, 2012

UN Security Council Gravely Concerned at Cross-Border Violence between Sudan, South Sudan

From a March 6, 2012 press release by the UN Security Council:

Gravely concerned by reports of violent cross-border clashes between Sudan and South Sudan, the Security Council today demanded that all parties, including proxy forces, cease all military operations in the border areas and put an end to the cycle of violence.

Through a wide-ranging statement read out by its President, Mark Lyall Grant (United Kingdom), the Council, concerned about reported “troop movements, support to proxy forces, and aerial bombardments”, strongly urged the Governments of Sudan and South Sudan to reach agreement on the status of disputed border areas ...

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February 15, 2012

Security Council issues statement on Sudan

The President of the United Nations Security Council, Ambassador Kodjo Menan of Togo released the following statement from the Security Council yesterday:


The members of the Security Council expressed their deep and growing alarm with the rising levels of malnutrition and food insecurity in some areas of Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile States in Sudan, which could reach emergency levels if not immediately addressed, and with the lack of access for international humanitarian personnel to conduct an assessment of the situation and deliver urgently needed assistance.

The members of the Security Council called upon the Government of Sudan to allow ...

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January 4, 2012

Prayer requests from Jonglei State

Our partners in the Presbyterian Church of Sudan and the Sudan Council of Churches have made the following specific prayer requests:

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November 29, 2011

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is celebrated

Today, the United Nations celebrated the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.  I was struck with the importance of this day, having returned just last week from meetings with our church partners in Israel and Palestine. 

The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1977.  Today, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said, "Let us, on this International Day, reaffirm our commitment to translating ‎solidarity into positive action. The international community must help steer the situation ‎towards a historic peace agreement."

On this day of solidarity, we remember the ...

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November 27, 2011

Elections in the DRC

Hold the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in prayer as they go to the polls tomorrow to participate in presidential and parliamentary elections.

The political landscape in Congo is complex and unsettling.  Please pray with us for the November 28th elections.  Pray that God would appoint righteous leaders who will honor God and truly care for the needs of the people. 

So writes Bob Rice, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) mission co-worker in the DRC. His article also contains a review of the DRC's history.

The UN News Centre reports that UN Secretary General Ban ...

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November 14, 2011

Standing in solidarity with the people of Madagascar

Map of Madagsacar

Presbyterians have a long history of partnership with the Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar (FJKM). The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations recently sponsored an event with the Rev. Hubert Rakotoarivony, International Peacemaker from Madagscar and Dan Turk, PC(USA) mission co-worker in Madagascar. They focused on the witness of the FJKM.

The violence and intimidation that the church and the people of Madagascar have suffered over the past two years at the hands of Madagascar’s illegal regime have deeply concerned Presbyterians. Increases in hunger, human trafficking, and environmental exploitation during that period are also matters of concern ...

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November 11, 2011

Women, War & Peace film series

Written by Grace Bickers

As a human rights student at Columbia University, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to volunteer with the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations this fall. My particular interests concern international education and development after times of conflict, and I was excited to attend a film screening and panel discussion last week at the United States Mission concerning the role of women in war.

Women, War & Peace is series of five documentaries produced and broadcast by PBS that shares the stories of women living in conflict zones all over the world. The main purpose of ...

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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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September 26, 2011

The Witness of the Church in Madagascar

Forgiveness means liberation.

Forgiveness means restitution and repairing.

Forgiveness means reconciliation.

The Rev. Hubert Rakotoarivony, International Peacemaker from Madagascar, reflected on the importance of forgiveness as he spoke to a group of 18 people from 9 congregations.

Hubert Rakotoarivony speaking to groupHubert, along with Dan Turk, PC(USA) mission co-worker in Madagascar, addressed the witness of the church in Madagascar.

Hubert spoke of the work toward peacemaking and reconciliation of the Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar (FJKM). This begins with an awareness that peace is not just the absence of war or conflict. Peace is active. Peace involves social justice, equity, dignity, non-discrimination ...

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September 22, 2011

Welcome to the 2011 International Peacemakers

The 2011 International PeacemakersFrom left to right:  Mazen Asaqa (Iraq), Sunil Mankhin (Bangladesh), David Thomas (Mexico mission co-worker), Brenda Trinidad Espitia (Mexico), Karla Ann Koll (Guatemala mission co-worker), Marina Shishova (Russia), Juana Herlinda Yac Salanic (Guatemala), Emad Ramzy Philobbos (Egypt), Arda Aghazarian (Israel/Palestine), Neerja Prasad (India), Dan Turk (Madagascar mission co-worker), Peter Tibi (South Sudan), and Hubert Rakotoarivony (Madagascar).

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September 20, 2011

September 21 is International Day of Peace

The International Day of Peace ("Peace Day") is on Wednesday.  It is an opportunity " for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date."   It is a day devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace within and among all people.

Since its inception in 1982, Peace Day has been a marker of the progress we make toward peace. It includes millions of people in all parts of the world, and each year there are events to commemorate and celebrate this day. They may be small, private gatherings or public concerts and forums.  Use ...

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September 14, 2011

Jerusalem Christian Churches issue communique

Looking ahead to the upcoming General Assembly of the United Nations this September 2011 and the bid for Palestinian statehood, the Heads of Christian Churches in Jerusalem feel the need to intensify our prayers and diplomatic efforts for peace between Palestinians and Israelis, to consider this as the most appropriate time for such an opportunity, and thus wish to reiterate the following principles upon which we agree:

  1. A two-state solution serves the cause of peace and justice.
  2. Israelis and Palestinians must live each in their own independent states with peace and justice, respecting human rights according to international law.
  3. Negotiations ...

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September 7, 2011

Let anniversary of September 11 attacks lead to peace and healing says WCRC

World Communion of Reformed Churches
News Release
07 September 2011

Let the tenth anniversary of attacks on sites in the United States mark a time both of remembrance and of renewed commitment to peace, says a global organization of Protestant churches. The World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) based in Geneva, Switzerland, is inviting its 230 member churches worldwide to join in prayers for those who lost loved ones in attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington on 11 September, 2001.

The president of the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) Jerry Pillay ...

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September 6, 2011

Prayers of hope and remembrance

What do people write on Ribbons of Hope for the 10th Anniversary of September 11, 2001?

During the Thursday, August 25, 2011 worship service at the Church Center for the United Nations, participants wrote the following prayers:

All of God’s people to rise up heal, help, hope and care.

May this time of remembering be a “Grand Happening.”

Oh God. Make us an instrument of thy peace! Shalom. Amen.

Hope for the World, for all nations, for my kids, for all children. Hope for peace for all.

That we should claim righteousness.  Give us a humble, kind and lovely ...

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August 29, 2011

PC(USA) stated clerk issues statement on August 26 bombing of UN building in Nigeria

The Reverend Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) issued the following statement on the attack on the United Nations building in Abuja, Nigeria on August 26, 2011.  The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, who represents the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) at the United Nations, will communicate Reverend Parson’s statement to the United Nations community.


The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is deeply saddened to hear of the attack on the United Nations building in Abuja, Nigeria on August 26, 2011. We pray for healing and strength for those who were injured and ...

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August 24, 2011

The United Nations, Israel and Palestine - Points of Engagement

The United Nations has been working on the question of Palestine and Israel since the first special session of the UN General Assembly on 28 April 1947, which established a body to investigate the issue and return with its recommendations. Over 60 years later, the range of the UN's work on the issues has continued to adapt to meet new challenges and address changing realities on the ground.

Points of Engagement

The UN General Assembly, comprised of all the Member States of the United Nations, has been involved in the quest for a peaceful settlement of the question of ...

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August 19, 2011

People helping people- a celebration of World Humanitarian Day

 

Smith- World Humanitarian Day

Photo: Joseph Donnelly, Caritas Internationalis

Today, I had the opportunity to join with UN Secretary General Ban Ki- moon, Undersecretary General Valerie Amos, Executive Director of UNICEF Anthony Lake as well as other senior United Nations officials in celebrating World Humanitarian Day at UN Headquarters in New York City.

This is the third year that the United Nations has celebrated this day, marked from the bombing of a UN building in Iraq in 2003, the annual day reminds us to be thankful for work of humanitarian workers today and those who have lost their lives serving others.

The theme for ...

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August 19, 2011

Jesu, joy, oh our heart's comfort

A hymn prayer for the International Day of Peace:

Jesu joy of our desiring
Holy wisdom, love most bright
Drawn by Thee, our souls aspiring
Soar to uncreated light

 
We have sought our own good fortune
Not accounting for the cost
Indifferent to your face among us –
hardened, weary, labored, lost.

Jesu, joy of every sparrow,
Ice and island, rare earth, pine,
Are cheap goods worth our denial
That all life is intertwined?

Jesu, joy, oh our heart’s comfort
Our life’s strength, our soul’s sweet sun,
We need love, unwavering vision
To restore what we’ve undone ...

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August 6, 2011

Glory to God and Peace on Earth

IEPC Logo

The International Ecumenical Peace Convocation (IEPC) gathered in Kingston, Jamaica on May 17-25, 2011. The IEPC was a "harvest festival" that celebrated the achievements of the Decade to Overcome Violence, which began in 2001. Sarah Henken and Mark Koenig led a workshop on Accompaniment as Peacemaking that featured the Colombia Accompaniment Program. Here are some resources from the IEPC to help individuals and churches to renew their commitment to nonviolence, peace and justice:

IEPC message

Ecumenical Call to Just Peace

Just Peace Companion

Final report of the Decade to Overcome Violence

Bible Study reflections

IEPC logo used with permission from ...

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August 6, 2011

Celebrate the International Day of Peace

International Day of Peace LogoThe United Nations has set September 21 as the International Day of Peace. This day provides an opportunity for  individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on  a shared date. It was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly. During the recent Youth Making a Difference seminar at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, young people identified a number of ways to celebrate the International Day of Peace. Here are some additional ideas:

 

Observe a Minute of Silence at Noon

Ring your church bells

Light candles ...

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August 6, 2011

A prayer for the International Day of Peace

International Day of Peace logoThe United Nations has set September 21 as the International Day of Peace. This day provides an opportunity for  individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on  a shared date. It was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly. Here is a prayer for the International Day of Peace:

Loving God, we, your children, long for the day when your shalom is the dominant culture. We long for the day
   when we would turn swords into plowshares;
   when our governments would grow more food than build weapons ...

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August 2, 2011

Poem of Peace

Poem of Peace

Today is the day of peace,Youth show their poster with poem.
All conflicts in the world must cease!
We will try the best we can,
To lend a helping hand.
We will give free hugs and lots of love,
And raise our hands to the sky above!
Remember that we are all the same
Even though we have a different name!!

The final activity of the Youth Making a Difference event sponsored by Givat Haviva and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations involved the young people in brainstorming ideas for how to observe the International Day of Peace on September 21 ...

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July 27, 2011

Official summary of UN Security Council meeting on the Middle East and Palestine

Below is the official summary from the United Nations Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East and the question of Palestine held yesterday.

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6590th meeting of the Security Council

The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question

The agenda was adopted without objection.

The President, with the consent of the Council, invited the representatives of Bangladesh, Cuba, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Egypt, Iceland, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Morocco, Nicaragua, Pakistan, the Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, Uganda and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, at their request, to participate in ...

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July 26, 2011

UN Security Council holds open debate on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question

The United Nations Security Council held an open debate on the situation in the Middle East and the question of Palestine today.  Below are links to background information and statements made in the Council:

Security Council Report: Israel-Palestine

Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry

Uganda 

Israel

Press Question and Answer- Palestine

United States

Links to additional statements will be posted when they become available.

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July 25, 2011

Prayer for Norway

"You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these." - (Mark 12:31)

Presbyterians have been called to pray for the people of Norway in the aftermath of the bombing in Oslo and the shootings on Utoya Island.   A prayer, "We Live in a Broken and Fearful World," is now available on the PCUSA website.  There is also a prayer for the people of Norway and for all victims of violence and terror at the The World Council of Churches Facebook page.

This attack, and all such acts of violence, violates God's image in ...

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July 13, 2011

US statement on children in armed conflict

Below are remarks from U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice on the open debate on children in armed conflict held yesterday in the United Nations Security Council:

Thank you, Mr. President. We’re grateful to you, Mr. Minister, as well as to Ambassador Wittig and the German Mission for hosting this important debate and for your leadership as Chair of the Security Council Working Group. We also very much appreciate the important statements by the Secretary General, Special Representative Coomaraswamy and UNICEF Executive Director Tony Lake.

Mr. President, abuses against children in armed conflicts do not just tear at our hearts ...

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July 8, 2011

NGO WORKING GROUP ON WOMEN, PEACE AND SECURITY: STATEMENT ON THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

Below is a release from the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security:

 

The NGO Working Group on Women Peace and Security is alarmed at the latest reports by its member organizations and the United Nations of mass rape and other crimes against civilians perpetrated in the Fizi area of South Kivu by troops of the armed forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  The NGO Working Group urges the Government of the DRC, the United Nations and Member States to heed the voices of Congolese women, who have repeatedly stressed that such attacks stem from the persistent ...

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July 7, 2011

Independence Eve for South Sudan

As these words are posted, it is early evening on 8 July 2011 in Sudan. Tomorrow brings independence for South Sudan - and significant changes for the peoples of what is now Sudan and what tomorrow will be two countries - South Sudan and Sudan.

Reports of violence continue. Plans for celebrations are in place. Fears choke at the people. Hope looms. Prayers continue:

God in your mercy, pour your grace upon all the peoples in what is now Sudan and what tomorrow will be South Sudan and Sudan. Lead them away from violence. Guide them in paths of peace. Strengthen them ...

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July 3, 2011

A prayer for July 9

God who makes all things new,
as this new day dawns,
bringing the birth of a new state,
we pray out of grave concern,
we pray into hope abounding.
We pray that justice and well-being will prevail
for all the peoples of Sudan and South Sudan,
for all the peoples of South Sudan and Sudan.
Bless the peoples.
Bless the nations.
Guide them in the paths of peace.
We pray in Jesus' name.
Amen.

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July 1, 2011

Season of prayer with the people of Sudan

Prayers are always in order for the people of Sudan. Prayers are particularly in order as July 9 – the date when South Sudan becomes an independent nation draws near.  Our sisters and brothers in Sudan and around the world are in prayer now and will continue in prayer until and after independence is achieved.

Remembering the role that prayer played in the days before the referendum, a number of faith communities will again come together in a Season of Prayer with the people of Sudan in this time. Specifically, we are invited to pray for thirty minutes on:

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June 30, 2011

World Communion of Reformed Churches issues call for a week of prayer and advocacy for Sudan

World Communion of Reformed Churches
Message from the General Secretary
30 June 2011

In solidarity with the celebration of Southern Sudan’s Independence on July 9, we call on all WCRC member churches and area councils to pray for the people of Sudan between Sunday July 3 and Sunday July 10.  We are aware that many of you have been praying for years for peace in this troubled country and urge you to continue to do so.

We ask especially that worship services on Sunday July 3 and Sunday July 10 include times of prayer for a peaceful transition into ...

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June 23, 2011

Secretary General elected to new term

 

Ban Ki-MoonUN Photo/Mark Garten

On Tuesday, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously voted to give Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and second five year term.  The Secretary General is chosen in a two-step process. 

 

Article 97 of the UN Charter states that, “The Secretary-General shall be appointed by the General Assembly upon the recommendation of the Security Council.”  Therefore, a Secretary General needs both the recommendation from the 15 member Security Council as well as a majority vote in the 192 member General Assembly.

This year, current Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon was the only candidate under consideration, almost ensuring him ...

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June 10, 2011

Come Holy Spirit to the people of Sudan

Come Holy Spirit, come to the people of Sudan.
Come Holy Spirit, come to break the hold of violence.
Come Holy Spirit, come to turn the people around.
Come Holy Spirit, come to draw the people together.
Come Holy Spirit, come to build unity within diversity.
Come Holy Spirit, come to lead the people in paths of peace.
Come Holy Spirit, come to guide the people to establish justice.
Come Holy Spirit, come to the people of Sudan.
Amen.

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June 5, 2011

A prayer for the people of Sudan who know conflict

Gracious God, we pray for the people of Sudan. We pray particularly for the people in Abyei, South Kordofan, the Blue Nile, and other places where tensions run high. We pray that the military of the Government of Sudan and of the Sudanese People's Liberation Army refrain from conflict. We pray that all the people of Sudan turn from violence and work for a just and lasting peace. Guide the people. We ask in Jesus' name. Amen.

The BBC reports that the UN is investigating clashes that have broken out in South Kordofan.

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June 4, 2011

The Future of South Sudan - Webcast

The US Institute of Peace announces an upcoming webcast on the future of South Sudan:
 
June 14, 2011
The Future of South Sudan: A Conversation with H.E. Vice President Riek Machar
As Southern Sudan's independence fast approaches, a fragile peace hangs in the balance. USIP has been involved in Sudan for nearly 20 years working on the ground, advising and collaborating with local organizations to find peaceful solutions to flashpoint issues. As the world looks to Sudan's leaders to resolve critical issues before July 9th, the Institute is pleased to host H.E. Lt. General Dr. Riek ...

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June 3, 2011

Glory to you our God

People worship at the Church Center for the United NationsLet our world be a place of celebration;
let our world be a meeting place.
Let justice spring from our earth,
and let the fruits of love flourish.
Let us make it possible
by respecting our diversity,
by sharing in solidarity,
by uniting hands and hearts,
by living together in harmony with creation.
And then peace will be reborn!
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding,
will guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus.

With this benediction, participants in the June 2, 2011 worship service at the Church Center for the United Nations, went forth to ...

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June 2, 2011

A prayer of fear and hope for the peoples of Sudan

God of the ages, July 9 draws near and I fear . . . I fear for my brothers and sisters in Sudan. I fear that preparations and plans for the independence of South Sudan have not been carefully made. I fear that the United Nations and the nations and intergovernmental organizations of the world are unclear as to how to engage and support this transition. I fear that individuals and communities and factions will turn too quickly to violence. I fear that war and destruction will again be unleashed: north against south, tribe against tribe, people against people. I fear for my ...

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June 1, 2011

A note of thanks for prayer from South Sudan

In response to prayers for the people of Pibor and Akobo counties of southern Sudan, we have received the following note from our partners in Eastern Jonglei Presbyery:

Brothers and sisters in the Lord

On behalf of Eastern Jonglei Presbytery, SALT (Serving and Learning Together) Leadership and the entire Murle Community, I wish to express my heartfelt gratitude for moral support and tireless prayers for Murle Community in their time of distress and tribulation caused by their Nuer brothers. God heard your prayers.  The Nuer youth were planning to come back again for a third time but through your prayers ...

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May 31, 2011

A new beginning

Welcome to the new home for Swords into Plowshares!

We are glad you found us.

Please subscribe or bookmark www.pcusa.org/swords-plowshares/, and continue to seek peace and pursue justice in the global community with the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations and the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program

All the previously posted material will be moved to this new address.

Thanks for coming along on the journey!

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May 27, 2011

Pray with the people of Sudan

Prayers are always in order for the people of Sudan. Prayers are particularly in order as July 9 – the date when South Sudan becomes an independent nation draws near. Our sisters and brothers in Sudan and around the world...

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May 27, 2011

Justice and Peace Links—Words Matter

Check out the current issue of Links: Words can hurt, words can heal, and words shape our realities, coloring the ways we experience the world. They are the tools we use to interpret our experiences, to relate to one another,...

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May 27, 2011

A Jerusalem Prayer - May 29, 2011

Sunday, May 29, 2011 begins the World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel 2011. Here is a prayer for that day from the Heads of Churches in Jerusalem: Isaiah 2:1-5; 11:9 “In days to come the mountain of the Lord's...

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May 26, 2011

Prayers for Memorial Day

Reposting some prayers for Memorial Day. As I reflect on this day, I am reminded that almost every time our military forces have engaged, from the American Revolution to the present, they have been supported by allies - allies whose...

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May 20, 2011

A prayer for members of the Security Council

God who makes us for each other, who calls us into community, who binds us together in love, we pray for the members of the United Nations Security Council as they travel to Sudan. Extend to them traveling mercies. Open...

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May 14, 2011

Blessed are the peacemakers

From across the Presbytery of New York City they came to First Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn for the Presbyterian Women's Spring Gathering. The 2011-2012 Horizons Bible Study, Confessing the Beatitudes by the Rev. Dr. Margaret Aymer, provided the theme and...

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May 10, 2011

YouTube films for World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel

From the convenor for the World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel, to be held from 29 May to 4 June 2011: A number of partners around the world have been working together to create new resources for our common...

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May 10, 2011

A blessing

May the blessing of the God of peace and justice be with us; May the blessing of the Son who weeps the tears of the world's suffering be with us; And may the blessing of the Spirit, who inspires us...

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May 5, 2011

A prayer for the National Day of Prayer

Grant us, O God, a vision of this nation as your love would have it: a nation where the weak are protected, and none go hungry or poor; a nation where the riches of creation are shared, and everyone can...

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May 4, 2011

A prayer for the reign of peace

The Office of Theology and Worship of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has written a prayer for the reign of peace: Almighty, all-merciful God, through Christ Jesus you have taught us to love one another, to love our neighbors as ourselves,...

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April 27, 2011

Prayer for peace - Sunday 22 May 2011

The World Sunday for Peace is part of th...

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April 25, 2011

World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel

The World Council of Churches invites member churches and related organizations to join a week of advocacy and action for a just peace in Palestine and Israel on May 29 - June 4. Congregations and individuals around the globe who...

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April 21, 2011

Get home safe

It happens almost every night. I shut off the computer, turn out the light, and leave the office. I walk down the hall to the elevator and push the call button. When the cab arrives, I push "1" and head...

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April 11, 2011

Building Sustainable Communities of Peace in Colombia

For over fifty years, the people of Colombia have endured violence that has displaced more than five million Colombians and driven another 500,000 from their country. Thousands more have died. Since 2000, the United States has provided Colombia over $7...

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April 10, 2011

Pray for the people of Colombia

We pray for the peacemakers in Colombia, the churches, and all people who in countless ways seek to right the wrongs, heal the wounded and sick, speak the truth, and protect the vulnerable. We give thanks for those who are...

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April 5, 2011

The Conflict Monitors - Afghanistan and Pakistan

From the Human Security Report Project The Conflict Monitors provide concise and current information on peace and security issues in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Each Monitor contains news, research, and data. The Conflict Monitors also provide interactive charts and maps illustrating...

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February 22, 2011

Presbyterians at CSW55 - 21 February 2011

About 30 Presbyterians will attend the Commission on the Status of Women. This participation is a partnership between Presbyterian Women, Racial Ethnic Young Women Together, the National Network of Presbyterian College Women, and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations....

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February 22, 2011

A prayer for North Africa

God of heaven and earth, hear our prayers for our sisters and brothers that are standing up and calling for justice and peace on the northern coast of Africa. Every day we hear of yet another demonstration; and of another,...

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February 14, 2011

Upcoming: side event at the CSW

Presbyterian Women are bringing Milcah Lalam of RECONCILE in Sudan to the CSW (Commission on the Status of Women) in February. The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations will host the Presbyterian presence at the CSW. RECONCILE's mission is to...

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February 10, 2011

EAPPI Newsletter

The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel has posted its February 2011 Newsletter. Presbyterian Clark Scalera recently completed a term of service with the EAPPI. The EAPPI brings internationals to the West Bank to experience life under occupation. Ecumenical...

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January 29, 2011

Prayers for the peoples and nations of the Middle East

In the wake of escalating tensions and civil unrest in the Middle East (and Africa), Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) leaders have issued a call to prayer for the peoples and nations of the region, as well as for PC(USA) partners. Here...

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January 24, 2011

Colombia Accompaniment Program seeking volunteers

Can you give a month to accompany our Colombian sisters and brothers in the midst of violence? Consider participating in the Colombia Accompaniment Program. Leaders in the Presbyterian Church of Colombia are taking great risks in their human rights work...

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January 21, 2011

A prayer by the Heads of churches in Jerusalem

Prayer by the Heads of churches in Jerusalem (3 persons to pray different sections) For the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Heavenly Father, We give you thanks and praise for your gift to us of your only Son, Jesus...

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December 23, 2010

Voices of a new generation - young people speak to UN Security Council

On December 21, 2010, US Ambassador Susan E. Rice hosted an interactive special session of the United Nations Security Council titled, "Voices of a New Generation," seeking to give young people (ages 13-21) an opportunity to address the world's most...

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December 23, 2010

Heads of Christian churches in Jerusalem issue Christmas message

The heads of Christian churches in Jerusalem have issued a joint Christmas message for 2010 condemning violence in any form and saying that peace and reconciliation requires the active participation of people of faith. Full text of the message: "Glory...

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December 22, 2010

Advent Devotion - December 22, 2010

Scripture - Psalm 17 “Hear a just cause, O LORD; attend to my cry; give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit.” (Psalm 17:1) When David said those words in the tenth century B.C., he was a man...

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December 18, 2010

Tears

I cried last evening. It has been a while, but I remembered how. A simple post on a friend's Facebook page started it: "They are FREE!! The 43!!!" The Morong 43 is the name given to a group of 43...

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December 17, 2010

Advent Devotion - December 17, 2010

Scripture - Psalm 130 and Matthew 11:2–15 This time of year finds the air buzzing with a fabricated and often frustrated excitement. Do you enjoy or endure the holidays? Do you seek something that seems altogether missing from the list...

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December 15, 2010

Advent Devotion - December 15, 2010

Scripture - Luke 3:7–14 I was nineteen years old when I first encountered the reality of modern warfare. I was standing on the deck of a troop ship as it entered the harbor of Le Havre, France. As we threaded...

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December 12, 2010

Advent Devotion - December 12, 2010

Scripture - Luke 1:46–55 The stories of the birth of Jesus are witnesses of the many ways in which people can experience the transformative power of God’s presence in their lives. They also are echoes of the powerful hope this...

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December 11, 2010

Advent Devotion - December 11, 2010

Scripture - Matthew 24:1–14 Now We Wait Again Tune: Picardy Now we wait again, O Jesus, For your coming in our day; We are weary with our anguish, Unto you we humbly pray: Let your healing touch our sorrows, Lead...

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December 10, 2010

The hopes and fears of all the years

Reprinted from the Presbyterian News Service: Louisville The following statement is from Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and Linda Valentine, Executive Director of the General Assembly Mission Council. Each December Presbyterians join...

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December 10, 2010

Advent Devotion - December 10, 2010

Scripture - Isaiah 7:10–25 In one of our conversations with the street dweller kids in Manila, we asked them to draw on a big paper plate the food they wanted to eat during Noche Buena (a traditional Filipino dinner on...

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December 8, 2010

Advent Devotion - December 8, 2010

Scripture - Isaiah 6:1–13 Finding himself unemployed, Suriya spent three days in prayer, asking for God’s direction. Then, like Isaiah, he received a vision he didn’t expect and a mission for which he felt inadequate. Yet, like Isaiah, he ultimately...

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December 6, 2010

Advent Devotion - December 6, 2010

Scripture - Luke 21:20–28 and 1 Thessalonians 5:1–11 Luke paints a picture of the Son of Man returning in the midst of disturbances that are military, ecological, and astrological. This scene is in tension with the epistle lesson comparing the...

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December 6, 2010

Praying for change in Myanmar

From the World Council of Churches “We believe in change and ask that you continue to pray for us.” This was the message an international team of church representatives heard again and again, as they visited people and churches in...

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December 5, 2010

Advent Devotion - December 5, 2010

Scripture - Romans 15:4–13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13) There was a point in my...

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December 4, 2010

Advent Devotion - December 4, 2010

Scripture - Psalm 90 Advent leads home to Emmanuel (God-with-us). The birth of Jesus announced to shepherds, and the baptism of the Word made flesh by John in the muddy Jordan River among repentant throngs, show that God is with...

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December 3, 2010

Advent Devotion - December 3, 2010

Scripture - Psalm 102 “Let this be recorded for a generation to come, so that people yet unborn may praise the LORD.” (Psalm 102:18) Many of us know some variation of the proverb “The true meaning of life is to...

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December 2, 2010

Advent Devotion - December 2, 2010

Scripture - 1 Thessalonians 3:1–13 “We sent Timothy . . . to strengthen and encourage you for the sake of your faith, so that no one would be shaken by these persecutions.” (1 Thessalonians 3:2–3) I remember reading Peacemaking: The...

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December 1, 2010

Advent Devotion - December 1, 2010

Scripture - Isaiah 2:1–4 Isaiah’s vision in the early chapters of his book is mostly of the punishment of Judah and Jerusalem. Judah is to be destroyed because the nation is corrupt; pride and wealth have distorted the nation God...

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November 29, 2010

Negotiating Sudan's North-South Future

The International Crisis Group has issued an update briefing, Negotiating Sudan's North-South Future. The briefing notes that "foundations for a constructive post-referendum relationship are yet to be laid" between North and South Sudan. While many people "in Sudan and abroad...

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November 27, 2010

Sudan bishops give message of hope before vote

Sudan bishops give message of hope before vote Caritas Internationalis, partner of the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, has posted a message from the Catholic bishops of Sudan in which they reflect on the upcoming referenda in their country....

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November 27, 2010

WCC Living Letters Team to visit Philippines

An international team of church representatives will pay a solidarity visit to churches, ecumenical organizations and civil society movements in the Philippines from 1 to 5 December. It will be the last in a series of "Living Letters" visits to...

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November 27, 2010

Statement of expression of concern over tensions on the Korean Peninsula

From the World Council of Churches: Geneva, 24 November 2010 It is with great concern that we received the news about the escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula. Yesterday’s use of artillery and reports of casualties on Yeonpyeong Island...

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November 24, 2010

Pray for peace on the Korean peninsula

God grant peace to the people of the Korean peninsula. Turn hearts from violence. Preserve calm. Provide strength to refrain from violence. Guide the leaders in paths of peace. Amen. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is among the world leaders calling...

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November 19, 2010

Prayers for Sudan

Here are some prayers for Sudan as the referendum on self-determination for the people of Southern Sudan approaches and takes place. Voting begins on January 9 and ends on January 15. Counting the vote may take until February. Download Prayers...

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November 12, 2010

Peacemakers visit Colombia

Check out the Presbyterian News Service story about a visit to Colombia by the Rev. Shannan Vance-Ocampo, director of Colombia Programs for the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship. Shannan the group she was with saw firsthand some of the effects of U.S.-operated...

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October 27, 2010

Security Council calls for ensuring women’s participation in building, sustaining peace

From the United Nations News Centre: United Nations Security Council calls for ensuring women’s participation in building, sustaining peace. The Security Council today marked the tenth anniversary of the landmark resolution on women and peace and security by calling for...

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October 26, 2010

Ecumenical Advocacy Days – Register now

Register Now for Ecumenical Advocacy Days (EAD)! Come Celebrate 65 years of Presbyterian Presence in Washington, DC! The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Public Witness in Washington, DC is inviting Presbyterians to join us in the nation's capital on March...

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October 22, 2010

The Prospect for Peace in Sudan: A View from Religious Leaders on the Ground - Council on Foreign Relations

Presbyterian United Nations Ministry The delegation of Sudanese church leaders who visited the United Nations community last week made a panel presentation to the Council on Foreign Relations. Find the audio here: The Prospect for Peace in Sudan: A View...

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October 13, 2010

Sudan: Peace is possible; war is not invevitable

Presbyterian United Nations Ministry Gracious God of peace, you break the bow; you snap the spear asunder; you make wars to cease. We pray that you will touch the hearts, the minds, and the spirits of the leaders of Sudan...

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October 9, 2010

Accompaniment in Palestine and Israel

Presbyterian Clark Scalera is serving with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel. His team is based in Hebron. Follow his service and witness on his blog. Pray for a just peace for the people of Israel and Palestine.

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October 9, 2010

To abandon peacemaking is to betray the faith, says Philippines church leader

From the Presbyterian News Service: International Peacemaker "the Rev. Joel Tendero has been a leader in the peacemaking ministry of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines for more than 20 years. His life has repeatedly been threatened by...

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October 9, 2010

Communication, cooperation are keys to Middle East peace, Palestinian Christian says

From the Presbyterian News Service: International Peacemaker "George Abdalla is a Palestinian Christian who lives in Jerusalem. He works with his father in the family's travel agency/tour guide business, a business he will one day inherit from his father. Through...

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September 24, 2010

RECONCILE - Women's peace building in Sudan

Here is a story about the work of RECONCILE - a ministry working for peace in Sudan. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) supports this ministry. You can make a gift to support RECONCILE.

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September 17, 2010

A special gift to the Peacemaking Offering

2010 is the thirtieth anniversary of the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program and the Peacemaking Offering, following the adoption by the General Assembly of Peacemaking: The Believers’ Calling, which called for a new emphasis on peacemaking across the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). This...

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September 15, 2010

The Biblical Witness to Peacemaking

The Biblical Witness to Peacemaking, 2010-2011 is a daily lectionary bearing witness to God’s gift of peace and Christ’s call to peacemaking. Peacemaking is a central declaration of the gospel. Though Jesus Christ, God grants us the gift of grace....

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September 13, 2010

A prayer for the International Day of Peace

Loving God, we, your children, long for the day when your shalom is the dominant culture. We long for the day when we would turn swords into plowshares; when our governments would grow more food than build weapons; when we...

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September 10, 2010

Songs for Peace and Justice - Register now!

Register now - registration closes September 17. Songs for Peace and Justice Oct 10-14 - Stony Point Center "Find Your Voice: Music for a Just and Caring Church" Be part of a four-day multi-cultural creative gathering. Join pastors, church musicians,...

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September 7, 2010

Order 2010 Peacemaking Advent devotion

Order the 2010 Peacemaking Advent devotion from the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program. Proclaiming the Good News of God's Peace contains a daily devotion with each day featuring a different writer. Authors are individuals who have played a key role in the...

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September 7, 2010

Observe International Day of Peace

There are a number of ways to observe the International Day of Peace on September 21. One of them is the initiative A Million Minutes for Peace that invites us to pray for one minute at noon. Other ideas include...

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September 4, 2010

To believe a just peace is possible

As direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians begin, the Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Rev. Gradye Parsons, sent a letter to President Obama expressing appreciation for the president's work toward a just and peaceful solution to the...

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August 25, 2010

Thirty

The planning team and leadership team for the 2010 Presbyterian Peacemaking Seminar gathered for worship this morning. The seminar is being held to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Peacemaking: The Believers' Calling, the General Assembly statement that called the Presbyterian...

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August 12, 2010

The Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb at 30th Anniversary Celebration

The Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, long-time partner of the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program and pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem, brought greetings at the 30th Anniversary Celebration of Peacemaking: The Believers' Calling sponsored by the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program...

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August 11, 2010

New resource on nonviolence at 30th Anniversary Celebration

Authors Sarah Henken and Roger Powers took a moment to autograph their book Resurrection Living: Following the Nonviolent Christ, during the 30th Anniversary Celebration of Peacemaking: The Believers' Calling sponsored by the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program during the 219th General Assembly...

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August 2, 2010

Give thanks for Art Gish

I give thanks for the life and witness of long-time peacemaker Art Gish. I pray that God will comfort Peggy and all who grieve at Art's death. I had the privilege of meeting Art and Peggy several years ago when...

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August 2, 2010

Help create a Presbyterian peacemaking time line

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Peacemaking: The Believers' Calling - the statement of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) that called for a renewed commitment to Peacemaking and created the Peacemaking Offering and the Presbyterian Peacemaking...

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July 31, 2010

A Zillion Visions of Peace

Check out what Presbyterian Lura Pierce, a retired teacher, has been doing in retirement: From her original blog:The time has come to travel for peace. I will carry the originally designed butterfly peace quilt wherever I am invited. I will...

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July 23, 2010

Why should children not be soldiers?

This was a question posed at the Presbyterian Youth Triennium. Participants created red hands with answers - red hands that will be delivered to world leaders to call them to put an end to the practice of using children as...

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July 23, 2010

I pray for peace . . . Triennium Day 4

Today marked the final day in the exhibit hall at the Presbyterian Youth Triennium. Participants stopped by the booth of the Presbyterian United Nations Ministry, the Office on Child Advocacy, and the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program and added their prayers to...

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July 22, 2010

Almost two a minute

117 Red Hand cards were made today at the Presbyterian Youth Triennium - in one hour. That's almost two messages every minute to be sent to world leaders to tell them that children are children, not soldiers! Thanks to all...

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July 22, 2010

I pray for peace (Triennium, Day 2)

The exhibit was only open for an hour at the Presbyterian Youth Triennium today. But the hall was packed. Many participants stopped by the booth of the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, the Office on Child Advocacy, and the...

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July 21, 2010

Red Hands at Triennium - Day 1

Over 250 participants in the Presbyterian Youth Triennium created Red Hands to carry the message to world leaders that children are children, not soldiers. Some amazing messages were written: Stop the use of child soldiers: what if it was your...

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July 20, 2010

I pray for peace in . . .

The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, the Child Advocacy Office, and the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program invited participants at the Presbyterian Youth Triennium to finish that simple statement by writing on a ribbon about eight inches in length and 5/8...

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July 14, 2010

God, You Spoke Your Word Through Amos

“God, You Spoke Your Word Through Amos” is a new hymn by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. This hymn was originally written to support Bread for the World's Bread for the Preacher, July 2010. Carolyn is the author of of over 160...

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June 28, 2010

Knitting lounge at 2010 Peacemaking Seminar

Re-membering Peace: Still the Believers' Calling 2010 Peacemaking Seminar Presbyterian Peacemaking Program August 25-28, 2010 (depart on August 29) Abiquiu, NM Register now! Seminar participants can make peace by responding to a need in the Abiquiu community. Come and bring...

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June 27, 2010

2010 Peacemaking Seminar - peacemaking through worship

Re-membering Peace: Still the Believers' Calling 2010 Peacemaking Seminar Presbyterian Peacemaking Program August 25-28, 2010 Abiquiu, NM Register now! Our peacemaking efforts are rooted in our faith. Through worship, community is built and we are strengthened to act with compassion,...

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June 26, 2010

2010 Advent Devotion book now availble

Order now! Proclaiming the Good News of God's Peace: Advent Devotions 2010 is now available. This booklet, published by the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program, provides a devotion for each day of the Advent season. It is designed to help individuals, households,...

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June 25, 2010

Making music for peace

Re-membering Peace: Still the Believers' Calling 2010 Peacemaking Seminar Presbyterian Peacemaking Program August 25-28, 2010 Abiquiu, NM Register now! Music plays a key role in movements for peace and justice; music has been an important part of conferences and events...

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June 23, 2010

What does it mean to follow the nonviolent Christ?

The Presbyterian Peacemaking Program is pleased to announce the publication of a journal resource on nonviolence. Resurrection Living: Journeying with the Nonviolent Christ is designed as a journal to help individuals explore the theology and ethics of nonviolence and ways...

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June 20, 2010

Countdown to the International Day of Peace

On June 13, 2010, the United Nations Secretary-General issue a message about the International Day of Peace which will take place on September 21, 2010. The message follows: "One hundred days from today, the world will mark the International Day...

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June 17, 2010

Prayer Partners for General Assembly

As in past years, the General Assembly Committee On Local Arrangements is recruiting Presbyterians to serve as prayer partners for each of the commissioners and advisory delegates. Several hundred more people are needed who will agree to pray each day...

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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 11, 2010

Oracion de esperanza por la paz de colombia

Oh Dios, ¿Hasta cuándo los que hacen la guerra gobernarán nuestros países? Oh Dios, ¿Hasta cuándo los que roban, matan y destruyen tendrán tanto poder? Oh Dios, ¿Hasta cuándo la seguridad será como una larga noche de terror? Oh Dios,...

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June 11, 2010

A prayer of hope for peace in Colombia

O God, how long will those who make war govern our countries? O God, how long will those who steal, kill and destroy have so much power? O God, how long will security be like a long night of terror?...

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June 3, 2010

2010 Peacemaking Seminar - singing songs of peace

Re-membering Peace: Still the Believers' Calling 2010 Peacemaking Seminar Presbyterian Peacemaking Program August 25-28, 2010 Abiquiu, NM Music plays a key role in movements for peace and justice; music has been an important part of conferences and events sponsored by...

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June 1, 2010

Action Alert – Madagascar’s Government Targets the Church

From Presbyterian World Mission's Office on Africa Pastor Ranaivo Rivo Arson of the Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar (FJKM) was shot and fatally wounded by Malagasy soldiers on Thursday, 20 May, when pastors were trying to hold a worship...

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May 30, 2010

Pray for the people of Colombia

Pray for the people of Colombia as they participate in a presidential election today. May this election move the country and the people closer to the time when justice is done, violence ceases, and peace prevails.

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May 27, 2010

Living the Believers’ Calling – support young adult peacemakers

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking: Support a young adult involved in peacemaking making work. Consider helping to fund a Young Adult Volunteer, providing assistance to attend a conference or event, or even sending some cookies...

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May 26, 2010

Living the Believers’ Calling – work to end gun violence

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking: Work to end gun violence. Bring speakers on ending gun violence to the congregation and community. Sponsor an art exhibit with sculpture, paintings, poetry, and music that respond to gun...

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May 25, 2010

Living the Believers’ Calling – Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking: Be a Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF organizer! Hold a community block party to educate and raise funds for UNICEF or a special UNICEF activity for children in church school or a...

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May 25, 2010

Worship materials for World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel

May 29 through June 4, 2010 is designated the World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel by the Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum of the World Council of Churches. Here are liturgical materials for the week: The Heads of Churches in...

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May 25, 2010

World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel

From the World Council of Churches In countries across six continents, religious communities, people of faith, human rights and peace organizations are preparing to mark the World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel from May 29 to June 4, 2010....

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May 25, 2010

A prayer for the people of the Korean peninsula

God of East and West, God of North and South, look with your grace upon the Korean peninsula and its people. Touch hearts and minds on both sides of the 38th parallel. Guide the leaders of North Korea and the...

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May 25, 2010

A prayer for those who seek human rights in Colombia

God of justice, God of compassion, God of peace, we pray for those who work for human rights in Colombia. We give thanks for their commitment to the well-being of all the people. We give thanks for their faithful witness....

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May 24, 2010

Living the Believers’ Calling – hold a youth event

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking: Hold a youth event that focuses on 30 hours of peace. Have youth and sponsors commit to 30 hours of learning, service, and fun that explores peace-related themes. It could...

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May 24, 2010

Pray for Colombia at the time of presidential election

Reprinted with permission from Called to Colombia. As Colombia moves toward presidential elections, please: Pray for candidates, for honesty, integrity, and an openness to the Spirit in their quest to gain the power to govern. Pray for the judges and...

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May 24, 2010

PC(USA) partners in Colombia and the presidential election

Reprinted with permission from Called to Colombia: Our partners in Colombia, the the Iglesia Presbiteriana de Colombia, are faithful and passionate the defense of life - which in this context means the upholding of human rights. With Colombia's history of...

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May 22, 2010

Spirit of the Living God - a prayer for Pentecost

Spirit of the Living God, each year we gather with hopes that our meditations may be pleasing to you. Each year we gather as your children and as your church, feeling the unquenchable fire of your Spirit,ready to be resurrected...

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May 21, 2010

Living the Believer’s Calling – support the Millennium Development Goals

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking: Learn about the Millennium Development Goals and to find ways to support this effort to improve social and economic conditions in the world's poorest countries. Look for updates from the...

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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 19, 2010

Living the Believers’ Calling – no child soldiers!

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking: Hold a Red Hand Sunday to call for an end to the use of children as soldiers. Create red hand prints on paper or cloth (using finger paint, drawing an...

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May 18, 2010

Living the Believers’ Calling – observe the International Day of Peace

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking: Observe the International Day of Peace, a day set by the United Nation General Assembly, on September 21. This day brings a global call for a day of ceasefire and...

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May 17, 2010

The Jerusalem prayer for Sunday, 30 May 2010

The Heads of Churches in Jerusalem invite churches around the world to pray with them on Sunday, May 30, 2010. Introduction We believe that every human being is created in God’s image and likeness and that every one's dignity is...

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May 17, 2010

Living the Believers’ Calling – a peace blessing bowl

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking: Create a peace blessing bowl for the congregation. Find, make, or purchase a medium-sized bowl. Place small stones in the bowl. Near the bowl place small pieces of paper and...

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May 17, 2010

Pray for and with the people of Iraq

In response to the request of the Christian leaders of Iraq, here are a couple prayers. They may be used each day at noon as part of the Covenant of Prayer with Iraqi Christians or in private devotions or corporate...

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May 16, 2010

A prayer after the election in the Philippines

Gracious God, we pray for the people of the Philippines: For those newly elected to office, grant wisdom to govern wisely, end repressive policies, and enact changes that benefit all the people; For candidates who lost in the elections, grant...

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May 14, 2010

Living the Believers’ Calling – respond to the HIV/AIDS pandemic

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking: Choose a Sunday near World AIDS Day (December 1) to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS. Have a special intergenerational church school class that encourages the whole church to learn more and...

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May 14, 2010

An Election Eve Haiku Prayer

Roger Scott Powers We travel today, fanning out across this vast archipelago. All praying to God for free and fair elections in the Philippines. Filipinos smile, masking fears of violence, coercion and fraud. Hoping for the best, these strong, determined...

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May 13, 2010

Living the Believers’ Calling – celebrate World Communion Sunday

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking: Lift up peacemaking ministries on World Communion Sunday and encourage expanded peacemaking efforts. Use cloths from around the world on the communion table; use breads from around the world such...

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May 12, 2010

Living the Believers’ Calling – the Commitment to Peacemaking

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking: Remember the people and issues that have been a part of the congregation's peacemaking ministries. Find pictures if possible. Create a display. Learn if and when and why the congregation...

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May 11, 2010

Living the Believers’ Calling – throw a party!

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking: Have a peacemaking party with cake, streamers, and games. Decorate the party space with signs and pictures celebrating different milestones and achievements in the congregation's peacemaking ministries. Thirty years ago...

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May 10, 2010

Living the Believers’ Calling – give peace a dance!

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking: Give Peace a Dance! Invite community neighbors and partners to a dance that celebrates common work for peace. Thirty years ago the 192nd General Assembly (1980) of the United Presbyterian...

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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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May 8, 2010

A prayer for the Philippines at the time of election

God of compassion, hold the people and the leaders of the Philippines gently in these last days before the election. Fill hearts and guide spirits so that the leaders and people turn from violence. Grant courage to nurture relationships that...

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May 7, 2010

Pursuing Peace Together: Working for Reconciliation in the Holy Land

Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) 2010 Advocacy Conference You are invited to CMEP's 2010 Advocacy Conference to learn, increase your skills, network and advocate for peace with justice in the Holy Land. The conference will be June 13th -...

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May 7, 2010

Living the Believer’s Calling – share stories of peacemaking

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking: Pick 30 people from the congregation who are peacemakers. Include saints of different ages who are or have been engaged in ministries such as social workers, student peer mediators, teachers,...

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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 5, 2010

Living the Believers’ Calling – send folks to 2010 Peacemaking Seminar

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking: Provide scholarships for congregation members to attend Re-membering Peace: Still the Believers' Calling, the peacemaking seminar at Ghost Ranch on August 25-28, 2010 (depart on August 29). Peacemakers from across...

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May 5, 2010

Living the Believers’ Calling – plant a peace pole

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking: If the congregation has planted a peace pole, hold a rededication ceremony. If the congregation does not have a peace pole, purchase or create one. Create mini-peace poles that people...

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May 4, 2010

Living the Believers’ Calling – host an International Peacemaker

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking: Talk to the presbytery peacemaking committee about hosting an International Peacemaker. International Peacemakers are leaders from countries around the world who are engaged in peacemaking. Individuals from eight countries are...

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May 3, 2010

Living the Believers’ Calling – create a Peace Memorial

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking: Dedicate space as a "Peace Memorial." Start with a section of chicken wire and invite members and friends to add symbols of the things that make for peace. Thirty years...

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May 3, 2010

Women for peace

In its strategy to serve the church and help build up women's ministry in the church, and also in response to the need of the church in Iraq, the Near East School of Theology held its third event with Presbyterians...

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April 30, 2010

Living the Believers’ Calling – create a peace mural

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking: Create a peace mural. Hang a large piece of butcher paper, cloth, or poster board in a common space in the church building. Invite people to create a congregational vision...

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April 29, 2010

Living the Believers’ Calling – learn about violent video games

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking: Learn about the video games to which children and youth have access and the potentially harmful effect of viewing violent content. A free booklet by the Office of Child Advocacy...

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April 28, 2010

Living the Believers’ Calling – help children learn about Sudan

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking: Use Piece Work/Peace Work: Working Together for Peace and Sudan with elementary children from Grades 1-6. It includes four sessions, one intergenerational session and a resource section with stories of...

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April 27, 2010

Living the Believers’ Calling – teach confirmands about peace

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking Focus at least one session of the confirmation program on peace. Help confirmands learn more about peacemaking through doing. This could involve a service project or an advocacy effort such...

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April 26, 2010

Live the Believers' Calling - peace facts - peace actions

Celebrate 30 years of peacemaking Start a monthly peace report in the church newsletter or bulletin. Include a “peace fact” that tells something interesting about peacemaking in the congregation, community, nation, or world. Add a “peace action” that highlights a...

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April 23, 2010

Live the Believers' Calling - receive Peacemaking Program email newsletters

Celebrate 30 years of peacemaking Receive ideas for peacemaking as individuals and as a congregations. Invite individuals to subscribe to the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program’s email newsletter, Seeking Peace. Have congregational leaders subscribe to the email newsletter, Peacemaking in Congregations. Subscribe...

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April 22, 2010

Live the Believers' Calling - Study

Celebrate thirty years of peacemaking Use resources from the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program in an adult education class. Find a resource list of print materials as well as online resources. Thirty years ago the 192nd General Assembly (1980) of the United...

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April 21, 2010

Live the Believers' Calling - Create a Prayer Space

Celebrate thirty years of peacemaking Create a space in the church where short prayers for peace can be posted. Encourage members to ask for prayers from friends and family in other places. One congregation developed a banner containing prayers for...

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April 20, 2010

Live the Believers' Calling - Pray

Celebrate thirty years of peacemaking Pray for joys and concerns that relate to peacemaking in corporate worship services. Encourage congregants to remember those joys and concerns in their daily prayers. Ask different individuals to select the joys and concerns each...

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April 19, 2010

Dry Land, Living Stones: Peacemaking in Israel and Palestine

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 8:00am - 8:00pm Presbyterian United Nations Office 777 United Nations Plaza, 7th Floor New York, NY Human beings face increasingly complex challenges as the world confronts issues like climate change, hunger and poverty, and conflict. This...

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April 14, 2010

Bring the world to you

Host an International Peacemaker in your presbytery, synod, or educational institution. International Peacemakers from 8 countries are scheduled to visit the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) from September 24 through October 18, 2009. These individuals from our partner churches will share about...

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April 13, 2010

Act and pray for Colombia

Find four ways to can get involved in the movement to stand with those working for peace in Colombia. The suggestions come from Mamie Broadhurst and Richard Williams. Mamie and Richard, Presbyterian Mission Co-workers in Colombia have been working with...

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April 7, 2010

Plan your summer

Registration is open for the 2010 Peacemaking Seminar:Re-membering Peace: Still the Believers' Calling August 25-28 (with departure on August 29) Ghost Ranch Conference Center, Abiquiu, New Mexico

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April 7, 2010

Pray for Sudan at the time of the election

Here is a prayer for the people of Sudan as the April 11 election draws near. Gracious God, We seek a just and lasting peace for our brothers and sisters in Sudan. May the Sudanese people never lose hope and...

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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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April 4, 2010

Christ is risen!

Christ is risen indeed! The staff of the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program wishes you a blessed Easter! May God's grace which works resurrection transform lives and hearts around the world. May the hope and joy of resurrection sustain us to live...

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March 30, 2010

Register now - 2010 Peacemaking Seminar

Register Now! 2010 Peacemaking Seminar: Re-membering Peace: Still the Believers’ Calling Location: Ghost Ranch in Abiquiui, New Mexico Dates: August 25-28 (depart on August 29) Read the seminar information brochure Use a press release to tell others about the seminar...

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March 29, 2010

A prayer for repatterning our lives at Easter

A prayer for repatterning our lives at Easter Sacred Mystery, We confess that we do not much trust this resurrection story. It doesn’t fit with the headlines about Gaza and a hundred other places. It doesn’t work into our win-lose...

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March 29, 2010

Care for God's earth in Armenia and America

Visit Armenia with the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program and the Presbyterian Environmental Ministries Office: Explore how people of faith care for God’s earth in Armenia and what that can teach us for caring for God's earth in America Learn about Armenia’s...

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March 28, 2010

Pray, act, give for Sudan

Our colleagues at the Sudan Advocacy Action Forum have a new look to their Web page. A great look! Check it out. While you are there, take time to act for peace in Sudan - calling Congress to hold the...

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March 26, 2010

A new START

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 24, 2010

Remember Oscar Romero

Join the people of El Salvador in remembering Archbishop Oscar Romero who was assassinated 30 years ago today while celebrating the Eucharist. Remember his commitment to our sisters and brothers who know poverty and oppression; remember his calls to peace...

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March 23, 2010

30 ideas for 30 years

Download 30 Ways to Mark 30 Years to find 30 ideas to celebrate 30 years of peacemaking. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Peacemaking: The Believers’ Calling, the General Assembly statement that called for a new emphasis on peacemaking...

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March 22, 2010

Celebrate 30 years of peacemaking!

Give thanks for peacemakers and peacemaking ministries past, present and future! 2010 marks the 30th anniversary of Peacemaking: The Believers’ Calling, icon the General Assembly statement that called for a new emphasis on peacemaking across the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and...

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March 19, 2010

Speak now on health care reform

It appears that the House of Representatives will vote on health care reform this weekend. Now is the time to contact your representative and make your opinion known. Whether you oppose the proposed plan, support the proposed plan, or would...

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March 18, 2010

Peacemaking in Jamaica

The Decade to Overcome Violence initiative of the World Council of Churches is sponsoring an International Ecumenical Peace Convocation in Kingston, Jamaica in May of 2011. The International Ecumenical Peace Convocation will be a "harvest festival" celebrating the achievements of...

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March 15, 2010

A Prayer for the People of Myanmar (Burma)

Gracious God, we pray for the people of Myanmar. Guide them in the paths of peace and the ways of justice. We pray for the children of Myanmar, especially those who are soldiers, orphans, refugees, or forced into labor and...

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March 11, 2010

Promote the Armenia Travel/Study Seminar

The Presbyterian Peacemaking Program and the Environmental Ministries Office are partners in a travel/study seminar to Armenia on November 1-12. Participants will: * Explore how people of faith care for God’s earth? * Learn about Armenia’s relationships with its neighbors,...

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March 7, 2010

Remember Archbishop Oscar Romero

March 24, 2010 marks the 30th anniversary of the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero, faithful follower of Jesus Christ who worked for justice and peace for the people of El Salvador. Give thanks for his life and for his witness....

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February 24, 2010

Presbyterian response to comments about Middle East Study Team report

The Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), has issued a statement in response to published comments about the Middle East Study Team report that will be considered at the 219th General Assembly (2010) when it...

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February 12, 2010

Pray for the people of the Philippines

Here is a prayer for peace from Lei Garcia of the Philippines: Grant us peace that will BREAK our silence in the midst of violence then prophetic voices shall resonate. Grant us peace that will PULL US DOWN from the...

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February 11, 2010

Send a message of peace to the Olympics

Tomorrow brings the opening ceremony for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Peacemakers are invited to participate in the 2010 Peace Project. Send a message for peace that will be posted at the Memories Thrift Store in Richmond, Canada. Memories Thrift Store...

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February 4, 2010

Kairos Palestine Document

Members of Catholic , Greek Orthodox, Lutheran, Anglican and Baptist traditions in the Palestinian Christian community issued a statement in Bethlehem on December 11 called the "Kairos Palestine Document". Many of these brothers and sisters in Christ are partners of...

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January 29, 2010

Presbyterian Peace Fellowship Convocation

Convocation of Peacemakers April 15-17, 2010 a national gathering of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship to deepen the commitment to nonviolence and radical discipleship in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship invites you into a hard conversation about nonviolence,...

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January 29, 2010

A Christian Peace Witness Study and Invitation to Act

Christian Peace Witness is ready to bring: Tony Campolo, Sr. Dianna Ortiz, Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Kathy Kelly, Joshua Casteel, Liz McAlister, Noah Baker Merrill & Ken Butigan to YOUR CHURCH for Lent! Along with a dvd featuring profound inspiration from...

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January 12, 2010

Give thanks

Give thanks for the life and witness of Miep Giles who helped hide Anne Frank and her family during the Second World War. Give thanks for all those who acted in courage to provide safety and rescue - the Righteous...

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January 7, 2010

Meet the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

A new study for youth on honoring Dr. King through nonviolent action in service to others has been released by the Thoughtful Christian. In 1986, the third Monday of January was established as a national holiday. This means that for...

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January 6, 2010

A Prayer for Peacemakers

Loving God, Grant us a vision of your peace, A passion for that vision, And faith and hope, Courage and wisdom, And all we need to live into that vision. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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January 4, 2010

Happy Christmas

I am still listening to Christmas music - at least until Epiphany. This morning's songs included "Happy Christmas (War Is Over)," by John Lennon, Yoko Ono and the Plastic Ono Band. It was a bittersweet listen - gratitude for the...

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December 25, 2009

Reflexion de Adviento - 25 de diciembre

Léase Juan 1: 1-14 "Y el Verbo se hizo carne y habitó entre nosotros". (Juan 1: 14a) Cuando comemos la cena de Navidad, nuestra familia se reúne alrededor de una gran mesa redonda de roble que ha estado en la...

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December 25, 2009

Advent devotion - December 25, 2009

Scripture - John 1: 1–14 “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” (John 1:14a) When we eat our Christmas meal, our family will gather around a big, round oak table that has been in the family since our...

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December 24, 2009

Failing Gaza: No rebuilding, no recovery, no more excuses

Almost a year after violence tore Gaza and touched Israel, international aid agencies report that "little of the extensive damage" that Operation Cast Lead "caused to homes, civilian infrastructure, public services, farms and businesses has been repaired. As thousands of...

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December 24, 2009

Reflexion de Adviento - 24 de diciembre

Léase Isaías 9:2-7 Un niño está por llegar. ¿Sabemos la maravilla de esas palabras? En medio de nuestro desierto, un niño esta por llegar, Y en sus manos puede sostener nuestros corazones, si se lo permitimos. En sus ojos podemos...

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December 24, 2009

Advent devotion - December 24, 2009

Scripture - Isaiah 9:2–7 A child is coming. Do we know the wonder in those words? In the midst of our wilderness a child is coming, and in his hands he can hold our hearts, if we allow it. In...

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December 23, 2009

Dreams for a just and lasting peace

Our friends in the Sudan Advocacy Action Forum pass on concerns from our sisters and brothers in Sudan encourage us to pray for a just and lasting peace for all the people of Sudan. Refugees International provide a brief video...

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December 23, 2009

Reflexion de Adviento - 23 de diciembre

Léase Jeremías 31:10-14 Mi familia llama el día de hoy "Víspera de la víspera de Navidad". Estamos tentadoramente cerca de la celebración. Hemos sentido la inminente llegada. ¡Estamos que reventamos por buscar una montaña en la cual gritarlo a los...

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December 23, 2009

Advent devotion - December 23, 2009

Scripture - Jeremiah 31:10–14 My family calls today “Christmas Eve Eve.” We’re tantalizingly close to the celebration. We sense the imminent arrival. We’re bursting to go find a mountain on which to tell it! But it’s not here yet. It’s...

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December 22, 2009

PeaceNext

Every five years, the Parliament of the World's Religions welcomes thousands of people to see the world through different eyes. People of different faiths come together to learn, grow and celebrate their diversity. They realize that despite their religious differences,...

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December 22, 2009

Advent devotion - December 22, 2009

Scripture - Psalm 146 Happy is [the one] who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry. (Psalm 146:7) The words of the psalmist anticipate the proclamation of Jesus. We will know Jesus is the Messiah because...

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December 21, 2009

Advent devotion - December 21, 2009

Scripture - Luke 1:39–56 It is a challenge to live richly into the anticipation that is Advent—to keep the frenzy and the Christmas rush at bay. Yesterday we celebrated the Fourth Sunday of Advent. The Christmas Eve service is only...

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December 20, 2009

Advent devotion - December 20, 2009

Scripture - Luke 1:46–55 It’s no wonder Jesus grew up to be something of a revolutionary. Listen to the song he learned at his mother’s knee: “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior ....

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December 19, 2009

Advent devotion - December 19, 2009

Scripture - Luke 1:1–25 Advent is a joyful time of anticipation. We await the arrival of the Christ just as prospective parents eagerly anticipate the arrival of a baby. We prepare the house; we decorate the room; we receive gifts....

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December 19, 2009

Palestinian Christians call for just peace

On December 11, Palestinian Christian Leaders released a statement commonly called the Kairos Palestine Document. The ceremony that launched the document took place at the International Center of Bethlehem and was attended by over fifty people, included members of the...

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December 18, 2009

Reflexion de Adviento - 18 de diciembre

Léase Génesis 3:8-15 Adviento es la historia de la búsqueda de Dios por nosotros. Dios continúa preguntando, "¿Dónde estás?"Génesis 3 nos confronta con el proceso por el cual los seres humanos comenzaron a crear la separación. Los dos primeros capítulos...

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December 18, 2009

Reflexion de Adviento 17 de diciembre

Léase Salmo 18: 1-20 El Salmo 18 fue la canción de David de triunfo cuando Dios le libró del poder de sus enemigos. Después de que David le pidió ayuda, Dios en su omnipotencia estaba dispuesto a mover cielo y...

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December 18, 2009

Advent devotion - December 18, 2009

Scripture: Genesis 3:8–15 Advent is the story of God’s search for us. God continues to ask, “Where are you?” Genesis 3 confronts us with the process by which human beings began to create separation. The first two chapters of the...

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December 17, 2009

Advent devotion - December 17, 2009

Scripture - Psalm 18:1–20 Psalm 18 was David’s song of triumph when God delivered him from the power of his enemies. After David called on him for help, God in his omnipotence was willing to move heaven and earth to...

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December 16, 2009

Reflexion de Adviento - 16 de diciembre

Léase Salmo 50 En los días más despejados me resulta difícil establecer un equilibrio entre dos cosas a las que siento he sido llamado, trabajar activamente y con honestidad para cuidar de la creación de Dios, y sin reservas el...

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December 16, 2009

Advent devotion - December 16, 2009

Scripture - Psalm 50 On my bluer days I find it hard to balance two things to which I feel called—honestly and actively working to care for God’s creation, and unreservedly celebrating its beauty. It is hard not to temper...

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December 15, 2009

A Christmas prayer 2009

A Christmas prayerGod of glory and God of grace, God who creates and loves us all, God whose Holy Spirit gives us gifts for faithful living, You come to us in a child, Born in Bethlehem, a humble city in...

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December 15, 2009

Advent devotion - December 15, 2009

Scripture - Psalm 33 Who is it the psalmist awaits? To whom is this believer singing praises? This writer praises the one, yes, the only one who is able to deliver on his promises and “redeem the people from death...

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December 15, 2009

Spanish translations of Advent devotions

Jose Rosa-Rivera of the Ministerio Vida Abundante de la Iglesia Presbiteriana en Puerto Nuevo, San Juan Puerto Rico has provided Spanish translations [PDF] of the Advent devotions. The current file contains Spanish translations [PDF] from November 29 through December 14....

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December 14, 2009

Not finished with your shopping?

Still looking for a gift for that someone special? Consider a gift that works for peace. Support the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program. There are several options. Give to: Peacemaking Offering - provide basic support for the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program's ministry Conference...

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December 14, 2009

2010 Peacemaking Seminar

2010 Peacemaking Seminar Re-membering Peace: Still the Believers’ Calling August 25-29, 2010 Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, New Mexico In 1980, the 192nd GA of the UPCUSA adopted Peacemaking: The Believers’ Calling [PDF]. In 2010, the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program invites you to...

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December 14, 2009

Advent devotion - December 14, 2009

Scripture - Psalm 122 “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.” (Psalm 122:6) Psalm 122 recorded the reflections of pilgrims visiting Jerusalem. They reveled in Jerusalem’s past glories, rejoiced in unity and security, and expressed hope for peace and prosperity. These...

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December 14, 2009

Christmas prayers

Here is a Christmas prayer written this year: A Christmas prayer 2009 Here are some prayers for Christmas that we posted last year. A Prayer for Peace on Christmas Eve A Child Is Coming - A Christmas Prayer On this...

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December 13, 2009

Advent devotion - December 13, 2009

Scripture: Zephaniah 3:14–20 “On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: Do not fear, O Zion; do not let your hands grow weak. The Lord, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory; he will rejoice...

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December 11, 2009

Advent devotion - December 11, 2009

Scripture: Haggai 1 In many ways, we are living the days of which Haggai speaks. Our economic and moral stability has been challenged, sending us into a survival mode much like the situation faced by Israel, whom Haggai was addressing....

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December 9, 2009

Advent devotion - December 9, 2009

Scripture: Matthew 23:1–12 “The greatest among you will be your servant.” (Matthew 23:11) According to the world around us, this is the season for shopping, spending, decorating, feasting, and wearing elaborately decorated sweaters. Parties and pageants, tinsel and trees, Santa...

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December 8, 2009

Advent devotion - December 8, 2009

Scripture: Psalm 33 “Our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.” (Psalm 33:21–22) Sometimes I question God. How did God,...

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December 7, 2009

A prayer for December 7

God of the ages, in your sight nations rise and fall, and pass through times of peril. On this day we remember with gratitude those who died in defense of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and all those who...

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December 5, 2009

All I Want for Christmas

When it comes to Christmas music, I confess that I jump the season. At least in my personal life. Professionally, when I am designing worship, I can maintain tight seasonal boundaries. Stores may decorate. Cards may arrive. Specials may air....

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December 5, 2009

Advent devotion - December 5, 2009

Scripture: Amos 5:18–27 Standing at my office window, I was startled to see the early morning sky fill with roiling storm clouds. Within minutes, torrential rain mixed with hail pelted the glass. Soon a manhole cover on the street below...

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December 4, 2009

Advent devotion - December 4, 2009

Scripture: Matthew 22:1–14 We all receive invitations throughout the year that request our presence at various functions. The gospel of Jesus Christ is God’s invitation for us to have a relationship with him. This invitation comes with the certainty of...

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December 3, 2009

Advent devotion - December 3, 2009

Scripture: Matthew 21:33–46 “Peace on earth,” we say in Advent, we say at Christmas, we say upon the birth of the One we call the Prince of Peace. “Peace on earth,” we say as a hope, a prayer, a longing...

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December 3, 2009

Send prayers to the people of Bethlehem for Christmas 2009

Pax Christi International invites us to send Christmas prayer greetings to the people of Bethlehem. Once again, Christmas celebrations will take place in a difficult climate for people in the Holy Land. As we prepare to celebrate Advent and Christmas...

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December 3, 2009

Peace on earth

Valley Presbyterian Church in Portola Valley, CA has hung their banner bearing prayers for peace on earth for all to see. How are you sharing the message of peace on earth this Advent?

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November 26, 2009

Protecting civilians in South Sudan

Presbyterians recently initiated, signed and sent an interfaith letter calling for the deployment of United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) peacekeeping forces to protect civilians in South Sudan. The letter went to Susan Rice, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations,...

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November 25, 2009

Pray for the people of Maguindanao

God of justice, God of compassion, God of peace, comfort those who grieve for the deaths at Maguindanao and in places whose name we do not know, work healing within those who are wounded, stir the conscience of those who...

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November 25, 2009

A Massacre Most Foul, Gross, and Utterly Repugnant

The following statement comes from the National Council of Churches in the Philippines. It reflects on a massacre in Maguindanao on Mindanao Island.NCCP Statement It is a massacre most foul, gross, and utterly repugnant! The National Council of Churches in...

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November 23, 2009

Pray for peace - November 29

Prayers for peace on Spiritual Nurture for Peacemakers this week include a Psalm of Peace, a prayer for Thanksgiving and a prayer for members of the Senate. Use this prayers in individual devotions or corporate worship.

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November 14, 2009

Have you done your Thanksgiving shopping?

Give your friends a copy of Proclaiming the Good News of God's Peace, a daily devotional booklet for Advent 2009. It makes a lovely Thanksgiving present! Peacemakers across the country and around God's world contributed to the booklet. Use Proclaiming...

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November 2, 2009

New study resource on Sudan for children

Order Piece Work/Peace Work: Working Together for Peace and Sudan at the Presbyterian Marketplace. Use item number 24-358-09-008. The cost is $8.00 plus shipping and handling.Piece Work/Peace Work: Working Together for Peace and Sudan is a curriculum designed for elementary...

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November 2, 2009

Community of Living Traditions

Something new is happening at Stony Point Center. An interfaith intentional community dedicated to nonviolence and peacemaking is in the making. For at least five years, Christians, Muslims and Jews will live together at Stony Point where they will work,...

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October 30, 2009

Learning about Sudan in Maryville

In the Presbytery of East Tennessee, International Peacemaker the Rev. Orozu Lokine Daky, from Sudan, and Dr. Ingrid Reneau, a PC(USA) Mission Co-worker in South Sudan, offered workshops at the Global Voices Summit. This event was sponsored by the group,...

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October 23, 2009

Proclaiming the Good News of God's Peace

Peacemakers from across the United States and around God's world contributed to Proclaiming the Good News of God's Peace, a daily devotional booklet for Advent 2009. Using lectionary texts, the writers reflect on God's gift of peace and explore what...

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October 18, 2009

A prayer for United Nations Day

Here is a prayer for the United Nations for use in relation to United Nations Day (October 24) or any appropriate time: God of compassion, walk alongside all of your global stewards who work to create a more just and...

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October 15, 2009

Worship resources for United Nations Day

October 24 is United Nations Day. The Presbyterian Peacemaking Program and the Presbyterian United Nations Office offer worship materials for use on Sunday, October 25 or another time. Download O God Who Formed Creation [PDF], a hymn by the Rev....

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October 12, 2009

Isaiah and the work of the United Nations

Check out the new study on the United Nations from The Thoughtful Christian. In three sessions, this group Bible study for adults discusses the biblical hope for peace among the nations in Isaiah and the work of the United Nations....

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October 11, 2009

On the road with International Peacemakers

Eleven International Peacemakers, church leaders from partner churches of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in other countries, recently traveled around the country telling about ministries of peace and justice in the name of Jesus Christ in their home countries. Five of...

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October 11, 2009

They knew the way to San Jose

On their visit to the Presbytery of San Jose, the Rev. Delia Leal and Ms. Tracey King spoke about issues of peace, justice, and mission in Guatemala in the name of Jesus Christ. Their visit included a presentation at a...

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October 2, 2009

Peacemaking Offering

This Sunday, many Presbyterian congregations will receive the Peacemaking Offering which supports peacemaking ministries across the church, including the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program. Not going to be in a Presbyterian congregation on Sunday? No problem, you can give online! Presbyterians will...

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September 30, 2009

Call for strong U.S. leadership II

Churches for Middle East Peace offers an opportunity to join the call for strong U.S. leadership to achieve toward a just, lasting and comprehensive resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Prominent Christian, Jewish, Muslim and other leaders issued a statement on...

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September 30, 2009

Peace be with you

Here again is the video that promotes the Peacemaking Offering. A litany based on the video is available. Download Peace Be with You Litany [PDF]. It appears below the video. It may be adapted for use when the Peacemaking Offering...

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September 29, 2009

World Communion Sunday, II

Here are two prayers for World Communion Sunday from the 2008 worship resource [PDF] provided by the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program. Prayer of the Day O God of majesty, as we gather today to worship you, disquiet us and your whole...

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September 29, 2009

How will your congregation use its share?

Congregations that receive the Peacemaking Offering are encouraged to keep 25% of the offering for use in peacemaking ministries of their choice. These funds are used in many creative ways by different congregations. Ministries supported by the Peacemaking Offering include:...

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September 25, 2009

Call for strong U.S. leadership

Prominent Christian, Jewish, Muslim and other leaders issued a statement on September 22 calling for strong U.S. leadership [PDF] to achieve a just, lasting and comprehensive resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The statement was drafted by Churches for Middle East...

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September 22, 2009

They are here!

Eleven International Peacemakers have arrived in Louisville. These brothers and sisters from Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) partner churches around the world are currently in a time of orientation (and jet lag recovery!) On Friday, they will begin a period of travel...

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September 21, 2009

International Day of Peace at Presbyterian Center

The International Day of Peace was celebrated during a Taize worship service at the Presbyterian Center today. Download International Day of Peace 2009 Worship Service [Word doc]. The service included a minute of silence at noon, a prayer written by...

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September 21, 2009

Is peace possible?

Is Peace with Justice Possible in Israel/Palestine? The Joining Hands for Justice, Atlanta/Palestine Committee and the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta, Peacemaking Committee will sponsor an event that explores that question on Saturday, October 17 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm...

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September 20, 2009

A prayer for International Day of Peace

Looking for a prayer to use during the Million Minutes for Peace initiative on the International Day of Peace? Here's one from Sara Lisherness, Director of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s Compassion, Peace and Justice ministry: Holy God, you are the...

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September 18, 2009

International Peacemakers

Each year the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program brings International Peacemakers to the United States to share stories of ministries of peace and justice in their own country. This year's Peacemakers have begun to travel to this country. Their travels through this...

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September 17, 2009

Peacemaking among the early followers of Jesus

Here is a study resource that addresses the question "Is Christianity a Nonviolent Faith?" [PDF] Written by the Rev. Tim Simpson of Jacksonville, Florida, the resource explores the witness to nonviolence and peace in the New Testament and the writings...

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September 10, 2009

Peace be with you

Use the new Peace Be with You video to promote the Peacemaking Offering which supports peacemaking ministries across the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program. Download the video. Find additional promotional materials. Give to the Peacemaking Offering.

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September 8, 2009

Coming to a location near you?

Will an International Peacemaker be appearing near you this year? Hopefully the answer will be yes. Check and see. [PDF] The Presbyterian Peacemaking Program will bring eleven International Peacemakers to the United States in less than a month. International Peacemakers...

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August 8, 2009

Moved By Faith: A Call for Peace in Sudan

Here is a letter to President Barack Obama on behalf of peace in Sudan. Please send this letter to the President. For email, copy the letter below; go to the web form provided by the Presbyterian Church’s Washington Office; check...

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July 27, 2009

Act now for peace for Israel/Palestine

The following invitation to engage in advocacy on behalf of a just peace for Israel and Palestine during the summer Congressional recess comes from the July 21, 2009 Witness in Washington Weekly (PDF) by the Presbyterian Washington Office. Following President...

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June 23, 2009

Support bold action for Holy Land peace

Join major Christian leaders from Catholic, Evangelical, Protestant, Orthodox and historic African-American traditions who have come together to declare their support for bold U.S. action and to call for meaningful progress to achieve a just and lasting two-state peace. More...

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June 18, 2009

Pray for peace

Prayers on Spiritual Nurture for Peacemakers this week include a prayer of confession for Men of the Church Sunday and a prayer for seeing God in one another. The page includes a daily lectionary drawn from the Biblical Witness to...

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May 30, 2009

American leadership on Middle East peace

Has your Representative signed the Cohen-Boustany-Carnahan letter? This letter from Representatives to President Obama urges support of strong American leadership on Middle East peace. The sign on date has been extended to June 2. There are currently 63 signers. View...

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May 28, 2009

Thank UN Peacekeepers

They are not perfect as individuals or as a group. No individuals are. No group is. The mandates they operate under are sometimes inadequate. But some 100,000 men and women from 118 countries serve as UN peacekeepers in 16 of...

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May 7, 2009

Read Peace Notes

Peace Notes is the print publication of the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program. It comes out three times a year. The Spring 2009 issue is now available to read or download. The issue contains information about International Peacemakers, events in the Philippines,...

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May 2, 2009

I bought my mother flowers, but . . .

I grew up as a child on Neville Island, about nine miles down the Ohio River as the car drives from Point State Park and the confluence of the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers in Pittsburgh. We lived on Front River...

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April 27, 2009

Prevent the Collapse of South Sudan

Urge Congress to act to prevent the collapse of South Sudan. Were a collapse to occur, it would gravely threaten prospects for peace in Sudan as a whole, including Darfur. Since 2005, two million south Sudanese have returned to the...

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April 18, 2009

Christian Peace Witness for Iraq

Download A Christian Peace Witness brochure [pdf] describing the events that will take place in Washington and suggesting ways to witness of peace if we cannot be present in Washington.

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April 12, 2009

If you can't make it to Atlanta, what about Ghost Ranch?

The summer bubbles over with good opportunities for learning, fellowship, and growth. Presbyterian Peacemaking Program staff members are involved in a number of them. In June, there is the Big Tent where peacemakers will explore peacemaking in the neighborhood where...

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April 12, 2009

Easter greetings

Christ is risen! Christ is risen so that: in the face of fear, you may know faith; in the face of hate, you may have courage; in the face of indifference, you may share love; in the face of anger,...

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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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March 17, 2009

Pray for Madagascar

In the wake of a violent power struggle, our church partners in the Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar (FJKM) have requested prayer. Presbyterian ministry with the FJKM supports an environmental program and helps dig wells. May the people know...

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March 11, 2009

Pray for peace

This week Spiritual Nurture for Peacemakers includes a prayer for the third Sunday of Lent, a prayer of confession related to the use of torture, and a prayer for Sudan. Use or adapt these prayers in corporate worship or individual...

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March 8, 2009

Pray for the people of Sudan

The Sudan Advocacy Action Forum, a Christian grassroots effort to advocate for a just and lasting peace in Sudan, provides a prayer for the people of Sudan, written by Simon Chol Mialith, Peace Building Officer for RECONCILE in Yei, Southern...

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January 8, 2009

All Violence Must Stop

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons has issued a statement on the Gaza-Israel Crisis. The statement begins: "Whether Jew, Muslim, or Christian, we share commandments of love for God and neighbor. Therefore, all violence in Gaza, Israel, and the...

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January 8, 2009

Urge Immediate U.S. Efforts to End Gaza Violence, Restore Cease-Fire

The Presbyterian Washington Office provides an opportunity to advocate with our elected officials urging them to call all the parties to the violence in Gaza to restrain from using force and, rather, to trust a diplomatic process.

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December 31, 2008

Statement by church leaders in Jerusalem

On December 30, 2008, the Patriarchs and Heads of the Churches in Jerusalem issued a statement “on the current devastating situation in Gaza.” The statement “calls upon all officials of both parties to the conflict to return to their senses...

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December 31, 2008

Presbyterian leaders speak to the situation in Gaza and Israel

The leaders of the Presbyterian Church have issued a brief statement on the violence in Gaza and Israel. December 30, 2008 Even as we celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace, we are anguished by stories of violence and...

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December 30, 2008

Act for Peace in Gaza

Violence continues in Gaza - the violence of Hamas rockets and the violence of the Israel Defense Forces and the violence of the blockade of Gaza. Inspired by the nonviolent Jesus, who is the Prince of Peace, Christians trust that...

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December 28, 2008

Pray for Gaza

As rockets fly from Gaza As airplanes pound Gaza As the blockade tightens its noose on Gaza It is a time to pray for Palestinians to pray for Israelis to pray for victims of violence to pray for those who...

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December 24, 2008

On this night we gather

On this night bellies spasm with hunger winter seeps into the bones of people with no homes thoughts turn to Afghanistan, Zimbabwe and places between and beyond people plot violence children watch parents die of AIDS, wondering when their turn...

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December 16, 2008

A Prayer for Peace on Christmas Eve

Here's a prayer you are welcome to use or adapt in personal devotions or corporate worship: God of life and God of hope, we give you thanks and praise this night as we gather to remember the birth of Jesus...

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December 6, 2008

More on Prayers with Bethlehem, Israel, Palestine

An earlier posting addressed the new tradition of praying for justice, peace and security for Bethlehem, Palestine and Israel. The email messages go to the Arab Educational Institute (also known as AEI-Open Windows). Their email address is aei@p-ol.com. AEI-Open Windows...

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September 18, 2008

A Peace Vigil--In Iran

The Fellowship of Reconciliation reports that the Tehran Peace Museum and the Society for Chemical Weapons Victims Support are planning a candlelight vigil at 19:00 local time (10:30 EST) on September 21 to commemorate the UN-designated International Day of Peace....

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September 13, 2008

Text for Peace - The Graphic Version

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August 25, 2008

Imaging Peace

What image comes to mind when you hear the word peace? Start not with a definition but with a picture. Don't resort to words. Be visual. What do you see in your mind’s eye when you hear the word peace?...

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June 21, 2008

The Banner Anniversary

This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Commitment to Peacemaking. Over 4,500 Presbyterian congregations, as well as several presbyteries and at least one synod, have affirmed this Commitment. The Commitment makes a public commitment that working for peace and...

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May 11, 2008

Promoting the Great and General Interests of Peace

On the National Network of Presbyterian Women's blog, Noelle Gulden has posted Julia Ward Howe's 1870 call to celebrate Mother's Day. Howe envisioned a day when women would remember the lives lost in war and hold a gathering dedicated to...

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April 28, 2008

Save $100 - Offer Extended

Now you have until May 20 to save $100 when you register for this year's seminars at Ghost Ranch! In my opinion, any week at Ghost Ranch is a good week, but there are a couple of weeks that might...

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