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May 24, 2013

Education and Indigenous Youth: Melanesians and Quechuas

Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues logoby Brendan Welsh

The Twelfth Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues is currently meeting at the United Nations. On May 22, I had the pleasure of attending the event on Education and Indigenous Youth, organized by the Permanent Missions of Australia and Ecuador. Mr. Joseph Elu, a Chairperson of the TSRA (a branch of the Australian government that serves the Melanesian indigenous population of the Torres Strait), spoke about what his office does to promote education amongst the indigenous youth on the islands. “People say Australia is a first world country but our indigenous people are very behind ...

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November 13, 2012

Some ideas for action: World Day of Prayer and Action for Children

World Day of Prayer and Action logoWork to end the use of children as soldiers
The Red Hand Campaign calls for universal ratification and enforcement of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict. The goal is for every country in the world to ratify the optional protocol by 2012, the tenth anniversary of treaty.

Call President Obama to send the Convention on the Rights of the Child to the Senate for advise and consent
The United States has signed, but not ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The U ...

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November 29, 2009

Advent devotion - November 29, 2009

Scripture: Joel 2:21–27 Hope. Talk to the land. Console the animals. Tell them not to be afraid, because we will purge the locusts and start anew. The people of the Andes feel that the earth, Pachamama, is a living being,...

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July 23, 2009

Environmental theology and alternative energy in Peru

This September, take part in an action trip to the rugged Andes and the majestic coast of Peru. The trip, which will take place on September 12–18, 2009, will provide an opportunity to learn more about Peru and see some...

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July 1, 2009

Pray for peace - July 5

This week's Spiritual Nurture for Peacemakers includes prayers for July 4, Iran, Peru, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. These prayers may be used or adapted in personal devotions or corporate worship.

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June 22, 2009

Pray for peace - June 22

This week, Spiritual Nurture for Peacemakers features prayers for Disability Access/Inclusion Sunday, Iran, and Peru. The prayers may be adapted or used in private prayer or corporate worship.

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June 20, 2009

UN and Peru

From the BBC: "The UN's envoy for indigenous peoples has urged Peru to launch an independent investigation into recent deadly clashes between police and protesters." The UN adopted a Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 2007. The BBC...

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June 18, 2009

Hoping, praying and working in Peru

Clashes between indigenous protesters and security forces in northern Peru on Friday, June 5 resulted in a number of deaths both among the indigenous people and among the police. The number of reported deaths vary. Since April, indigenous peoples have...

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March 31, 2009

Global Food Crisis Fast: Climate Change and Water in Peru

Resources are available for the April fast related to the global food crisis. This fast will take place on April 3 to 5. The theme is climate change and water; the country focus is Peru. Join Presbyterians around the country...

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December 7, 2008

Environmental Work in Peru Featured on CNN

For 10 years, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) mission workers in Peru have worked to empower the residents of La Oroya, a town high in the Andes that has been devastated by mining-related environmental degradation. That decade of educating and organizing Peruvians,...

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