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January 28, 2014

World Interfaith Harmony Week 2014

Observe World Interfaith Harmony Week We live in an interfaith world. This brings challenges and opportunities. Respectful Presence: An Understanding of Interfaith Prayer and Celebration from a Reformed Christian Perspective, a document commended to congregations and governing bodies of the...

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February 9, 2012

World Interfaith Harmony Week at the UN

by Andrew David Turner

On February 7, the 66th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations celebrated the second annual World Interfaith Harmony Week (WIHW) with a full program of speakers and performances that underscored the significance of this year’s theme: “Common Ground for the Common Good.”

The President of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, began the proceedings with a keynote address that highlighted the “social and moral significance” of religion in the global society and reminded the Assembly that the United Nations itself was founded on “the quest for the common values ...

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January 31, 2012

World Interfaith Harmony Week Begins

World Interfaith Harmony Week begins tomorrow - February 1.

The United Nations General Assembly designated the first week in February as World Interfaith Harmony Week. H.M. King Abdullah II of Jordan proposed the creation of the week. The week provides an opportunity for people of different faiths to seek fellowship, work together, and celebrate common concerns and values.

Different communities will observe World Interfaith Harmony Week in ways that are appropriate to their situation and relationships.

Ideas to observe the week could include (but not be limited to) praying with people of all faiths for peace in the Middle East ...

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October 26, 2011

Christian leaders say yes to Palestine U.N. membership

From the Presbyterian News Service:

 

Leaders of four denominations, including the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s General Assembly Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons, have issued a statement backing the Palestinian Authority’s bid for membership in the United Nations.

 

U.N. membership for the Palestinians is deserved, the four leaders say, “not only on the basis of international law and basic fairness … but to preserve a multi-religious holy land that includes Christian Palestinians.

 

In addition to Parsons, the statement was signed by the Rev. Geoffrey Black of the United Church of Christ, the Rev. Sharon Watkins of the Christian Church ...

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September 29, 2011

United Nations Day - October 24

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has long supported the United Nations and its work.

The anniversary of the entry into force of the United Nations Charter on October 24, 1945 has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. It has traditionally been marked throughout the world by meetings, discussions and exhibits on the achievements and goals of the Organization.

Ideas for observing the day include:

Lift up the work of the United Nations in prayer.

Pray for those who work in the United Nations system.

Pray for the United Nations.

Use a hymn written by Carolyn Winfrey-Gillette. The ...

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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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July 11, 2011

A visit to the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations

Rev. Balázs ÓDOR, Ecumenical Officer for the Reformed Church in Hungary visited the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations on Friday.  We had the opportunity to share how the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Reformed Church in Hungary are engaging in faith and public policy advocacy. 

The Reformed Church in Hungary engages the European Union on advocacy issues driven by their faith and policy.  The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) with the World Communion of Reformed Churches advocates at the United Nations in New York and in Washington, DC.

Presbyterians can trace the joining of public policy ...

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July 1, 2011

Keeping up with the Big Tent

A number of folks are blogging about Growing Christ's Peace - the Peacemaking Conference being held under the Big Tent. Little Miss Undainty is first out of the blocks:

So what is The Big Tent exactly? Well it's a really big tent where we keep all the Presbyterian Nerds captive till they have a good time. Duh. 

Just kidding! It's actually a collection of conferences that come together and coexist in peace, while the Presbyterian Nerds are held captive by the pastors. And while they do that, they can attend the different conferences, workshops, seminars, and coffee breaks ...

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July 1, 2011

Big Tent - Day 2 - looking ahead

Day 2 of the Big Tent, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) gathering in Indianapolis, will see Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations staff involved in several ways.

We will help lead a workshop on involvement in public life and advocacy. Our colleagues in the Office of Public Witness will be our partners in this effort.

We will lead a conversation on our ministry and help lead a conversation on Sudan.

Taking part in the Presbyterian Peacemaking Conference and the World Mission Matters Conference will fill our day.

Watch here and Facebook and Twitter for updates.

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June 30, 2011

The Big Tent is underway

The Presbyterian Peacemaking Conference is underway in Indianapolis.  Yesterday, we met with the Iraq Partnership Network and the Brazil Mission Network.

 

It is great to meet people doing amazing work for the church around the world!  Stay tuned to Facebook, Twitter and this blog for more updates from the Big Tent.

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June 20, 2011

Medina + Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations + Jan Hus = The connectional church at work

youth doing activityIt is always fascinating to realize how connected the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is.

A June 16, 2011 article in the Presbyterian News Service relates the amazing ministry of Jan Hus Presbyterian Church in Manhattan.

On June 14 and 15, 2011, a group of youth and adults from Medina Presbyterian Church in Medina, Ohio visited Jan Hus Presbyterian Church. They shared in the ministry and learned about the theology of the church that guides the ministry.

The Medina group was at Jan Hus, because they had asked the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations (where they visited for a ...

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June 15, 2011

PC(USA) Middle East Monitoring Group releases Kairos Palestine Study Guide

From the Presbyterian News Service:

Fulfilling a portion of its mandate by the 219th General Assembly (2010) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Middle East Monitoring Group (MEMG) has finished its work on a study guide for the Kairos Palestine document.

According to the MEMG’s preamble to the study guide, it “is designed for ordinary Presbyterians, who may have little experience with the plight of Palestinian Christians or the dynamics of the larger Israeli-Palestinian struggle, to better understand what our sisters and brothers in Christ from that region are experiencing and saying about faith and life in ...

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June 15, 2011

Security and Humanitarian Situation in Southern Kordofan, Sudan

The United States Department of State issued the following press statement on the situation in South Kordofan, Sudan:

Press Statement
Mark C. Toner
Deputy Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 14, 2011

The United States is deeply concerned by the rapid and significant deterioration in the security and humanitarian situation in the Southern Kordofan state of Sudan. The Government of Sudan has denied humanitarian flights permission to land in Kadugli for nearly one week. Roadblocks manned by Sudanese Armed Forces and Sudan People’s Liberation Army troops are obstructing access by land. Facilities used by the World Food ...

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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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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

A brief introduction to Sudan

At the Compassion, Peace & Justice Training Day held on March 25 before Ecumenical Advocacy Days, the staff of the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations led a workshop on Sudan. The workshop included a presentation on the history of...

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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 16, 2011

It Costs Too Much! The Colombia Free Trade Agreement: Presbyterians Speak Up

Join us for a Webinar on May 27 Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar Seat Now The Obama Administration is pushing to pass the three Free Trade Agreements – Korea, Colombia and Panama – by summer. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)...

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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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May 3, 2011

PC(USA) resources related to issues raised by the death of Osama bin Laden

The death of Osama bin Laden raises many issues for prayer, study, discussion, and reflection. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has a number of resources available to use at this time. Among them are the Resolution on Violence, Religion and Terrorism...

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May 3, 2011

Big Tent to stay in Indianapolis

Learn more about the Peacemaking Conference and Pre-Conference at the Big Tent From the Presbyterian News Service: Location finalized after examination of new Indiana immigration bill LOUISVILLE—The Big Tent will be pitched in Indianapolis. The decision to keep the Big...

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May 3, 2011

Register for Peacemaking Conference and Pre-Conference at the Big Tent

Register NOW for the Peacemaking Conference and Pre-Conference at Big Tent June 30-July 2, 2011 in Indianapolis, IN The Big Tent ― the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s biennial celebration of ministry and mission ― will be pitched in Indianapolis June 30-July...

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April 30, 2011

Thursday night in Queens

"You have the coolest job." That was one of the closing comments to my time at the First Presbyterian Church in Whitestone. Pastor Andy James had invited me to visit during Lent and share about the Presbyterian Ministry at the...

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April 29, 2011

Resources for World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel

Here are some resources to use or adapt for the week of advocacy and action for a just peace in Palestine and Israel sponsored by the World Council of Churches on May 29 - June 4. The Jerusalem Prayer for...

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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 8, 2011

Big Tent Development

Register now for the Peacemaking Conference at the Big Tent! Download a registration form. Growing Christ's Peace And a harvest of justice is sown in peace for those who cultivate peace June 30- July 2, 2011- Indianapolis, Indiana The Peacemaking...

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April 8, 2011

Letter to Presbyterians on immigration and Big Tent

Grayde Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, and Linda Valentine, Executive Director of the General Assembly Mission Council, released a letter to churches Legislation regarding immigration has prompted church leaders to take notice for some time. Indiana's attempt to...

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April 8, 2011

Presbyterian Policy on Immigration

The 206th General Assembly (1994) adopted the “Call to Presbyterians to Recommit to Work and Pray for a Just and Compassionate U.S. Immigration Policy.” Again, in 1999 and 2004 Presbyterians, through General Assembly actions, guided by theological and ethical principles,...

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April 8, 2011

Growing Christ's Peace

Register now for the Peacemaking Conference at the Big Tent! Download a registration form. Growing Christ's Peace And a harvest of justice is sown in peace for those who cultivate peace June 30- July 2, 2011- Indianapolis, Indiana The Peacemaking...

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March 19, 2011

What do we do?

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

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March 18, 2011

What are your concerns for Sudan?

Milcah Lalam of RECONCILE, a mission partner of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), attended the Commission on the Status of Women. Presbyterian Women arranged for her to attend. The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations coordinated the Presbyterian presence at the...

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March 17, 2011

How you can support RECONCILE

Milcah Lalam of RECONCILE, a mission partner of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), attended the Commission on the Status of Women. Presbyterian Women arranged for her to attend. The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations coordinated the Presbyterian presence at the...

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March 16, 2011

What are your hopes for Sudan

Milcah Lalam of RECONCILE, a mission partner of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), attended the Commission on the Status of Women. Presbyterian Women arranged for her to attend. The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations coordinated the Presbyterian presence at the...

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March 16, 2011

The story of Joseph

Milcah Lalam of RECONCILE, a mission partner of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), attended the Commission on the Status of Women. Presbyterian Women arranged for her to attend. The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations coordinated the Presbyterian presence at the...

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March 15, 2011

How does your faith guide your work?

Milcah Lalam of RECONCILE, a mission partner of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), attended the Commission on the Status of Women. Presbyterian Women arranged for her to attend. The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations coordinated the Presbyterian presence at the...

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March 14, 2011

The role of art in trauma healing

Milcah Lalam of RECONCILE, a mission partner of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), attended the Commission on the Status of Women. Presbyterian Women arranged for her to attend. The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations coordinated the Presbyterian presence at the...

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March 12, 2011

Advocacy resources on Libya and Côte d'Ivoire

Reports from Libya and Côte d'Ivoire tell of violence and displacement. Ecumenical Women at the United Nations — an international coalition of church denominations and ecumenical organizations, including the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) — has developed tools to encourage women and...

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March 10, 2011

How does RECONCILE Work

Milcah Lalam of RECONCILE, a mission partner of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), attended the Commission on the Status of Women. Presbyterian Women arranged for her to attend. The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations coordinated the Presbyterian presence at the...

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March 10, 2011

What is RECONCILE?

Milcah Lalam of RECONCILE, a mission partner of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), attended the Commission on the Status of Women. Presbyterian Women arranged for her to attend. The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations coordinated the Presbyterian presence at the...

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March 2, 2011

From the Midwest to the UN: One Woman's Story

By Cindy Eschliman It is not often that I am put in a position of being in the minority. I am a young, white woman, who grew up in Hutchinson, KS – the center of the Midwest and I now...

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March 1, 2011

New Presbyterian representative to the United Nations

Ryan Smith has been called as the new Presbyterian representative to the United Nations on the staff of the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations. Ryan brings experience working in faith-based non-governmental organizations in the United Nations community and Washington....

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February 25, 2011

Worship at Ecumenical Women CSW - 2/24/11

Each day at the Commission on the Status of Women begins with worship for Ecumenical Women. Different denominations take turns leading the service. Today was the turn of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Here's the Prayer of Confession and Assurance of...

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February 3, 2011

World Interfaith Harmony Week video clips

Odyssey Networks is posting video clips that feature reflections by faith leaders for World Interfaith Harmony Week. Leaders of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) have urged Presbyterians to participate in this week which was designated by the United Nations General Assembly.

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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 29, 2011

Pray for the peoples and nations of the Middle East

From the Presbyterian News Service: In the wake of escalating tensions and civil unrest in the Middle East, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) leaders today have issued a call to prayer for the peoples and nations of the Middle East, as well...

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January 26, 2011

Living as global disciples - adult education class

The people kept coming and more and more chairs were brought into the room. On Sunday, January 23, I had the privilege to lead an adult class at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church.We gathered at 12:30, after worship in the Corning...

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January 12, 2011

Eckerd College - the first visit of the year

On January 5, a class from Eckerd College visited the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations. They were the first group to visit this year. The class, taught by Dr. Tony Brunello, is exploring The United Nations: Terrorism, Peacekeeping and...

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January 12, 2011

Responding to HIV/AIDS: some resources

Getting to Zero: UNAIDS 2011-2015 Strategy UNAIDS Today Presbyterian International AIDS Ministries Presbyterian AIDS Network

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January 10, 2011

Presbyterian leaders respond to Arizona shootings

Encourage Presbyterians to join national moment of silence LOUISVILLE—Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) leaders issued a statement today in the wake of the Tucson, Ariz., shootings that left six people dead and 14 injured. Elder Cynthia Bolbach, Moderator of the 219th General...

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January 5, 2011

Accompaniment in Palestine and Israel

Become a Facebook friend of the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) and learn about this important ministry. From the EAPPI Web page comes the following description: The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) brings internationals...

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January 2, 2011

Prayers for Middle Eastern Christians

From the Rev. Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.): We need to be in prayer for our Christian sisters and brothers in Egypt and Iraq where they are being targeted by terrorists. Bombings at churches and even...

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December 30, 2010

Red Hands continue to work

Congo agrees to treaty that bans child solders; Ethiopia signs In late July 2010, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) mailed drawings of red hands and messages to the Mission of Congo and the Mission of Ethiopia to the United Nations as...

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December 22, 2010

Bringing START to a finish

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

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December 19, 2010

Flooding, disappearances, and hope: Colombia updates

The people of Colombia face floods: Colombia: Floods 2010 - Situation Report #10 UN agencies in Colombia allocate funds for flood emergency response The people of Colombia have endured numerous disappearances: Disappearances in Colombia on a Scale Never Imagined Breaking...

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December 18, 2010

They are free - the 43

Thirty-eight members of the Morong 43, health care workers imprisoned in the Philippines since February 2010, were released on Friday December 17. Here are links to more information: After 10 months in jail, 38 members of 'Morong 43' set free...

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December 15, 2010

A call to the church to act in the face of bullying

The Presbyterian News Service has posted a story about the call for the church to respond to recent instances of bullying: "a national disaster". The story notes that: On Oct. 18, in the wake of the large number of gay...

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December 15, 2010

It's time to START

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

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December 12, 2010

Morong 43 welcome President's order to withdraw charges in Philippines

President Benigno Simeon Aquino III of the Philippines has ordered that the charges be withdrawn against the Morong 43 - health care workers held by the government of the Philippines since February. Actually it is more accurate to refer to...

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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

Speak up Stop Discrimination - Human Rights Day 2010

December 10 is Human Rights Day. From the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study comes this prayer from Eleanor Roosevelt, chair of the committee that drafted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Our Father, who has set...

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November 29, 2010

Iraqi Christians seek haven in Jordan

The Jordan Times reports that attacks against Christians in Iraq has led many Christians to flee to Jordan. Christianity in Iraq dates from the apostolic era. Presbyterians have engaged in ministry with the people of Iraq since the early 1800s....

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November 29, 2010

Land mine ban treaty by the numbers

The Arms Control Association provides facts and numbers (for example: 13 - the number of years since the United States has produced banned antipersonnel landmines.) that provide reasons for the Obama administration to sign the Mine Ban Treaty. Recognizing that...

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November 27, 2010

See 'The Changing Face of HIV/AIDS'

“The Changing Face of HIV/AIDS” is a new DVD/video by the Presbyterian AIDS Network (PAN). In the United States, the face of HIV and AIDS has changed dramatically in the 30 years since the start of the pandemic. Communities are...

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November 21, 2010

Standing with the Malagasy people in challenging times

Many Presbyterian congregations and organizations across the country have mission partnerships in Madagascar – and now our friends and mission partners, indeed the entire Malagasy people, are facing extremely challenging times. Attached is an Action Alert calling for prayer and...

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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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November 12, 2010

Advocacy to end the use of children as soldiers

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) joined other religious and human rights groups to contact President Obama last Friday expressing their disappointment with his decision last week to waive sanctions against four countries the State Department has identified as using child soldiers....

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November 11, 2010

World AIDS Day Webinar

World AIDS Day Webinar December 1 1:00 - 2:00 EST Space is limited Reserve your Webinar seat now The event is co-sponsored by International AIDS Ministry of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and Presbyterian AIDS Network (PAN). This webinar will focus...

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November 7, 2010

Sources of information on the Madagascar crisis

Dan Turk, who with his wife Elizabeth serves as a mission co-worker in Madagascar for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), identifies the following sources for information on the crisis in Madagascar. Note that many of the news sources are available in...

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November 4, 2010

Concern expressed over killings at Iraqi church

A number of groups and individuals have expressed concern over the October 31, 2010 attack on the Sayyidat Al-Najat Church (Our Lady of Salvation Church) in Baghdad. Among them are: Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) leadership The World Council of Churches A...

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October 31, 2010

Sign ad calling for release of health workers in Philippines

An appeal from the General Secretary of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines October 29, 2010 To Our Friends and Partners Around the World: Please Sign the Paid Ad to Free the 43 Health Workers (Morong 43) May...

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October 29, 2010

Attend the 55th Commission on the Status of Women

The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations invites Presbyterians to consider attending the 55th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) on February 22 through March 4, 2011. There will be orientations on February 20 and 21....

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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 21, 2010

Restore democracy, respect human rights, and protect the environment in Madagascar

Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations Restoration of democracy, respect for human rights, and protection of the environment in Madagascar. That was the heart of the message provided by Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mission Co-worker Dan Turk and Doug Tilton, regional...

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October 9, 2010

Presbyterian Office of Public Witness invites internship applicants and church partnerships

The Office of Public Witness of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has announced a new program Internship for Public Witness, esigned for the formation of servant leaders in public policy ministry. http://tinyurl.com/2v2ttnt

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September 28, 2010

World Communion Sunday liturgy on peacemaking and responding to the Gulf Coast Oil Spill

Here is a worship resource to approach World Communion Sunday through the lens of Making Peace with God's Earth. World Communion Sunday Liturgy for October 3, 2010 Prepared by Teresa Stricklen, associate for worship, Office of Theology and Worship, PC(USA)...

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September 28, 2010

New director of Presbyterian ministry at the UN

From the Presbyterian News Service: Executive Office and Policy Communications CONTACT: Barry Creech General Assembly Mission Council LOUISVILLE, Ky. The Rev. Mark Koenig has been selected as the new director of Presbyterian ministry at the United Nations. Koenig brings 30...

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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 24, 2010

A season of prayer for Sudan

Download A Season of Prayer for Sudan Our sisters and brothers in Sudan stand in need of prayer. The Sudan Council of Churches (SCC), at its 17th General Assembly in 2009, made an urgent appeal to all parties to the...

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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 16, 2010

Your Senators Can Help Make A Safer World

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

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September 15, 2010

A faith perspective on arms treaty

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

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September 12, 2010

To inspect Russian sites, START is needed

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

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September 11, 2010

Register Online for the Webinar: Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons on the 219th General Assembly (2010)

Register Online for the Webinar with Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons on the 219th General Assembly (2010) Please join us for the Presbyterian Office of Public Witness (OPW) Webinar in Washington, DC: What: OPW/GA Update on 219th General Assembly (2010) Overtures...

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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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September 1, 2010

Letter on restarting direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians

Christian leaders, including the heads of denominations, have sent President Obama a letter that supports his efforts to help restart direction negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. Among the signers is the Rev. Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church...

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August 26, 2010

What do we have to show?

by Roger Scott Powers - posted with permission Thirty years of peacemaking, and what do we have to show for it? A lot, when you think about it! Thirty years ago, the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. were locked head-to-head in...

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August 20, 2010

Red Hands at work

Georgia agrees to protocol on child soldiers In late July 2010, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) mailed drawings of red hands and messages to the Mission of Georgia to the United Nations as part of its Red Hand Campaign to end...

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August 19, 2010

Free Judilyn; Free the Morong 43

Based on the long and deep partnership with the United Church of Christ in the Philippines, Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) sent a letter a month ago to President Aquino of the Philippines that calls for...

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August 9, 2010

Ask your Senators to START

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

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July 31, 2010

Countdown to Zero

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

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July 23, 2010

The baby boy arrived

Last evening, we posted an invitation to prayer for Ms. Judilyn Oliveros of the Philippines. Tonight, we invite you to give thanks. Her baby boy arrived today - delivered by c-section in a hospital. He is healthy and is 6.8...

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July 22, 2010

A prayer at a time of birth

Please pray for Ms. Judilyn Oliveros of the Philippines. With support from the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Judilyn is scheduled to give birth in a hospital by c-section on July 23,...

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July 20, 2010

Abraham Journeyed to a Far Country

"Abraham Journeyed to a Far Country" is a new hymn by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette that focuses on issues related to immigration. Find the hymn with the music (thanks to David Gambrell). The hymn notes say: Throughout the Bible, we see...

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July 15, 2010

Sixty years of Trick or Treat

Several anniversaries were celebrated during the 219th General Assembly (2010) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in Minneapolis. The Presbyterian Peacemaking Program marked thirty years of ministry. Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF marked its sixtieth anniversary. For sixty years, children have been helping...

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July 15, 2010

Pray with the people of Sudan

Our colleagues in the Sudan Advocacy Action Forum invite us to join our sisters and brothers in Sudan in prayer for the upcoming referendum scheduled for January in Southern Sudan. Dear Friends of the Sudanese people,As you know, communications within...

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July 11, 2010

Part of the problem, part of the solution

Conversations on a number of topics opened the day on Saturday, July 3 at the 219th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Among the conversations was “Equipping the Church for Ministry with God’s Diverse Family” led by the Rev....

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July 11, 2010

Pastoral Letter from General Assembly

The 219th General Assembly (2010) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has ended. A number of posts will follow with information about the various actions of the assembly related to peace, peacemaking, justice, and justice seeking. For a start, here's information...

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June 30, 2010

Truth Commission on Conscience and War: Testimony

On March 21-22, 2010, the Truth Commission on Conscience and War explored the concept of "selective Conscientious Objection," the objection to participation in a particular war based on just war principles. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has supported selective Conscientious Objection...

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June 26, 2010

Ten years on

By Matt Lang I was soaked by the end of election day. My shirt felt like something that was growing on me. We waited for the polls to close at a precinct in Surigao City. It was 11:30 pm, the...

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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 4, 2010

A prayer in the aftermath of the Gulf oil spill

God of creation and redemption, we pray for your healing powers upon your earth. As we have failed to be good stewards of creation, save your seas from the pollution of the oil spill. Protect the animals and marshlands from...

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May 30, 2010

Pastoral Letter on Oil Spill

As the oil spill continues in the Gulf of Mexico and our prayers are with all those affected by the spill, Bruce Reyes-Chow, PC(USA) Moderator; Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly; and Linda Bryant Valentine, Executive Director of...

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May 30, 2010

The Word and the World: Psalm 8 and the Gulf Oil Spill

by Bruce Gillettte “Effective preaching, teaching, and personal witness require disciplined study of both the Bible and the contemporary world.” --from The Confession of 1967 of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Many people in our churches have been watching the news...

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May 28, 2010

NRCAT and Torture Awareness Month

The National Religious Campaign against Torture provides several ideas for how congregations could observe Torture Awareness Month this June. Find statements of the General Assemblies of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) about stopping torture.

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May 28, 2010

Amnesty International and Torture Awareness Month

Amnesty International USA offers an activist action pack to hold an event calling for an end to torture. Fill in a form about the film screening, vigil, or other awareness-raising event you're organizing in June to mark Torture Awareness Month...

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May 15, 2010

Secretary Gates on START

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

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May 13, 2010

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

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

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May 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 9, 2010

Why are there election observers in the Philippines?

There are a number of reasons why international election observers are present in the Philippines for the May 10 election (and May 10 is less than an hour away in the Philippines as this is written). One is that this...

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May 9, 2010

A Gift to Mothers around the World: the CEDAW Treaty

From the Presbyterian Washington Office: Women and girls around the world face violence and discrimination daily. We also know that CEDAW, the Women's Treaty, helps women and girls to go to school, to own and inherit property, to take part...

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May 8, 2010

7:00 a.m. Sunday, May 9, the Philippines

As I begin this post, it is seven o'clock a.m. on Sunday morning in the Philippines. The day before the election has dawned. Across the country, people will give thanks and raise their hopes and express their fears in prayer....

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May 8, 2010

Strong relationships lead to hope

By Matt Lang, election observer in the Philippines, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) On Saturday morning we had a press conference with several members of the media. Each participant was asked to give a brief statement about why they were in the...

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May 8, 2010

Reunions in the Philippines

There were many joy-filled reunions at the welcome celebration and orientation for the election observers in the Philippines. Here's a story about one of them: A little over a year ago, Pastor Edwin Egar of the United Church of Christ...

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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

Three ways to follow Philippine election

Here are three sources of information on the election in the Philippines: Kodao Productions will provide daily press releases from the People's International Observer Mission. They will also include unscreened tweets via Twitter. The Philippine Election Observation Team Facebook page...

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May 6, 2010

Meet the new director of Public Witness

You are invited to join in a Webinar hosted by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Washington Office on Tuesday, May 11, 2010, at 11 a.m. (EST). Welcome the new director of Public Witness, the Reverend Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II. Meet...

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May 6, 2010

Observing Elections in the Philippines

Please hold the people of the Philippines in prayer in the days leading up to the May 10 national elections. In response to invitations from our sisters and brothers in Christ in the United Church of Christ in the Philippines...

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May 5, 2010

Observers begin to arrive in the Philippines

From the Philippines Election Observer Team Facebook page: Eleven American election observers, including a number of Presbyterians meet at the airport last night by members of the United Church of Christ of the Philippines staff, the Chairperson of KMU, the...

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May 5, 2010

Election in the Philippines

Pray for the people of the Philippines as the day of election nears. Pray for those who will serve as election observers. Elections are scheduled in the Philippines for Monday, May 10. The elections are for president and the legislature....

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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

Oración por la tragedia humana que esconde el problema migratorio

Many thanks to our colleague in ministry, the Rev. José Luis Casal, General Missioner of Tres Rios Presbytery for sharing this prayer. Santo Dios, Tu presencia trasciende todas las fronteras creadas por los seres humanos pero tu amor cruza por...

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April 30, 2010

A prayer for the human tragedy behind immigration

Many thanks to our colleague in ministry, the Rev. José Luis Casal, General Missioner of Tres Rios Presbytery for sharing this prayer. Holy God, Your presence transcends all human made borders and your love crosses all boundaries. Help us join...

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April 29, 2010

PC(USA) leaders address new Arizona immigration law in letter to Congress

The Moderator of the 218th General Assembly (2008), the Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, and the Executive Director of the General Assembly Mission Council have written to members of Congress expressing their concern about a new immigration law in...

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April 27, 2010

Plan a visit by an International Peacemaker

International Peacemakers from eight countries are scheduled to visit the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) from September 24 through October 18, 2010. These individuals from our partner churches will share about ministries in their countries that seek justice and pursue peace in...

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April 25, 2010

Working for a world free of nuclear weapons

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

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April 22, 2010

No child soldiers!

During a retreat, staff members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s Compassion, Peace and Justice ministry took time to create red hands to say that children should not be used as soldiers. Human Rights Watch reports that children are fighting as...

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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

Via Blanca

Via Blanca is a community of displaced persons in Colombia who are framing on land given to them by the mayor. In this pilot project, they are growing tomatoes, melons, and peppers. Members of the Presbyterian Church of Colombia and...

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April 12, 2010

Next steps after START

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

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April 12, 2010

Reflections on START

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

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April 5, 2010

Hope admidst suffering

On April 1, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and the Aramark Corporation issued a joint statement to announce that they have reached an "agreement to to address farmworker wages and working conditions in the tomato fields of Florida." The...

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March 30, 2010

Why we are in Colombia

A post by Elizabeth Palmberg today on the Sojourners blog underscores why our current delegation is in Colombia and why the Presbyterian Church in Colombia, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship are engaged in the Colombia Accompaniment...

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March 28, 2010

Learn about Colombia

Here are some links to get a quick idea of what Presbyterians are doing in Colombia and why I am part of a group that is going there. In partnership with our sisters and brothers in Christ who are the...

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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 22, 2010

Stated Clerk writes churchwide letter on conscientious objectors

By request of the 218th General Assembly (2008), Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons has written a letter to “every congregation and presbytery in the denomination” in response to referral 11-22, “On Supporting Those Who Feel Called to Seek Status as Conscientious...

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March 20, 2010

Support Obama administration effort for peace between Israelis and Palestinians

Addressing the question of working for peace between Israelis and Palestinians, the 218th General Assembly (2008) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) encouraged Presbyterians to "focus our energy on the United States government, demanding that it assume an intensive and unrelenting...

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March 9, 2010

Debt Relief for Haiti & Other Impoverished Countries

From our friends at the Jubilee USA Network: Ask your Representative to support debt relief for Haiti and other impoverished countries. "This week the US House of Representatives will vote on the Debt Relief for Earthquake Recovery in Haiti (HR4573)...

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March 8, 2010

Middle East Study Committee, Part II

"Witness of the Scriptures: A Biblical Theological Reflection" a section of the report, Breaking down the Walls from the Presbyterian Church's Middle East Study Committee is now available. The introduction and letters to eight parties with whom Presbyterians are engaged...

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March 6, 2010

Middle East Study Committee, Part 1

The report of the Middle East Study Committee of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) includes eight letters. The committee describes the letters in these terms: Each of the "eight letters is addressed to one of the various parties with whom we...

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March 6, 2010

Middle East Study Committee report

The Middle East Study Committee of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has completed its work. The report, “Breaking Down Walls,” is being released in three parts based on the amount of time needed to copy edit and format the approximately 150-page...

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March 5, 2010

A view of the peace process in Northern Ireland

Doug and Elaine Baker, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) mission co-workers in Northern Ireland, have written a letter reflecting on the peace process during the first two months of 2010.

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March 3, 2010

PC(USA) leaders ask for prayer in wake of Chilean earthquake

Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, Bruce Reyes-Chow, Moderator of the 218th General Assembly (2008), and Linda Valentine, Executive Director of the General Assembly Mission Council, have issued a statement in response to the earthquake that hit Chile...

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March 2, 2010

Resources related to discerning about participation in the armed forces

The 181st General Assembly (1969) of the United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. stated, “The United Presbyterian Church does not teach a single response to war which all members must accept, for God alone is Lord of the conscience and...

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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 24, 2010

Reduce nuclear weapons, hunger and poverty

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

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February 22, 2010

Call for abolition of nuclear weapons

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

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February 4, 2010

PC(USA) stated clerk issues statement on Supreme Court’s election finance decision

From the Presbyterian News Service In an article posted on February 3, the Presbyterian News Service reports, "The Rev. Gradye Parsons, General Assembly stated clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), issued a statement today decrying the Jan. 21 U.S. Supreme...

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January 31, 2010

A new voice calls for ratification of CTBT

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

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January 30, 2010

Seeking Peace

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

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January 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 19, 2010

On Being a Good Neighbor

On Friday, January 15, staff members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and partners in Louisville participated in a walk remembering the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We walked to the Ohio River where Dr. Blaine Hudson from the University...

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January 13, 2010

Quick takes on Haiti

Here are some links to information and action opportunities concerning the earthquake in Haiti: Pray. Give to disaster relief. Make Gifts of the Heart hygiene kits. A hymn for Haiti. Additional information from Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Regarding PC(USA) mission personnel...

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January 13, 2010

Presbyterian response to Haiti

Give to the response to our sisters and brothers in need in Haiti. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is responding to the recent earthquake in Haiti through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) and its partners. PDA will provide updates on the earthquake...

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January 13, 2010

Pray for Haiti

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has posted a prayer for the people and nation of Haiti as they struggle to recover from the earthquake. Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) moderator Bruce Reyes-Chow notes, "Sometimes in the face of tragedy and feelings of helplessness,...

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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 11, 2009

Report 1 from our folk in Copenhagen

Check out the first report on the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen written by Bill and Carol Somplatsky-Jarman, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) staff members who are attending the event. Thanks to the Environmental Ministries Office for posting their reports. They...

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November 23, 2009

Support human rights in Colombia

Through November 24, a letter calling for change in U.S. policy towards Colombia will be circulating through the House of Representatives. This letter calls for a decrease in U.S. aid for Colombia's military and an increase in support for human...

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November 22, 2009

What's on PC(USA) blogs

Here are a few items that have recently appeared on blogs related to Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) staff members of program offices. David Gambrell, Associate for Worship, posts a prayer for Thanksgiving. Eco-Journey, from the Environmental Ministries Office, has a link...

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November 18, 2009

Help keep families together this Christmas

You and Your Church Can Help Keep Families Together this Christmas: Join the Holiday Postcard Campaign! The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has called for comprehensive immigration reform through action of the 216th General Assembly and by signing on to faith initiatives...

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November 13, 2009

Plan for World AIDS Day - December 1, 2009

World AIDS Day, December 1, is the one day of the year when individuals, churches and organizations from around the world come together to remember that all our lives are touched by AIDS, especially those living with HIV and AIDS....

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November 9, 2009

Urge Balance in U.S. Denunciation of Israeli and Palestinian Violence

From the Presbyterian Washington Office: The U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass a resolution that will block "any further consideration" of the Goldstone report. The detailed report found credible evidence of war crimes by Israeli forces and Hamas in...

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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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October 31, 2009

Q&A - The CTBT

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

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October 24, 2009

Congregational-based community organizing

Remember the important role of congregational-based community organizing in renewing congregations and communities and seeking justice. Don't judge all community organizers and community organizing by a few bad apples. That's the message of a recent post on Vital Signs, the...

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October 23, 2009

Stopping torture - an Advent resource

The National Religious Coalition Against Torture announces a new resource [PDF] for Christian clergy to use during Advent 2009. With sections for all four Sundays in Advent, as well as Christmas Eve, the new resource [PDF] provides commentary on the...

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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

Vinita in Nebraska

The travels of Dr. Vinita Eusebius, International Peacemaker from India, took her to Nebraska. Vinita interacted with members of the confirmation class at Panama Presbyterian Church (Panama, NE) in the Presbytery of Homestead. Vinita is the national chairperson of the...

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October 9, 2009

Can the Senate catch up with the Church?

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

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October 9, 2009

Wide awake in Seattle

Lamiel Phiri's itinerary included a visit to the Presbytery of Seattle. While there, he visited with members of Wedgewood Presbyterian Church. Lamiel works with Christian Care Zimbabwe, a non-governmental organization of the Zimbabwe Council of Churches, involves humanitarian and development...

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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

Respond to Ondoy

Financial gifts to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance will help our sisters and brothers in the Philippines whose lives have been devastated by Tropical Storm “Ketsana,” also known as “Ondoy,” This storm swept across metro Manila and parts of Central Luzon on...

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September 27, 2009

World Communion Sunday

Many Presbyterian congregations receive the Peacemaking Offering on World Communion Sunday - October 4, this year. Each year, the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program provides worship resources to use in this celebration of the Lord's Supper. Here is a prayer for the...

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September 26, 2009

A World Free from Nuclear Weapons

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

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September 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 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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September 2, 2009

This Thursday evening, every Thursday evening . . .

. . . pray with and for the people of Colombia. Our sisters and brothers in Christ in Colombia have invited us to join with faithful people in Colombia's ecumenical community and around the world in praying for peace, justice,...

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August 25, 2009

Stop torture: inquiry and investigation

The CIA Inspector General's report released on August 24 describes the horrific abuse of detainees in U.S. custody. The report goes beyond what has previously been released to describe CIA agents threatening prisoners with death and carrying out a mock...

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August 25, 2009

Tell your Senators to act on CEDAW

Celebrate Women's Equality Day (Wednesday, August 26) by urging your senators to take action on CEDAW (United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women). Call both your Senators at 202-224-3121 and urge them to support...

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August 22, 2009

Pray for the people of Honduras

A call to prayer and expression of concern for Honduras comes from the Central America and Mexico Office with information from PC(USA) mission workers Tim and Gloria Wheeler. Here are the prayer requests. During this time of great difficulty in...

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August 19, 2009

Don't forget

The conference call on health care reform for the faith community and President Obama happens today: 5:00 p.m. Eastern / 4:00 p.m. Central / 3:00 p.m. Mountain / 2:00 p.m. Pacific. The goal of the call is to connect and...

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August 14, 2009

Recent posts on health care by Swords into Plowshares

Here are links to several posts on the Swords into Plowshares blog that focus on health care and health care reform: Health Care Call with President contains information about an August 19 conference call for people of faith with President...

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August 14, 2009

Resources for people of faith on health care

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is a member of the coalition Faithful Reform in Health Care which provides a toolkit called, Let Our Light Shine [PDF] with resources that people of faith may find useful. Faithful Reform in Health Care is...

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August 14, 2009

Reforming our health care system cannot wait

Stated Clerk issues statement on current health care debate LOUISVILLE — The Reverend Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, has issued the following statement in light of the national attention on health care reform: The current public debate...

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August 11, 2009

Presbyterians Invited to Participate in Washington Office Review

In 2008, Rev. Eileen Lindner, a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) pastor, presbytery executive and social research specialist, was engaged to lead a study of the role and purpose of the Presbyterian Washington Office. Presbyterians are now invited to provide feedback and...

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August 8, 2009

Presbyterian General Assembly on Sudan

The 217th General Assembly (2006) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) approved the following: The Presbyteries of Trinity and Shenango overture[d] the 217th General Assembly (2006) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to reaffirm our denomination's close connections to Sudan for more...

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August 7, 2009

Daily life in Gaza

Daily Life in Gaza: Conditions on the Ground & Implications for the Peace Process Churches for Middle East Peace Network Conference Call with Mitchell Plitnick ~Wednesday, August 12, 2009~ Call begins: 2pm ET/1pm CT/12pm MT/11am PT HOW TO CALL IN:...

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July 29, 2009

6 August - Hiroshima Day

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

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July 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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July 25, 2009

To see and to be seen

Can you give a month to stand with our sisters and brothers in Colombia? Consider taking part in the next Colombia Accompaniment training - September 17 to 21, 2009 at Stony Point Center. The Colombia Accompaniment Program, now in its...

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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 12, 2009

Jewish Fast for Gaza

Ta'anit Tzedek--Jewish Fast for Gaza The Fast for Gaza is an ad hoc group of rabbis, Jews, and people of conscience who have committed to undertake a monthly daytime fast in support of the following goals: 1. To call for...

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July 2, 2009

An evening of hospitality

The Big Tent Thursday, June 11 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm (more or less) Some eighty folks gathered in the suite of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons for a hospitality event as part of the Peacemaking Conference. Gradye...

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July 1, 2009

Addressing gun violence - PC(USA) efforts

As on many issues, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has a mixed record when it comes to working on gun violence. Good statements have been made; we have not always lived up to those statements, but some good work has also...

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June 27, 2009

Urge Senators to Cosponsor the Congo Conflict Minerals Act

What is the problem? Demand for minerals found in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo and used in everyday electronics products help finance armed groups who engage in violent struggle. The minerals in question are cassiterite (tin...

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June 25, 2009

Videotape interrogations - stop torture

The National Religious Coalition against Torture and No2Torture (a grassroots Presbyterian organization) urge people to call our Representatives asking them to support an amendment that would require the Department of Defense to videotape interrogations of detainees in its custody. Rep....

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June 7, 2009

An online conversation on gun violence

Participate in Presbyterian Bloggers Unite on July 1 as bloggers are invited to focus on gun violence. Suggested questions are: how has gun violence impacted your community? how has or has not your community of faith addressed issues of gun...

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May 30, 2009

Close the gun show loophole

Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) has introduced legislation, S. 843, which will close the gun show loophole so that individuals will not be able to exploit gun shows and similar events to buy and sell guns without criminal background checks. The...

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May 30, 2009

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Environmental Ministry Office reopens

From the Presbyterian News Service: LOUISVILLE, Ky. — At the 218th General Assembly (2008), the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) recognized and accepted the responsibility of restoring creation as a central concern of the church to be incorporated into its life and...

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May 28, 2009

New resource for Torture Awareness Month

June 26 is United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. A few years ago, religious and human rights organizations in the United States declared June to be Torture Awareness Month as a way to provide both a...

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April 26, 2009

Call for a Commission of Inquiry

From the National Religious Coalition against Torture (the links have been added): In response to statements by Senators Harry Reid, Dick Durbin, and Diane Feinstein that a Commission of Inquiry investigating the use of torture should not be established until...

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April 25, 2009

Pray for the People of Sri Lanka

The civil war that has wracked Sri Lanka for 25 years may be drawing to an end. Learn more about the crisis in Sri Lanka from the United Nations News Centre, the New York Times, and Human Rights Watch. Here...

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April 22, 2009

A Commission of Inquiry - Join the Call

Join the call for a Commission of Inquiry to investigate U.S. torture policies and practices. A critical moment in the effort to stop the use of torture by the United States appears to have arrived. On April 16, 2009, the...

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April 5, 2009

See You in Atlanta!

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s Big Tent will take place from July 11-13 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta. Early registration at a lower rate has been extended until May 8. Join us to explore Peacemaking in the Neighborhood. Through field...

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March 11, 2009

Northern Ireland update

Doug Baker, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) mission co-worker in Northern Ireland, offers a reflection on the two recent (March 7 and March 9) attacks that left two soldiers and one police officer dead. These are the first fatal attacks on either...

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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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March 7, 2009

Watch video of Philippines press conference

The Presbyterian Peacemaking Program has posted video of the February 12, 2009 press conference in the Philippines following the release of Pastor Edwin Egar. Note that some presentations are in Tagalog and in English. Here's what happened: On February 11,...

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March 6, 2009

Big Tent Registration Extended

Early bird registration for the Big Tent has been extended to March 30. The Big Tent is a unique experience in the life of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Ten different conferences will gather at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown...

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March 3, 2009

Revamped e-newsletters about to launch

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is in the process of moving to a new system for delivery of email newsletters. This new format will allow programs and offices to send HTML e-newsletters. Subscribe to any or all of the e-newsletters. A...

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March 2, 2009

National Geographic Channel story on 2008 hostage rescue in Colombia

The National Geographic Channel (check your local listings) will air a story on the rescue by the Colombian military of 15 hostages held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on March 4, 2009 at 8:00 PM. National Geographic...

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March 2, 2009

See You at the Big Tent

"And the Word Became Flesh . . . Peacemaking in the Neighborhood" 2009 Presbyterian Peacemaking Conference at the Big Tent June 11-13, 2009 Hyatt Regency Hotel Downtown Atlanta, GA Register now for the Big Tent - a one of a...

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February 26, 2009

Urge Obama administration efforts for peace in Israel and Palestine

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has a long tradition of ministry in Israel and Palestine. This tradition has been expressed, and is currently expressed in a variety of ways including direct ministry, support for our church partners, and advocacy. The 218th...

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February 19, 2009

Press Conference in the Philippines

By Nancy Eng MacNeill On February 11, our trip took a turn from listening to stories from those in the church, to being a story of the church. While we were sitting down for dinner and cultural dance, Pastor Edwin...

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February 17, 2009

Taiwan: Taiwan Theological College and Seminary

The travelers visit included a trip to Taiwan Theological College and Seminary. Moderator Bruce Reyes-Chow receives a communion set from the seminary. Presenting the gift is the Rev. Andrew Tsai, Vice Principal for Administration. Photo by Nancy Eng MacNeill. The...

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January 31, 2009

Executive Order on Torture

On Thursday, January 22, 2009, President Obama signed an executive order that stops the CIA’s abuse of detainees, closes U.S. secret prisons, ends rendition for torture, and provides the International Committee of the Red Cross with access to U.S.-held detainees....

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January 16, 2009

Walking for Justice

Staff members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) joined with Louisville community members, students from several Presbyterian seminaries, and staff from the Presbytery of Mid-Kentucky for a Justice Walk on what would have been the 80th birthday of the Rev. Dr....

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January 10, 2009

Countdown to End Torture

The National Coalition against Torture has launched the Countdown to End Torture campaign. The goal of the campaign is to encourage President-elect Barack Obama to end U.S.-sponsored torture on his first day in office by issuing an executive order based...

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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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November 14, 2008

Protect Civilians in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Amnesty International has posted an alert allowing us to act on behalf of the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The situation in the DRC remains on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe. The priority at the moment...

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October 28, 2008

Lift Every Voice: Democracy, Voting Rights, and Electoral Reform

This report, approved by the 218th General Assembly (2008) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) recommends ways to strengthen "small d" democratic promise and practice in the political life of the United States based on principles of Reformed Christianity. Presbyterian political...

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October 27, 2008

Global Food Crisis Fast - November 2008

Presbyterians around the country are engaging in monthly 40-hour fasts to help discern responses to the Global Food Crisis. The fasts typically take place on the first weekend of every month, beginning on Friday evening and ending with Communion or...

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August 15, 2008

We Will Pray for You

We will pray for you. That's at the heart of a letter (PDF) sent to church partners who find themselves in the midst of the current violence in Georgia and Russia by Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly...

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August 4, 2008

Write for Human Rights in the Philippines

Here's another chance to help implement the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s General Assembly policy. The 218th General Assembly (2008) adopted a resolution on human rights violations in the Philippines. The Uniting Church in Australia has initiated a letter-writing campaign on behalf...

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July 10, 2008

Talk, Not War with Iran

The dangerous climate created by the current tensions between the United States and Iran could lead to war. Both governments need to commit to diplomatic talks to ease the tensions and reduce the likelihood of armed conflict. Seymour Hersh reports...

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June 22, 2008

The Moderator Is Elected

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow, pastor of Mission Bay Community Church in San Francisco, was elected moderator of the 218th General Assembly (2008) last night. Bruce, age 39, is a prolific blogger. Other candidates included the Rev. William "Bill" Teng of...

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