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July 24, 2013

Orange Days in Brick, New Jersey

by Lori Evans

Here is what I did for the Orange Day to end violence against women and girls.

Orange Day logoI went to the Presbyterian Women's group  at my congregation, Brick Presbyterian Church in Brick, New Jersey. I did a presentation and handed out  orange ribbons. I placed an article in our church newsletter and bulletin. I placed flyers all over our church building.  I also talked to our Session.

After talking to my church, I did a five minute presentation at the June Presbytery Meeting. Than I made arrangements to talk to someone at the Brick Town Mayor's ...

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April 1, 2013

From Hurt to Hope: Women of the Church Confronting Institutional Violence

Women of faith are reinterpreting the traditional understandings of sacred texts of Christianity to challenge violence condoned and promoted within the church.  What can we learn from such efforts about confronting all forms of institutional violence?

On 6 March 2013, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Presbyterian Women in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Young Women’s Leadership Development of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Presbyterian Women Aotearoa/New Zealand, and Interfaith Worker Justice co-hosted a parallel event at the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women. The event explored Ecumenical Women’s talking point ...

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March 31, 2013

Sung Yeon Choi-Morrow - From Hurt to Hope: Women of the Church Confronting Institutional Violence

Sung Yeon Choi-Morrow shares her work confronting economic violence against women through the organization Interfaith Worker Justice at the parallel event From Hurt to Hope: Women of the Church Confronting Institutional Violence at the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women.

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March 31, 2013

Mary Ann Pedde - From Hurt to Hope: Women of the Church Confronting Institutional Violence

Mary Ann Pedde shares her work confronting the institution of the legal system vis a vis violence against women at the parallel event From Hurt to Hope: Women of the Church Confronting Institutional Violence at the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women.

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March 31, 2013

Ann Rhee Menzie - From Hurt to Hope: Women of the Church Confronting Institutional Violence

The Rev. Ann Rhee Menzie shares the story of her work confronting institutional violence against women in the church at the parallel event From Hurt to Hope: Women of the Church Confronting Institutional Violence at the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women.

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March 31, 2013

Ola Leasi - From Hurt to Hope: Women of the Church Confronting Institutional Violence

Ola Leasi, Presbyterian Women Aotearoa/New Zealand, presents her story of how culture can be violent towards women the parallel event From Hurt to Hope: Women of the Church Confronting Institutional Violence at the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women.

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March 31, 2013

Exegesis - From Hurt to Hope: Women of the Church Confronting Institutional Violence

The Rev. Carmen Torres, Presbyterian Women, and Alex Zareth, Young Women’s Leadership Development Field Staff for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) present an exegesis of the Biblical story of John 8:1-11 at the parallel event From Hurt to Hope: Women of the Church Confronting Institutional Violence at the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women.

 

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March 31, 2013

Scripture reading - From Hurt to Hope: Women of the Church Confronting Institutional Violence

The Rev. Laetitia Wells, Presbyterian Women, reads John 8:1-11 at the parallel event From Hurt to Hope: Women of the Church Confronting Institutional Violence at the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women.

 

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March 31, 2013

Opening - From Hurt to Hope: Women of the Church Confronting Institutional Violence

Sheila Louder, Vice Moderator for Presbyterian Women in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), welcomes attendees to the parallel event From Hurt to Hope: Women of the Church Confronting Institutional Violence at the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women. Pamela Tankersly and Ola Leasi, from Presbyterian Women Aotearoa/New Zealand bring greetings and a song.

 

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March 31, 2013

Commitments - From Hurt to Hope: Women of the Church Confronting Institutional Violence

Conversation at PCUSA parallel event 57th session CSWParticipants in From Hurt to Hope: Women of the Church Confronting Institutional Violence, the parallel event at the Commission on the Status of Women, discussed what they had heard in small groups and then shared their commitments on how they would follow up at home. Commitments included:

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March 3, 2013

Making plans

Who is here?
What is our task?
What will we do to achieve that task?
What else will happen?

Christ CandleAround a Christ candle, in the Fellowship Hall of New York's Church of the Covenant, Presbyterian participants in the 57th Commission on the Status of Women gathered on Friday, March 1 to explore these and related questions.

Who is here?
A  significant portion of the afternoon and evening was spent meeting one another and building the community. A generationally and ethnically diverse group, the Presbyterian participants come from across the country. Most are members and leaders of Presbyterian Women on ...

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October 23, 2012

Presbyterian Women celebrate UN Day in the Presbytery of Monmouth

O God, who formed creation and made each living thing,
We’ve seen the devastation that war and conflict bring.
We long to stop the violence and end the scourge of war;
We yearn for peace and justice, now and forevermore.

Program cover for PW GatheringOn Saturday, October 20, the Presbyterian Women of the Presbytery of Monmouth held their gathering at the First Presbyterian Church of Belmar.

This particular gathering included a celebration, early, of the birth of the United Nations - United Nations Day.

Participants heard a report on the 2012 Churchwide Gathering and had ...

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March 28, 2012

10 Days of Prayer and Thanksgiving for the Roma, 2012

In 2012, Presbyterian Women will join their voices with others around the world who are concerned with justice for the Roma, who are marginalized throughout Europe.

Presbyterian Women and Presbyterian World Mission have created a 10-day prayer and study guide to lead up to International Day of the Roma, celebrated on April 8. Beginning March 29, you are invited to use the booklet to learn about the issues affecting Roma in Europe and offer prayers for change. Each day is dated for your convenience, but the booklet is timeless, so use it at any time of the year to learn ...

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March 6, 2012

From Story to Skills: Advocating with Women in Rural Areas

Kym leads Bible StudyA Parallel Event at the 56th Commission on the Status of Women

During this parallel event women from rural contexts shared their stories connecting experience to issues, Global North to Global South, and the Bible to advocacy, with small group opportunities to learn more and determine actions we can take during the Commission on the Status of Women and at home to address poverty and hunger and work for just development. The event was organized by Presbyterian Women, Young Women’s Leadership Development, Women’s Leadership Development, and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations in the PC(USA), and ...

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March 6, 2012

Action plans from the parallel event From Story to Skills: Advocating with Women in Rural Areas

Small group discussionDuring the parallel event From Story to Skills: Advocating with Women in Rural Areas, held at the 56th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, participants were invited to share action plans that they plan to implement:

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March 6, 2012

Key insights from the parallel event From Story to Skills: Advocating with Women in Rural Areas

Meredith Mimlitz reportsDuring the parallel event From Story to Skills: Advocating with Women in Rural Areas, held at the 56th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, participants were invited to gather and discuss and share key insights they gleaned:

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February 27, 2012

Demands

Reconciliation demands justice.

Justice demands repentance.

Repentance demands restitution.

Restitution demands mercy.

From the reflection by Irma Rodriguez-Leon during the Ecumenical Women worship service led this morning by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Lutheran World Federation.

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February 27, 2012

Closing song from Monday morning worship

Ecumenical Women's worship this morning was led by the Lutheran World Federation and the Evangelical Lutheran Church. Here's a clip from the closing song.

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February 26, 2012

Welcome to the Commission on the Status of Women

H.E. Marjon Kamara, Permanent Representative of Liberia to the United Nations and Chair of the fifty-sixth session of the Commission on the Status of Women welcomes everyone to this year's session.

Note that the volume appears to be low.

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February 26, 2012

Giving thanks for the community of advocates

Harriet Tubman. Eleanor Roosevelt. Maggie Kuhn. Naomi Rose. Merdine T. Morris.

On this day - who are the women who have served as advocates for whom you give thanks?

Advocacy took central stage at the Ecumenical Women's Orientation. The afternoon workshops focused on advocacy (with Presbyterian leadership in each of them: Allie Naskret, Margaret Anderson, Ryan Smith).

The did so with good reason.

The "agreed conclusions" will be the primary outcome of the meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women. The 45 Member States of the Commission will create a set of concrete, action-oriented  recommendations for action by ...

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February 25, 2012

"I'm a Delegate"

Rhonda Everdyke working on her phoneRhonda Everdyke, communicator for the Presbytery of Geneva, is blogging her experiences at the Commission on the Status of Women at I'm a Delegate. Today she reflects on the Ecumenical Women's Orientation:

It is hard to just put into words our experiences from today! So many women (even some brave men too) coming together to talk about common issues for women all over the world (including the United States) and what the struggles are within rural settings. Things need to change and women are the powerful voices to make it happen.

Tomorrow, some Presbyterian participants will worship with ...

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February 25, 2012

Tweetable quotes - 25 February 2012

woman speakingWe are tweeting events around the Committee on the Status of Women as @PresbyUN. Here are a few highlights from the Ecumenical Women Orientation:

It’s some times easier to stay at home than to enter the struggle. Easier, but not better.

  • Ana Chã, Brazil

You know what, I am that statistic. When we talk about statistics, we are talking about people.

  • Michelle Deshong, Australia

I wish I could find that teacher who told me I would never amount to anything and tell him where I am speaking.

  • Michelle Deshong, Australia

If women around the world were paid for the ...

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February 25, 2012

CSW encounters

Picture of Naw Lee Myar and othersBuilding community across nations - meeting sisters, and brothers, - happens regularly at the Commission on the Status of Women.
Peng Leong, volunteer with the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, reflects on an encounter - the beginning of a relationship with Naw Lee Myar - that took place today during the Ecumenical Women Orientation:

I met a delegate from Myanmar . . . she was sponsored by the Asian Rural Institute and the United Methodist church.  She could not believe that God provided this opportunity since she had no means at all. She is so appreciative. . . . I am grateful to have met this wonderful sister who ...

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February 24, 2012

It begins

The largest Presbyerian delegation to attend a meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women gathered at the Church of the Covenant for an orientation today. Thanks to our partners!

Our time together began with prayer for the delegation, the participants in the Commission, and our sisters and brothers around the world. The prayer included a special mention for Cynthia Bolbach, moderator of the 219th General Assembly (2010).

Particpants then introduced themselves. Representatives of Presbyerian Women spoke about their role in engaging the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) with the Commission. Staff for Women's Leadership Development and Young ...

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February 24, 2012

Ready!

With excitiment and anticipation, I have read the posts on Facebook from Presbyterian participants in the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) noting their travel. If I followed other pages, I would probably know about the travel plans participants with other organizations.

Some individuals have already arrived in New York City.

Some individuals have already experienced travel challenges.

Some individuals will arrive today; other individuals between now and Monday.

For the Presbyterians, our CSW experience begins this afternoon at 4:00 pm with an orientation. A BIG SHOUT OUT by the way to our partners at the Church of ...

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February 23, 2012

Why we attend the Commission on the Status of Women

The 56th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (“CSW” or “the Commission”) begins on Monday, February 27. Presbyterian participants will gather for an orientation tomorrow - February 24.

The CSW is a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). It is the principal global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women. Comprised of representatives of 45 UN Member States, the Commission gathers every year at United Nations Headquarters in New York to evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality ...

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February 22, 2012

The 2012 Commission on the Status of Women

The 56th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women begins on Monday, February 27.

Presbyterian and other participants will arrive in New York over the next few days. The Presbyterian Orientation will take place on Friday, February 24. We will join our partners at the Ecumenical Women's Orientation on Saturday, February 25.

There are a number of places to follow the events - including this blog. Watch the plenary sessions of the Commission on UN Webcast.

Other sources of information include:

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December 10, 2011

Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations Year in Review ~ 2011

Presbyterian Ministry at the UN logo - gun sculpture and flagsIn 2011, your gifts to the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations helped Presbyterians advocate for peace and justice in the name of Jesus Christ, based on policies of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assemblies, to the United Nations.

The ministry participated in working groups on the following issues:

Public presentations were arranged for PC(USA) partners from:

Introductions to UN programs ...

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October 17, 2011

Presbyterian Women say "No Child Soldiers"

They brought Red Hands.

They made Red Hands.

They made plans to create Red Hands in their congregations.

Red Hands displayThe Presbyterian Women in the Presbytery of New York City gathered for their Fall Gathering on October 15 at the First Presbyterian Church in Williamsbridge.

Their varied program featured a presentation by the Rev. Kellie Anderson-Picallo on the diverse gifts God gives to us; the Rev. Lynn West on working for a world in which hunger is no more; and the Rev. Rev. Nadine Hundertmark preaching on claiming our voice and serving Jesus. I also had the chance to talk about the ...

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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 16, 2011

Learn about Madagascar in New York

In the New York City area? Consider learning about the church at work in Madagascar.

Madagascar: The Witness of the Church
 A Brown Bag Lunch
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
September 26, 2011
Presbytery of New York City
475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1600


The Rev. Hubert Rakotoarivony and Dan Turk will speak to the current situation in Madagascar and efforts of the Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar (FJKM) to respond.  An island of incredible beauty, Madagascar currently experiences growing poverty, environmental exploitation, and an increase in sex trafficking during a time of political crisis.  In this setting, the ...

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June 27, 2011

Support Women's Rights - Ratify CEDAW

John’s Gospel records the story of Jesus and a woman engaged in a long conversation at a well. Jesus recognized and honored her humanity as he did the humanity of all the women he encountered. Jesus consistently affirmed the dignity and worth of each person. Here is one way you can follow his example:

Participate in the campaign to call the United States Senate to ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Presbyterian Women encourages Presbyterians to take part in this campaign, organized by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights ...

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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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April 18, 2011

Blessed are the peacemakers

How does the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations equip and inspire Presbyterians to make peace following Jesus? The Presbyterian Women of Monmouth Presbytery explored that question when then met on April 16 at the Presbyterian Church at Shrewsbury for...

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March 29, 2011

Ten Days of Prayer and Thanksgiving for the Roma starts March 30

Presbyterian Women have a new resource available to help us pray for and learn about the Roma people. This prayer resource is designed for use beginning on March 30. Here is a description from the introduction: The International Day of...

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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 1, 2011

A world where all live, all thrive

Carolyn Groseclose Sprinkle, a member of Presbyterian Women from Sparta, North Carolina, reflects on her experience at the 55th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women. She considers God's vision of a world where all live and all...

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March 1, 2011

Going home to make a difference

Pam Snyder, a member of Presbyterian Women from Staunton, Virginia, reflects on her experience at the 55th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women. She considers what she has learned and what she will do when she returns...

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February 28, 2011

Now brothers and sisters

"They are now brothers and sisters, and now death amongst us shall stop." That's the promise made by Nuer women and Murle women in South Sudan who worked with RECONCILE International - a promise all the more amazing because of...

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February 25, 2011

Ratify CEDAW

On behalf of Presbyterian participants in the 55th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, Louise Davidson of Presbyterian Women invites the ecumenical community to join in an advocacy effort to secure Senate ratification of the Convention to...

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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 23, 2011

Intergenerational Empowerment and the Work of the Church at the 55th Commission of the Status of Women

by Honna Eichler I am currently sitting in the PC(USA) office in the UN Church Center, peering out the window at the busy UN complex below. The streets below are vibrantly full and include many from an international community dedicated...

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February 21, 2011

We gathered

From churches and countries around the world, we gathered at the Church Center for the United Nations. Followers of Jesus Christ, seekers of justice, supporters of human rights for women, men, and all people, we gathered. To dance, to worship,...

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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 9, 2011

Coming in February ... the Commission on the Status of Women

The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations is preparing to welcome Presbyterian participants for the Commission on the Status of Women from February 22 through March 4. Presbyterian Women is a key partner in this event. The Commission on the...

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January 10, 2011

PC(USA)-backed domestic violence special begins airing Jan. 9 on ABC

PC(USA)-backed domestic violence special begins airing Jan. 9 on ABC From an article by the Presbyterian News Service: On Sunday, Jan. 9, an interfaith documentary that explores faith groups’ efforts to support the victims of domestic violence begins airing on...

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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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May 13, 2010

Not just on Mother's Day

Ann Ferguson of Presbyterian Women commented on a recent post with the good word that it is always the right time to give mothers and all women of the world the gift of the Convention to Eliminate All Forms of...

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March 12, 2009

Advocates for women the world over

The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) has been meeting in New York from March 2. The meeting ends on March 13. And Presbyterians are there. Again. For the fourth year, Presbyterian Women of the Presbyterian Church...

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February 29, 2008

South Africa: Rainbow School

It started in a building built of shipping containers. Today, the children of the Rainbow School after-school study programme fill the rooms of JL Zwane Presbyterian Church and Centre. They gather around teachers for two hours of tutoring. Children come...

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