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January 16, 2014

Religious Freedom Day

Elon University at the Isaiah WallToday, students from Elon University joined us at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations to look at the post-2015 development agenda, the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and intersections between social action and poverty. 

As part of their seminar, the group had the chance to visit the Permanent Mission of the United States to the United Nations.  The event, "Rising Tide of Restrictions on Religion: Religions Respond" was co-sponsored by the NGO Committee on Religious Freedom. 

Below is a press statement by Ambassador Power on the International Day of Religious Freedom.


Statement by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent ...

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August 6, 2013

New US Ambassador to the United Nations

Today, Ambassador Samantha Power presented her credentials to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. 

Below is a statement made by Ambassador Power prior to presenting her credentials:

Ambassador Power: Hello everybody. I'm Samantha Power. I'm totally delighted to be here-so honored, so thrilled to have started work as the U.S. Ambassador to United Nations. As many of you know, I'm going to meet with the Secretary-General so as to present my credentials. I've worked with the Secretary-General over the last few years at the White House-worked very effectively with him-and I'm looking very much forward to ...

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June 20, 2013

Remembering Palestinian Refugees on World Refugee Day

by Onaje Crawford


To commemorate World Refugee Day, the Israel-Palestine NGO Working Group at the United Nations (IPWG) hosted "Remembering Palestinian Refugees", a photo exhibit, film review, and panel discussion highlighting the plight of 7.4 million displaced Palestinians, the largest and longest standing case of forcibly displaced persons. Doug Hostetter, IPWG’s Co-chair, who remarked that the purpose of the event was to give “voice and image to those who could not be here to speak to the circumstances for themselves”, moderated the panel.  Because of their vivid personal and professional accounts on Palestine, great insight was offered by ...

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December 2, 2012

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

Today is the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.  The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s Human Trafficking Roundtable has ways for Presbyterians to get involved in ending modern day slavery.

Below is the statement from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.


Eighty-five years have passed since the entry into force of the Slavery Convention, yet this dehumanizing practice has acquired new manifestations in the 21st century.

Every day, in all regions of the world, women are trafficked, sold and locked in brothels for sexual exploitation. Little girls are forcibly married, sexually abused and used as domestic workers.  Children work in ...

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October 12, 2012

No child soldiers: more steps on the journey

Red Hands from West Virginia PresbyteryAs representatives of the Member States gathered for the 67th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, several important events took place in the effort to create a world  where children are children not soldiers:

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October 1, 2012

Presbyterian engagement at the United Nations General Assembly

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

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September 6, 2012

International Day against Nuclear Tests Celebrated at the UN

Rochelle Rawls-Shaw, intern with the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations attended a discussion today on the International Day against Nuclear Tests at the United Nations.  Below is her reflection on the event.

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July 24, 2012

Outcomes from the 56th Commission on the Status of Women

The Commission on the Status of Women has recommended that the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations approve draft language on the following topics:

Detailed language on each of these areas are available in the full report ...

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June 6, 2012

Summer volunteers work on Red Hands

 

Sophie Beal and Elodie de Bethmann are summer volunteer interns at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations.  This is their first week with us, their first blog with us, and their first time getting involved with Red Hands.  Below is the blog from Sophie and Elodie.

More photos are available on our Facebook Page.


The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations has taken on two new volunteer interns for the summer. We are both excited to have this incredible opportunity to experience the ministry of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly Mission Council at the United Nations ...

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December 10, 2011

Human Rights Day

As we celebrate Human Rights Day today, I reflect on the words of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said a few days earlier on the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, “To eradicate contemporary forms of slavery, we need new strategies and measures that can unite all actors. While Governments bear the primary responsibility, the private sector has an integral role to play.”  Couldn’t this same argument be made in regards to human rights?

Governments certainly play a large role creating, implementing and changing strategies to protect human rights.  With that said, we as global citizens, the ...

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September 29, 2011

How Faith-Based Organizations Change the World at the UN

Panel

Panel- Photo by Carlos Yordan

Yesterday,  I had the opportunity to sit on a panel hosted by Drew University title “How Faith-Based Organizations Change the World at the UN.”  On the panel with me were Liberato Bautista, from the General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church, Bruce Knotts from the Unitarian Universalist Association at the United Nations and Andrew Tomlinson from the Quaker United Nations Office.

This event, a first for Drew University included an audience from the Drew University semester at the United Nations as well as United Nations Church Center and Ecumenical colleagues.  In ...

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September 11, 2011

Remembering September 11

 

UN Sep. 11

Ryan Smith- Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Christine Mangale- Lutheran World Federation, Joseph Donnelly- Caritas Internationalis. Photo By Alisha Rodriguez

On Friday, the President of the United Nations General Assembly welcomed distinguished guests from around the world to commemorate the attacks of September 11, 2001.  Joining the President of the General Assembly were the Deputy Secretary General as well as the US Ambassador to the United Nations.  I joined ecumenical colleagues in prayer and remembrance that day at the United Nations. 

Today,  I had the opportunity to worship with First Presbyterian Church of  Brooklyn.  Moderator of the General Assembly of ...

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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 28, 2011

July 17 - International Justice Day

International Justice Day - July 17 - marks the birthday of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The Faith and Ethics Network of the International Criminal court suggests several ways congregations could observe this day:

• Discuss the importance of the ICC;

• Draw attention to ongoing atrocities where the ICC could make a difference.

Learn about the ICC.

• Encourage the United States to join and ratify the ICC.

The 211th General Assembly (1999) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) passed the following resolution supporting the creation of the ICC and encouraging the United States to sign on to and ratify the ICC:

  1. Commend ...

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June 7, 2011

Reflect, dream and share about the PC(USA)

Have a vision about the future of the church . . . about where and how God is at work in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)? Make a video and share your vision in an online conference called "We Are Presbyterians."

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow, friend of the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations and moderator of
the 218th General Assembly (2008) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), wonders what wisdom is possessed by Presbyterians whose voices are not usually heard at General Assembly or national conferences. He wonders what they have to say about where God is leading the church ...

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June 6, 2011

Prayers for Sudan- in New York City!

On Ascension Sunday, I attended morning service at Broadway Presbyterian Church in New York City. I was moved when in the prayers and concerns, I noticed the Season of Prayer with the People of Sudan listed as a specific prayer request.  Broadway Presbyterian Church has asked its members to join us in the season of prayer.

In the United States, we will be praying at 11:00 a.m. (EST).  We have invited our sisters and brothers in Sudan to pray with us wherever you are; pray individually or gather with your community or an ecumenical community of an interfaith ...

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April 11, 2011

Building Sustainable Communities of Peace in Colombia

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

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November 7, 2009

Fort Hood Shooting

As our prayers continue for all impacted by and affected by the shooting at Fort Hood: the senior Presbyterian military chaplain has addressed the event and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has responded.

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September 22, 2009

Observing the International Day of Peace

Here are some ways that people observed the International Day of Peace: The Iglesia Presbiteriana de Puerto Nuevo in San Juan, Puerto Rico held a service of dedication for a peace pole. Mediators Beyond Borders organized an event in the...

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February 15, 2009

Taiwan: Two Countries, Two Islands

Traveling with the Moderator By Nancy Eng MacNeill Arriving into Taipei was an immediate shift in culture: walking through the airport, seeing familiar signs and billboards with unfamiliar writing. Language and body posture changed as you are greeted with each...

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