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October 27, 2014

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF 2014

Halloween costumes have appeared in New York City. However you observe the holiday, consider participating in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF this year.

Started by Presbyterians, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF is a prime fundraiser for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to save and improve children's lives, providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more.

Child in Robin costume from Batman with Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF boxThe U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF's work through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States. UNICEF works toward the day when ...

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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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October 23, 2011

No child soldiers

Red Hands Banner

The group from the Presbytery of Geneva made Red Hands during their seminar.

They also made Red Hands before they came to the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations for their seminar.

This banner was made by members of First Presbyterian Church in Gowanda, New York.

Thanks to all for their witness to a world in which children are children, not soldiers!

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October 14, 2011

Children from Newark, NY say no child soldiers

Red Hands banner

The group from the Presbytery of Geneva made Red Hands during their seminar.

They also made Red Hands before they came to the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations for their seminar.

This banner was made by the children (ages 3 to 6) and teachers at the Roosevelt Children's Center in Newark, NY.

Thanks to all for their witness to a world in which children are children, not soldiers!

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October 14, 2011

First Presbyterian Church of Horseheads says no child soldiers

Banner with red hands and mittensThe group from the Presbytery of Geneva made Red Hands during their seminar.

They also made Red Hands before they came to the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations for their seminar.

The Sunday School children of the First Presbyterian Church of Horseheads made this banner. The mittens attached to the banner were made by the church's knitting club.

Thanks to all for their witness to a world in which children are children, not soldiers!

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October 14, 2011

Geneva Presbytery says "No" to child soldiers

Folks on UN TourFrom the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, they journeyed to New York City. Thirty-six in number, of many different ages, the group from the Presbytery of Geneva included a visit to the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations as part of their trip. On Saturday, October 8, we met outside the United Nations.

As I came up First Avenue, I saw a group gathered at the entrance. I guessed they were Presbyterians from Geneva, but I was not sure until I saw one of them carrying a stack of Red Hands - addressing the use of children as soldiers ...

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