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May 28, 2015

Interfaith vigil for Palestinian children

No way to treat a child logoAll are invited to attend an Interfaith Vigil on the occasion of the International Day for Protection of Children, Monday, June 1, at noon, at the U.S. Capitol's Upper Senate Park, 200 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001. 

The vigil will highlight the issue of Palestinian children in Israeli detention and focus on the need to protect all children, both within our US communities and abroad. 

Each year hundreds of Palestinian children are arrested by Israeli forces and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system. The United Nations and many human rights groups are concerned by reports ...

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April 16, 2015

Observing the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

The cliff image by Lucy JanjigianThis year marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide—the systematic massacre of one and a half million Armenians that began on April 24, 1915, and continued into the early 1920s. The 221st General Assembly (2014) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) called on congregations to remember this event in worship on April 26, 2015 (the Fourth Sunday of Easter). Read the full text of the PC(USA) General Assembly action.  The photo shows the painting "The Cliff" by Jerusalem-born artist Lucy Boyadjian Jangijian whose Uprooted Collection interprets the Armenian Genocide and the will to endure.

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March 25, 2015

International Day of Remembrance of Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Today, Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations intern Kyla Korvne attended the unveiling ceremony of the Permanent Memorial to Honour the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade (co-organized by the Permanent Memorial Committee, the United Nations Office for Partnerships, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the NGO Relations Section, Outreach Division, Department of Public Information (DPI), the Caribbean Community and the African Group). Below is her post about the event:

Ban Ki Moon

Photo: Kyla Korvne

Even with the bitter cold and the windy rain blowing all of our umbrellas inside out, a crowd of people from all ...

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March 17, 2015

From Beijing to Now

The Reverend Dr. Bebb Stone reflects on her time as a Presbyterian participant in the Beijing Conference and as a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) delegate to this year's Commission on the Status of Women:

Bebb Stone speaking to a groupAs a Presbyterian woman who went with our church to Beijing in 1995, I have been deeply touched to be with the Presbyterian delegation for this 20-year review at The UN CSW59.  There are 8,500 women here from most if not all of the countries of the world, and the breadth and depth of their work for gender equality ("women's rights are ...

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March 11, 2015

#imamsforshe

by Beth Olker

UN Women has recently begun #heforshe, a "Solidarity Movement in Gender Equality".  This movement is being heralded as a transition and solidification of the feminism movement as one whose supporters and benefactors are not only women. The effort affirms that "gender equality is not just a women's issue" but call it a human right's issue which demands support from all people.

In conversation with this movement, the group Muslims for Progressive Values a hosted parallel event at the UN Commission on the Status of Women to launch their campaign #imamsforshe and to host a discussion ...

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