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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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May 1, 2013

Support the Code

An estimated 1.2 million children all over the world are annually exploited through prostitution, pornography, and trafficking.  Some travelers use tours and hotels as venues to exploit children.  Without clear policies and training, staff are not equipped to identify and react to such behavior.  You can take a stand against the sexual exploitation of children by informing companies about their vulnerability in the tourism industry.

The Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct is the only internationally accepted framework that sets a standard of responsible business practices to effectively crack down on the sexual exploitation of children. To date, over 1 ...

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April 8, 2013

Global discipleship on food and hunger

Ryan leading workshopLast week, I hosted a workshop at the Compassion, Peace and Justice Training Day in Washington, DC.  The workshop focused on global discipleship and food and hunger advocacy within the international community.

Participants looked at three critical global issues around food and hunger policy: soil, water and land grabbing. 

Participants talked about ways in which their congregation could change US based policy and have an influence on global policy.  The theme of acting locally while thinking globally recurred in small groups.

Small groups talked about what is happening in their communities and how others can get involved.  Supporting local produce ...

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December 2, 2012

Actions for the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

 Blue Heart

UN Resources:

PC(USA) Resources:

Prayer:

Prayer (Jer. 31:15-17 adapted)

A voice is heard in Ramah,

     lamentation and bitter weeping.

Rachel is weeping for her children;

     she refuses to be comforted for her children,

     because they are no more.

But God, you say to us:

Keep your voice from weeping,

     and your eyes from tears;

     for there is a reward for your work.

God, as you have promised, so we pray,

     that exiles shall come ...

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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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