Seeking peace. Striving for justice. Together.
Originally written for the 2013 Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study
W here do universal human rights begin?” Eleanor Roosevelt’s question concerns the crowning achievement of her public service. In 1947 she chaired a United Nations committee of members from various political, cultural, and religious backgrounds charged with drafting a human rights declaration for all the world’s peoples.
Over a year and 1,400 votes later, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10, 1948. This landmark document represented the first international recognition that human rights and fundamental freedoms apply to every person ...
About Human Rights Day
Liturgical and action resources
Sunday, December 11
The scripture we read speaks of repair, raise, and rebuild. Repairing. Raising up. Rebuilding. This is what we are about. Yesterday, we celebrated Human Rights Day. So often, our world celebrates “days.” We have days for youth, women, earth, indigenous rights, water, food, HIV/AIDS and so many other days, weeks and months. These days bring our attention to issues of critical need in our communities and around the world. Water is vital, but so many are thirsty. We believe that all God’s children are created equal, but youth and women are all ...
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 ...
Will you write a letter to save a life?
Tonight I signed up to participate in Amnesty International’s Write for Rights Global Write-a-thon between December 3 and December 11. This time period includes Human Rights Day.
Hundreds of thousands of people from around the world will take part in the Write for Rights Global Write-a-thon; Amnesty International calls it the world’s largest human rights event:
Through letters, cards and more, we take action to demand that the human rights of individuals are respected, protected and fulfilled. We show solidarity with those suffering human rights abuses, and ...