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March 30, 2016

Holocaust Remembrance Day 2016

The  United States Holocaust Memorial Museum reminds us that "the internationally recognized date for Holocaust Remembrance Day corresponds to the 27th day of Nisan on the Hebrew calendar. It marks the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. In Hebrew, Holocaust Remembrance Day is called Yom Hashoah.

This year Holocaust Remembrance Day is observed on May 5, 2016. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) invites Presbyterians to join in remembering on this day.

Here is a litany of lighting candles for Holocaust Rememberance Day:

The Lighting of Memorial Candles
One:     We light candles in memory of those who were killed during ...

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January 20, 2016

The Holocaust and Human Dignity

Holocaust Remembrance Day logoThe theme for the Holocaust remembrance and education activities in 2016, including the Holocaust Memorial Ceremony, is "The Holocaust and Human Dignity". The theme links Holocaust remembrance with the founding principles of the United Nations and reaffirms faith in the dignity and worth of every person that is highlighted in the United Nations Charter, as well as the right to live free from discrimination and with equal protection under the law that is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Holocaust, which resulted in the destruction of nearly two thirds of European Jewry, remains one of the most ...

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January 19, 2016

March 8 - International Women's Day

Celebrate the Gifts of Women Sunday resource coverThe 2016 theme for International Women’s Day is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”. The United Nations observance on 8 March will reflect on how to accelerate the 2030 Agenda, building momentum for the effective implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals. It will equally focus on new commitments under UN Women’s Step It Up initiative, and other existing commitments on gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s human rights. The United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD) on 8 March during International Women’s Year 1975.

Presbyterian congregations have an ...

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December 10, 2015

16 Days of Activism - Day 16: Human Rights Day

by Paul Olson

The drafters of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights specified thirty articles: rights and freedoms essential for the achievement of dignified living for all people. These rights include civil, political, social and economic liberties. The declaration represents the belief that persons can only flourish if there rights and freedoms are respected. The drafters assumed that signers not only believed conceptually in the idea of inherent human dignity, but also accepted the personal obligations that go hand in hand with peaceful development.

We have been challenged these past 16 days to consider the right of women and girls ...

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December 8, 2015

UN Human Rights Day observed December 10

from Gregg Brekke of the Presbyterian News Service

Human Rights Day, observed each year on December 10, commemorates the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948.

This year's Human Rights Day is devoted to the launch of a year-long campaign called “Our Rights. Our Freedoms. Always.” The campaign recognizes the 50th anniversary of two International Covenants on Human Rights: the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which were adopted by the United Nations General Assembly Dec. 16, 1966.

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