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February 3, 2015

To enhance the strength of human rights law

Renzo Pomi speaking to the groupOn January 23, the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations provided a seminar for the International Law Society from the University of Baltimore School of Law on the topic of human rights. 

Speaking at the seminar were:

Shulamith Koenig, Founding President, People’s Movement for Human Rights Learning (formerly known as People’s Decade for Human Rights Education)

Renzo Pomi, speaking in the photo,  Amnesty International’s Representative at the United Nations

John Washburn, Convener of the American Non-Governmental Organizations Coalition for the International Criminal Court (AMICC)

Janette Amer, Human Rights Adviser with UNWomen

Ryan Smith and Mark Koenig shared ...

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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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October 24, 2014

Seminar participants learn about Korea

A group from the Presbyterian Church in Chatham Township participated in a seminar on Wednesday, October 15. The group focused on Korea.

Our colleague, Doug Hostetter, from the Mennonite Central Committee UN Liaison Office provided some history of Korea and talked about the work of the Mennonites in both North and South Korea.

Moon H. Lee, former Executive Secretary of National Council of Korean Presbyterian Churches, former Eastern Korean Presbytery Stated Clerk, former NYC Presbytery moderator, and current member of the PC(USA) Advisory Committee on the Constitution, made a presentation and led a discussion about Presbyterian ministry with the ...

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September 29, 2014

Changing the Conversation: Claiming Our Voice

On September 27 and 28, Hudson River Presbytery hosted a weekend of theology, advocacy and worship called “Changing the Conversation: Claiming Our Voice.” The weekend included three events, a conference on Saturday at Stony Point Center from 9:00-­‐3:30, a fundraising reception for the Office of Public Witness and Presbyterian Ministry at the UN that evening from 4:00-­‐6:00, and a worship at Pleasantville Presbyterian Church on Sunday morning at 10:00am that will be simulcast to congregations throughout the presbytery.

The Rev. Mark Koenig, director of the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, and Kyle ...

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August 5, 2014

First Presbyterian Church Albuquerque learns about child soldiers

by Max Hill

First Presbyterian Church Albuquerque group at the Isaiah WallOn July 15, I had the pleasure of leading a discussion for our guests from First Presbyterian Church of Albuquerque. This discussion focused on the issue of the recruitment and use of children as soldiers around the world. The group’s initial thoughts on what a child soldier looked like were not unexpected. The group, for the most part, agreed that when they thought of a child being used as a soldier, they thought of a boy around fifteen or sixteen years old with a gun. This definition gave me a great jumping off point with the ...

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