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October 24, 2014

Work in common cause for the common good

From United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on United Nations Day

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General UN Photo/Mark GartenThe United Nations is needed more than ever at this time of multiple crises.  Poverty, disease, terrorism, discrimination and climate change are exacting a heavy toll.  Millions of people continue to suffer deplorable exploitation through bonded labour, human trafficking, sexual slavery or unsafe conditions in factories, fields and mines. The global economy remains an uneven playing field.

The founding of the United Nations was a solemn pledge to the world’s people to end such assaults on human dignity, and lead the way to a better future. There have been ...

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October 12, 2014

Happy Birthday, United Nations

United Nations Day Poster

October 24th is United Nations Day.  This day marks the anniversary of the Charter of the UN that occurred in 1945. 

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has long supported the work of the United Nations. The 220th General Assembly (2012) voted to "Affirm the church’s historic support for the United Nations as an instrument of peacemaking and peace building and a guarantor of the human and legal rights of people and nations."

Here are some ideas for how you can celebrate this day:

Pray for those who work in the United Nations system.

Pray for the United ...

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October 24, 2013

A band of sisters

by Deborah Wright

group gathered in Muir WoodsUnited Nations Day took on a new sense of meaning for me starting back in the late 90's when I was first invited by Elana Rozeman, an American born Orthodox Jew who had emigrated to Israel 20 years before, put out the word that a group of interfaith women were going to have a meditative walk through Marin County's Muir Woods to the place where, in May of 1945, original charter of the United Nations had been signed.

Elana, coincidentally also the sister of the man in my life, had, in 1997, lived through a ...

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October 23, 2012

Presbyterian Women celebrate UN Day in the Presbytery of Monmouth

O God, who formed creation and made each living thing,
We’ve seen the devastation that war and conflict bring.
We long to stop the violence and end the scourge of war;
We yearn for peace and justice, now and forevermore.

Program cover for PW GatheringOn Saturday, October 20, the Presbyterian Women of the Presbytery of Monmouth held their gathering at the First Presbyterian Church of Belmar.

This particular gathering included a celebration, early, of the birth of the United Nations - United Nations Day.

Participants heard a report on the 2012 Churchwide Gathering and had ...

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October 22, 2012

To build a better world for all: United Nations Day 2012

On United Nations Day - October 24, 2012 - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon challenges the peoples and nations of the world to "reaffirm our individual commitment and our collective resolve to live up to the ideals of the United Nations Charter and build a better world for all."

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