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September 23, 2015

The UN turns 70

Happy Birthday United Nations LogoOn October 24, the United Nations turns 70. United Nations Day marks the anniversary of the ratification of the UN Charter 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."

Presbyterians were present at the creation of the United Nations. Our presence of witness and education remains strong today.

Here are some ...

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September 14, 2015

Human Trafficking: The Church Responds

No More Slaves chalked on concreteJoin us on October 20, 2015 for a seminar on human trafficking and how the church is responding. The seminar will include presentations on: 

Participants will tour the UN (limited to twenty).

The seminar will begin at 9:30 AM at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations and move to Jan Hus Presbyterian Church and Neighborhood House at for a community dinner and a  special ...

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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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