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October 12, 2014

Happy Birthday, United Nations

United Nations Day PosterUnited Nations Day - October 24 - marks the day the UN Charter entered into force in 1945.

How will you celebrate this day? Here are some ideas:

Pray for those who work in the United Nations system.

Pray for the United Nations.

Use a hymn written by the Rev. Carolyn Winfrey-Gillette. The hymn in bulletin format. The hymn with music. Check out a video of the hymn.

Participate in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF a program started by Presbyterians.

Learn more about the United Nations.

Organize a seminar through the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations.

Make a gift to the Presbyterian Ministry ...

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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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October 9, 2011

A prayer for the United Nations

God of compassion, walk alongside all of your global stewards who work to create a more just and peaceful world. Equip the United Nations community with a sense of urgency and humility that lets your will be done. Each day you give bread enough for all, grant us also the wisdom to ensure that everyone has enough. Teach the world’s leaders to forgive, to extend welcome across borders. Show the world a new path beyond greed, oppression, and division. We pray for a world united. We pray for the power to save succeeding generations from war. We pray for ...

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