Seeking peace. Striving for justice. Together.
About Human Rights Day
Liturgical and action resources
by Onaje Crawford
Today, during the weekly chapel service at the Church Center for the United Nations, the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, along with the Mennonite Central Committee UN Office, and the United Methodist Women, honored the international effort to bring peace to the Korean Peninsula with scripture, song, and prayer. Together we petitioned God to lead the Korean Peninsula away from war and to bring reconciliation, peace, and unity so that the people can return to functioning as one country after almost 70 years of division. Saturday marks the 60th anniversary of the Armistice ending the fighting ...
God of grace and goodness,
what we claim as our own,
you create and give to us.
What we would use for ourselves alone,
you entrust to us for the blessing of all.
Where we perceive scarcity,
you provide enough for all.
Where we grasp and hoard,
you invite us to share.
Where we privilege some at the expense of others,
you endow all with value, worth and dignity
Where we divide and exclude,
you invite and welcome all to the table.
When we turn from your way,
you love us still.
When we fall short,
you make possible new ...
Post by Rev. Carl Horton, Presbyterian Peacemaking Program staff member
On the first Sunday after Easter, our peacemakers set off in small groups to worship with 7 different congregations in the Belfast area. Some went to the "leafy suburbs" to worship with congregations surrounding the city and mostly removed from the contexts of violence. Others, went to congregations in the Shankill Road area, places highly impacted by the sectarian bombings and violence of their neighborhoods. One congregation at the epicenter of the Troubles, still to this day locks its doors during the service with a posted sign in the narthex that reads: "These doors to remain locked at all times. Abductions have occurred from this church."
... as my grandmother used to say there is always a BUT ...
Those words serve as a pivotal moment in a powerful sermon of hope preached by the Rev. Laetitia Wells at Good Shepherd-Faith Presbyterian Church in New York on Sunday. Using Jesus' familiar story of the prodigal son as her text, the Rev. Wells explored the role of hope in our lives.
Supply pastor of St. Paul Presbyterian Church in High Point, NC and works as a mental health counselor at the Hughes Center for Exceptional Children, the Rev. Wells is in New York as part of the Presbyterian delegation ...