Seeking peace. Striving for justice. Together.
We welcome Matt Cowell, the first Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) to serve with the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations. Below is Matt's first blog:
Greetings to all! My name is Matt Cowell and I am a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) serving in New York City at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations. For those
of you who don’t know, the YAV program is a service corps of the PC(USA), this year bringing together 85 mostly twenty-somethings to serve for one year in 17 U.S. cities and four foreign countries ...
Our ministry had the opportunity to host a group of Young Adult Volunteers as part of their orientation process. Austen Zoutewelle, who will be serving in Austin, wrote a reflection on her experience:
Today the group broke up into four groups, all going to see very different communities in the area. I was assigned to go to the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations in New York City. I was a bit familiar with the UN from school and seeing the UN in Vienna, Austria when I studied abroad. I was clueless as to how the PCUSA was involved.
Our ministry had the opportunity to host a group of Young Adult Volunteers as part of their orientation process. Elizabeth Heyer, who will be serving in Indianapolis, wrote a reflection on her experience:
I was sent to the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations. Introductions were made and job details were shared. And a man name Mark said something profound. He said that “we do not speak for the voiceless. Everyone has a voice, it is our job to enhance that voice and let it be heard.” He then took us to a multi faith service for the 219 girls ...
In a few weeks the entire peninsula of Korea will honor the memory of Liberation Day from Japanese Colonialism on August 15th, 1945. This will be a celebration full of mixed feelings as this day also marks the moment when two foreign powers, the Soviet Union and the United States made the decision without Korean authority to divide the peninsula into two zones. A line that generally follows the 38th Parallel became the line of division. Upon the Korean War, it also became an impassable wall separating families and independence partners who happened to be on the wrong ...
Hyeyoung Lee and Kurt Esslinger, PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteer coordinators in Daejeon, Republic of Korea, offer this prayer for PC(USA) members to use during the the season of prayer called for by the statement on the Peace of the Korean Peninsula. It is posted here with their permission.
God of the universe, God of the nations,
The people of the Korean Peninsula are crying out,
They no longer wish to live in the shadow of war,
They no longer wish to have resources diverted from life toward death,
They no longer wish to live in fear of the ...