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  • Congo travel-study seminar - Reflection 7

    Published February 5, 2016

    Dominique Vidale-Plaza shared valuable material on conflict-related sexual violence. Photo by Doug Tilton

    Our first visit was to the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO), the UN’s largest peacekeeping mission. Dominique Vidale-Plaza, the Women’s Protection Advisor for North Kivu, helped us to understand the scope and limitations of the UN’s mandate in the region, particularly with respect to preventing conflict-related sexual violence.  Dominique’s experience working with rape survivors at Panzi Hospital enriched her understanding of the complexity of the situation.

    MONUSCO works to strengthen the capacity of the Congolese government to ...

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    From Reconciliation

  • Give a Goat

    Published February 5, 2016

    The children at Fort Street Presbyterian Church in Detroit, MI had a mission: to give a goat to a family in need. 

    After hearing about the Presbyterian Giving Catalog, children from the Sunday School class decided to host a "Give a Goat" fundraiser. "The funds were gathered through a whole-church fundraiser," writes Christian Educator Judith Shelton, "initiated by our children and youth, at which they sold cards and bookmarks they had designed." Congregation members pitched in with baked goods for sale and a silent auction.

    With their hard work, the children of Fort Street were able to raise $890, or ...

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    From Daily Offerings

  • Congo travel-study seminar - Reflection 6

    Published February 4, 2016

    I was eager to be a part of the East Congo travel-study seminar group dispatched to Bunia, as I had heard about the impressive ecumenical peacebuilding and trauma healing work being done there by the Church of Christ in Congo (ECC) women. We quickly learned that the situation in Ituri Province was just as harrowing as Goma.  The very fabric of society was torn by what was described as a “tribal war unknown by the outside world” that claimed 100,000 lives from 2009 to 2015 and “prepared the region for violence.”

    And that violence is continuing.

    We heard of ...

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    From Reconciliation

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