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  • We were wrong: Midyear 2015 report by OCHA South Sudan

    Published June 29, 2015

    by Sarah Hoyle

    Six months ago, we thought that violence and suffering had peaked and peace was on the horizon. We were wrong.

    - Toby Lanzer, Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan

    Unfortunately now, conditions in South Sudan are much worse than they were six months ago. OCHA South Sudan has just released the midyear report on conditions and progress in the region, and crises for those caught in violence and turmoil in South Sudan are as dire as ever.

    The report highlights 4 main areas of crisis that are currently of greatest concern. 

    1. Displacement. About 2.1 million people have ...

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    From Swords into plowshares

  • 70th anniversary concert

    Published June 29, 2015

    by Amélie Clémot

    To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Charter, musicians from Sweden, who will perform at the official ceremonies on June 26th in San Francisco, came to the Church Center for the United Nations to compliment the reading and reaffirmation of the UN Charter. The piece preformed, "The Way Chose You," was written and directed by Stefan Safsten, who was inspired to compose the piece after reading the following poem by Dag Hammarskjöld, the second UN secretary general and the only one to die in the line of duty:

    Tired ...

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    From Swords into plowshares

  • Resources for Refugee Gardens

    Published June 29, 2015

    Planning your church refugee garden

    Are you interested in beginning your own church refugee garden? We're sharing these documents created by Arrive Ministries to support your endeavor and help address some frequently asked questions.

    Contact a local refugee organization or Catholic Charities to see what programs may already exist and to begin developing relationships with refugees in your area.

    Church Garden Models contains a listing of the types of refugee gardens that have been established here in the Twin Cities. There are a number of different ways churches can engage in gardens; you may even come up with new ideas of your own!

    Church Gardening Goals provides a list of reasons for churches to create gardens for refugees. These reasons are some of the ones cited by those hosting church gardens and refugee gardeners and are helpful in enlisting support of your local church board and membership.

    Church Gardens Sample Guidelines is a list of rules based on First Evangelical Free Church (Maplewood) Harvest Community Gardens model. Many area churches develop a similar list and provide it to gardeners at the start of the season, usually as a part of gardener orientation. First Evangelical Free Church has many years experience of conducting a community garden on a large scale. In 2014 they had more than 1200 plots!

    Matters to Consider is a document that has been compiled through evaluations and discussions with existing church gardens. These are their suggestions to others – things they felt everyone should be aware of before beginning a garden project.


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