Apply to be a delegate to the 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women
The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women is a functional commission of the UN Economic and Social Council. It is the principal global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women. Every year, representatives of Member States gather to evaluate progress, identify challenges, set global standards and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and women's empowerment worldwide. The 59th Session of the Commission will tentatively meet on March 9-20, 2015 at the UN headquarters and nearby sites in New York City. Interested in becoming a member of the PC(USA) delegation? Find more information and an application form.
Help shape advocacy for justice for women
Each year, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) joins ecumenical partners to advocate as followers of Jesus for justice for women at the Commission on the Status of Women. It is important that we are able to provide input from the PC(USA) and our church partners into the drafting process.
As in previous years, Ecumenical Women will advocate at the 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women 59 as the Commission undertakes a review of progress made in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, 20 years after its adoption at the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) joins Ecumenical Women in joint advocacy at the Commission on the Status of Women. We submit a joint statement and identify issue area priorities.
Ecumenical Women invites churches, congregations, networks, organizations, groups and inviduals to take part in this review process by filling out this questionnaire. Please return it to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than September 12, 2014. The results of the questionnaire will provide grassroots input into our advocacy process and create stories about what Ecumenical Women member organizations have been doing in relation to Beijing +20.
221st General Assembly
The 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) was held from June 14 to 21, 2014 at the COBO Center in downtown Detroit, Michigan. This biennial meeting brought together commissioners and advisory delegates from all 172 presbyteries, as well as other delegates and observers from around the world. We began and ended with worship, and in between there are celebrations, deliberations and decisions.
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) leaders share their thoughts on the business of the 221st General Assembly (2014) in a letter to members, and issue a charge to the full body as it moves forward.
Justice Unbound provides reflections from before and after the assembly on social justice issues.
Boycott Israeli Settlement Products
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Decision to Boycott
The 220th General Assembly (2012) approved a denomination-wide boycott of all Israeli products coming from the occupied Palestinian territories by a 71% vote. The motion included:
- Call upon all nations to prohibit the import of products made by enterprises in Israeli settlements on Palestinian land.
- Call for the boycott of all Israeli products coming from the occupied Palestinian Territories. Products include:
- AHAVA Dead Sea Laboratories Beauty Products and dates grown by Hadiklaim, The Israel Date Growers Co-Operative Ltd, often marked by the brand names: King Solomon Dates and Jordan River.
- Other Israeli products made in occupied Palestinian Territories are listed at whoprofits.org.
- Direct the Stated Clerk to communicate this action to all other PC(USA) councils and entities and invite and strongly encourage those groups and organizations to endorse this boycott until significant progress toward Palestinian rights and independence can be reported to the General Assembly or General Assembly Mission Council.
- Read the full resolution
- Read a letter from Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly
Find resources to help interpret and carry out the campaign from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), other denominations, and ecumenical and secular organizations.
PC(USA) Boycott Flyer: Download
Four-page product summary: Download
Bulletin Insert: Download
Minute for Mission: Download
Observe an Orange Day on the 25th of each month
Witness and act for an end to violence against women and girls
On the 25th of each month – join people around the world in observing an Orange Day to work for an end to violence against women and girls. This call comes from Say NO – UNiTE to End Violence against Women, a social mobilization platform on ending violence against women and girls that is related to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s campaign, UNiTE to End Violence against Women.
Share your ideas and ways your congregation observes Orange Days.
View young adult interns as they reflect on their commitment to end violence against women and girls.
How to schedule a seminar
Amid the restless spirits and often-tough diplomacy of the United Nations, the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations helps inspire, equip and connect Presbyterians for ministry as faithful disciples of Jesus in the global community. We educate with the hope of helping individuals live out God’s call in Christ to live with compassion, seek peace, and pursue justice wherever they go.
Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations
The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations represents the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) at the United Nations. Staff members help inspire, equip and connect Presbyterians for ministry as faithful disciples of Jesus in the global community. The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations helps Presbyterians witness to the nations of the world, in the name of Jesus Christ, based on the policies of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assemblies to the United Nations. Through the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, the church responds to Christ’s call to bring good news to the poor, proclaim release to the captives and to let the oppressed go free. The church lives out the reality that “God sends the church in the power of the Holy Spirit to share with Christ in establishing God's just, peaceable, and loving rule in the world." (Book of Order, G-3.0300)
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is Jonathan Randal a member of the Presbyterian Church?
Hi Don, My understanding is that someone from our funds development office has contacted you. Please let me know if that is not the case. Mark
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