Advocacy Training Weekend 2015
April 17-20 in Washington, DC
“BREAKING THE CHAINS: MASS INCARCERATION AND SYSTEMS OF EXPLOITATION”
Make a New Year’s Resolution to take a stand against human rights violations. Join us, April 17-20, 2015 for Advocacy Training Weekend, as we explore the problems and solutions facing society today.
Observe World Interfaith Harmony Week
February 1-7, 2015
We live in an interfaith world. This brings challenges and opportunities. Many of us already engage in interfaith partnerships.
World Interfaith Harmony Week, the first week in February of each year, provides an opportunity for people of different faiths to seek fellowship, work together, and celebrate common concerns and values.
Different communities may observe World Interfaith Harmony Week in ways that are appropriate to their situation and relationships. It's a time to lift up existing partnerships and plan special events to highlight our interfaith relationships.
Ideas could include (but not be limited to) praying with people of all faiths for peace in the Middle East and around the world, dialogues, work to "green sacred spaces," or joint community projects.Explore the Interfaith Toolkit of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) for additional ideas and resources. Respectful Presence: An Understanding of Interfaith Prayer and Celebration from a Reformed Christian Perspective, adopted by the 209th General Assembly (1997) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), provides helpful insights.
World Interfaith Harmony Week is an opportunity to practice "respectful presence." As the 209th General Assembly (1997) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) states, " Respectful presence is a way to follow Jesus of Nazareth, who met with people of many cultures and religions even as he fulfilled the nature and purpose of his God-given mission. Our expectation is that the practice of respectful presence can enable Christians to have fruitful experiences of interfaith dialogue, celebration, or worship. At the same time, our expectation is that respectful presence with people of other faiths can lead Christians into a fuller understanding and experience of their own faith."
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
Holy Discontentment: Boycott! The Power of the Pocketbook to Create Social Change 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 for justice and peace, in the name of Jesus Christ, within the United Nations community based on the policies of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly. 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)
Hi Pal, Johnathan Randal is, as far as I know, not a member of the PC(USA). The NGO Working Group on Israel-Palestine sponsored an event with him because of the book he has written.
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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