Human Rights Day - December 10
Presbyterians join the international community to celebrate Human Rights Day every year on December 10. This commemorates the adoption of Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. For followers of Jesus, our commitment to universal human rights begins in the affirmation that all people are made in God’s image with inherent worth and dignity. The biblical concepts of justice, freedom, peace, and security further ground our commitment. General Assemblies of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and its predecessor denominations have repeatedly affirmed support for human rights and for international efforts to enshrine and protect those rights. Find liturgical and action resources to observe Human Rights Day.
Israel, Palestine and the Future of the Middle East
May Term Doctor of ministry course (May 19-30, 2014)
Every two years, the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations and Columbia Theological Seminary hold a Doctor of Ministry Course on a topic of importance for the world and faith communities. This year’s course will examine “Israel, Palestine, and the Future of the Middle East".
During this two-week course at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, students will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from United Nations programs and, hopefully, the Missions of Israel and Palestine, to talk with persons from various non-governmental organizations working in the area, to hear from Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) church partners in Israel and Palestine, to study and share in conversations with each other, and to enjoy the benefits of New York City.
The course flyer contains more information.
Download the course application.
- During a recent visit to the United States, Dr. Mary Mikhael of the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon shared information about the Syrian crisis and its effects on our partners and the citizens of Syria. Watch a series of videos from an interview with Dr. Mikhael to learn more about the crisis and ways you can respond.
- View the webinar on Syria from September 10, 2013. The webinar's panelists included Rev. Adeeb Awad, Pastor and Vice-Moderator of the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon; Rev. Dr. Riad Jarjour, President of the Forum for Development, Culture and Dialogue and Pastor in National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon; Rev. Roula Alkhouri, Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Batavia, New York; Rev. Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.); and Amgad Beblawi, World Mission Area Coordinator for the Middle East.
- Support the PC(USA)’s partnership with the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon.
- Give now to support the collaborative efforts of the Peacemaking Program and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) in PDA’s ongoing humanitarian response to the crisis in Syria.
- The PC(USA) Office of Public Witness has issued an Action Alert on Syria to oppose military action.
- More than 26,100 Gift of the Heart school kits have been sent to provide some of the basic supplies needed for children in refugee camps. Learn how to make the kits.
Displaced by Violence, the People of South sudan need our help
- We are called to serve the survivors of the violence in Jonglei State through prayer, action and support. Will you stand in the GAP (Give/Act/Pray) and share your financial blessings so the healing can begin? Give to DR 000042-South Sudan
- Learn more about the situation in South Sudan through World Mission’s South Sudan website and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations’ “Swords into Plowshares” blog.
- Write to your members of Congress and the Secretary of State to advocate for peace in Jonglei State. The Office of Public Witness offers further resources.
- Join the Sudan Advocacy Action Forum to advocate for peace and justice in Sudan and South Sudan.
- Pray for healing for the people of South Sudan, that they may recover from trauma, break the cycle of violence, and promote reconciliation and peacebuilding.
- Pray that the Government of South Sudan will be able to put an end to the violence in Jonglei State, enabling survivors to return to their homes.
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)
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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