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“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” —Ps. 23:1

Wednesday, October 14

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Presbytery of Long Island

New York

Anna Folz taking part in an Orange Day call for an end to violence against women and girls Photo by Ricky Velez-Negron

 

Anna Folz taking part in an Orange Day call for an end to violence against women and girls

 

Photo by Ricky Velez-Negron

 

Congregations and leaders in the Presbytery of Long Island have developed a close relationship with the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations. Peacemakers from our congregations in Westhampton, Setauket, and Smithtown worked with UN ministry director Mark Koenig to design seminars where our congregants would meet with invited speakers from the UN community. Together, we explored the topics of Israeli-Palestinian conflict, empowering women in the developing world, and how Presbyterians interact with the UN community.

In one of these seminars, Lopa Banerjee, chief of the UN Women Civil Society Section, described how developing countries work to meet UN Millennium Development Goals, which focus on eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, implementing universal primary education, and addressing HIV/AIDS and malaria. She spoke also about working for a stand-alone goal focused on achieving gender equality, women’s rights, and women’s empowerment.

I was blessed this past year with the opportunity to serve as a summer intern at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations. I learned how the ministry helps Presbyterians witness to the world community in the name of Jesus Christ. Interns not only attend high-level meetings held by UN bodies but also participate in major events within the UN community and organize Presbyterian participation in these events. I helped provide resources to congregations and other church bodies observing World Water Day, Orange Days (with UNiTE to End Violence against Women), and other UN events bearing witness to the love of Jesus for the nations of the world.

—Anna Folz: member, Setauket Presbyterian Church; intern, Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations

Let us join in prayer for:

Presbytery Staff

Mark A. Tammen, general presbyter and stated clerk
Lorna J. Lisa, office administrator and assistant to the stated clerk
Patrick Knight, treasurer
Marion Argueta, bookkeeper and assistant treasurer

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Robin Rueff, PMA
Tim Ruff, PMA

Let us pray

Dear Lord, may we respond to your call, taking the gospel into the entire world. Help us to bear witness to your love as we move and do your work throughout the global community. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 15; 147:1-11
First Reading Jeremiah 37:3-21
Second Reading 1 Corinthians 14:13-25
Gospel Reading Matthew 10:24-33
Evening Psalms 48; 4

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