Wednesday, October 14
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Presbytery of Long Island
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:
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
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.