As summer begins in New York, the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations enjoyed a busy week.
On May 22, Mark Koenig, director, preached at the Church of Reconciliation in Chapel Hill. Matt Cowell, Young Adult Volunteer, talked about his work with a youth group from the Presbyterian Community Church of Massapequa.
Nick Gallagher began his service as a summer volunteer intern on May 23. Nick hails from Appalachian State University.
Rabbi Arik Ascherman, president of Rabbis for Human Rights, spoke to the Israel-Palestine Working Group and interested Presbyterians in our conference room on May 24.
Benjamin Jacuk, a field education student from Princeton Theological Seminary, Matt, and Nick led the Thursday morning chapel service at the Church Center for the United Nations.
Ryan Smith, Presbyterian representative to the United Nations, represented the ministry, Ecumenical Women, and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) at the Requiem Eucharist for the Rev. Joan Fraser Grimm. One of the first women ordained in the Episcopal Church, Joan was a fierce advocate for women’s rights and a wonderful colleague in Ecumenical Women.
While we are not quite in the “all General Assembly, all the time” mode, Ryan and Mark spent significant time this week preparing for the 222nd General Assembly (2016).
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