Posts Categorized: Diversity

Do One Thing for cultural diversity

The United Nations has designated today as the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. God created human beings, a diverse family, to live together and to love one another as God loves us. This day, and every day, provides an opportunity to celebrate our God-given diversity. Here are 10 simple ideas from the United… Read more »

World Interfaith Harmony Week 2015

Observe World Interfaith Harmony Week We live in an interfaith world. This brings challenges and opportunities. Respectful Presence: An Understanding of Interfaith Prayer and Celebration from a Reformed Christian Perspective, a document commended to congregations and governing bodies of the…

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International Day for Tolerance – November 16

On the day of its fiftieth anniversary, 16 November 1995, UNESCO‘s Member States adopted a Declaration of Principles on Tolerance. Among other things, the Declaration affirms that tolerance is neither indulgence nor indifference. It is respect and appreciation of the rich variety of our world’s cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human…. Read more »

Equipping the Church for Ministry with God’s Diverse Family

Saturday morning, 30 June, brought Riverside Conversations (beside the Allegheny just above its confluence with the Monongehala) at the 220 General Assembly (2012) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The Riverside Conversations is a pre-assembly experience for commissioners and advisory delegates. Commissioners and advisory delegates will begin engaging the key issues before the General Assembly, encountering… Read more »

Do one thing for diversity and inclusion

Can you do one thing for diversity and inclusion on May 21? What will it be? In 2001, UNESCO adopted the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity and in December 2002, the UN General Assembly, in its resolution 57/249, declared May 21 to be the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. The day… Read more »

World Interfaith Harmony Week at the UN

by Andrew David Turner On February 7, the 66th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations celebrated the second annual World Interfaith Harmony Week (WIHW) with a full program of speakers and performances that underscored the significance of this year’s theme: “Common Ground for the Common Good.” The President of the General Assembly,… Read more »

World Interfaith Harmony Week Begins

World Interfaith Harmony Week begins tomorrow – February 1. The United Nations General Assembly designated the first week in February as World Interfaith Harmony Week. H.M. King Abdullah II of Jordan proposed the creation of the week. The week provides an opportunity for people of different faiths to seek fellowship, work together, and celebrate common… Read more »

Reflection on Youth Making a Difference seminar

  Aram Bae, Beatrice Terino, and Gaby Verdolini at the UN as part of the Youth Making a Difference Seminar Thanks to Beatrice Terino for sharing this reflection: I attended the UN trip as a member of the Brick Presbyterian Church. I had been told that I would meet with people from Israel who were… Read more »

Justice and Peace Links—Words Matter

Check out the current issue of Links: Words can hurt, words can heal, and words shape our realities, coloring the ways we experience the world. They are the tools we use to interpret our experiences, to relate to one another,…

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A prayer for Sudan after the Security Council visit

The UN Security Council visit to Africa, which included a trip to Sudan (and a cancelled trip to Abyei), has ended. Here’s a related prayer to use for the Season of Prayer leading up to the independence of South Sudan:…

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