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Swords Into Plowshares

Reflections from the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations

The UN turns 70

On October 24, the United Nations turns 70. United Nations Day marks the anniversary of the ratification of the UN Charter that occurred in 1945.  The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has long supported the work of the United Nations. The 220th General Assembly (2012) voted to “Affirm the church’s historic support for the United Nations as an instrument of… Read more »

The Presbyterian Ministry at the UN welcomes our first YAV!

We welcome Matt Cowell, the first Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) to serve with the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations. Below is Matt’s first blog: Greetings to all!  My name is Matt Cowell and I am a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) serving in New York City at the Presbyterian Ministry at the… Read more »

Are you called to a ministry of accompaniment?

The Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) is a program coordinated by the World Council of Churches founded in response to a call from the local Heads of Churches in Jerusalem that brings internationals to Palestine and Israel. Ecumenical Accompaniers (EAs) live in the West Bank for a three month term and provide… Read more »


Our ministry had the opportunity to host a group of Young Adult Volunteers as part of their orientation process. Austen Zoutewelle, who will be serving in Austin, wrote a reflection on her experience: Today the group broke up into four groups, all going to see very different communities in the area. I was assigned to go to the… Read more »

We are Praying, We are Singing, We are Crying

Our ministry had the opportunity to host a group of Young Adult Volunteers as part of their orientation process. Elizabeth Heyer, who will be serving in Indianapolis, wrote a reflection on her experience: I was sent to the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations. Introductions were made and job details were shared. And a man… Read more »

Human Trafficking: The Church Responds

Join us on October 20, 2015 for a seminar on human trafficking and how the church is responding. The seminar will include presentations on:  What is human trafficking? Labor Trafficking with a speaker invited from the International Labour Organization Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children – ECPAT-USA Organizing to Address Human Trafficking – Ryan Smith, Presbyterian… Read more »

Free the 20 – Wang Yu, China

Day 1: Wang Yu, China Wang Yu  is a 44-year-old prisoner in the country where the historic 1995 Beijing Conference was held: China. Wang’s activism was sparked in 2008, when employees at a train station refused to let her board a train with her ticket. After demanding the right to board, Wang was assaulted by… Read more »

Free the 20

On September 1, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power launched the Free the 20 campaign to draw attention to the plight of women political prisoners and other prisoners of concern. Throughout September, the State Department will highlight 20 individual cases of women prisoners from around the world who are unjustly imprisoned, featuring one case per… Read more »

Human trafficking is in the news

Subway spokesman Jared Fogle has made news recently because he is under prosecution for having sex with multiple children. Some news stories have used prostitution language in their reports. The abuse is human trafficking. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has a long history of fighting human trafficking, including the commercial sexual exploitation of children. You can… Read more »

“We Are Forgotten”

Bishop Gassis and the people of Sudan’s Nuba Mountains by Sarah Hoyle If you are unaware of the tragic situation occurring in the Nuba Mountain Region of Sudan, you are not alone. This New York Times article is one of the only major reports to come out of the region in recent months, though the… Read more »