Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) Blogs

Swords Into Plowshares

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

Elder abuse or violence against older persons?

by Willa Van Camp and Amelie Clemot On June 15, a panel discussion was held on Elder Abuse vs. Violence against Older Persons. Sponsored by the Group of Friends for Older Persons, the panel included permanent representatives of member state missions to the UN and representatives of UN programs and non-governmental organizations. The panelists discussed the… Read more »

World Refugee Day

by Nathan Jumper The United Nations General Assembly has designated June 20 as World Refugee Day. This day is set aside in order to remember the massive numbers of people who are forcibly removed from their homes everyday. The Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has issued a call for… Read more »

End sexual violence in armed conflict

by Sarah Hoyle, Willa Van Camp, Amelie Clemot The General Assembly of the UN met today and named June 19th as the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict. Many representatives spoke to reiterate the fact that this day should stand out from the others as a rallying cry to end… Read more »

Act now: human rights of Palestinian children

From our partners in the Presbyterian Office of Public Witness: Every year, hundreds of Palestinian children—some as young as 12 years old—are detained and arrested in an Israeli military detention system where ill treatment and abuse are widespread.   Many are taken from their families in night raids, held without charges or due process, and… Read more »

Making It Work

by Sarah Hoyle On June 10, a side event to the 8th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities featured a presentation about the Making it Work initiative. This initiative was begun in partnership with countries around the world that had developed best practices to prevent violence… Read more »

Opportunities for empowerment and inclusion

by Madeline Bacchus On June 10, a side event to the 8th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities featured a panel on Arab youth with disabilities and the opportunities of empowerment and inclusion they have. The panel addressed cases from Palestine, Syria and Morocco.  Among… Read more »

Teo Ufford-Chase – summer 2015 intern

by Teo Ufford-Chase Hey all! My name is Teo Ufford-Chase and I am the latest intern to join the team at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations. I am a rising junior studying politics and economics at Eckerd College. This is actually my second time working as an intern here; the first was back… Read more »

PC(USA) Disability Inclusion Sunday 2015

Better Together: Transformed by God’s Variety of Gifts From our partners in the Presbyterians for Disability Concerns Network of the Presbyterian Health, Education and Welfare Association (PHEWA): Whether your congregation or worshiping community celebrates Disability Inclusion Sunday on June 14, 2015, the date designated in the Presbyterian calendar, or at some other time (or times),… Read more »

Parties meet on Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Presbyterian Disability Inclusion Sunday – June 14, 2015 The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has designated June 14 as Disability Inclusion Sunday. This week also brings a focus on people living with disabilities in the United Nations community. The 8th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities… Read more »