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Swords Into Plowshares

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

16 Days of Activism – Day 5: Advent and the Role of Mindful Teachers

by Paul Olson First Sunday of Advent Lectionary Readings: Jer 33:14-16, Ps. 25:1-10, 1 Thess. 3:9-13, Luke 21:25-36 On the first Sunday of advent, and on day 5 of the 16 day campaign to of activism against gender-based violence, we are reminded and instructed on the importance of teachers. One factor contributing to the violence against… Read more »

Observe World AIDS Day – December 1

December 1 is World AIDS Day. Here are ways to plan observances for the day Download the World AIDS Day packet by the Presbyterian AIDS Network Study Becoming an HIV and AIDS Competent Church: Prophetic Witness and Compassionate Action – a report and study guide Order The Changing Face of HIV/AIDS – a free video Find… Read more »

16 Days of Activism – Day 4: Let’s dream: What if we educated all our girls?

by Paul Olson Violence against girls in schools reduces the number of girls in school. Why is this important? Poverty, sickness, and sustainable development depends on education first. The Global Education First Initiative reports that if we educated our girls… ·      12 million children would be saved from stunted growth. ·      64% fewer early marriages… Read more »

16 Days of Activism – Day 3: School Related Gender-Based Violence

by Paul Olson While it is difficult to define the scale and scope of School Related Gender Based Violence (SRGBV), it is estimated that 246 million students experience SRGBV each year. Sexual violence against girls is extremely common and occurs while traveling to and from school, in the latrines, and during unsupervised play and results… Read more »

16 Days of Activism – Day 2: Thanksgiving

by Robert Arrington appy Thanksgiving! As we collectively give thanks to God and our families around the dinner table, let us take a moment to reflect on the many ways in which our lives have been positively impacted by others. Thanksgiving is an expression of our gratitude for the gifts others have given us, gifts… Read more »

16 Days of Activism: Orange the World against Gender-Based Violence

by Robert Arrington   Orange the World! Welcome to the first post of a daily series of sixteen that will be following the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign from November 25 through December 10. This year marks the 24th year of the campaign, coordinated by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership. 2015’s theme… Read more »

World Toilet Day

Photo and blog by Matt Cowell: Happy World Toilet Day!  Since 2013, the United Nations has set aside November 19 each year to shed light on the lack of sanitation that many people around the globe face every day.  Although many countries had commemorated this day in previous years, since 2013 the UN has used… Read more »

A prayer for Paris, Beirut, and Baghdad

God of mercy, whose presence sustains us in every circumstance,in the midst of unfolding violence and the aftermath of terror and loss, we seek the grounding power of your love and compassion.In these days of fearful danger and division, we need to believe somehow that your kindom of peace in which all nations and tribes and… Read more »

Our sisters and brothers on the run

Humanitarian crises such as the one in Syria do not have humanitarian solutions; they have political solutions. Almost 60 million men, women, and children displaced by crises around the world. Children make up over 50% of our displaced sisters and brothers. More than 4 million Syrians have become refugees since 2011. Over 7 million Syrians… Read more »

In ministry with the people of Madagascar: Dan and Elizabeth Turk

by Robert Arrington Today the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations had the opportunity to host Dan and Elizabeth Turk, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) mission co-workers serving in Madagascar since 1994 at the invitation of the Church for Jesus Christ of Madagascar (FJKM). They met with a group of us and shared what they have been… Read more »