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Swords Into Plowshares

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Human Rights Day resources

About Human Rights Day What is Human Rights Day? What is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights? What has the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) said about human rights? Liturgical resources A pastoral prayer for Human Rights Day An Advent devotion for Human Rights Day A Minute for Mission for Human Rights Day You Have Made Us… Read more »

16 Days of Activism – Day 12: Advent Reflection

by Robert Arrington Today on the second Sunday of Advent, we consider the prophecy spoken by Zechariah in Luke 1:68-79:  “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked favorably on his people and redeemed them. He has raised up a mighty savior for us in the house of his servant David,as he spoke… Read more »

16 Days of Activism – Day 10: Why am I (a man) involved in ‘16 days of Activism’ regarding violence against girls?

by Paul Olson As a man I have become engaged in this work on violence against girls because I am a follower of Jesus Christ, and because Jesus Christ embodies the notion of compassion (meaning literally to ‘suffer with’). Henri Nouwen in his book “On Compassion” dismisses the notion of human ‘activism’, but reframes it… Read more »

We Choose Welcome at the Church Center for the United Nations!

Our Stated Clerk, the Reverend Gradye Parsons invited Presbyterians to take a selfie with a banner saying “We Choose Welcome,” responding to fear of Syrian refugees. This week, my colleagues at the Presbyterian Center in Louisville joined together in the chapel to choose welcome themselves. As I sat in my office in New York, across… Read more »

16 Days of Activism – Day 9: Photo Campaign

by Robert Arrington Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ) is hosting a photo campaign today at 1 pm aimed at spreading the word about stopping gender based violence. Even if you’re not able to physically attend the event, consider joining the campaign by snapping a photo of your own sign telling why you think Gender Based… Read more »

An invitation to “Choose Welcome”

reprinted from the blog of the Rev. Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly I can count on one hand the number of times I have spent Christmas in my own home as an adult. We have shared that day with grandparents and other family. In a pre-Amazon era, we hid presents among the… Read more »

16 Days of Activism – Day 7: World HIV AIDS Awareness Day

by Paul Olson On World AIDS Day, UNAIDS calls us to get on the fast track to end AIDS. Girls who live with a disability and who have been made vulnerable face more violence in schools than do girls who are not living with a disability. The same is true for children affected by HIV/AIDS…. Read more »

16 Days of Activism – Day 6: What Is a White Male to Do?

by Robert Arrington As a white, cisgender, heterosexual male, I do not have much first hand experience in undergoing oppression. At least in the United States, I am in the majority of most social categories, so I have been in a position of privilege for all of my life. Because of this, it can appear… Read more »