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Swords Into Plowshares

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

Oceans of Misery: Remembering the Transatlantic Slave Trade

by Paul Olson In 1787 William Wilberforce headed a parliamentary campaign against the British slave trade. 20 years later, the Slave Trade Act of 1807 was passed, effectively ending one of the darkest chapters in human history. But between the 16th and 19th centuries, an estimated 10-12 million Africans had already entered the Americas via… Read more »

Red hands at work: the consensus grows

by Robert Arrington Since September 1, 2015, two member states, Kiribati and the Bahamas, ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict. Kiribati ratified on September 16, declaring, “… the Republic of Kiribati has no national armed forces, and a declaration as… Read more »

Robert Arrington – Princeton field education student – 2015-16

by Robert Arrington  Hello, my name is Robert Arrington, and I am working this year as an intern at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations. I am currently in my third and final year at Princeton Theological Seminary in the Master of Divinity program. I am very eager to participate in the Ministry’s advocacy… Read more »

Paul Olson – Princeton field education student – 2015-16

by Paul Olson Hi, my name is Paul Olson. I am serving as an academic-year intern to the Presbyterian Ministry at the United nations. I am a second-year masters student at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ where I live with my wife and four children.  I grew up in a small town in Minnesota, played sports,… Read more »

Work for gender justice

Apply to be part of the Presbyterian delegation at the UN Commission on the Status of Women Presbyterians will join our Ecumenical Women partners to advocate for justice for women at the 60th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. The 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women will… Read more »

A just and lasting peace for South Sudan

“The needs of the people must take priority over the interests of the powerful.” And what the people of South Sudan need is a just and lasting peace. That’s the message shared in the UN community by the Rt. Rev. Peter Gai, moderator of the Presbyterian Church in South Sudan and Sudan.  The Rev. Gai… Read more »

YAV attends UN General Assembly

Matt Cowell, our YAV attended his first UN General Assembly this week. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is accredited to the United Nations and through the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations advocates and engages the United Nations. Read his blog below:   Greetings from the United Nations!  The General Debate of the seventieth session of… Read more »

Prayer After the Shooting at Umpqua Community College

It happened again today.  This was the 45th shooting at a school in 2015, and the 142nd shooting since Sandy Hook.   As we – the congregations and members of the Presbyterian Church (USA) –  prepare to gather around a wide table this World Communion Sunday and to receive the Peace and Global Witness Offering, may… Read more »

Declaration of Leaders’ Summit on Peacekeeping

During the UN General Assembly meetings, world leaders gathered for a summit on international peacekeeping. Below is the declaration from 43 United Nations member states:   Declaration of Leaders’ Summit on Peacekeeping The Governments of Armenia, Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ethiopia, Finland, Fiji, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, India, Indonesia,… Read more »

The demand has never been greater

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that “the demand for peacekeeping has never been greater,” as leaders of more than 50 countries gathered today for a summit on United Nations peacekeeping operations. The summit provided an opportunity for the leaders to pledge new commitments and strengthen existing capabilities. President Barack Obama convened the summit. He concluded his remarks with… Read more »