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Swords Into Plowshares

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

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 »

NO to Child Labour—Yes to Quality Education

by Nathan Jumper The following statement was made in June 2014 and is attributable to the President of the General Assembly at the United Nations (UN): Each year on June 12, the United Nations family observes World Day Against Child Labour. 168 million children still engage in illegal forms of labour, mostly in the informal… Read more »

All God’s gifts

by Sarah HoyleThis is a version of the sermon Sarah preached at the Tillman Chapel, Church Center for the United Nations, on 5 June 2015. Saying grace before a meal is a funny thing in my family. I always like to volunteer to pray, because my dad will often draw it out with a “Blessed… Read more »

Healthy oceans, healthy planet

by Nathan Jumper Secretary General of the United Nations (UN) Ban Ki-moon recently made a statement on the importance of the world’s oceans to the post-2015 sustainable development goals. He remarked: Given how critical oceans are to the health of our planet and the prosperity of people, they are an essential element in our emerging… Read more »