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Swords Into Plowshares

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

Learn about conflict and sexual violence in east Congo

Our partners in World Mission are sponsoring a travel study seminar to the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo to look at issues related to conflict and sexual violence: A diverse team of 12 Presbyterians will journey to Goma, on the eastern border of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, on January 27, to… Read more »

The Holocaust and Human Dignity

The theme for the Holocaust remembrance and education activities in 2016, including the Holocaust Memorial Ceremony, is “The Holocaust and Human Dignity”. The theme links Holocaust remembrance with the founding principles of the United Nations and reaffirms faith in the dignity and worth of every person that is highlighted in the United Nations Charter, as… Read more »

March 8 – International Women’s Day

The 2016 theme for International Women’s Day is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”. The United Nations observance on 8 March will reflect on how to accelerate the 2030 Agenda, building momentum for the effective implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals. It will equally focus on new commitments under UN Women’s Step It Up… Read more »

Thanks be to God for Bob Smylie’s life

We give thanks for the life and witness, faith and service of the Rev. Robert F. Smylie, director emeritus of the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations. Bob, who served God and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) at the United Nations for almost 30 years, died on December 19, 2015. We pray for comfort and peace… Read more »

16 Days of Activism – Day 16: Human Rights Day

by Paul Olson The drafters of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights specified thirty articles: rights and freedoms essential for the achievement of dignified living for all people. These rights include civil, political, social and economic liberties. The declaration represents the belief that persons can only flourish if there rights and freedoms are respected. The… Read more »

International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime

by Paul Olson Dag Hammarskjöld used to invite people over to his house to listen to records of Johann Sebastian Bach. Considering all that Mr. Hammarskjöld had to do as the UN’s second General Secretary, this seems really odd. But today’s event began with the UNSRC orchestra playing Johann Sebastian Bach’s  “Air”. As the group… Read more »

16 Days of Activism – Day 15: Militarism and Priorities

by Robert Arrington According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), by 2015 in low and middle income countries, 100 million children, or 1 in 6, will not have completed primary school. Furthermore,UNICEF reports that half of children who are out-of-school are from countries that have been affected by conflict, with more than… Read more »

UN Human Rights Day observed December 10

from Gregg Brekke of the Presbyterian News Service Human Rights Day, observed each year on December 10, commemorates the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. This year’s Human Rights Day is devoted to the launch of a year-long campaign called “Our Rights. Our Freedoms. Always.” The campaign… Read more »

16 Days of Activism – Day 14: Domestic Violence

by Robert Arrington Today we draw attention to the issue of violence enacted on women and girls in the home. Domestic violence can occur against women and men, boys and girls. It is a huge problem and is often unreported and never adequately addressed. It can often have devastating effects on the children in the… Read more »

16 Days of Activism – Day 13: Cross-Cultural Vocational Training and Reducing Gender-Based Violence

by Paul Olson One strategy in the fight against gender-based violence is to bring women and girls from different cultures and age groups together in vocational and entrepreneurial training. UK Aid  is supporting the work of UNICEF by reaching out to Syrian and Lebanese girls and offering free workshops. The Syrian girls are refugees in… Read more »