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Seminar Geared for Western U.S. Presbyterians

Date 04 May 1996 16:07:48


          Seminar Geared for Western U.S. Presbyterians 
        to be Held at Presbyterian United Nations Office 
                         By Julian Shipp 
NEW YORK, N.Y.--As part of its "Discover the Vision" seminar program, the 
Presbyterian United Nations Office will sponsor a May 15-17 seminar for 
Presbyterians from the synods of the Pacific, Alaska-Northwest, the Rocky 
Mountains, Southern California and Hawaii, and the Southwest.  Seminar 
topics will draw from recent U.N. events. 
     In the past few years, the United Nations has experienced much change 
and has taken its work to new dimensions. World conferences such as the 
Social Summit in Copenhagen (March 1995) and the Women's Conference in 
Beijing (September 1995) have brought new dynamics to the work of the U.N., 
and non-governmental organizations such as the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) 
have played an active role in shaping programs and agendas of these U.N. 
     Concurrent with these developments have been such U.N. peacekeeping 
missions as those in Haiti and Bosnia, as well as the United Nations' 
continuing budget crisis. 
     The Presbyterian U.N. office seminar, designed specifically for 
Presbyterians from the western U.S., will examine some of these issues and 
the challenges they pose. 
     Participants will hear briefings from U.N. officials, church staff 
people and others. Speakers will focus on various topics, including the 
advancement of women, peacekeeping, the state of the world's refugees and 
the land mine situation.  The history and future of the relationship 
between the Presbyterian Church and the United Nations will also be 
     The registration fee is $120 and includes most meals, briefings, 
resources, and a tour of the United Nations. For those requiring lodging, 
the accommodation fee is an additional $110.  Accommodation is in a 
two-person, nonsmoking suite at a midtown Manhattan hotel within walking 
distance of the United Nations. The registration deadline is April 22. 
     For additional information and a registration form, contact the 
Presbyterian United Nations Office at (212) 697-4568. 
     The Presbyterian U.N. Office is part of the Presbyterian Peacemaking 
Program and is funded by the annual Peacemaking Offering. 

For more information contact Presbyterian News Service
  Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Louisville, KY 40202
  phone 502-569-5504            fax 502-569-8073  
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