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CSW 2009 is right around the corner, and Ecumenical Women is working hard to put together our Orientation, Training, and Dinners for this year! 

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The National Council of Churches is currently seeking applications for the Young Women’s Leadership Experience to be held February 27- March 4 in conjunction with the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the United Nations. This five day experience will provide orientation to the National Council of Churches, Ecumenical Women at the UN, the UN, and the 2009 CSW theme: The equal sharing of responsibilities between women and men, including care giving in the context of HIV/AIDS. As visitors to the UN-CSW, participants will get a small taste of the UN events as well as participate in exciting side-events at the Church Center for the United Nations (CCUN).

The application dead line is December 31, 2008,

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preached by Emily Davila, EW Chair, on the anniversary of World AIDS Day
Advent Lutheran Church, New York City

Like the shepherds so long ago, I must share with you what I saw.

Like the shepherds so long ago, I must share with you what I saw.

I woke up this morning on World AIDS Day with many emails in my inbox from around the world.   World AIDS Day (WAD) is a time of social networks, and we celebrate it in many ways – we post liturgy on websites, email, worship, remember, give money, wear ribbons.  Today is the day that we do these things all at once, all over the world.  By sitting here in these pews we are part of a chain of reflection and action.

AIDS is with us in the US, but from my work at the Lutheran Office for World Community, an office representing the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and Lutheran World Federation (LWF) at the United Nations, I have seen the immense and tragic effects of AIDS’s in countries that are poorer than ours.  Having traveled to far off places, like the shepherds sent on a mission that winter night, I feel I must tell you what I have seen, that among suffering I have felt awe.  This witness is what I am going to talk about today. Read the rest of this entry »

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