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Swords into Plowshares is the blog of the Peacemaking Program and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations of the Presbyterian Mission Agency of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

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January 28, 2015

World Interfaith Harmony Week 2015

We live in an interfaith world. This brings challenges and opportunities. Many of us already engage in interfaith partnerships.

World Interfaith Harmony Week, the first week in  February of each year, provides an opportunity for people of different faiths to seek fellowship, work together, and celebrate common concerns and values. 

Different communities may observe World Interfaith Harmony Week in ways that are appropriate to their situation and relationships. It's a time to lift up existing partnerships and plan special events to highlight our interfaith relationships.

Ideas could include (but not be limited to) praying with people of all faiths for peace in the Middle East and around the world, dialogues, work to "green sacred spaces,"  or joint community projects.Explore the Interfaith Toolkit of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) for additional ideas and resources. Respectful PresenceAn Understanding of Interfaith Prayer and Celebration from a Reformed Christian Perspective, adopted by the 209th General Assembly (1997) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), provides helpful insights.

Learn about events that are already planned for World Interfaith Harmony Week. Plan and register your event.

World Interfaith Harmony Week is an opportunity to practice "respectful presence." As the 209th General Assembly (1997) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) states, " Respectful presence is a way to follow Jesus of Nazareth, who met with people of many cultures and religions even as he fulfilled the nature and purpose of his God-given mission. Our expectation is that the practice of respectful presence can enable Christians to have fruitful experiences of interfaith dialogue, celebration, or worship. At the same time, our expectation is that respectful presence with people of other faiths can lead Christians into a fuller understanding and experience of their own faith."



Categories: Communities, Congregations, Diversity, Making Peace with the Earth, Prayer, U.N. General Assembly, Worship

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January 27, 2015

International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, 2015


The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations joins colleagues today recognizing the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.

In 2005 the UN General Assembly designated January 27—the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau—as the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. Through this commemoration, the UN system and member states of the UN honor the victims of the Nazi era and provide and develop educational programs to help prevent future genocides.

The theme for this year's observance is: “Liberty, Life and the Legacy of the Holocaust ...

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January 25, 2015

Follow the 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

Some 34 Presbyterians will gather to attend the 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women will meet from March 9-20, 2015 in New York. The Presbyterian presence is made possible because the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is an accredited non-governmental organization with the United Nations' Economic and Social Council. The Presbyterian delegation is recruited and supported through a partnership between Presbyterian Women in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Racial Ethnic & Women's Ministries/Presbyterian Women, and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations.

This session of the Commission will focus on the Beijing Declaration and ...

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January 7, 2015

Security Council Press Statement on terrorist attack on French newspaper

The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations issued a letter expressing our prayer and condolences to Ambassador Delattre.

The Security Council issued the following press statement regarding today's attack in France:

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the barbaric and cowardly terrorist attack against the headquarters of French newspaper Charlie Hebdo, in Paris, France, on 7 January 2015, causing numerous deaths among journalists, media professionals and associated personnel as well as of two policemen.

The members of the Security Council strongly condemned this intolerable terrorist act targeting journalists and a newspaper.

The members of ...

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December 10, 2014

Wednesday, December 10: The Human Rights of Women 

The United Nations has designated November 25 as the International Day to Eliminate Violence Against WomenThe 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaignlasts from November 25 to December 10, Human Rights Day, chosen to emphasize that violence against women is a violation of human rights. The theme for this year's campaign set is "From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Gender-Based Violence!" The UNiTE Campaign and UN Women offer suggestions to mark each day of the 16 Days of Activism.

Wednesday, December 10: The Human Rights of ...

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