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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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October 31, 2011

Launch of the International Year of Cooperatives

Today, the United Nations General Assembly will launch the International Year of the Cooperatives.  Mongolia has sponsored the resolution to designate 2012 as the International Year. 

Today, I join colleagues from the world governments and non-governmental organizations at this launch.  This afternoon, the former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown MP will join H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, President of the UN General Assembly, H.E. Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro, Deputy Secretary-General , Dame Pauline Green, Cooperative Representative and member states will join for the launch.

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will celebrate this year with the Presbyterian Ministry at the ...

October 28, 2011

Trick or Treat for UNICEF this weekend

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF logoWhat are you doing this weekend?

Be sure to spend part of your time taking part in some way in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF.

This program began in Philadelphia in 1950, the idea of Presbyterians Clyde and Mary Emma Allison who wondered "Why can't kids collect food for starving children?"

In the sixty years since those orange cartons (decorated milk cartons were first used) have been used by children and adults to raise almost $160 million dollars.

Those funds are used by UNICEF to provide food, medicine, and education to help children thrive.

By participating in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, Presbyterians ...

October 28, 2011

Learn about ministry in Nicaragua

In the New York City area?
Presbyterian mission co-workers Rev. Leslie Clay and Carl Agsten will speak about their ministry with CEPAD, the Council of Protestant Churches of Nicaragua.
When: November 2nd, 2011 from 12:00 noon until 2:00pm.
Where: 475 Interfaith Center, Clairmont Avenue, Suite 1600 in the Presbyterian Resource Room.   
RSVP to Elder Rosemarie Napoli by November 1.

This event is sponosored by the Council on Witness to Society and the World of the Presbytery of New York City.

October 26, 2011

Biblical Witness to Peacemaking for 2011-2012

The new 2011-2012 version of the popular Biblical Witness to Peacemaking is now available.  This list of daily scripture readings related to peacemaking themes can be used in church newsletters, weekly worship bulletins, church websites, or anywhere else to encourage Presbyterians to engage in scriptural study and reflection related to peacemaking. 

October 26, 2011

Christian leaders say yes to Palestine U.N. membership

From the Presbyterian News Service:


Leaders of four denominations, including the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s General Assembly Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons, have issued a statement backing the Palestinian Authority’s bid for membership in the United Nations.


U.N. membership for the Palestinians is deserved, the four leaders say, “not only on the basis of international law and basic fairness … but to preserve a multi-religious holy land that includes Christian Palestinians.


In addition to Parsons, the statement was signed by the Rev. Geoffrey Black of the United Church of Christ, the Rev. Sharon Watkins of the Christian Church ...

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