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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.).

Seeking peace. Striving for justice. Together.

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December 30, 2011

Statement by Presbyterian Church of Sudan on violence in Jonglei State

Our partners in the Presbyterian Church of Sudan have issued the following statement regarding the violence happening in Jonglei State of South Sudan:

It is bad news  that PCOS Congregations such as Lou Nuer and Murle are killing themselves all the time through cattle raiding. This situation in Jonglei State displeases the Head office of the Presbyterian Church of Sudan, the Nation of South Sudan and the Whole world. We call the Lou Nuer and the Murle to lay down their arms and stop the current attacks.  We ask the Government of the Republic of South Sudan and the UN ...

December 29, 2011

The last seminar of 2011

Conversation around tables at Missouri Union Presbytery seminarThirteen individuals came from Missouri Union Presbytery for the final seminar of the year at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations. Meeting on December 12 and 13, the group explored issues related to the changes in the Arab world referred to as the Arab Spring or Arab Awakening.

Speakers (many present through the technology of Skype) included:

Amgad Beblawi, PC(USA) area coordinator for the Middle East, Europe, and Central Asia, addressed impacts of the Arab Awakening on churches.

Roger Powers, pastor of Light Street Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, MD, spoke about the role of nonviolence in the Arab ...

December 29, 2011

Sharing hopes

Hug-a-Planet with hopes on Post-it-NotesEach Thursday, the community gathers for worship at the Church Center for the United Nations. Different groups take turns leading in proclamation and prayer.

On Thursday, December 14, the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations had the privilege to provide leadership. The service focused on inviting participants to share their hopes for the world during Advent.

Peng Leong (who took the accompanying picture), Ricky Velez-Negron, and Ryan Smith led the service.

The question posed that day remains, as a follower of Jesus Christ - what are your hopes for the world and its people?

December 27, 2011

Urgent prayer request for Jonglei State, South Sudan

Here's a December 30 update from the BBC:

The United Nations has moved a battalion of combat troops to the South Sudanese town of Pibor to prevent an attack by the Lou Nuer ethnic group.

Our sisters and brothers in Jonglei State in South Sudan stand in urgent need of prayer.

The United Nations News Centre offers this report:

The United Nations today urged South Sudan to take all necessary measures to protect civilians in Jonglei State after reports identified thousands of armed youth preparing to attack a rival community.

“I am deeply concerned to learn of reports of ...

December 26, 2011

Toward a More Humane Future - Article 3

Toward a More Humane Future is a devotional study on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for use by individuals or groups.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 3

Everyone has a right to life, liberty, and security of person.


Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an everlasting stream.

Amos 5:24

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.  Let your gentleness be known to everyone.  The Lord is near.  Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And ...

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