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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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June 30, 2011

World Communion of Reformed Churches issues call for a week of prayer and advocacy for Sudan

World Communion of Reformed Churches
Message from the General Secretary
30 June 2011

In solidarity with the celebration of Southern Sudan’s Independence on July 9, we call on all WCRC member churches and area councils to pray for the people of Sudan between Sunday July 3 and Sunday July 10.  We are aware that many of you have been praying for years for peace in this troubled country and urge you to continue to do so.

We ask especially that worship services on Sunday July 3 and Sunday July 10 include times of prayer for a peaceful transition into ...

June 30, 2011

The Big Tent is underway

The Presbyterian Peacemaking Conference is underway in Indianapolis.  Yesterday, we met with the Iraq Partnership Network and the Brazil Mission Network.


It is great to meet people doing amazing work for the church around the world!  Stay tuned to Facebook, Twitter and this blog for more updates from the Big Tent.

June 28, 2011

The International Criminal Court

Although still not a member, the US is now an engaged participant in the International Criminal Court (ICC). Over the past year, the Obama administration has continued to send representatives to ICC meetings and make public statements backing the work of the Court. The US Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues also recently reaffirmed that the US respects the right of other nations to join the ICC, a statement intended to reverse perceptions internationally about lingering US hostility toward the ICC and those nations that choose to join it. In an unprecedented act of support for the ICC, the US joined ...

June 28, 2011

July 17 - International Justice Day

International Justice Day - July 17 - marks the birthday of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The Faith and Ethics Network of the International Criminal court suggests several ways congregations could observe this day:

• Discuss the importance of the ICC;

• Draw attention to ongoing atrocities where the ICC could make a difference.

Learn about the ICC.

• Encourage the United States to join and ratify the ICC.

The 211th General Assembly (1999) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) passed the following resolution supporting the creation of the ICC and encouraging the United States to sign on to and ratify the ICC:

  1. Commend ...

June 27, 2011

Aid, Not War in Afghanistan: An Open Letter From Religious Leaders to President Obama

The Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Rev. Gradye Parsons, joined other religious leaders in sending an open letter to President Obama calling for “aid, not war, in Afghanistan.”

The letter begins:

As your target date to begin U.S. troop withdrawals from Afghanistan approaches, we are compelled by the prophetic vision of just peace to speak. We represent a diversity of faith communities — ranging from just war to pacifist traditions. As leaders of these communities, some of us initially supported the war in Afghanistan as a justified response to the September 11, 2001 attacks on ...

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