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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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January 31, 2012

World Interfaith Harmony Week Begins

World Interfaith Harmony Week begins tomorrow - February 1.

The United Nations General Assembly designated the first week in February as World Interfaith Harmony Week. H.M. King Abdullah II of Jordan proposed the creation of the week. The week provides an opportunity for people of different faiths to seek fellowship, work together, and celebrate common concerns and values.

Different communities will observe World Interfaith Harmony Week in ways that are appropriate to their situation and relationships.

Ideas to observe the week could include (but not be limited to) praying with people of all faiths for peace in the Middle East ...

January 25, 2012

Egypt’s Revolutionary Year and the Church’s Response

From our partners in Presbyterian World Mission

A free webinar organized by Presbyterian World Mission
Wednesday, February 1

2–3 p.m. EST

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Much has changed in the Middle East over the past year. In fact, the revolutionary wave of demonstrations and protests that began in Tunisia and spread throughout the Arab world that began in December 2010 are still ongoing, resulting in sweeping governmental changes in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. In Egypt, Hosni Mubarak resigned in February 2011 after 18 days of massive protests, ending his 30-year presidency. Time magazine named “the protester” its Person of ...

January 24, 2012

International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust – 27 January

One and a half million Jewish children perished in the Holocaust – victims of persecution by the Nazis and their supporters.

January 20, 2012


Below is a statement that comes from the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan.


(Juba, 20 January 2012): United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, Ms. Lise Grande, confirmed today that more than 120,000 people affected by the recent violence in Jonglei State may need emergency assistance.

“The violence in Jonglei hasn’t stopped,” Ms. Grande said. “Only two weeks ago we launched a massive emergency operation to help 60,000 people. As a result of recent attacks, we now estimate that double that number will need help.”

Fighting between Lou Nuer and Murle communities escalated sharply in ...

January 19, 2012

Conversation about caring for creation

The participants in the conversation on caring for creationCongregations care for creation in a variety of ways:

Community Supported Agriculture projects
Bible Study
Energy Audits
Geo-thermal energy

Participants gathered for a conversation at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations identified these and other ways that congregations and faith communities can care faithfully for God's creation of which we are a part.

Representatives of five congregations took part: First Chinese Presbyterian Church, Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, Huguenot Memorial Church, Old Bergen Church, and the Presbyterian Church of the Mountain. Rebecca Barnes-Davies, associate for Environmental Ministries, joined the group as did the members of the ...

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