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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 29, 2012

Call to Prayer and fasting with CCAP

Presbyterian World Mission encourages all PC(USA) members to engage in prayer and fasting November 17 and 18, 2012, in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) in a time of difficulties in that church. The CCAP has five synods spanning Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The CCAP has not held a General Assembly since 2007 for a number of reasons. This dysfunction has been a matter of concern for many.

Presbyterian World Mission encourages all Presbyterians to uphold the CCAP in prayer on Saturday and Sunday November 17 and 18, 2012. Pray for ...


October 25, 2012

A revolutionary idea

Mamie Broadhurst and German Zarate“There is nothing more revolutionary than the idea ‘love your neighbor!’' Germán Zárate reminded the group who gathered at the Church Center for the United Nations on October 23, 2012. Germán, Director of the Diaconal of the Iglesia Presbiteriana de Colombia and the Rev. Mamie Broadhurst, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) mission co-worker in Colombia, spoke about the ministry of the church in Colombia.

The Iglesia Presbiteriana de Colombia, supported by U.S.-based partners, ministers to our sisters and brothers who have been displaced in Colombia. This ministry involves working to address the human rights crisis ...


October 23, 2012

ECPAT-USA: Buy Art Not Kids is a huge success

The Presbyterian Human Trafficking Roundtable joined our partners at ECPAT-USA at ECPAT-USA’s second annual fundraising event “Buy Art Not Kids” event last night.  I was glad to join Tony De La Rosa- Interim Executive Presbyter of the Presbytery of New York City, Lisa Anderson- Director, Women’s Multifaith Programs at Auburn Theological Seminary, Alpha Brown- Presbyterian Women of the Presbytery of New York City and others in celebrating art and ECPAT-USA’s work.

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) joined ECPAT by sponsoring this event. To learn more about PC(USA) work on human trafficking, please visit the Human ...


October 23, 2012

Presbyterian Women celebrate UN Day in the Presbytery of Monmouth

O God, who formed creation and made each living thing,
We’ve seen the devastation that war and conflict bring.
We long to stop the violence and end the scourge of war;
We yearn for peace and justice, now and forevermore.

Program cover for PW GatheringOn Saturday, October 20, the Presbyterian Women of the Presbytery of Monmouth held their gathering at the First Presbyterian Church of Belmar.

This particular gathering included a celebration, early, of the birth of the United Nations - United Nations Day.

Participants heard a report on the 2012 Churchwide Gathering and had ...


October 22, 2012

To build a better world for all: United Nations Day 2012

On United Nations Day - October 24, 2012 - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon challenges the peoples and nations of the world to "reaffirm our individual commitment and our collective resolve to live up to the ideals of the United Nations Charter and build a better world for all."

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