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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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April 30, 2012

Christians from Sudan visit UN community

Today, the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations hosted with Caritas Internationalis partners from the Diocese of El Obeid who spoke about their work in the Nuba Mountains region of Sudan.  A briefing with nongovernmental and governmental partners was hosted this afternoon followed by an appointment with a UN agency.

The partners brought the message forward for three advocacy priorities:

1)   Immediately cease all military operations, including aerial bombardment

2)   Allow safe and unhindered access for international humanitarian actors to all civilians and to provide prompt humanitarian assistance to all those in need

3)   Demand that all parties of the ...

April 24, 2012

Taking a stand against land grabbing

Today, I joined the Oakland Institute and other protestors outside of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.  We were outside the hotel because “nearly a thousand representatives of pension funds, university and foundation endowments, private equity firms, hedge funds and other high rollers have gathered together to figure how to make huge returns through grabbing land and water rights in the developing world.”

In our Food and Hunger Working Group statement issued in September 2011, we said:

The world food crisis is decades old, but now it is gravely worsening. Food prices have risen rapidly, reaching historically high ...

April 23, 2012

Call for prayer from Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) partners in Sudan

West Gereif Bible School and Sudanese Presbyterian Church destroyed in attack

by Judson Taylor
Communications Associate
World Mission
LOUISVILLE ― In addition to the continuation of serious inter-ethnic conflict in the newly formed Republic of South Sudan, increased tensions between the Republic of Sudan and South Sudan have led to fighting along the border, and now a global partner of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has seen its Bible school and church attacked and destroyed. According to the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SPEC), a group of individuals has demolished the West Gereif Bible School, a Presbyterian church, and two independent ...

April 23, 2012

World Week of Prayer for Peace in Palestine and Israel 2012

28 May - 3 June 2012
Pray, educate, and advocate for justice

The Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum (PIEF) of the World Council of Churches invites member churches, faith-based communities, and civil society organizations to join together in 2012 for a week of advocacy and action in support of an end to the illegal occupation of Palestine and a just peace for all in Palestine and Israel. Congregations and individuals around the globe who share the hope of justice shall unite during the week to take peaceful actions, together, to create a common international public witness.

During World Week for Peace 2012 ...

April 20, 2012

Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb Encourages Viewers to Watch "60 Minutes" This Sunday (22 April)

CBS News "60 Minutes" will be broadcasting a story about the shrinking population of the Palestinian Christians in the Holy Land this Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern time. The Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb and other Palestinian Christian leaders were interviewed as part of production for this news story.

Bob Simon reports on the slow exodus from the Holy Land of Palestinian Christians, who say life in the middle of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has become too difficult. Harry Radliffe is the producer.

For those of you who do not have access to CBS News in your ...

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