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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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May 24, 2012

Mayan Renaissance

Postcard of screeningI attended my first film premiere during the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples.

Mayan Renaissance features Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Rigoberta Menchu Tum and shares 4000 years of Mayan wisdom and hisory. This powerful and inspiring film tells the story of the Mayan people: the rise and glory of the Mayan civilization; the arrival of the Spanish and 500 years of oppression and resistance; the efforts of the Mayans to regain their voice and shape their own future; the creation of an indigenous political party; Rigoberta Menchu's campaigns for President; the people's vision for the future; and ...


May 23, 2012

Red Hands continue their work

We just learned that in the past two months, Cote d'Ivoire, Malaysia, and Niger have ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in armed conflict.

The international consensus that children are children and not soldiers continues to grow.

Thanks be to all who have made Red Hands.
Thanks be to God!


May 17, 2012

Do one thing for diversity and inclusion

Can you do one thing for diversity and inclusion on May 21? What will it be?

In 2001, UNESCO adopted the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity and in December 2002, the UN General Assembly, in its resolution 57/249, declared May 21 to be the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.

The day provides us with an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to learn to live together better.

On the occasion of UN World Day for Cultural Diversity, UNESCO and the UN Alliance of Civilizations are sponsoring a global campaign ...


May 15, 2012

Palestinian prisoners, Israel agree to end of hunger strike

Here are a number of reports about the end of the hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners.  Thanks are in order for this development and for all who helped make it possible. Prayers are in order for those who have been on the hunger strike – for their health and wellbeing – for their nonviolent witness. Work is in order to recognize and respect the human rights of Palestinians. The effort to establish a just and durable peace for Palestinians and Israelis continues.


May 15, 2012

A call from the Madagascar Council of Churches

The Malagasy Christian Council of Churches (FFKM) released a declaration on the crisis in Madagascar. The PC(USA) works in partnership with the Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar (FJKM), which was formed by the union of three churches in 1968. The FJKM is a member of the Malagasy Christian Council of Churches. The following is the English translation of the declaration. Pray for the people of Madagascar.

Malagasy Christian Council of Churches (FFKM)
English Translation
May 12, 2012

May the grace and peace of God be with you.

After the numerous pleas to the churches within the Malagasy Christian ...

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