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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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August 30, 2012

A prayer for Nigeria

“No longer will violence be heard in your land, nor ruin or destruction within your borders, but you will call your walls Salvation and your gates Praise.”
- Isaiah 60:18
August 30, 2012

The world is over-armed and peace is under-funded

Below is an op-ed from United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.  Here, he states, "Massive military spending and new investments in modernizing nuclear weapons have left the world over-armed -- and peace under-funded."
August 27, 2012

How do you help tell our story?

Bulletin board with information about Presbyterian Ministry at the United NationsAt Wellshire Presbyterian Church in Denver this morning, I noticed the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations bulletin board. It includes a print out of our email newsletter, Discipleship in the Global Community, as well as other information about our work and the resources we provide.

Note the orange ribbon to mark 25 August - an Orange Day to say end violence against women and girls

How do you help tell our story?

August 26, 2012

Twice blessed

Mission Co-workers, Davidson Chifungo, PC(USA) StaffI give thanks for those who pray for the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations and for me. Each of the past two days included an event that reminded me of the power of those prayers.

Second blessing

Today, 26 August, I attended worship at Wellshire Presbyterian Church in Denver. I had the opportunity to speak briefly about the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations during the worship service. A potluck followed worship. There I spoke directly to a number of the members. Before either of those events took place, the Rev. Dr. Pattie Kitchen led the congregation in the ...

August 21, 2012

Orange Days: Say No – End Violence Against Women and Girls

Orange Day BannerOn the 25th of each month – join people around the world in observing an Orange Day to work and witness for an end to violence against women and girls. Read the most recent Orange Day stories.

One of the most widespread violations of human rights, violence against women and girls includes physical, sexual, psychological and economic abuse. It cuts across boundaries of age, race, culture, wealth and geography. It takes place in the home, on the streets, in schools and workplaces, in farm fields and refugee camps, and during conflicts and crises.

Violence against women and girls takes many ...

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