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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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July 31, 2013

The Church on Race: A Dialogue

The Church on Race: A Dialogue
A Big Tent 2013 Event

Conversations on the past, present, and future of race relations in the Church and in society in light of the Florida vs. George Zimmerman verdict

FOLLOW THE EVENT LIVE ONLINE—http://ustre.am/12Hjh

Date:  Saturday, August 3rd

Time:  10:00 a.m.—11:30  a.m.

Location: Galt House, Grand Ballroom A

Panelists:


July 28, 2013

Let the bells of peace ring

The Annual Interfaith Peace Gathering
Commemorating The Hiroshima / Nagasaki Atomic Bombings

Monday, August 5, 2013

The Interchurch Center
475 Riverside Dr. (Entrance on Claremont Ave.)
@ W. 119th St. and W. 120th St.
New York City

3:00pm Family Program
Supported by New York Peace Film Festival

Japanese Style Storytelling (Kamishibai) with Mrs. Tomiko West, Hibakusha (Hiroshima survivor)
Origami Making Workshop

4:30pm Visit the Photo Exhibitions (On View from July 29 – August 5)

5:30pm Interfaith Peace Ceremony
With Special Guests:


July 28, 2013

Reflecting on Israel and Palestine

by Marissa Costello

There’s always a place for someone in New York City. New York City is the pure definition of what the term “melting pot” means. It’s known for its enclaves such as Chinatown and as you walk down the next few blocks, there is little Italy. In Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, locals call the neighborhood Beirut because of the recent influx of Arabic and Muslim families moving into the neighborhood. I sometimes wonder, if New Yorkers with so many differences can be said to coexist, why can’t the same be said for countries abroad?

Both peoples ...


July 28, 2013

A prayer for peace on the Korean Peninsula

Hyeyoung Lee and Kurt Esslinger, PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteer coordinators in Daejeon, Republic of Korea, offer this prayer for PC(USA) members to use during the the season of prayer called for by the statement on the Peace of the Korean Peninsula. It is posted here with their permission.

God of the universe, God of the nations,

The people of the Korean Peninsula are crying out,
They no longer wish to live in the shadow of war,
They no longer wish to have resources diverted from life toward death,
They no longer wish to live in fear of the ...


July 26, 2013

May God's Holy Spirit fall afresh on the Korean Peninsula

 by Onaje Crawford

Prayer service at Church Center for the Untied NationsToday, during the weekly chapel service at the Church Center for the United Nations, the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, along with the Mennonite Central Committee UN Office, and the United Methodist Women, honored the international effort to bring peace to the Korean Peninsula with scripture, song, and prayer. Together we petitioned God to lead the Korean Peninsula away from war and to bring reconciliation, peace, and unity so that the people can return to functioning as one country after almost 70 years of division. Saturday marks the 60th anniversary of the Armistice ending the fighting ...

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