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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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May 29, 2014

29 May - International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers

International Day of UN Peacekeepers banner

"United Nations peacekeeping is modernizing to ensure that it can tackle tomorrow’s peace and security challenges. It is deploying new technologies such as unarmed, unmanned aerial vehicles, refining its practices to better protect civilians, and boosting the representation of women among its ranks while strengthening its partnerships with regional organizations. The United Nations is improving logistics and administrative practices, strengthening infrastructure and taking other steps to harness the power of our personnel. Our goal is to ensure that peacekeeping is a cost effective, valuable investment that brings enormous benefits and, above all, saves lives."

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May 29, 2014

#CTSatUN visits the UN

Yesterday's class for #CTSatUN involved a visit to the United Nations.

CTS class at UN

May 28, 2014

A Brave and Startling Truth

The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations joins with the chorus around the world in remembering Maya Angelou.  We remember her through her courage and triumph and through her work for a greater good. Below is a poem Angelou adapted from the UN Charter on the 50th Anniversary of the United Nations.

A Brave and Startling Truth - Maya Angelou

We, this people, on a small and lonely planet
Traveling through casual space 
Past aloof stars, across the way of indifferent suns 
To a destination where all signs tell us 
It is possible and imperative that we learn 
A brave ...

May 22, 2014


By Catherine Warren

This week the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations began hosting a two week seminar in conjunction with Columbia Theological Seminary (Decatur, GA). The class titled, “Israel, Palestine and the Future of the Middle East” is taught by Mark Douglas, professor at CTS, and our director Mark Koenig.

In the first three days, the class has heard from several different perspectives on several different issues. On Monday, after arrival and introductions, the class learned about the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations and heard a brief history of Israel and Palestine. The class also heard from Doris ...

May 20, 2014

Neighbor and Neighborhood: A dialogue of the Sikh Coalition and the PC(USA)

The Sikh Coalition, Presbyterian Men in the Presbytery of New York City, the Church of the Covenant, Rutgers Presbyterian Church, West-Park Presbyterian Church, the Committee on Witness to Society and the World in the Presbytery of New York City, and the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s Office of Interfaith Relations and Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations joined in a unique partnership to offer three dialogue events over the weekend of February 1 and 2, marking World Interfaith Harmony Week. The Sikh Coalition created a video about the dialogue experience:


Contact Christine Hong if you would like information about hosting a ...

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