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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 19, 2013

To serve humanity

by Marissa Costello

"My purpose is to serve humanity."
Malala Yousafzai

The International Day of Peace was established by the United Nations on September 21 and is observed with celebrations and different events that work toward of peace. This day reminds me that despite all the world's  conflicts, people can still contribute to peace through small actions.

Initiatives can be as simple as lighting a candle to pray for peace, to as big as standing up to the Taliban to fight for education like Malala Yousafzai. Malala Yousafzai is an amazing young woman who has fought to bring peace ...

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February 6, 2012

Tread Lightly for Lent

reprinted from Eco-Journey, the blog of our partners in the PC(USA) Environmental Ministries

Eco-Daily Lenten Calendar

As part of the season of Lent, Environmental Ministries is offering "Tread Lightly for Lent," a simple, daily calendar that encourages Presbyterians to reflect theologically about ecojustice and to take action on issues such as water, land, air, people, and other species. Each of the 40 days of Lent has a topic to think about, or do some movement towards, eco-justice. Resource can be used individually as well as in a congregational setting. To download this 2 page resource (if printed ...

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June 28, 2011

July 17 - International Justice Day

International Justice Day - July 17 - marks the birthday of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The Faith and Ethics Network of the International Criminal court suggests several ways congregations could observe this day:

• Discuss the importance of the ICC;

• Draw attention to ongoing atrocities where the ICC could make a difference.

Learn about the ICC.

• Encourage the United States to join and ratify the ICC.

The 211th General Assembly (1999) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) passed the following resolution supporting the creation of the ICC and encouraging the United States to sign on to and ratify the ICC:

  1. Commend ...

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March 30, 2010

Face the displaced: Days of Prayer and Action for Colombia

Barranquilla, Colombia Here's the ask: Participate in the Days of Prayer and Action for Colombia. This year's focus is on Colombians who are internally displaced. Here's the background: Those of us who have gathered to discuss the Colombia Accompaniment Program,...

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