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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 8, 2014

Progress made, work to do, on children in armed conflict

by Max Hill

No child soldiers red handsLast week the Secretary-General released the annual report on Children and Armed Conflict. This report summarized all of the progress that has been made in terms of reducing the amount of children involved in situations of armed conflict, as well as highlighted areas where work still needs to be done. UN Special Representative on Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, stated that there are 23 situations around the world in which children are being used in armed conflict in some way.

The annual report named some specific groups and areas where clear violations of children’s rights ...

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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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June 21, 2012

War and peace in Afghanistan

Map of AfghanistanThe 219th General Assembly (2010) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) approved an overture “On the War in Afghanistan.”

Through this overture, the General Assembly directed that “materials appropriate for studying the effects of the present war in Afghanistan and of non-combative actions the United States might take in pursuit of the region’s stability, prosperity, and peace” should be made available to presbyteries and congregations. Such materials and resources include:

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June 27, 2011

Aid, Not War in Afghanistan: An Open Letter From Religious Leaders to President Obama

The Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Rev. Gradye Parsons, joined other religious leaders in sending an open letter to President Obama calling for “aid, not war, in Afghanistan.”

The letter begins:

As your target date to begin U.S. troop withdrawals from Afghanistan approaches, we are compelled by the prophetic vision of just peace to speak. We represent a diversity of faith communities — ranging from just war to pacifist traditions. As leaders of these communities, some of us initially supported the war in Afghanistan as a justified response to the September 11, 2001 attacks on ...

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May 3, 2011

PC(USA) resources related to issues raised by the death of Osama bin Laden

The death of Osama bin Laden raises many issues for prayer, study, discussion, and reflection. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has a number of resources available to use at this time. Among them are the Resolution on Violence, Religion and Terrorism...

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April 5, 2011

The Conflict Monitors - Afghanistan and Pakistan

From the Human Security Report Project The Conflict Monitors provide concise and current information on peace and security issues in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Each Monitor contains news, research, and data. The Conflict Monitors also provide interactive charts and maps illustrating...

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November 21, 2010

Children and Armed Conflict

Children and Armed Conflict From the statement for Universal Children's Day by Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General Radhika Coomaraswamy and Under-Secretary-General Alain Le Roy: November 20 is Universal Children’s Day, a day to celebrate youth and to demonstrate...

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September 26, 2010

Reconciliation is ‘compulsion’ for Pakistani religious leader

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Reconciliation is ‘compulsion’ for Pakistani religious leader. International Peacemaker "Bishop Mano Rumalshah is bishop emeritus of the Church of Pakistan’s Diocese of Peshawar, in the deeply troubled territory of western Pakistan that...

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August 9, 2010

A prayer on the killing of aid workers in Afghanistan

God of mercy, we come to you in shock, for those who extended aid, those who offered healing, those who provided care, have been met with violence and death. We grieve for those who were killed in Afghanistan. Our minds...

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July 23, 2010

I pray for peace . . . Triennium Day 4

Today marked the final day in the exhibit hall at the Presbyterian Youth Triennium. Participants stopped by the booth of the Presbyterian United Nations Ministry, the Office on Child Advocacy, and the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program and added their prayers to...

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July 23, 2010

I pray for peace (Triennium, Day 3)

There was a steady flow of people in the exhibit hall of the Presbyterian Youth Triennium today. Many participants stopped by the booth of the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, the Office on Child Advocacy, and the Presbyterian Peacemaking...

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July 22, 2010

I pray for peace (Triennium, Day 2)

The exhibit was only open for an hour at the Presbyterian Youth Triennium today. But the hall was packed. Many participants stopped by the booth of the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, the Office on Child Advocacy, and the...

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July 20, 2010

I pray for peace in . . .

The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, the Child Advocacy Office, and the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program invited participants at the Presbyterian Youth Triennium to finish that simple statement by writing on a ribbon about eight inches in length and 5/8...

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June 4, 2010

The Wounds of War: The Church as a Healing Community

From Presbyterians for Disability Concerns Disability Access/Inclusion Sunday June 27, 2010 Find worship resources. Is the church ready? Are we prepared to be a community of healing for those who are living now, and will be living for many years,...

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April 29, 2010

Learn about UN peacekeeping operations

Learn about United Nations peacekeeping operations around the globe. UN peacekeeping is the second largest deployment of troops around the world, with 17 peacekeeping operations from Haiti to Afghanistan, Iraq to Timor-Leste. This new site is designed to show how...

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March 11, 2010

Support the Stop Outsourcing Security Act

Contact your Members of Congress to phase out the use of private military contractors. From the March 11, 2010 issue of Witness in Washington Weekly (not yet posted but sent in email.)The 218th General Assembly (2008) of the Presbyterian Church...

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November 19, 2009

Pray for peace - November 22

This week Spiritual Nurture for Peacemakers includes a prayer for Christ the King or the Reign of Christ Sunday and a prayer for Afghanistan. These prayers may be used in individual devotions or corporate worship.

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September 22, 2009

Observing the International Day of Peace

Here are some ways that people observed the International Day of Peace: The Iglesia Presbiteriana de Puerto Nuevo in San Juan, Puerto Rico held a service of dedication for a peace pole. Mediators Beyond Borders organized an event in the...

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December 24, 2008

On this night we gather

On this night bellies spasm with hunger winter seeps into the bones of people with no homes thoughts turn to Afghanistan, Zimbabwe and places between and beyond people plot violence children watch parents die of AIDS, wondering when their turn...

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October 24, 2008

Happy Birthday United Nations

Today, October 24 is United Nations Day. The Better World Campaign reminds us that, despite its challenges, flaw, and shortcomings, the United Nations plays a significant role in the lives of people around the world. Often the shortcomings are highlighted...

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