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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


Date:  Saturday, August 3rd

Time:  10:00 a.m.—11:30  a.m.

Location: Galt House, Grand Ballroom A


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July 16, 2012

Prayer requests from Sudan

Our church partners in the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (Republic of Sudan) request that, in God’s name, we pray for:

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March 18, 2012

All children of God

Marsha Landrith (right) and St. James membersOn Sunday, March 4, Marsha Landrith, Presbyterian participant in the Commission on the Status of Women, preached at St. James Presbyterian Church in Harlem.

The sermon focused on Mark 8:28-38. Jesus and his disciples are on a journey on foot that will eventually land them in Jerusalem for what we know as Palm Sunday.

Marsha notes that, "From the beginning of his earthly ministry, almost everything Jesus said or did came to his disciples and the world around him as a complete surprise." This encounter proves no different.

In our reading from Mark this morning, just as the disciples ...

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August 18, 2011

WCC general secretary calls for urgent action in the Horn of Africa

The following release came from the general secretary of the World Council of Churches of which the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is a member.  The World Council of Churches requests donations go to ACT Alliance, a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) partner.  Another way to give is through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.

In comments to staff of the World Council of Churches (WCC) on 18 August, the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit expressed alarm at the “blocking and hindering of the food supply in famine-struck Somalia, with the effect that more and more people are dying. This interference with humanitarian ...

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June 30, 2011

The Big Tent is underway

The Presbyterian Peacemaking Conference is underway in Indianapolis.  Yesterday, we met with the Iraq Partnership Network and the Brazil Mission Network.


It is great to meet people doing amazing work for the church around the world!  Stay tuned to Facebook, Twitter and this blog for more updates from the Big Tent.

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May 31, 2011

Concerns for Christians in Egypt

We are again saddened to hear of religious discrimination in Egypt.  Today, we read of the burning of Coptic Churches.  We read: "I am feeling threatened, as does my community. I don't feel safe as a Christian at home,” from a 25 year old pharmacist.

Since the riots in Egypt have started, we continue to see an increase in violence against the Christian minorities throughout the country.  To read about the most recent struggles, please click here.

The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations continues to work with the United Nations community to promote religious freedoms around the world ...

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November 4, 2010

Concern expressed over killings at Iraqi church

A number of groups and individuals have expressed concern over the October 31, 2010 attack on the Sayyidat Al-Najat Church (Our Lady of Salvation Church) in Baghdad. Among them are: Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) leadership The World Council of Churches A...

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July 17, 2010

July 18, 2010, pray with the people of Sudan

The churches in Sudan will pray for their country and its future on July 18, 2010 for the upcoming January 2011 referendum. Will you join them? Will you invite others to pray? Here is a prayer to use or adapt:...

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May 3, 2010

Women for peace

In its strategy to serve the church and help build up women's ministry in the church, and also in response to the need of the church in Iraq, the Near East School of Theology held its third event with Presbyterians...

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September 13, 2009

Pray for the people of Sambarial

Pakistani partners of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) request prayer following the burning of a church in Sambarial. Some thirty Christian families are reported to have fled in fear. It is reported that the burning took place after an alleged desecration...

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February 19, 2009

Three Islands, Three Countries

By Nancy Eng MacNeill An island of 7 million people, Hong Kong reminds me of being in San Francisco. The streets are busy and wind ascending hills among tall skyscrapers. Entering Hong Kong you can sense the vibrancy of the...

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