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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 20, 2013

To affirm and restore their sense of worth - ministry in the Republic of Korea

As the season of prayer for peace on the Korean Peninsula continues, the Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study Web page for July 20, 2013 focuses on ministry in South Korea:

One of the three major programs of the National Church Women’s Association (NCWA) of the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea (PROK) has encouraged us to mission movement. NCWA seeks to share its blessings with other Asian women just as the Durebang Center in Korea, also supported by the United Church of Christ in the U.S., has blessed them. The Durebang Center (My Sister’s Place) helps ...

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July 9, 2013

A season of prayer for peace on the Korean Peninsula

June 25th marked the beginning of the Korea War as understood in South Korea. Please join the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (PC(USA)) and the Presbyterian Church of Korea (PCK) in a season of prayer for peace, justice, and reconciliation on the Korean Peninsula from now until August 15th, the day Korea was liberated from the Japanese occupation of WWII.

Leaders from the PC(USA) and the PCK issued a statement on peace on the Korean Peninsula that calls members and friends of both churches to:

Pray for peace on the Korean Peninsula and to engage in a season ...

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May 2, 2013

A Joint Statement on the Peace of the Korean Peninsula


Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and Presbyterian Church of Korea

Presbyterians in the United States and Korea have a long history of shared mission as followers of Jesus Christ. Leaders of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Presbyterian Church of Korea gathered from April 17 – 19, 2013 to pray and think together about future directions our shared mission might take.

The mission consultation occurred at a time of increased tension on the Korean Peninsula. Out of a shared faith and concern, the gathered group wrote a joint statement on the peace of the Korean Peninsula.

While each communion ...

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September 26, 2012

A story from Homs, Syria

This story was provided by our partners in the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon during their visit to New York and our ministry.

The “Evangelical Old People’s Home” in Homs, Syria has a uniqueness all of its own: because of its ecumenical nature for one thing. It is run by both the Evangelical Church and the “Two Most Sacred Hearts” Maronite Order. A joint daily worship is held.

Nowadays, because the church building in Homs was strongly damaged, the congregation meets in the “Home” for its Sunday morning services, and other activities.  The “Home” hosts people from ...

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April 23, 2012

World Week of Prayer for Peace in Palestine and Israel 2012

28 May - 3 June 2012
Pray, educate, and advocate for justice

The Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum (PIEF) of the World Council of Churches invites member churches, faith-based communities, and civil society organizations to join together in 2012 for a week of advocacy and action in support of an end to the illegal occupation of Palestine and a just peace for all in Palestine and Israel. Congregations and individuals around the globe who share the hope of justice shall unite during the week to take peaceful actions, together, to create a common international public witness.

During World Week for Peace 2012 ...

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July 11, 2011

A visit to the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations

Rev. Balázs ÓDOR, Ecumenical Officer for the Reformed Church in Hungary visited the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations on Friday.  We had the opportunity to share how the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Reformed Church in Hungary are engaging in faith and public policy advocacy. 

The Reformed Church in Hungary engages the European Union on advocacy issues driven by their faith and policy.  The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) with the World Communion of Reformed Churches advocates at the United Nations in New York and in Washington, DC.

Presbyterians can trace the joining of public policy ...

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September 2, 2009

This Thursday evening, every Thursday evening . . .

. . . pray with and for the people of Colombia. Our sisters and brothers in Christ in Colombia have invited us to join with faithful people in Colombia's ecumenical community and around the world in praying for peace, justice,...

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