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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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March 31, 2014

Building relationships to witness to Christ in the public arena

By Esther Lee

CPJ Training Day image

I had the privilege of attending the Compassion, Peace and Justice (CPJ) Training (March 21) and the Ecumenical Advocacy Days (EAD) (March 21-24) gathering in Washington D.C.

The CPJ training started at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, where Presbyterian peacemakers congregated from all over the nation. The day consisted of registration, meet and greets, opening worship and welcoming, a panel discussion, a luncheon discussion with workshops in between, and a final sending service. As I helped lead the workshop “Faith Communities Working Together to Prevent Violence” with Christine Hong, Associate for Theology: Interfaith Relations and ...

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August 9, 2013

Celebrate the 2013 International Day of Peace

2013 International Day of Peace LogoThe United Nations has set September 21 as the International Day of Peace. This day provides an opportunity for  individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on  a shared date. It was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly. The focus for 2013 is Education for Peace

Here are some ways to celebrate the International Day of Peace on September 21 or Sunday, September 22 or at some other time:

Promote the Peacemaking Offering

Observe a Minute of Silence at Noon in your time zone

Ring your ...

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July 7, 2011

Reflections on the Peacemaking Pre-Conference Workshop

The gathering of Presbyterian peacemakers in Indianapolis got started last week with a pre-conference workshop “Gun Violence, Gospel Values:  Mobilizing in Response to God’s Call.”   It was a tough 6 hours, and my thanks to the leaders for that.  The statistics were troubling, and there were plenty of them, grim numbers of which we must not be aware, otherwise we surely wouldn’t accept them.

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July 2, 2011

Big Tent - Day 2 - Peacemaking Conference

Here are some reports on the July 1 happenings at the Peacemaking Conference under the Big Tent:

Be Awake - Matthew Dimick ponders the opening plenary by Serene Jones

Big Tent Day 2 - Little Miss Undainty reflects on responding to gun violence, David LaMotte, and Making Peace with God's Earth

Pictures and posts on Facebook

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May 3, 2011

Register for Peacemaking Conference and Pre-Conference at the Big Tent

Register NOW for the Peacemaking Conference and Pre-Conference at Big Tent June 30-July 2, 2011 in Indianapolis, IN The Big Tent ― the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s biennial celebration of ministry and mission ― will be pitched in Indianapolis June 30-July...

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February 19, 2011

Prayers for a Saturday morning . . .

and other times . . . Pray for the people of . . . Yemen, Bahrain, Jordan, Libya and other countries who call for change . . . Uganda who are vote . . . Palestine and Israel who stand...

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January 15, 2011

Gun Violence, Gospel Values: Mobilizing in Response to God’s Call

This policy statement of the 219th General Assembly (2010) encourages "the church at every level—from individual member to congregation, presbytery, synod, and national church—to become informed and active in preventing gun violence, to provide pastoral care for victims of gun...

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September 7, 2010

Observe International Day of Peace

There are a number of ways to observe the International Day of Peace on September 21. One of them is the initiative A Million Minutes for Peace that invites us to pray for one minute at noon. Other ideas include...

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August 31, 2010

Protect children, not guns 2010

Children's Defense Fund Protect Children, Not Guns 2010 is a compilation of the most recent and reliable national and state data on gun violence in America. This report provides the latest statistics on firearm deaths by race, age and manner;...

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August 11, 2010

Celebrate the International Day of Peace

How will you celebrate the International Day of Peace? September 21 is set by the United Nations General assembly as the International Day of Peace - a day when the world is called to observe a ceasefire, practice nonviolence, and...

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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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May 26, 2010

Living the Believers’ Calling – work to end gun violence

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking: Work to end gun violence. Bring speakers on ending gun violence to the congregation and community. Sponsor an art exhibit with sculpture, paintings, poetry, and music that respond to gun...

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February 18, 2010

New site for new hymns

Hymns by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette provides a new way to obtain hymns by this gifted songwriter. Many of her hymns deal with peace and justice concerns. "In Haiti There Is Anguish," a new hymn for Haiti is included as are...

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January 29, 2010

Praying for Peace, Remembering All Hurt by Gun Violence

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the leading proponents and practitioners of nonviolence in the United States. He died in an act of gun violence. On January 18, 2010, an interfaith vigil took place in Richmond,...

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January 9, 2010

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Litany

Here is a litany written for an interfaith service celebrating the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and addressing gun violence. Feel free to adapt or use the litany. If it is used, please include the attribution: Presbyterian Peacemaking...

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January 4, 2010

Happy Christmas

I am still listening to Christmas music - at least until Epiphany. This morning's songs included "Happy Christmas (War Is Over)," by John Lennon, Yoko Ono and the Plastic Ono Band. It was a bittersweet listen - gratitude for the...

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November 7, 2009

Hymn lamenting gun violence

As we reflect on incidents of gun violence in Fort Hood and Orlando and in places that did not make the national news, "God of Mercy, You Have Shown Us" is a hymn by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette that can be...

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November 6, 2009

Pause to say a prayer . . .

. . . for those slain and wounded at Fort Hood, those who love them, those impacted by and affected by this shooting . . . and for all victims of gun violence.

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October 10, 2009

Protect children, not guns

Children's Defense Fund recently released a new report based on the latest data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing that 3,184 children and teens died from gunfire in the United States in 2006. This represents a...

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September 29, 2009

How will your congregation use its share?

Congregations that receive the Peacemaking Offering are encouraged to keep 25% of the offering for use in peacemaking ministries of their choice. These funds are used in many creative ways by different congregations. Ministries supported by the Peacemaking Offering include:...

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September 21, 2009

International Day of Peace at Presbyterian Center

The International Day of Peace was celebrated during a Taize worship service at the Presbyterian Center today. Download International Day of Peace 2009 Worship Service [Word doc]. The service included a minute of silence at noon, a prayer written by...

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September 6, 2009

A million minutes for peace

Can you give a minute to pray for peace? On September 21, the International Day of Peace, we are invited to pause for a minute at 12:00 noon ET and pray in our own way for peace. If that time...

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August 28, 2009

God of Mercy You Have Shown Us

"God of mercy, you have shown us ways of living that are good: 'Work for justice, treasure kindness, humbly journey with the Lord.'" So begins a new hymn lamenting gun violence written by the Rev. Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. The hymn...

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August 8, 2009

The International Day of Peace and gun violence

The International Day of Peace, observed each year on September 21, brings a global call for a day of ceasefire and nonviolence. It is a time to reflect on the benefits of peacefully resolving disputes. This year, consider that gun...

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July 1, 2009

Addressing gun violence - PC(USA) efforts

As on many issues, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has a mixed record when it comes to working on gun violence. Good statements have been made; we have not always lived up to those statements, but some good work has also...

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July 1, 2009

Observe the International Day of Peace

The International Day of Peace, observed each year on September 21, brings a global call for a day of ceasefire and nonviolence. It is a time to reflect on the benefits of peacefully resolving disputes. This year, consider that gun...

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June 7, 2009

An online conversation on gun violence

Participate in Presbyterian Bloggers Unite on July 1 as bloggers are invited to focus on gun violence. Suggested questions are: how has gun violence impacted your community? how has or has not your community of faith addressed issues of gun...

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August 25, 2008

Gun Violence and Gospel Values

The 2008 Peacemaking Colloquium "Gun Violence and Gospel Values" DATE: Monday, September 15 to Wednesday, September 17, 2008 TIME: lunch to lunch LOCATION: Stony Point Center 17 Crickettown Road Stony Point, NY 10980 845-786-5674 800-253-4285 Register now! (PDF) Gun violence...

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July 12, 2008

Gun Violence, Gospel Values

Gun Violence, Gospel Values September 15-17, 2008 Stony Point Center, New York Register now (PDF) Some 30,000 Americans die by guns each year in the United States. An average of eighty people are killed by guns every day, including eight...

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June 18, 2008

Gun Violence and Gospel Values

Concerned about gun violence in your community? Concerned about the number of deaths caused by guns? Concerned about the small arms trade? Come to Stony Point Center for the Peacemaking Colloquium: Gun Violence and Gospel Values September 15-17, 2008 Together...

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