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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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August 19, 2011

Jesu, joy, oh our heart's comfort

A hymn prayer for the International Day of Peace:

Jesu joy of our desiring
Holy wisdom, love most bright
Drawn by Thee, our souls aspiring
Soar to uncreated light

We have sought our own good fortune
Not accounting for the cost
Indifferent to your face among us –
hardened, weary, labored, lost.

Jesu, joy of every sparrow,
Ice and island, rare earth, pine,
Are cheap goods worth our denial
That all life is intertwined?

Jesu, joy, oh our heart’s comfort
Our life’s strength, our soul’s sweet sun,
We need love, unwavering vision
To restore what we’ve undone ...

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August 6, 2011

Glory to God and Peace on Earth


The International Ecumenical Peace Convocation (IEPC) gathered in Kingston, Jamaica on May 17-25, 2011. The IEPC was a "harvest festival" that celebrated the achievements of the Decade to Overcome Violence, which began in 2001. Sarah Henken and Mark Koenig led a workshop on Accompaniment as Peacemaking that featured the Colombia Accompaniment Program. Here are some resources from the IEPC to help individuals and churches to renew their commitment to nonviolence, peace and justice:

IEPC message

Ecumenical Call to Just Peace

Just Peace Companion

Final report of the Decade to Overcome Violence

Bible Study reflections

IEPC logo used with permission from ...

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June 3, 2011

Glory to you our God

People worship at the Church Center for the United NationsLet our world be a place of celebration;
let our world be a meeting place.
Let justice spring from our earth,
and let the fruits of love flourish.
Let us make it possible
by respecting our diversity,
by sharing in solidarity,
by uniting hands and hearts,
by living together in harmony with creation.
And then peace will be reborn!
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding,
will guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus.

With this benediction, participants in the June 2, 2011 worship service at the Church Center for the United Nations, went forth to ...

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May 26, 2011

International Ecumenical Peace Convocation Updates

Turns out that there were challenges getting online at the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation (IEPC). Not insurmountable challenges - others managed - but challenges enough that I did not do any live-blogging from there. That said, watch for a number...

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May 17, 2011

Video of International Ecumenical Peace Convocation

The World Council of Churches (WCC) will be web streaming the plenary sessions and special events of the upcoming International Ecumenical Peace Convocation (IEPC). The video streams will be live from the Mona campus of the University of West Indies...

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May 13, 2011

IEPC Theme Song

For Jamaican singer/songwriter Grub Cooper, music is not only the universal language but also the fastest way to reach people and touch their emotions. And for Cooper, the music has to be accessible to all. During the past 40 years...

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April 27, 2011

Prayer for peace - Sunday 22 May 2011

The World Sunday for Peace is part of th...

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April 26, 2011

Trees and Tweets for Peace

World Sunday for Peace - May 22 As the sun rises on Sunday 22 May Christians and churches across the world are being encouraged by the World Council of Churches (WCC) to celebrate God’s peace in their worship services, to...

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March 11, 2011

IEPC course for seminarians

Graduate study in peacemaking will be available for academic credit at the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation (IEPC), held 17-23 May in Kingston, Jamaica and sponsored by the World Council of Churches (WCC). A course for seminarians and other graduate students...

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November 27, 2010

WCC Living Letters Team to visit Philippines

An international team of church representatives will pay a solidarity visit to churches, ecumenical organizations and civil society movements in the Philippines from 1 to 5 December. It will be the last in a series of "Living Letters" visits to...

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March 18, 2010

Peacemaking in Jamaica

The Decade to Overcome Violence initiative of the World Council of Churches is sponsoring an International Ecumenical Peace Convocation in Kingston, Jamaica in May of 2011. The International Ecumenical Peace Convocation will be a "harvest festival" celebrating the achievements of...

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