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February 17, 2016

Presbyterian Ministry at the UN hopeful for political solution in Colombia

Map of ColombiaOn January 25, 2016, the United Nations Security Council acted to "to set up a United Nations political mission in Colombia, approving a team of international observers to monitor disarmament should the Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP) reach a final agreement to end Latin America’s longest armed conflict."

We welcome this step toward peace and give thanks for our partners in Colombia, particularly in the Presbyterian Church of Colombia, and the United States and elsewhere who have worked, and continue to work, for a just peace for our sisters and brothers.

Thanks ...

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December 8, 2015

UN Human Rights Day observed December 10

from Gregg Brekke of the Presbyterian News Service

Human Rights Day, observed each year on December 10, commemorates the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948.

This year's Human Rights Day is devoted to the launch of a year-long campaign called “Our Rights. Our Freedoms. Always.” The campaign recognizes the 50th anniversary of two International Covenants on Human Rights: the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which were adopted by the United Nations General Assembly Dec. 16, 1966.

The ...

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April 21, 2015

Pillars of the Church program fosters commitment to peace and justice ministries

reprinted from the Presbyterian News Service
story and photo by Rick Jones

In a world of change and uncertainty, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is growing a loyal group of supporters to keep its peace and justice ministries thriving. Church leaders announced a new program called “Pillars of the Church” at Compassion, Peace and Justice (CPJ) Training Day in Washington, D.C.

“It is about encouraging a sustaining and generous community of donors who are deeply committed to the commandments of Jesus to love God and love our neighbor as ourselves,” said Sara Lisherness, director of CPJ. “Becoming a ...

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March 25, 2015

International Day of Remembrance of Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Today, Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations intern Kyla Korvne attended the unveiling ceremony of the Permanent Memorial to Honour the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade (co-organized by the Permanent Memorial Committee, the United Nations Office for Partnerships, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the NGO Relations Section, Outreach Division, Department of Public Information (DPI), the Caribbean Community and the African Group). Below is her post about the event:

Ban Ki Moon

Photo: Kyla Korvne

Even with the bitter cold and the windy rain blowing all of our umbrellas inside out, a crowd of people from all ...

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March 15, 2015

Beth Olker on the UN CSW week one

Beth Olker, member of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) delegation to the 59th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women and student at Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, reflects on her experience.

Beth OlkerI am right smack dab in the middle of my two-week journey as a PC(USA) delegate to the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women.  The commission this year is reviewing the statement on the Beijing Platform, a product of the Commission on the Status of Women in 1995.

This week has been a blur.  A blur of meetings, panels, worship, building ...

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December 5, 2013

Giving thanks for Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela at UN General AssemblyThe Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations joins the people of South Africa, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and the international community in giving thanks for the life and witness of Nelson Mandela.

We express our condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues, to the weavers of dreams, to the practitioners of compassion, the pursuers of peace, and the seekers of justice, to all who grieve at his death.

Nelson Mandela's steadfast pursuit of justice, his enduring commitment to South Africa and all its people, his understanding of the possibilities opened by forgiveness, and his willingness to look beyond ...

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July 5, 2013

Resource for prayer service for South Sudan


Our partners in South Sudan are holding a weekend of interfaith prayer services from July 5- 7, 2013. On July 8, 2013 they will hold a National Day of Prayer for Reconciliation.

The ecumenical community of non-governmental organizations at the United Nations will hold a prayer service on the morning of July 8. Feel free to use or adapt this order of worship or create your own.
May God lead the people of South Sudan to justice and peace.

Thanks to Brendan Welsh and Marissa Costello for their work on this prayer service.

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June 27, 2013

National Day of Prayer for Reconciliation in South Sudan

Please join the people of South Sudan in prayer for reconciliation in their country.

A National Day of Prayer for Reconciliation in South Sudan will take place on Monday, July 8, 2013, the eve of the anniversary of the country's independence.

The theme will be Lamentation, leading to repentance and personal conversion/transformation. From July 1-7, there will be prayers with different groups (e.g. government, organised forces, women, youth, etc).

On Friday, July 5 the Muslims will take up the prayer in their mosques, and on Sunday, July 7 the Christians will take it up in their churches ...

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May 1, 2013

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Asks for Prayers to End Violence in South Sudan

from our partners in World Mission

The crisis in South Sudan’s Jonglei State has escalated alarmingly in recent weeks.  The deteriorating situation has prompted the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to express deepening concern for the people of the region and to renew its urgent call to prayer and action to promote justice, peace and genuine security for the affected populations.

Since the beginning of 2013 the government of South Sudan’s campaign to disarm rebel forces led by David Yau Yau has triggered a growing number of clashes between the South Sudanese military (SPLA) and Yau Yau’s ...

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April 22, 2013

Advocacy Alert CORRECTION AND UPDATE: El Tamarindo, Colombia

An update from our partners in the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship:



Thank you to the many of you who have already begun reaching out in response to our urgent action this Saturday.  We wanted to provide A CORRECTED E-MAIL ADDRESS and a few critical updates based on some of the feedback we have received and some of the communications we have already seen some write:

1)  The email to the State Department as given was incorrect.  It is:   (That’s ColOmbia, not ColUmbia.  We can’t believe we passed on the wrong version!)  

2)  Please remember in ...

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April 22, 2013

Urgent Action Requested from our partners in ministry of the Iglesia Presbiteriana de Colombia: Justice for murdered land rights defender and his community

Our partners in the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship have asked that we share the information below from our partners in ministry of the Iglesia Presbiteriana de Colombia.


Yesterday we received an urgent communication from the Rev. Jaira Barriga of the Presbytery of the North Coast in Colombia concerning the murder on April 12, 2013, of a young man, Narcisco Enrique Teheran Mejia.  His murder followed a series of death threats and paramilitary operations in an area called El Tamarindo in the municipality of Galapa, near the city of Barranquilla.  Mr. Teheran was the son of a land restitution activist and was ...

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February 1, 2013

Prayer for the people of South Sudan

God of grace,
God of justice,
God of peace,
you create us to live together,
to honor and respect one another.
Hear us as we pray for South Sudan.

We pray for the people of South Sudan.
Grant courage to turn from violence;
grace to see each other as sisters and brothers;
strength to work for justice for all;
passion to seek peace;
and all that is needed for the living of these days.

We pray for the leaders of South Sudan.
Grant vision for a just and peace country;

wisdom to govern wisely;
strength to work for justice for ...

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November 26, 2012

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People - 29 November

The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is observed by the United Nations on or around 29 November each year, in accordance with mandates given by the UN General Assembly in its resolutions 32/40 B of 2 December 1977, 34/65 D of 12 December 1979, and subsequent resolutions adopted by the UN General Assembly on the question of Palestine.


The Question of Palestine at the United Nations


The United Nations, Israel and Palestine - an overview


Presbyterians at work in Palestine and Israel


What has the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly said about Israel and ...

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September 25, 2012

President Obama addresses the UN General Assembly

President Obama and other world leaders are in town this week for the 67th United Nations General Assembly.  I had the opportunity to join the President and others in the opening of the General Debate this morning.  Below is President Obama's speech.


Office of the Press Secretary

Remarks by the President to the UN General Assembly

United Nations Headquarters

New York, New York

10:22 A.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Mr. President, Mr. Secretary General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentleman:  I would like to begin today by telling you about an American named Chris Stevens.

Chris ...

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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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March 27, 2012

The WCC and human rights issues in the Philippines

The World Council of Churches (WCC) Commission on World Mission and Evangelism met in Manila, the Philippines, from March 22-27. The National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) hosted the event which focused on the theme “Together towards life: mission and evangelism in changing landscapes”. According to the WCC news story, participants analyzed a draft of the statement on mission and evangelism that will be presented at the 2103 WCC 10th Assembly in Busan, Korea.

Prior to the Commission meeting, the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit and other WCC staff met and discussed human rights violations in the Philippines ...

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March 14, 2012

Statement of the Secretary General on the Arson Attack of the Rida Mosque in Belgium

From Religions for Peace:

The arson attack on the Rida mosque in Brussels on Monday 12 March 2012 has killed Imam Abdallah Dadou. The Imam was also a husband and the father of four children. For all of the members of Religions for Peace, the attack on this mosque which resulted in his death was despicable. Religions for Peace rejects this arson attack as an illegal, violent, ugly and morally offensive act. We call upon the relevant authorities to advance justice in accordance with the law. 

Events such as these deeply wound our hearts. We extend our heartfelt sympathies to ...

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March 6, 2012

From Story to Skills: Advocating with Women in Rural Areas

Kym leads Bible StudyA Parallel Event at the 56th Commission on the Status of Women

During this parallel event women from rural contexts shared their stories connecting experience to issues, Global North to Global South, and the Bible to advocacy, with small group opportunities to learn more and determine actions we can take during the Commission on the Status of Women and at home to address poverty and hunger and work for just development. The event was organized by Presbyterian Women, Young Women’s Leadership Development, Women’s Leadership Development, and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations in the PC(USA), and ...

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March 6, 2012

Action plans from the parallel event From Story to Skills: Advocating with Women in Rural Areas

Small group discussionDuring the parallel event From Story to Skills: Advocating with Women in Rural Areas, held at the 56th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, participants were invited to share action plans that they plan to implement:

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March 6, 2012

Key insights from the parallel event From Story to Skills: Advocating with Women in Rural Areas

Meredith Mimlitz reportsDuring the parallel event From Story to Skills: Advocating with Women in Rural Areas, held at the 56th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, participants were invited to gather and discuss and share key insights they gleaned:

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February 27, 2012


Reconciliation demands justice.

Justice demands repentance.

Repentance demands restitution.

Restitution demands mercy.

From the reflection by Irma Rodriguez-Leon during the Ecumenical Women worship service led this morning by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Lutheran World Federation.

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January 19, 2012

Those who cannot keep from singing

I give thanks today for those who cannot keep from singing.

Song sustains us, guides us.
Song expresses our deepest fears and our most profound hopes.
Song challenges the powers and proclaims an alternative vision.
Song leads us into living that alternative.

The January Term Doctor of Ministry class meeting at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations attended chapel at the Church Center for the United Nations today. Chaplain Kathleen Stone reminded us of the power and roles of song. And I thought of:

Victor Jara
Pete Seeger
Paul Robeson
Sweet Honey in the Rock
Vedran Smailović
Tommy ...

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November 29, 2011

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is celebrated

Today, the United Nations celebrated the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.  I was struck with the importance of this day, having returned just last week from meetings with our church partners in Israel and Palestine. 

The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1977.  Today, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said, "Let us, on this International Day, reaffirm our commitment to translating ‎solidarity into positive action. The international community must help steer the situation ‎towards a historic peace agreement."

On this day of solidarity, we remember the ...

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November 27, 2011

Elections in the DRC

Hold the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in prayer as they go to the polls tomorrow to participate in presidential and parliamentary elections.

The political landscape in Congo is complex and unsettling.  Please pray with us for the November 28th elections.  Pray that God would appoint righteous leaders who will honor God and truly care for the needs of the people. 

So writes Bob Rice, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) mission co-worker in the DRC. His article also contains a review of the DRC's history.

The UN News Centre reports that UN Secretary General Ban ...

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October 26, 2011

Christian leaders say yes to Palestine U.N. membership

From the Presbyterian News Service:


Leaders of four denominations, including the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s General Assembly Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons, have issued a statement backing the Palestinian Authority’s bid for membership in the United Nations.


U.N. membership for the Palestinians is deserved, the four leaders say, “not only on the basis of international law and basic fairness … but to preserve a multi-religious holy land that includes Christian Palestinians.


In addition to Parsons, the statement was signed by the Rev. Geoffrey Black of the United Church of Christ, the Rev. Sharon Watkins of the Christian Church ...

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September 26, 2011

The Witness of the Church in Madagascar

Forgiveness means liberation.

Forgiveness means restitution and repairing.

Forgiveness means reconciliation.

The Rev. Hubert Rakotoarivony, International Peacemaker from Madagascar, reflected on the importance of forgiveness as he spoke to a group of 18 people from 9 congregations.

Hubert Rakotoarivony speaking to groupHubert, along with Dan Turk, PC(USA) mission co-worker in Madagascar, addressed the witness of the church in Madagascar.

Hubert spoke of the work toward peacemaking and reconciliation of the Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar (FJKM). This begins with an awareness that peace is not just the absence of war or conflict. Peace is active. Peace involves social justice, equity, dignity, non-discrimination ...

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September 14, 2011

Jerusalem Christian Churches issue communique

Looking ahead to the upcoming General Assembly of the United Nations this September 2011 and the bid for Palestinian statehood, the Heads of Christian Churches in Jerusalem feel the need to intensify our prayers and diplomatic efforts for peace between Palestinians and Israelis, to consider this as the most appropriate time for such an opportunity, and thus wish to reiterate the following principles upon which we agree:

  1. A two-state solution serves the cause of peace and justice.
  2. Israelis and Palestinians must live each in their own independent states with peace and justice, respecting human rights according to international law.
  3. Negotiations ...

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September 6, 2011

Prayers of hope and remembrance

What do people write on Ribbons of Hope for the 10th Anniversary of September 11, 2001?

During the Thursday, August 25, 2011 worship service at the Church Center for the United Nations, participants wrote the following prayers:

All of God’s people to rise up heal, help, hope and care.

May this time of remembering be a “Grand Happening.”

Oh God. Make us an instrument of thy peace! Shalom. Amen.

Hope for the World, for all nations, for my kids, for all children. Hope for peace for all.

That we should claim righteousness.  Give us a humble, kind and lovely ...

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July 11, 2011

Supporting Human Rights in Colombia

Presbyterian efforts to support our sisters and brothers in Colombia in their efforts to protect human rights continue.

The Presbyterian Church of Colombia has stated its opposition to the Colombia Free Trade Agreement and has called the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to join in advocacy against its passage.

Presbyterians have called President Obama. The Office of Public Witness helped organize and plan an interfaith prayer breakfast.

On July 11, four members of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship were arrested during a peaceful, nonviolent witness.

Now you can call your member of Congress to vote no on the Colombia Free Trade ...

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July 3, 2011

A prayer for July 9

God who makes all things new,
as this new day dawns,
bringing the birth of a new state,
we pray out of grave concern,
we pray into hope abounding.
We pray that justice and well-being will prevail
for all the peoples of Sudan and South Sudan,
for all the peoples of South Sudan and Sudan.
Bless the peoples.
Bless the nations.
Guide them in the paths of peace.
We pray in Jesus' name.

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July 1, 2011

Season of prayer with the people of Sudan

Prayers are always in order for the people of Sudan. Prayers are particularly in order as July 9 – the date when South Sudan becomes an independent nation draws near.  Our sisters and brothers in Sudan and around the world are in prayer now and will continue in prayer until and after independence is achieved.

Remembering the role that prayer played in the days before the referendum, a number of faith communities will again come together in a Season of Prayer with the people of Sudan in this time. Specifically, we are invited to pray for thirty minutes on:

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June 30, 2011

World Communion of Reformed Churches issues call for a week of prayer and advocacy for Sudan

World Communion of Reformed Churches
Message from the General Secretary
30 June 2011

In solidarity with the celebration of Southern Sudan’s Independence on July 9, we call on all WCRC member churches and area councils to pray for the people of Sudan between Sunday July 3 and Sunday July 10.  We are aware that many of you have been praying for years for peace in this troubled country and urge you to continue to do so.

We ask especially that worship services on Sunday July 3 and Sunday July 10 include times of prayer for a peaceful transition into ...

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June 28, 2011

The International Criminal Court

Although still not a member, the US is now an engaged participant in the International Criminal Court (ICC). Over the past year, the Obama administration has continued to send representatives to ICC meetings and make public statements backing the work of the Court. The US Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues also recently reaffirmed that the US respects the right of other nations to join the ICC, a statement intended to reverse perceptions internationally about lingering US hostility toward the ICC and those nations that choose to join it. In an unprecedented act of support for the ICC, the US joined ...

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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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June 2, 2011

A prayer of fear and hope for the peoples of Sudan

God of the ages, July 9 draws near and I fear . . . I fear for my brothers and sisters in Sudan. I fear that preparations and plans for the independence of South Sudan have not been carefully made. I fear that the United Nations and the nations and intergovernmental organizations of the world are unclear as to how to engage and support this transition. I fear that individuals and communities and factions will turn too quickly to violence. I fear that war and destruction will again be unleashed: north against south, tribe against tribe, people against people. I fear for my ...

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May 31, 2011

A new beginning

Welcome to the new home for Swords into Plowshares!

We are glad you found us.

Please subscribe or bookmark, and continue to seek peace and pursue justice in the global community with the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations and the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program

All the previously posted material will be moved to this new address.

Thanks for coming along on the journey!

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May 27, 2011

Pray with the people of Sudan

Prayers are always in order for the people of Sudan. Prayers are particularly in order as July 9 – the date when South Sudan becomes an independent nation draws near. Our sisters and brothers in Sudan and around the world...

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May 27, 2011

Justice and Peace Links—Words Matter

Check out the current issue of Links: Words can hurt, words can heal, and words shape our realities, coloring the ways we experience the world. They are the tools we use to interpret our experiences, to relate to one another,...

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May 27, 2011

A Jerusalem Prayer - May 29, 2011

Sunday, May 29, 2011 begins the World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel 2011. Here is a prayer for that day from the Heads of Churches in Jerusalem: Isaiah 2:1-5; 11:9 “In days to come the mountain of the Lord's...

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May 20, 2011

A prayer for members of the Security Council

God who makes us for each other, who calls us into community, who binds us together in love, we pray for the members of the United Nations Security Council as they travel to Sudan. Extend to them traveling mercies. Open...

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May 14, 2011

Victims of violence await justice in Colombia

Global Policy Forum has posted an article about justice for people impacted by violence in Colombia. The Colombian armed conflict waged since the 1960s between the government, guerrillas and paramilitaries has claimed tens of thousands of civilian lives and displaced...

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May 10, 2011

A blessing

May the blessing of the God of peace and justice be with us; May the blessing of the Son who weeps the tears of the world's suffering be with us; And may the blessing of the Spirit, who inspires us...

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May 9, 2011

Hope for Darfur - Justice in Sudan Rally

Hope for Darfur - Justice in Sudan Rally Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 1:30 PM Washington, DC Register for the Rally Find other ways to support the effort The Hope For Darfur - Justice in Sudan Rally objective is to...

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April 25, 2011

World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel

The World Council of Churches invites member churches and related organizations to join a week of advocacy and action for a just peace in Palestine and Israel on May 29 - June 4. Congregations and individuals around the globe who...

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April 21, 2011

Get home safe

It happens almost every night. I shut off the computer, turn out the light, and leave the office. I walk down the hall to the elevator and push the call button. When the cab arrives, I push "1" and head...

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April 14, 2011

Skyping the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations

This evening brought a milestone on my technological journey. I had Skyped before . . . in fact there were several Skype conversations today alone. But at about 8:20 Eastern time, as had been carefully prearranged, my Skype came to...

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April 11, 2011

Building Sustainable Communities of Peace in Colombia

For over fifty years, the people of Colombia have endured violence that has displaced more than five million Colombians and driven another 500,000 from their country. Thousands more have died. Since 2000, the United States has provided Colombia over $7...

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April 10, 2011

Pray for the people of Colombia

We pray for the peacemakers in Colombia, the churches, and all people who in countless ways seek to right the wrongs, heal the wounded and sick, speak the truth, and protect the vulnerable. We give thanks for those who are...

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February 22, 2011

A prayer for North Africa

God of heaven and earth, hear our prayers for our sisters and brothers that are standing up and calling for justice and peace on the northern coast of Africa. Every day we hear of yet another demonstration; and of another,...

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February 21, 2011

We gathered

From churches and countries around the world, we gathered at the Church Center for the United Nations. Followers of Jesus Christ, seekers of justice, supporters of human rights for women, men, and all people, we gathered. To dance, to worship,...

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January 29, 2011

Prayers for the peoples and nations of the Middle East

In the wake of escalating tensions and civil unrest in the Middle East (and Africa), Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) leaders have issued a call to prayer for the peoples and nations of the region, as well as for PC(USA) partners. Here...

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December 25, 2010

Advent Devotion - December 25, 2010

Scripture - Isaiah 52:7–10, Psalm 98, Hebrews 1:1–12, and John 1:1–14 Christmas Day! Behold the wonder of this day—a day of anticipations fulfilled! Rejoice and be glad! A Son is born! The psalmist exclaimed that the Lord will come to...

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December 18, 2010


I cried last evening. It has been a while, but I remembered how. A simple post on a friend's Facebook page started it: "They are FREE!! The 43!!!" The Morong 43 is the name given to a group of 43...

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December 17, 2010

Advent Devotion - December 17, 2010

Scripture - Psalm 130 and Matthew 11:2–15 This time of year finds the air buzzing with a fabricated and often frustrated excitement. Do you enjoy or endure the holidays? Do you seek something that seems altogether missing from the list...

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December 15, 2010

Advent Devotion - December 15, 2010

Scripture - Luke 3:7–14 I was nineteen years old when I first encountered the reality of modern warfare. I was standing on the deck of a troop ship as it entered the harbor of Le Havre, France. As we threaded...

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December 12, 2010

Advent Devotion - December 12, 2010

Scripture - Luke 1:46–55 The stories of the birth of Jesus are witnesses of the many ways in which people can experience the transformative power of God’s presence in their lives. They also are echoes of the powerful hope this...

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December 11, 2010

Advent Devotion - December 11, 2010

Scripture - Matthew 24:1–14 Now We Wait Again Tune: Picardy Now we wait again, O Jesus, For your coming in our day; We are weary with our anguish, Unto you we humbly pray: Let your healing touch our sorrows, Lead...

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December 6, 2010

Advent Devotion - December 6, 2010

Scripture - Luke 21:20–28 and 1 Thessalonians 5:1–11 Luke paints a picture of the Son of Man returning in the midst of disturbances that are military, ecological, and astrological. This scene is in tension with the epistle lesson comparing the...

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December 6, 2010

Praying for change in Myanmar

From the World Council of Churches “We believe in change and ask that you continue to pray for us.” This was the message an international team of church representatives heard again and again, as they visited people and churches in...

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December 4, 2010

Advent Devotion - December 4, 2010

Scripture - Psalm 90 Advent leads home to Emmanuel (God-with-us). The birth of Jesus announced to shepherds, and the baptism of the Word made flesh by John in the muddy Jordan River among repentant throngs, show that God is with...

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December 3, 2010

Advent Devotion - December 3, 2010

Scripture - Psalm 102 “Let this be recorded for a generation to come, so that people yet unborn may praise the LORD.” (Psalm 102:18) Many of us know some variation of the proverb “The true meaning of life is to...

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December 2, 2010

Advent Devotion - December 2, 2010

Scripture - 1 Thessalonians 3:1–13 “We sent Timothy . . . to strengthen and encourage you for the sake of your faith, so that no one would be shaken by these persecutions.” (1 Thessalonians 3:2–3) I remember reading Peacemaking: The...

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December 1, 2010

Advent Devotion - December 1, 2010

Scripture - Isaiah 2:1–4 Isaiah’s vision in the early chapters of his book is mostly of the punishment of Judah and Jerusalem. Judah is to be destroyed because the nation is corrupt; pride and wealth have distorted the nation God...

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November 29, 2010

Negotiating Sudan's North-South Future

The International Crisis Group has issued an update briefing, Negotiating Sudan's North-South Future. The briefing notes that "foundations for a constructive post-referendum relationship are yet to be laid" between North and South Sudan. While many people "in Sudan and abroad...

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November 27, 2010

Sudan bishops give message of hope before vote

Sudan bishops give message of hope before vote Caritas Internationalis, partner of the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, has posted a message from the Catholic bishops of Sudan in which they reflect on the upcoming referenda in their country....

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November 27, 2010

Statement of expression of concern over tensions on the Korean Peninsula

From the World Council of Churches: Geneva, 24 November 2010 It is with great concern that we received the news about the escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula. Yesterday’s use of artillery and reports of casualties on Yeonpyeong Island...

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November 19, 2010

Prayers for Sudan

Here are some prayers for Sudan as the referendum on self-determination for the people of Southern Sudan approaches and takes place. Voting begins on January 9 and ends on January 15. Counting the vote may take until February. Download Prayers...

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October 29, 2010

Attend the 55th Commission on the Status of Women

The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations invites Presbyterians to consider attending the 55th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) on February 22 through March 4, 2011. There will be orientations on February 20 and 21....

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October 26, 2010

Ecumenical Advocacy Days – Register now

Register Now for Ecumenical Advocacy Days (EAD)! Come Celebrate 65 years of Presbyterian Presence in Washington, DC! The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Public Witness in Washington, DC is inviting Presbyterians to join us in the nation's capital on March...

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October 9, 2010

To abandon peacemaking is to betray the faith, says Philippines church leader

From the Presbyterian News Service: International Peacemaker "the Rev. Joel Tendero has been a leader in the peacemaking ministry of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines for more than 20 years. His life has repeatedly been threatened by...

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September 13, 2010

A prayer for the International Day of Peace

Loving God, we, your children, long for the day when your shalom is the dominant culture. We long for the day when we would turn swords into plowshares; when our governments would grow more food than build weapons; when we...

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September 10, 2010

Songs for Peace and Justice - Register now!

Register now - registration closes September 17. Songs for Peace and Justice Oct 10-14 - Stony Point Center "Find Your Voice: Music for a Just and Caring Church" Be part of a four-day multi-cultural creative gathering. Join pastors, church musicians,...

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August 26, 2010

The God of peace is our refuge

The following litany will be used as the call to worship for morning prayers on August 26 at the 2010 Presbyterian Peacemaking Seminar. Consider using this litany in your daily devotions as a way of taking part in the seminar....

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August 12, 2010

The Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb at 30th Anniversary Celebration

The Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, long-time partner of the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program and pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem, brought greetings at the 30th Anniversary Celebration of Peacemaking: The Believers' Calling sponsored by the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program...

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August 11, 2010

New resource on nonviolence at 30th Anniversary Celebration

Authors Sarah Henken and Roger Powers took a moment to autograph their book Resurrection Living: Following the Nonviolent Christ, during the 30th Anniversary Celebration of Peacemaking: The Believers' Calling sponsored by the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program during the 219th General Assembly...

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July 14, 2010

God, You Spoke Your Word Through Amos

“God, You Spoke Your Word Through Amos” is a new hymn by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. This hymn was originally written to support Bread for the World's Bread for the Preacher, July 2010. Carolyn is the author of of over 160...

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June 25, 2010

Making music for peace

Re-membering Peace: Still the Believers' Calling 2010 Peacemaking Seminar Presbyterian Peacemaking Program August 25-28, 2010 Abiquiu, NM Register now! Music plays a key role in movements for peace and justice; music has been an important part of conferences and events...

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June 17, 2010

Prayer Partners for General Assembly

As in past years, the General Assembly Committee On Local Arrangements is recruiting Presbyterians to serve as prayer partners for each of the commissioners and advisory delegates. Several hundred more people are needed who will agree to pray each day...

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June 11, 2010

Oracion de esperanza por la paz de colombia

Oh Dios, ¿Hasta cuándo los que hacen la guerra gobernarán nuestros países? Oh Dios, ¿Hasta cuándo los que roban, matan y destruyen tendrán tanto poder? Oh Dios, ¿Hasta cuándo la seguridad será como una larga noche de terror? Oh Dios,...

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June 11, 2010

A prayer of hope for peace in Colombia

O God, how long will those who make war govern our countries? O God, how long will those who steal, kill and destroy have so much power? O God, how long will security be like a long night of terror?...

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June 3, 2010

2010 Peacemaking Seminar - singing songs of peace

Re-membering Peace: Still the Believers' Calling 2010 Peacemaking Seminar Presbyterian Peacemaking Program August 25-28, 2010 Abiquiu, NM Music plays a key role in movements for peace and justice; music has been an important part of conferences and events sponsored by...

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June 1, 2010

Action Alert – Madagascar’s Government Targets the Church

From Presbyterian World Mission's Office on Africa Pastor Ranaivo Rivo Arson of the Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar (FJKM) was shot and fatally wounded by Malagasy soldiers on Thursday, 20 May, when pastors were trying to hold a worship...

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May 30, 2010

Pray for the people of Colombia

Pray for the people of Colombia as they participate in a presidential election today. May this election move the country and the people closer to the time when justice is done, violence ceases, and peace prevails.

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May 26, 2010

A visit to the Morong 43

This post is based on information supplied by Nancy Eng MacNeill. Participants in the People's International Election Observers Mission visited with the Morong 43 before returning to their home countries. The Morong 43 are forty-three health workers who were arrested...

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May 25, 2010

Worship materials for World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel

May 29 through June 4, 2010 is designated the World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel by the Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum of the World Council of Churches. Here are liturgical materials for the week: The Heads of Churches in...

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May 25, 2010

World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel

From the World Council of Churches In countries across six continents, religious communities, people of faith, human rights and peace organizations are preparing to mark the World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel from May 29 to June 4, 2010....

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May 25, 2010

A prayer for the people of the Korean peninsula

God of East and West, God of North and South, look with your grace upon the Korean peninsula and its people. Touch hearts and minds on both sides of the 38th parallel. Guide the leaders of North Korea and the...

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May 25, 2010

A prayer for those who seek human rights in Colombia

God of justice, God of compassion, God of peace, we pray for those who work for human rights in Colombia. We give thanks for their commitment to the well-being of all the people. We give thanks for their faithful witness....

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May 24, 2010

Pray for Colombia at the time of presidential election

Reprinted with permission from Called to Colombia. As Colombia moves toward presidential elections, please: Pray for candidates, for honesty, integrity, and an openness to the Spirit in their quest to gain the power to govern. Pray for the judges and...

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May 24, 2010

PC(USA) partners in Colombia and the presidential election

Reprinted with permission from Called to Colombia: Our partners in Colombia, the the Iglesia Presbiteriana de Colombia, are faithful and passionate the defense of life - which in this context means the upholding of human rights. With Colombia's history of...

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May 22, 2010

Spirit of the Living God - a prayer for Pentecost

Spirit of the Living God, each year we gather with hopes that our meditations may be pleasing to you. Each year we gather as your children and as your church, feeling the unquenchable fire of your Spirit,ready to be resurrected...

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May 17, 2010

The Jerusalem prayer for Sunday, 30 May 2010

The Heads of Churches in Jerusalem invite churches around the world to pray with them on Sunday, May 30, 2010. Introduction We believe that every human being is created in God’s image and likeness and that every one's dignity is...

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May 16, 2010

A prayer after the election in the Philippines

Gracious God, we pray for the people of the Philippines: For those newly elected to office, grant wisdom to govern wisely, end repressive policies, and enact changes that benefit all the people; For candidates who lost in the elections, grant...

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May 14, 2010

An Election Eve Haiku Prayer

Roger Scott Powers We travel today, fanning out across this vast archipelago. All praying to God for free and fair elections in the Philippines. Filipinos smile, masking fears of violence, coercion and fraud. Hoping for the best, these strong, determined...

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May 10, 2010

A prayer for Memorial Day

Holy God, your love is stronger than death, and your life-giving power has no end. We commend to your eternal care all who have died in the service of others, even as we lament the violence of war. Comfort and...

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May 9, 2010

Why are there election observers in the Philippines?

There are a number of reasons why international election observers are present in the Philippines for the May 10 election (and May 10 is less than an hour away in the Philippines as this is written). One is that this...

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May 8, 2010

A prayer for the Philippines at the time of election

God of compassion, hold the people and the leaders of the Philippines gently in these last days before the election. Fill hearts and guide spirits so that the leaders and people turn from violence. Grant courage to nurture relationships that...

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May 7, 2010

Pursuing Peace Together: Working for Reconciliation in the Holy Land

Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) 2010 Advocacy Conference You are invited to CMEP's 2010 Advocacy Conference to learn, increase your skills, network and advocate for peace with justice in the Holy Land. The conference will be June 13th -...

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May 4, 2010

Living the Believers’ Calling – host an International Peacemaker

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking: Talk to the presbytery peacemaking committee about hosting an International Peacemaker. International Peacemakers are leaders from countries around the world who are engaged in peacemaking. Individuals from eight countries are...

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May 2, 2010

Thank you from Colombia

Our partners in the churches, communities of displaced persons, educational institutions and other social organizations concerned with justice and human rights, have sent a word of thanks. To the Churches, Ecumenical Organizations, and Human Rights Groups in Solidarity with Colombia...

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April 30, 2010

Living the Believers’ Calling – create a peace mural

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking: Create a peace mural. Hang a large piece of butcher paper, cloth, or poster board in a common space in the church building. Invite people to create a congregational vision...

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April 28, 2010

Living the Believers’ Calling – help children learn about Sudan

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking: Use Piece Work/Peace Work: Working Together for Peace and Sudan with elementary children from Grades 1-6. It includes four sessions, one intergenerational session and a resource section with stories of...

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April 25, 2010

A prayer for the people of North Korea

God of justice, we pray for the people of North Korea. We pray for those who are imprisoned and for those who have loved ones in prison. We pray for those who are persecuted for their faith or other reasons....

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April 23, 2010

Live the Believers' Calling - receive Peacemaking Program email newsletters

Celebrate 30 years of peacemaking Receive ideas for peacemaking as individuals and as a congregations. Invite individuals to subscribe to the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program’s email newsletter, Seeking Peace. Have congregational leaders subscribe to the email newsletter, Peacemaking in Congregations. Subscribe...

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April 22, 2010

Live the Believers' Calling - Study

Celebrate thirty years of peacemaking Use resources from the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program in an adult education class. Find a resource list of print materials as well as online resources. Thirty years ago the 192nd General Assembly (1980) of the United...

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April 21, 2010

Live the Believers' Calling - Create a Prayer Space

Celebrate thirty years of peacemaking Create a space in the church where short prayers for peace can be posted. Encourage members to ask for prayers from friends and family in other places. One congregation developed a banner containing prayers for...

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April 20, 2010

Live the Believers' Calling - Pray

Celebrate thirty years of peacemaking Pray for joys and concerns that relate to peacemaking in corporate worship services. Encourage congregants to remember those joys and concerns in their daily prayers. Ask different individuals to select the joys and concerns each...

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April 19, 2010

Live the Believers' Calling - Celebrate 30 Years

This year brings the 30th anniversary of Peacemaking: The Believers' Calling. This document affirmed that peacemaking is a central task of individuals and communities who follow Jesus Christ. It celebrated the long history and faithful witness of Presbyterian peacemakers. And...

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April 19, 2010

Dry Land, Living Stones: Peacemaking in Israel and Palestine

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 8:00am - 8:00pm Presbyterian United Nations Office 777 United Nations Plaza, 7th Floor New York, NY Human beings face increasingly complex challenges as the world confronts issues like climate change, hunger and poverty, and conflict. This...

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April 14, 2010

Bring the world to you

Host an International Peacemaker in your presbytery, synod, or educational institution. International Peacemakers from 8 countries are scheduled to visit the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) from September 24 through October 18, 2009. These individuals from our partner churches will share about...

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April 13, 2010

Act and pray for Colombia

Find four ways to can get involved in the movement to stand with those working for peace in Colombia. The suggestions come from Mamie Broadhurst and Richard Williams. Mamie and Richard, Presbyterian Mission Co-workers in Colombia have been working with...

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April 7, 2010

Pray for Sudan at the time of the election

Here is a prayer for the people of Sudan as the April 11 election draws near. Gracious God, We seek a just and lasting peace for our brothers and sisters in Sudan. May the Sudanese people never lose hope and...

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April 5, 2010

People's Movement for a Nuclear-Weapons-Free World

Founded last October, a new People’s Movement for a Nuclear Weapons-Free World is dedicated to the mission of “energizing and engaging people everywhere to envision a world free of nuclear weapons” and to work toward making it happen. The new...

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April 4, 2010

Christ is risen!

Christ is risen indeed! The staff of the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program wishes you a blessed Easter! May God's grace which works resurrection transform lives and hearts around the world. May the hope and joy of resurrection sustain us to live...

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March 29, 2010

A prayer for repatterning our lives at Easter

A prayer for repatterning our lives at Easter Sacred Mystery, We confess that we do not much trust this resurrection story. It doesn’t fit with the headlines about Gaza and a hundred other places. It doesn’t work into our win-lose...

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March 28, 2010

Pray, act, give for Sudan

Our colleagues at the Sudan Advocacy Action Forum have a new look to their Web page. A great look! Check it out. While you are there, take time to act for peace in Sudan - calling Congress to hold the...

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March 26, 2010


President Obama announced that the United States and Russia have agreed to a new treaty limiting each country "to significantly fewer strategic arms within seven years from the date the Treaty enters into force." Plans are to sign the treaty...

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March 24, 2010

Remember Oscar Romero

Join the people of El Salvador in remembering Archbishop Oscar Romero who was assassinated 30 years ago today while celebrating the Eucharist. Remember his commitment to our sisters and brothers who know poverty and oppression; remember his calls to peace...

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March 23, 2010

30 ideas for 30 years

Download 30 Ways to Mark 30 Years to find 30 ideas to celebrate 30 years of peacemaking. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Peacemaking: The Believers’ Calling, the General Assembly statement that called for a new emphasis on peacemaking...

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March 19, 2010

Speak now on health care reform

It appears that the House of Representatives will vote on health care reform this weekend. Now is the time to contact your representative and make your opinion known. Whether you oppose the proposed plan, support the proposed plan, or would...

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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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March 15, 2010

A Prayer for the People of Myanmar (Burma)

Gracious God, we pray for the people of Myanmar. Guide them in the paths of peace and the ways of justice. We pray for the children of Myanmar, especially those who are soldiers, orphans, refugees, or forced into labor and...

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March 12, 2010

Revive! in Trenton

If you are in the Trenton area, consider taking part in Revive 2010 June 11-13,2010 at Trinity Cathedral in Trenton From the Revive Web page: Revive is a gathering and celebration for followers of Jesus, taking place over the course...

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March 7, 2010

Remember Archbishop Oscar Romero

March 24, 2010 marks the 30th anniversary of the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero, faithful follower of Jesus Christ who worked for justice and peace for the people of El Salvador. Give thanks for his life and for his witness....

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February 16, 2010

Road Trip: Heaven on Earth

From our friends in the Presbyterian Hunger Program Heaven on Earth is a road trip to the U.S. Social Forum organized by the Presbyterian Hunger Program. We will travel through several states making stops along the way to visit local...

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February 12, 2010

Pray for the people of the Philippines

Here is a prayer for peace from Lei Garcia of the Philippines: Grant us peace that will BREAK our silence in the midst of violence then prophetic voices shall resonate. Grant us peace that will PULL US DOWN from the...

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February 4, 2010

Kairos Palestine Document

Members of Catholic , Greek Orthodox, Lutheran, Anglican and Baptist traditions in the Palestinian Christian community issued a statement in Bethlehem on December 11 called the "Kairos Palestine Document". Many of these brothers and sisters in Christ are partners of...

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January 29, 2010

Presbyterian Peace Fellowship Convocation

Convocation of Peacemakers April 15-17, 2010 a national gathering of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship to deepen the commitment to nonviolence and radical discipleship in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship invites you into a hard conversation about nonviolence,...

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January 19, 2010

Hunger Justice Leaders

Two years ago, 75 young leaders came to the nation’s capital for intensive training in advocacy for hungry and poor people. Since then, they have served as powerful agents of change in their communities. Now Bread for the World is...

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January 7, 2010

Meet the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

A new study for youth on honoring Dr. King through nonviolent action in service to others has been released by the Thoughtful Christian. In 1986, the third Monday of January was established as a national holiday. This means that for...

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December 24, 2009

Failing Gaza: No rebuilding, no recovery, no more excuses

Almost a year after violence tore Gaza and touched Israel, international aid agencies report that "little of the extensive damage" that Operation Cast Lead "caused to homes, civilian infrastructure, public services, farms and businesses has been repaired. As thousands of...

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December 24, 2009

Reflexion de Adviento - 24 de diciembre

Léase Isaías 9:2-7 Un niño está por llegar. ¿Sabemos la maravilla de esas palabras? En medio de nuestro desierto, un niño esta por llegar, Y en sus manos puede sostener nuestros corazones, si se lo permitimos. En sus ojos podemos...

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December 23, 2009

Dreams for a just and lasting peace

Our friends in the Sudan Advocacy Action Forum pass on concerns from our sisters and brothers in Sudan encourage us to pray for a just and lasting peace for all the people of Sudan. Refugees International provide a brief video...

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December 23, 2009

Advent devotion - December 23, 2009

Scripture - Jeremiah 31:10–14 My family calls today “Christmas Eve Eve.” We’re tantalizingly close to the celebration. We sense the imminent arrival. We’re bursting to go find a mountain on which to tell it! But it’s not here yet. It’s...

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December 22, 2009

Advent devotion - December 22, 2009

Scripture - Psalm 146 Happy is [the one] who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry. (Psalm 146:7) The words of the psalmist anticipate the proclamation of Jesus. We will know Jesus is the Messiah because...

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December 20, 2009

Advent devotion - December 20, 2009

Scripture - Luke 1:46–55 It’s no wonder Jesus grew up to be something of a revolutionary. Listen to the song he learned at his mother’s knee: “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior ....

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December 19, 2009

Palestinian Christians call for just peace

On December 11, Palestinian Christian Leaders released a statement commonly called the Kairos Palestine Document. The ceremony that launched the document took place at the International Center of Bethlehem and was attended by over fifty people, included members of the...

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December 15, 2009

A Christmas prayer 2009

A Christmas prayerGod of glory and God of grace, God who creates and loves us all, God whose Holy Spirit gives us gifts for faithful living, You come to us in a child, Born in Bethlehem, a humble city in...

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December 15, 2009

Spanish translations of Advent devotions

Jose Rosa-Rivera of the Ministerio Vida Abundante de la Iglesia Presbiteriana en Puerto Nuevo, San Juan Puerto Rico has provided Spanish translations [PDF] of the Advent devotions. The current file contains Spanish translations [PDF] from November 29 through December 14....

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December 14, 2009

2010 Peacemaking Seminar

2010 Peacemaking Seminar Re-membering Peace: Still the Believers’ Calling August 25-29, 2010 Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, New Mexico In 1980, the 192nd GA of the UPCUSA adopted Peacemaking: The Believers’ Calling [PDF]. In 2010, the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program invites you to...

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December 14, 2009

Advent devotion - December 14, 2009

Scripture - Psalm 122 “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.” (Psalm 122:6) Psalm 122 recorded the reflections of pilgrims visiting Jerusalem. They reveled in Jerusalem’s past glories, rejoiced in unity and security, and expressed hope for peace and prosperity. These...

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December 13, 2009

Advent devotion - December 13, 2009

Scripture: Zephaniah 3:14–20 “On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: Do not fear, O Zion; do not let your hands grow weak. The Lord, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory; he will rejoice...

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December 5, 2009

Advent devotion - December 5, 2009

Scripture: Amos 5:18–27 Standing at my office window, I was startled to see the early morning sky fill with roiling storm clouds. Within minutes, torrential rain mixed with hail pelted the glass. Soon a manhole cover on the street below...

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December 3, 2009

Send prayers to the people of Bethlehem for Christmas 2009

Pax Christi International invites us to send Christmas prayer greetings to the people of Bethlehem. Once again, Christmas celebrations will take place in a difficult climate for people in the Holy Land. As we prepare to celebrate Advent and Christmas...

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November 25, 2009

Pray for the people of Maguindanao

God of justice, God of compassion, God of peace, comfort those who grieve for the deaths at Maguindanao and in places whose name we do not know, work healing within those who are wounded, stir the conscience of those who...

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November 25, 2009

A Massacre Most Foul, Gross, and Utterly Repugnant

The following statement comes from the National Council of Churches in the Philippines. It reflects on a massacre in Maguindanao on Mindanao Island.NCCP Statement It is a massacre most foul, gross, and utterly repugnant! The National Council of Churches in...

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November 2, 2009

New study resource on Sudan for children

Order Piece Work/Peace Work: Working Together for Peace and Sudan at the Presbyterian Marketplace. Use item number 24-358-09-008. The cost is $8.00 plus shipping and handling.Piece Work/Peace Work: Working Together for Peace and Sudan is a curriculum designed for elementary...

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November 1, 2009

UN General Assembly to consider UN probe into Gaza conflict

The United Nations General Assembly will meet on November 4 to consider the report [PDF] of the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict. The Mission was appointed on April 3, 2009 “to investigate all violations of international human...

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October 18, 2009

A prayer for United Nations Day

Here is a prayer for the United Nations for use in relation to United Nations Day (October 24) or any appropriate time: God of compassion, walk alongside all of your global stewards who work to create a more just and...

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October 15, 2009

Worship resources for United Nations Day

October 24 is United Nations Day. The Presbyterian Peacemaking Program and the Presbyterian United Nations Office offer worship materials for use on Sunday, October 25 or another time. Download O God Who Formed Creation [PDF], a hymn by the Rev....

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October 12, 2009

Isaiah and the work of the United Nations

Check out the new study on the United Nations from The Thoughtful Christian. In three sessions, this group Bible study for adults discusses the biblical hope for peace among the nations in Isaiah and the work of the United Nations....

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October 11, 2009

On the road with International Peacemakers

Eleven International Peacemakers, church leaders from partner churches of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in other countries, recently traveled around the country telling about ministries of peace and justice in the name of Jesus Christ in their home countries. Five of...

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October 11, 2009

They knew the way to San Jose

On their visit to the Presbytery of San Jose, the Rev. Delia Leal and Ms. Tracey King spoke about issues of peace, justice, and mission in Guatemala in the name of Jesus Christ. Their visit included a presentation at a...

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October 2, 2009

Peacemaking Offering

This Sunday, many Presbyterian congregations will receive the Peacemaking Offering which supports peacemaking ministries across the church, including the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program. Not going to be in a Presbyterian congregation on Sunday? No problem, you can give online! Presbyterians will...

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September 30, 2009

Call for strong U.S. leadership II

Churches for Middle East Peace offers an opportunity to join the call for strong U.S. leadership to achieve toward a just, lasting and comprehensive resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Prominent Christian, Jewish, Muslim and other leaders issued a statement on...

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September 30, 2009

Peace be with you

Here again is the video that promotes the Peacemaking Offering. A litany based on the video is available. Download Peace Be with You Litany [PDF]. It appears below the video. It may be adapted for use when the Peacemaking Offering...

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September 29, 2009

World Communion Sunday, II

Here are two prayers for World Communion Sunday from the 2008 worship resource [PDF] provided by the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program. Prayer of the Day O God of majesty, as we gather today to worship you, disquiet us and your whole...

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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 25, 2009

Call for strong U.S. leadership

Prominent Christian, Jewish, Muslim and other leaders issued a statement on September 22 calling for strong U.S. leadership [PDF] to achieve a just, lasting and comprehensive resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The statement was drafted by Churches for Middle East...

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September 22, 2009

They are here!

Eleven International Peacemakers have arrived in Louisville. These brothers and sisters from Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) partner churches around the world are currently in a time of orientation (and jet lag recovery!) On Friday, they will begin a period of travel...

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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 18, 2009

International Peacemakers

Each year the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program brings International Peacemakers to the United States to share stories of ministries of peace and justice in their own country. This year's Peacemakers have begun to travel to this country. Their travels through this...

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September 11, 2009

Justice: A Journey in Moral Reasoning

"But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an everflowing stream." (Amos 5:24) Prophets and other biblical writers emphasize the theme of justice. Micah proclaims that one of the three things God requires of us is to "do...

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September 8, 2009

Coming to a location near you?

Will an International Peacemaker be appearing near you this year? Hopefully the answer will be yes. Check and see. [PDF] The Presbyterian Peacemaking Program will bring eleven International Peacemakers to the United States in less than a month. International Peacemakers...

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August 8, 2009

Moved By Faith: A Call for Peace in Sudan

Here is a letter to President Barack Obama on behalf of peace in Sudan. Please send this letter to the President. For email, copy the letter below; go to the web form provided by the Presbyterian Church’s Washington Office; check...

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July 25, 2009

Pray for the Philippines

President Barack Obama will host a visit from President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of the Philippines this week. Recognizing the human rights abuses that have occurred in the Philippines in recent years, a Prayer Vigil (PDF) will take place in Washington, DC...

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April 12, 2009

Easter greetings

Christ is risen! Christ is risen so that: in the face of fear, you may know faith; in the face of hate, you may have courage; in the face of indifference, you may share love; in the face of anger,...

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March 17, 2009

Pray for Madagascar

In the wake of a violent power struggle, our church partners in the Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar (FJKM) have requested prayer. Presbyterian ministry with the FJKM supports an environmental program and helps dig wells. May the people know...

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March 6, 2009

Big Tent Registration Extended

Early bird registration for the Big Tent has been extended to March 30. The Big Tent is a unique experience in the life of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Ten different conferences will gather at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown...

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March 2, 2009

See You at the Big Tent

"And the Word Became Flesh . . . Peacemaking in the Neighborhood" 2009 Presbyterian Peacemaking Conference at the Big Tent June 11-13, 2009 Hyatt Regency Hotel Downtown Atlanta, GA Register now for the Big Tent - a one of a...

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January 16, 2009

Walking for Justice

Staff members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) joined with Louisville community members, students from several Presbyterian seminaries, and staff from the Presbytery of Mid-Kentucky for a Justice Walk on what would have been the 80th birthday of the Rev. Dr....

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January 15, 2009

A View on Gaza from Bethlehem

The Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, pastor of Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, recently posted a reflection on events in Gaza. Here are some excerpts. Mitri writes: "The most important thing, I believe, is not what we are told and shown,...

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January 8, 2009

All Violence Must Stop

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons has issued a statement on the Gaza-Israel Crisis. The statement begins: "Whether Jew, Muslim, or Christian, we share commandments of love for God and neighbor. Therefore, all violence in Gaza, Israel, and the...

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December 31, 2008

Statement by church leaders in Jerusalem

On December 30, 2008, the Patriarchs and Heads of the Churches in Jerusalem issued a statement “on the current devastating situation in Gaza.” The statement “calls upon all officials of both parties to the conflict to return to their senses...

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December 28, 2008

Pray for Gaza

As rockets fly from Gaza As airplanes pound Gaza As the blockade tightens its noose on Gaza It is a time to pray for Palestinians to pray for Israelis to pray for victims of violence to pray for those who...

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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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December 6, 2008

More on Prayers with Bethlehem, Israel, Palestine

An earlier posting addressed the new tradition of praying for justice, peace and security for Bethlehem, Palestine and Israel. The email messages go to the Arab Educational Institute (also known as AEI-Open Windows). Their email address is AEI-Open Windows...

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August 25, 2008

Imaging Peace

What image comes to mind when you hear the word peace? Start not with a definition but with a picture. Don't resort to words. Be visual. What do you see in your mind’s eye when you hear the word peace?...

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June 21, 2008

The Banner Anniversary

This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Commitment to Peacemaking. Over 4,500 Presbyterian congregations, as well as several presbyteries and at least one synod, have affirmed this Commitment. The Commitment makes a public commitment that working for peace and...

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May 24, 2008

And We Told Them Why

It was probably one of the stranger orders she had ever received. "I'd like a number 7, two burgers with only mustard, pickles and onions, and a grilled chicken, hold the mayo. And by the way, I'd like you to...

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