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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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February 14, 2013

United for a Culture of Peace through Interfaith Harmony

UN General Assembly Hall United for a Culture of Peace event

by Alexander Haines

Rochelle Rawls-Shaw and I attended and participated in “United for a Culture of Peace” today in the United Nations General Assembly hall. Through this event, the UN community observed World Interfaith Harmony Week.

We had the opportunity to enjoy the musical talents of several performers, hear speakers from the UN community, and pray with representatives of all major world religious traditions. H.E. Mr. Vuk Jeremić, the current President of the United Nations General Assembly, offered opening remarks in which he asked us to “re-embrace the calls of our respective faiths” to put our “faith in the ...

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February 6, 2012

Tread Lightly for Lent

reprinted from Eco-Journey, the blog of our partners in the PC(USA) Environmental Ministries

Eco-Daily Lenten Calendar

As part of the season of Lent, Environmental Ministries is offering "Tread Lightly for Lent," a simple, daily calendar that encourages Presbyterians to reflect theologically about ecojustice and to take action on issues such as water, land, air, people, and other species. Each of the 40 days of Lent has a topic to think about, or do some movement towards, eco-justice. Resource can be used individually as well as in a congregational setting. To download this 2 page resource (if printed ...

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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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March 9, 2011

Tread Lightly for Lent: Ash Wednesday

Take part in "Tread Lightly for Lent" this Lenten season. Learn about eco-justice and take action to care for God's earth. Each day an action and learning item from the "Tread Lightly for Lent" calendar will be posted on the...

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February 18, 2011

Words Matter in Lent (and always)

Now available for free download: Lent Bible Studies from Words Matter! Perfect for individual or group use, this guide follows the Lectionary for this year, providing personal reflections and Biblical analysis to provoke deeper insight into the words we use....

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January 20, 2011

Lenten Earth Care: Tread Lightly for Lent 2011

From our colleagues in the Environmental Ministries Office: As part of the reflective season of Lent, Environmental Ministries is offering “Tread Lightly for Lent,” a calendar that encourages Presbyterians to learn about eco-justice issues and take action on the issues...

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January 29, 2010

A Christian Peace Witness Study and Invitation to Act

Christian Peace Witness is ready to bring: Tony Campolo, Sr. Dianna Ortiz, Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Kathy Kelly, Joshua Casteel, Liz McAlister, Noah Baker Merrill & Ken Butigan to YOUR CHURCH for Lent! Along with a dvd featuring profound inspiration from...

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March 19, 2009

Reflect on our impact on creation

During Lent, the National Council of Churches of Christ Eco-Justice Programs provides weekly resources that invite us consider our impact upon God’s Creation – and what steps we can take to care better for God's gift. The resources include the...

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March 11, 2009

Pray for peace

This week Spiritual Nurture for Peacemakers includes a prayer for the third Sunday of Lent, a prayer of confession related to the use of torture, and a prayer for Sudan. Use or adapt these prayers in corporate worship or individual...

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February 25, 2009

Lent 2009, Idea 1

This is cutting things a tad close - writing on the eve of Ash Wednesday about ideas for observing Lent. The Ecumenical Water Network invites us to make Lent a time to promote water justice and water as a human...

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