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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 8, 2014

Women are the solution

"Women are not the problem. Women are the solution."

Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women’s Executive Director, reminded those gathered for  Ecumenical Women at the United Nations orientation for the 58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women of this reality.

She went on to note that "You cannot end poverty without empowering women." Her presentation focused on the theme of the Commission: "Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls."

Noting the connection between ending violence against women and girls and achieving empowerment and development of women and girls, Ms ...

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November 13, 2012

Some ideas for action: World Day of Prayer and Action for Children

World Day of Prayer and Action logoWork to end the use of children as soldiers
The Red Hand Campaign calls for universal ratification and enforcement of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict. The goal is for every country in the world to ratify the optional protocol by 2012, the tenth anniversary of treaty.

Call President Obama to send the Convention on the Rights of the Child to the Senate for advise and consent
The United States has signed, but not ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The U ...

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October 15, 2012

The MDGs and World Poverty Day

End Poverty 2015 Millennium Campaign logoA one-day social media action for

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

#EndPoverty – 17 October, 2012

At the 2000 UN Millennium Summit, world leaders from rich and poor countries alike committed themselves - at the highest political level - to a set of eight time-bound targets to help fight extreme poverty worldwide by 2015. These targets came to be known as the Millennium Development Goals, MDGs.

Over the last decade, millions have overcome extreme poverty and attained better access to health care and education. Despite the significant progress, challenges remain. With just 3 years left till the MDG deadline, we have ...

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August 30, 2012

A prayer for Nigeria

“No longer will violence be heard in your land, nor ruin or destruction within your borders, but you will call your walls Salvation and your gates Praise.”
- Isaiah 60:18

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June 17, 2012

The deep faith of women in Guatemala

by Elodie de Bethmann

Amanda Craft speaking by map of GuatemalaPresbyterian Church (U.S.A.) mission co-worker Amanda Craft spoke on Friday, June 15 at Fourth Avenue Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn. Amanda has been serving in Guatemala with the IENGP (the National Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Guatemala) since 2009. Amanda’s ministry focuses on leadership development and Christian education. She helps empower women in Guatemala to address issues that are important to them, such as Christian education and service, theological education, and the World Day of Prayer. Their three main projects consist of preventing malnutrition, basic literacy training, and the national worker program.

Amanda is back ...

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April 19, 2012

Prayers for Madagascar

These prayers are adapted from the Madagascar Matters Prayer Ministry of the First Presbyterian Church in Orlando

Please pray for provision and encouragement for the many who are struggling, and need food, shelter, and healthcare.
The coup government remains in power, creating on-going political and economic instability, inflation, and increased poverty and corruption. Madagascar is one of the ten Hungriest nations and over 80% of the population live on less than $220 per year.

Please pray for the other leaders of the FJKM (The Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar) that they would have wisdom, strength, resources and faith as ...

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February 27, 2012

Closing song from Monday morning worship

Ecumenical Women's worship this morning was led by the Lutheran World Federation and the Evangelical Lutheran Church. Here's a clip from the closing song.

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February 26, 2012

Welcome to the Commission on the Status of Women

H.E. Marjon Kamara, Permanent Representative of Liberia to the United Nations and Chair of the fifty-sixth session of the Commission on the Status of Women welcomes everyone to this year's session.

Note that the volume appears to be low.

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February 26, 2012

Giving thanks for the community of advocates

Harriet Tubman. Eleanor Roosevelt. Maggie Kuhn. Naomi Rose. Merdine T. Morris.

On this day - who are the women who have served as advocates for whom you give thanks?

Advocacy took central stage at the Ecumenical Women's Orientation. The afternoon workshops focused on advocacy (with Presbyterian leadership in each of them: Allie Naskret, Margaret Anderson, Ryan Smith).

The did so with good reason.

The "agreed conclusions" will be the primary outcome of the meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women. The 45 Member States of the Commission will create a set of concrete, action-oriented  recommendations for action by ...

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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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May 2, 2011

Celebrate World Fair Trade Day in May

World Fair Trade Day is celebrated the first two weeks in May in many places throughout the world. In the United States, World Fair Trade Day is coordinated by Fair Trade Resource Network. The theme for 2011 Fair Trade Day...

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April 29, 2011

Setting a budget consistent with our faith

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Public Witness is concerned about the impact of the House approved Ryan budget on persons living in poverty across the globe, including the U.S. Although many congressional arguments are framed as partisan politics and...

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January 17, 2011

Give the gift of water

The UNICEF Tap Project is a nationwide campaign that provides the world’s children access to safe, clean water. During World Water Week, March 20-26, 2011, restaurants across the United States will encourage patrons to give $1 or more for the...

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November 11, 2010

Ban Ki-moon: G20 nations must not forget plight of world’s poorest at Seoul summit

From the United Nations News Centre: The world’s richest nations must take into account the needs of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people in their plans for reinforcing the global economic recovery – that was one of the key...

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November 9, 2010

Peace Starts Here

UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, has launched Peace Starts Here, a Web site that will provide glimpses into the lives of Palestinian refugees. Fifteen short video clips will look at...

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November 8, 2010

Achieving the Millennium Development Goals: Teaching for Action

The Committee on Teaching about the United Nations invites you to register for their 2011 Conference. The event, Achieving the Millennium Development Goals: Teaching for Action will be held on Friday, January 14, 2011 in the North Lawn Conference Building...

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October 9, 2010

Understanding is the key to success in Bolivia, pastor says

From the Presbyterian News Service: International Peacemaker "The Rev. Luis Perez Alanoca is pastor of the Independent Presbyterian Church in Bolivia and a professor of music. He is also the president of the Independent Presbyterian Church in Bolivia. He is...

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September 28, 2010

Mexico 'country of contrast,' says peacemaker

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Mexico 'country of contrast,' says peacemaker. International Peacemaker "Brenda Celia Trinidad Espitia is a graduate of the Presbyterian Pan American School in Kingsville, Texas, and is an active member of Emanuel Presbyterian...

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July 26, 2010

Nonviolent Community Change Workshop

You Can't Stop the River 2010 Nonviolent Community Change Workshop October 28-31, 2010 Harrisburg First Church of the Brethren 219 Hummel St, Harrisburg, PA 17104 $150.00 per participant This four-day workshop focuses on developing skills and spiritual strength for nonviolent...

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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 4, 2010

An election in a country where many hunger

By Matt Lang To understand the elections in the Philippines, you need to first understand a bit about the economics of the Philippines. There are many statistics that I could roll out, but allow me to start with one: 40%...

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May 21, 2010

Living the Believer’s Calling – support the Millennium Development Goals

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking: Learn about the Millennium Development Goals and to find ways to support this effort to improve social and economic conditions in the world's poorest countries. Look for updates from the...

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May 13, 2010

Read Washington Report

The March/April 2010 issue of Washington Report to Presbyterians has articles on: Overcoming Poverty through Just Tax Policy Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women In This City ... (Jerusalem) New Director of Public Witness for the Washington Office...

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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 7, 2010

Zaccheus Was a Tax Man

Bread for the World encourages congregations to observe Sunday, April 11, or Wednesday, April 14, as "Tax Day:" a to think and pray about the role of taxes and tax credits. Bread has created free resources to help mark the...

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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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February 24, 2010

Reduce nuclear weapons, hunger and poverty

With one email, letter, phone call, or visit, you can call for a step that would help reduce nuclear weapons, hunger and poverty. Urge your representative to support H Res 278. It is especially important to contact members serving on...

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February 6, 2010

Toward a crucial step for Haiti

U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner announced today that "the United States will work with its partners around the world to relieve all debts owed by Haiti to international institutions and to ensure grant financing to support Haiti's reconstruction and recovery...

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January 27, 2010

Farmworker Freedom March

From the PC(USA) Campaign for Fair Food: Announcing the day of God’s favor, the gospel of Luke tells us Jesus inaugurated his ministry by reading from the scroll of Isaiah, proclaiming release to the captives. As followers of Jesus we...

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January 4, 2010

Support the Jubilee Act

Ask Your Representative to Co-Sponsor the Jubilee Act Today The Jubilee Act for Responsible Lending and Expanded Debt Cancellation (HR 4405) cancels impoverished country debt, prohibits harmful economic and policy conditions on debt cancellation, mandates transparency and responsibility in lending...

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July 7, 2009

Help protect the world's poorest countries

Call your US Representative today and ask him or her to co-sponsor the Stop VULTURES Fund Act (HR 292\32). On June 18th, Representatives Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Spencer Bachus (R-AL) re-introduced , a bill in the House of Representatives that...

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May 2, 2009

$1339 billion (or just over $1200)

$1339 billion. That is what the world is estimated to have spent on military expenditures in 2007. $1339 billion. The report talks about the difference between current dollars and 2005 constant dollars (a lower figure of just over $1200 billion)....

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April 24, 2009

Pray for Peace

This week's Spiritual Nurture for Peacemakers includes a prayer for Rural Life Sunday, a prayer for the war in Iraq by the Christian Peace Witness for Iraq, and a prayer for those who live in poverty. Use or adapt the...

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February 19, 2009

Three Islands, Three Countries

By Nancy Eng MacNeill An island of 7 million people, Hong Kong reminds me of being in San Francisco. The streets are busy and wind ascending hills among tall skyscrapers. Entering Hong Kong you can sense the vibrancy of the...

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September 26, 2008

Election Year Resources

Are you going to watch tonight's presidential debate? Here are a number of resources for use during this election year. The PC(USA) Public Policy Advocacy Team provides a variety of “Christian and Citizen” resources. These include information on positions taken...

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June 2, 2008

The Power of Poverty: An Event for Young Women

An Event for Young Women The Power of Poverty August 6-10, 2008 Register now and join a diverse gathering of college women from across the country! - Discover your voice - Develop life-long friendships - Engage in Hands-on service with...

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May 31, 2008

International Peacemaker from Colombia

The Rev. Diego Higuita-Arango Unfortunately, when many Americans think of Colombia (PDF), two things come instantly to mind: coffee and cocaine. But Colombians would like Americans and the rest of the world to know that there is much, much more...

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May 30, 2008

International Peacemaker from Portugal

Ms. Maria Eduarda Castanheira Until it joined the European Union in 1986, Portugal was considered one of the poorer nations of Europe. Since that time it has enjoyed a fair measure of prosperity and economic success coupled with a more...

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May 18, 2008

A Faithful Summer Vacation

Sowing Mustard Seeds; Working for God’s Justice, Confronting Poverty is the theme of the 2008 Peacemaking Conference planned for July 15-19 at Chapman University in Southern California. Register now. Co-directors Edie Gause and Andrew Short commented, “ It’s inspiring to...

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May 17, 2008

Promote the Conference

A bulletin insert (PDF) promoting the 2008 Peacemaking Conference is now available. Download the insert and share it in your congregation. Register to attend the conference. The conference will explore links between poverty, militarism, trade policies and poverty through keynote...

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April 19, 2008

Fair Food and Human Rights

Linda Valentine, Executive Director of the General Assembly Council, has posted a reflection on the many PC(USA) connections with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and their work to end slave labor, human trafficking, and exploitation in agricultural fields across...

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April 18, 2008

A Really Good Preacher

After hearing Mark Lomax preach for the first time, my son observed, "I thought you were a good preacher, dad, but Mark is really good!" Mark Lomax will preach at the 2008 Presbyterian Peacemaking Conference which will explore the reality...

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April 15, 2008

Guess Who's Coming to the Peacemaking Conference

Who will you hear when you attend the 2008 Peacemaking Conference? Anuradha Mittal, executive director of The Oakland Institute and a native of India, is an internationally renowned expert on trade, development, human rights and agriculture. Anuradha will address questions...

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April 7, 2008

2008 Peacemaking Conference

Register online for the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program Intergenerational Conference. Sowing Mustard Seeds: Working for God’s Justice — Confronting Poverty July 15-19, 2008 Chapman University Orange, California Deconstruct the multiple issues that connect and entwine to sustain poverty in our communities...

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February 29, 2008

South Africa: Joining Hands against Hunger in Lesotho

Cindy Easterday, Guest Author Kopano ke Matla Toant’song ea Bofuma Lesotho (Unity Is Strength in the Fight against Poverty) is the Joining Hands against Hunger network in Lesotho. Initiated in 2002 through the Presbyterian Hunger Program, KKM is one of...

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