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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.).

Seeking peace. Striving for justice. Together.

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January 28, 2014

Neighbor and Neighborhood: A dialogue of the Sikh Coalition and the PC(USA)

World Interfaith Harmony Week

World Interfaith Harmony Week is observed during the first week of February.

The Sikh Coalition, Presbyterian Men in the Presbytery of New York City, the Church of the Covenant, Rutgers Presbyterian Church, West-Park Presbyterian Church, the Committee on Witness to Society and the World in the Presbytery of New York City, and the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s Office of Interfaith Relations and Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations have come together in a unique partnership to offer three dialogue events over the weekend of February 1 and 2.

Simran Jeet Singh, Senior Religion Fellow of the Sikh Coalition, and Christine ...

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January 2, 2013

Welcome aboard, Agape House

From Chicago they came in mid-December, a bold crew sailing the pirate ship Revenge to adventures at Turtle Bay and nearby points of interest. They made anchor at Old Bergen Church in Jersey City and clambered aboard the local trains to make their way to their berth at Jan Hus Presbyterian Church. They spent two days engaged in variety of activities with the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations.

Worship with Agape HouseTo put it another way:

On December 18 and 19, a group from the Agape House Campus Ministry at the University of Illinois Chicago drove by van to New York for ...

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October 28, 2011

Learn about ministry in Nicaragua

In the New York City area?
Presbyterian mission co-workers Rev. Leslie Clay and Carl Agsten will speak about their ministry with CEPAD, the Council of Protestant Churches of Nicaragua.
When: November 2nd, 2011 from 12:00 noon until 2:00pm.
Where: 475 Interfaith Center, Clairmont Avenue, Suite 1600 in the Presbyterian Resource Room.   
RSVP to Elder Rosemarie Napoli by November 1.

This event is sponosored by the Council on Witness to Society and the World of the Presbytery of New York City.

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October 17, 2011

Presbyterian Women say "No Child Soldiers"

They brought Red Hands.

They made Red Hands.

They made plans to create Red Hands in their congregations.

Red Hands displayThe Presbyterian Women in the Presbytery of New York City gathered for their Fall Gathering on October 15 at the First Presbyterian Church in Williamsbridge.

Their varied program featured a presentation by the Rev. Kellie Anderson-Picallo on the diverse gifts God gives to us; the Rev. Lynn West on working for a world in which hunger is no more; and the Rev. Rev. Nadine Hundertmark preaching on claiming our voice and serving Jesus. I also had the chance to talk about the ...

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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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March 8, 2011

Transfiguration, St. James Presbyterian Church, the Communion of Saints

Upon entering the office of St. James Presbyterian Church (409 West 141st Street, New York, NY), I saw pictures of the congregation's history on the wall. One in particular caught my attention and the memories flooded back. The folk of...

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