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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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January 13, 2014

Presbyterian Mission Agency goes orange - how about you?

The Presbyterian Mission Agency will observe an Orange Dayon January 24 to witness and advocate for an end of violence against women and children. 

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November 8, 2013

Visiting partners in South Sudan

I’ve had the  privilege of visiting Presbyterian partners in South Sudan over the past week.  Presbyterians have been engaged with South Sudan for a long time and the strength of our partnerships was certainly evident this week. 

Photo of Ryan in South SudanFrom meeting with ACROSS and learning about the work they do with Ethiopian refugees in South Sudan and their role as a primary health service provider for UNHCR in South Sudan to the Presbyterian schools across the country, it is clear that Presbyterians are hard at work in South Sudan.

I had the opportunity to meet with leaders of the Presbyterian Church ...

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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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May 3, 2013

Pray for Peace, Reconciliation and Democracy in Madagascar

The Christian Council of Churches in Madagascar (FFKM) has launched a process of broad-based national reconciliation to enable the Malagasy people to find a way out of the political crisis that has gripped the nation for more than four years.

Representatives of more than 200 political parties and civil society organizations are meeting in Antananarivo, the capital, May 3 to 5 to seek consensus on a way forward.  Please support this initiative by praying for:

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May 15, 2012

A call from the Madagascar Council of Churches

The Malagasy Christian Council of Churches (FFKM) released a declaration on the crisis in Madagascar. The PC(USA) works in partnership with the Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar (FJKM), which was formed by the union of three churches in 1968. The FJKM is a member of the Malagasy Christian Council of Churches. The following is the English translation of the declaration. Pray for the people of Madagascar.

Malagasy Christian Council of Churches (FFKM)
English Translation
May 12, 2012

May the grace and peace of God be with you.

After the numerous pleas to the churches within the Malagasy Christian ...

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February 27, 2012

Demands

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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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 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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April 13, 2011

Forgiveness: A Time to Love and a Time to Hate

Check your local PBS listings for a new film on forgiveness. Forgiveness: A Time to Love and a Time to Hate, by Helen Whitney, explores a range of stories from personal betrayal to global reconciliation after genocide. Don Shriver, author...

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April 4, 2011

The Principles and Practices of Forgiveness

How does repentance lead to forgiveness and reconciliation and the future in public life? How do we learn to love a country enough that we remember its misdeeds? What can other countries learn from the South African experience of the...

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December 23, 2010

Heads of Christian churches in Jerusalem issue Christmas message

The heads of Christian churches in Jerusalem have issued a joint Christmas message for 2010 condemning violence in any form and saying that peace and reconciliation requires the active participation of people of faith. Full text of the message: "Glory...

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November 27, 2010

WCC Living Letters Team to visit Philippines

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

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November 29, 2009

Advent devotion - November 29, 2009

Scripture: Joel 2:21–27 Hope. Talk to the land. Console the animals. Tell them not to be afraid, because we will purge the locusts and start anew. The people of the Andes feel that the earth, Pachamama, is a living being,...

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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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