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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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April 27, 2014

Holocaust Remembrance Day

April 11 is designated as Holocaust Remembrance Day by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Here is a litany of lighting candles for this day. May we remember.The Lighting of Memorial Candles One: We light candles in memory of those who were...

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January 25, 2013

International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

Remembrance and Beyond


The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations joins colleagues today recognizing the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust, and conveyed the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s statement on the Commemoration.  The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) issued the following statement to the United Nations community:

Statement by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, January 27, 2013

The United Nations recognizes 27 January as the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.

The Presbyterian Church ...

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January 13, 2013

Rescue during the Holocaust: The Courage to Care

Remembrance and Beyond ImageIn 2005 the UN General Assembly designated January 27—the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau—as the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. Through this commemoration, the UN system and member states of the UN honor the victims of the Nazi era and provide and develop educational programs to help prevent future genocides.

This year's 2013 observance is built around the theme “Rescue during the Holocaust: The Courage to Care”. Through exhibits, film, educational activities and the annual memorial ceremony, the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme and the global network ...

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January 24, 2012

International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust – 27 January

One and a half million Jewish children perished in the Holocaust – victims of persecution by the Nazis and their supporters.

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October 14, 2011

Ribbons proclaim hope at Church Center for United Nations

Ribbon of Hope tapestry - nine-foot tallOn October 12, four nine-foot tall tapestries appeared in Tillman Chapel at the Church Center for the United Nations. Thousands of ribbons decorated each tapestry. Each ribbon carried a message of hope, remembrance, and healing.

To mark the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001, Prepare New York created the Ribbons of Hope project. They report that "more than 20,000 ribbons, were created by people throughout the 5 boroughs, across the country and around the world." The ribbons combine to create a tapestry as "colorful and diverse as New York itself" - as colorful and diverse as God's world.

Prepare ...

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October 6, 2011

What's happening with the Ribbons of Hope

Adapted from an email sent by Prepare New York:

More than 20,000 people participated in Ribbons of Hope, commemorating the tenth anniversary of 9/11. The ribbons they created currently adorn 12 nine-foot panels. These tapestries, where ribbons of different colors, textures, shapes and sizes can be found side-by-side, symbolize the strength and vibrancy of our diversity and serve as an important witness to peace and reconciliation. The plan is to continue to display them across the city throughout the full tenth anniversary year. They will travel each month from one prominent location to another. Ribbons will be added ...

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October 5, 2011

A Requiem for the Fallen

A full choir led a tribute to the heroes and victims of September 11, 2001 at the First Chinese Presbyterian Church of New York City.

The audience came for solace.  And they received that and more.

The choir and musiciansLed by a 30-member choir under the intense and passionate direction of conductor Yu Ong Celia, the performance of the works of Gabriel Faure (1845-1924) in Latin was superb. The full choir sang its hearts out.  Accompanied by the resident organist, Yu-Zheng Jiang, a violinist, three violists, two cellists, a bass, two horns, and four soloists, they  filled the sanctuary with the sweetest music ...

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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 22, 2011

Remembering September 11

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001.  Use this day to challenge your congregation to recommit to its work for peace and justice in the world, interfaith understanding, and against violence in all of its forms.  Because this day falls on Sunday, it is an opportunity to connect these themes in the Service for the Lord’s Day and in the church’s educational ministry.  Educational, liturgical, pastoral, theological, interfaith, and other resources are all now available on the PC(USA) website.

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April 19, 2011

Remembering September 11

What did your congregation do on Tuesday, September 11, 2001 or Sunday, September 16, 2001? What Scriptures did you read? What did you sing? How did you pray? What has helped people through the years as they have dealt with...

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April 14, 2011

Our biggest seminar . . .

. . . at least since October 2010 . . . took place on April 11, 2011. On the side of the bus, we read that it was from Passaic, New Jersey. The Rev. Vicky Ney, pastor of Springfield Presbyterian...

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