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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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May 29, 2014

29 May - International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers

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"United Nations peacekeeping is modernizing to ensure that it can tackle tomorrow’s peace and security challenges. It is deploying new technologies such as unarmed, unmanned aerial vehicles, refining its practices to better protect civilians, and boosting the representation of women among its ranks while strengthening its partnerships with regional organizations. The United Nations is improving logistics and administrative practices, strengthening infrastructure and taking other steps to harness the power of our personnel. Our goal is to ensure that peacekeeping is a cost effective, valuable investment that brings enormous benefits and, above all, saves lives."

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June 24, 2013

Ending violence against women and girls in State custody or State care - Orange Day June 2013

The 25th of every month is an Orange Day to end violence against women and girls.

The UNiTE Campaign is highlighting recommendations from the agreed conclusions of the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women in the framework of ‘safe spaces for women and girls’. This Orange Day and in recognition of International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the UNiTE campaign highlights State custody and State care as safe spaces for women and girls – spaces where they must be safe from torture or any other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.

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April 24, 2013

Orange your day - End violence against women in the workplace

The 25th of every month is an Orange Day to end violence against women and girls.

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On the 25th of each month, join the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign and orange your day!

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November 27, 2012

Opposing violence against women - a prayer

This prayer of the day for International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women was composed by The Rev. Sarah Henkel and offered at the White Plains Presbyterian Church. It originally appeared on Pastor Jeff's Blog.

It is reprinted here with permission and in the hope that others will use or adapt the prayer as we work for an end to violence against women.

Creator God,

You are God of hope and new life; God of healing and restoration.  You are the beginning and the end, the One who walks with us through all of life and for ...

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November 26, 2012

Going orange to end violence against women and girls

November 25 was the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon invites the world to join  the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign on the 25th of every month by observing an Orange Day.

Several Presbyterian congregations took action and bore witness for an end to violence against women on November 25:

White Plains Presbyerian Church in orange



White Plains Presbyterian Church heard a sermon  "The Way Things Are Is Not How They Have to Be" by the Rev. Jeffrey Geary and congregation members wore orange.




United Presbyterian Church of West Orange




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August 24, 2011

The United Nations, Israel and Palestine - Palestine at the United Nations, September 2011

Presbyterian Policy

Since 1948 General Assemblies of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and its predecessor denominations have repeatedly addressed the Middle East and particularly Israel and Palestine. The Presbyterian position has consistently been to affirm the right of Israel to exist as a sovereign state within secure, internationally recognized borders and the right of the Palestinians to self-determination, including the right to the establishment of a neighboring independent, sovereign state toward the end of establishing a just and durable peace. Read actions of Assemblies from 1997 to 2010. The Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy provides a summary of ...

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February 7, 2011

The beginning

The official results of the referendum in Southern Sudan have been announced. The results are an overwhelming - nearly 99% in favor of secession and the creation of a new country. The referendum is recognized as having been successful and...

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