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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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February 28, 2015

March for justice for women

In commemoration of the 20-year anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, Presbyterian participants in the 59th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women will join the march for gender equality on International Women’s Day! Please join us and our partners, the City of New York, the UN Women for Peace Association, NGO CSW New York, Man Up Campaign, and the Working Group on Girls.

We will march through New York City midtown, starting at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza and ending on Times Square.

TIMELINE: 
1:30 p.m. Participants begin to assemble (Dag Hammarskjold ...

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February 12, 2015

For a world where children are children

‘Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.’ – Matthew 19:14

February 12, 2015 marks the thirteenth anniversary of the entry into force of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict.

Mailing Red HandsTo mark this day, we sent Red Hands to 22 of the 35 UN Member states that have yet to ratify the Optional Protocol. 

UNICEF estimates that more than 300,000 children – boys and girls under the age of ...

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February 5, 2015

Advocacy Training Weekend 2015

April 17-20, 2015
Washington, DC

Everywhere people face severe human rights violations for political and economic gain. 

How can we the church turn these tragedies into triumphs?  Come to Advocacy Training Weekend to take a long hard look at these issues and seek solutions that are theologically and biblically based. Training will kickoff ...

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November 19, 2014

Equipping Presbyterian Women to engage with public issues

by Richard Aylor

Richard Aylor SpeakingOn Saturday November 8, I visited the Presbyterian Women of Monmouth at Brick Presbyterian Church in Brick, New Jersey. For the first part of my presentation, we did advocacy training, and had great conversations about ways to get involved in the community politically. We also talked about our calling as Disciples of Christ to witness to the world. After advocacy training, I used 2 issues advocated by the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations as examples. I talked for a bit on the problem of Child Soldiers around the world, and ways Christians can become involved. We ...

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October 2, 2014

Save the Date for Advocacy Training Weekend! April 17-20, 201

Breaking the Chains:
Mass Incarceration & Systems of Exploitation

Come to Washington, DC, April 17-20, 2015, for the 13th Annual National Gathering of Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice titled, "Breaking the Chains:  Mass Incarceration and Systems of Exploitation." 

Join over 1,000 Christian advocates in building a movement to shake the foundations of systems of human exploitation (Acts 16:16-40), including a prison-industrial system that incarcerates millions of people in the U.S.and abroad.  A world that incarcerates so many and allows some to profit from the exploitation of slave, trafficked and forced labor remains far from ...

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