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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 28, 2015

Love your neighbor

by Amélie Clémot and Sarah Hoyle

German Zarate speakingGermán Zárate of the Diaconia of the Presbyterian Church of Colombia is visiting this week to discuss the church in Colombia, social justice and his work with the Colombia Accompaniment Program, a collaborative partnership among the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) World Mission, and the Presbyterian Church of Colombia or Iglesia Presbiteriana de Colombia (IPC). Colombia has a violent history, with communities finding themselves displaced as a result of the Free Trade Agreement, and caught between drug trafficking guerrilla groups and corruption in the government. His talk ...

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April 3, 2014

Toward a land mine free Colombia

By Shellyann Lewis

Today I attended an event on the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. This event was held at the United Nations and the panel discussions were on “Colombia: Keeping up the Momentum”. Demining in Colombia and various other countries such as South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo is essential to development. In Colombia, there is a large initiative called the Humanitarian Demining Battalion #60 that has made great progress in clearing various explosives. According to the lieutenant colonial director, during 2007-2013, 19,612 mines were cleared and 4,789 explosive ...

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June 16, 2013

A prayer for refugees

A Prayer for Refugees

Almighty and merciful God,
whose Son became a refugee

and had no place to call his own;

look with mercy on those who today

who are fleeing from danger,
homeless and hungry.

Bless those who work to bring them relief;
inspire generosity and compassion in all our hearts;
and guide the nations of the world towards that day

when all will rejoice in your Kingdom of justice and of peace.
Help us in your work, to take the side of the lowly,
to defend the newcomer, to welcome the stranger.
Help us now to befriend the ...

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April 22, 2013

Advocacy Alert CORRECTION AND UPDATE: El Tamarindo, Colombia

An update from our partners in the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship:



Thank you to the many of you who have already begun reaching out in response to our urgent action this Saturday.  We wanted to provide A CORRECTED E-MAIL ADDRESS and a few critical updates based on some of the feedback we have received and some of the communications we have already seen some write:

1)  The email to the State Department as given was incorrect.  It is:   (That’s ColOmbia, not ColUmbia.  We can’t believe we passed on the wrong version!)  

2)  Please remember in ...

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April 22, 2013

Urgent Action Requested from our partners in ministry of the Iglesia Presbiteriana de Colombia: Justice for murdered land rights defender and his community

Our partners in the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship have asked that we share the information below from our partners in ministry of the Iglesia Presbiteriana de Colombia.


Yesterday we received an urgent communication from the Rev. Jaira Barriga of the Presbytery of the North Coast in Colombia concerning the murder on April 12, 2013, of a young man, Narcisco Enrique Teheran Mejia.  His murder followed a series of death threats and paramilitary operations in an area called El Tamarindo in the municipality of Galapa, near the city of Barranquilla.  Mr. Teheran was the son of a land restitution activist and was ...

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