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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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March 8, 2015

Sunday in Forest Hills

A number of the Presbyterian participants in the 59 Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women attended the morning worship service at First Presbyterian Church of Forest Hills to hear the Rev. Larissa Kwong Abazia, pastor of the congregation and Vice-Moderator of the 221st General Assembly of the 221st General Assembly (2014) preach.

Those who attended were inspired by the sermon and blessed by the fellowship of the congregation.

Group with the Rev. Larissa Kwong Abazia

Nurtured in spirit, the group left the church to participate in the International Women's Day March.

Thanks to Herndon Lackey for the photo.

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January 28, 2015

World Interfaith Harmony Week 2015

Observe World Interfaith Harmony Week We live in an interfaith world. This brings challenges and opportunities. Respectful Presence: An Understanding of Interfaith Prayer and Celebration from a Reformed Christian Perspective, a document commended to congregations and governing bodies of the...

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June 13, 2014

Freedom Summer

by Max Hill

On Monday, June 9, I had the opportunity to attend an event at West Park Presbyterian Church called Freedom Summer: The Next Generation. This event focused on the 50th anniversary of the deaths of Andrew Goodman and others who were killed for trying to register African-Americans to vote in the summer of 1964. The service included some fantastic (and fun) music, as well as an introduction from the Rev. Dr. Robert L. Brashear, Pastor of West Park Presbyterian Church.

The Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr. delivered a keynote address. This focused on the fact ...

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May 20, 2014

Neighbor and Neighborhood: A dialogue of the Sikh Coalition and the PC(USA)

The Sikh Coalition, Presbyterian Men in the Presbytery of New York City, the Church of the Covenant, Rutgers Presbyterian Church, West-Park Presbyterian Church, the Committee on Witness to Society and the World in the Presbytery of New York City, and the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s Office of Interfaith Relations and Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations joined in a unique partnership to offer three dialogue events over the weekend of February 1 and 2, marking World Interfaith Harmony Week. The Sikh Coalition created a video about the dialogue experience:


Contact Christine Hong if you would like information about hosting 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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