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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 30, 2016

Holocaust Remembrance Day 2016

The  United States Holocaust Memorial Museum reminds us that "the internationally recognized date for Holocaust Remembrance Day corresponds to the 27th day of Nisan on the Hebrew calendar. It marks the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. In Hebrew, Holocaust Remembrance Day is called Yom Hashoah.

This year Holocaust Remembrance Day is observed on May 5, 2016. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) invites Presbyterians to join in remembering on this day.

Here is a litany of lighting candles for Holocaust Rememberance Day:

The Lighting of Memorial Candles
One:     We light candles in memory of those who were killed during ...

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February 3, 2016

Developing interfaith relations

by Robert Arrington

Group with Adi Khair from JordanOn February 2, 2016 at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, we had the wonderful opportunity of hosting a group from the Westchester Youth Alliance for an interfaith seminar. We celebrated World Interfaith Harmony Week, which was originally proposed by H.M. King Abdullah II of Jordan.

The 40+ high school students began with an interactive panel on the topic of interfaith relations. Panelists included Peter Prove, Director, International Affairs, the World Council of Churches; Deepika Singh, Director of Programs at Religions for Peace; Leslie Brier, UN Representative for Women of Reform Judaism; and Omair Paul ...

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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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