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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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July 10, 2015

The year of soil

by Sarah Holye

The UN has a habit of making everything the “day of” something or the “week of” something. Sometimes these things are vitally important…other times they may leave you scratching your head. But did you know that 2015 is the YEAR of something? It’s something so fascinating, so life-giving, so truly crucial to our ecosystem that we often take it entirely for granted.


2015 has been designated the International Year of Soils.

Soil holds a special place in my heart. My name is Sarah Hoyle. Take the S, add it to Hoyle and you’ve ...

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June 8, 2015

All God's gifts

by Sarah Hoyle
This is a version of the sermon Sarah preached at the Tillman Chapel, Church Center for the United Nations, on 5 June 2015.

Sarah Hoyle preaching Saying grace before a meal is a funny thing in my family. I always like to volunteer to pray, because my dad will often draw it out with a “Blessed be you oh God, Creator of the Universe…” and then sing the “Amen”when I would much rather rush through “God is great, God is good.” Even today, if I remember to pause to give thanks for the meal at all, it’s often ...

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June 8, 2015

Healthy oceans, healthy planet

by Nathan Jumper

Secretary General of the United Nations (UN) Ban Ki-moon recently made a statement on the importance of the world’s oceans to the post-2015 sustainable development goals. He remarked:

Given how critical oceans are to the health of our planet and the prosperity of people, they are an essential element in our emerging vision for sustainable development, including the new set of sustainable development goals now being prepared to guide the global fight against poverty for the next 15 years. Climate change poses a great challenge for the health and productivity of the oceans. The science is ...

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June 4, 2015

Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.

World Environment Day logo

The World Environment Day (WED) is the United Nations’ principle vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness of the environment and responsible management of the planet’s natural resources. This years’ theme is Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.

Italy—a country at the forefront of global action towards improved global nutrition and resource use—is the global host this year. Gian Luca Galletti, Italian Minister for the Environment, remarked, “This year, WED will focus on the need to respect the carrying capacity of the planet and to manage natural resources efficiently—all aspects that are of utmost importance if ...

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June 2, 2015

Our home, God's creation

by Amelie Clemot

World Environment Day LogoThe earth, God's creation, is our home: we rely upon it for air, shelter, food and water... Yet, we humans are the earth's biggest threat. How is it that we are comfortable destroying the very thing on which we depend for life and existence?

Well, it could be because we just don't think about the environment during our day-to-day life. Sure, most of us try to recycle our food packages, but I will be the first to admit that when I'm at the grocery store I do not base my purchasing decisions on ...

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