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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, 2014

Remarks by Elizabeth M. Cousens, U.S. Representative to the UN Economic and Social Council, at the Commemorative Ceremony on the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, March 25, 2014

From the U.S. State Department:

Mr. President, Madame Chef de Cabinet, Excellency’s, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Today we pay tribute to the men, women, and children robbed of their freedom and their lives by slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. We honor the memory of the millions who died, who were stolen from their families, who suffered from disease and deprivation, and who experienced other untold horrors because of slavery and its barbaric toll. The Transatlantic Slave Trade is a stain on our collective conscience that indelibly marked our own history and left wounds we must still strive to ...

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December 9, 2013

A counter voice of hope

by Esther Lee

Jo Ella Holman speaking at the briefingOn November 22, I had the privilege of meeting Jo Ella Holman, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Regional Liaison for the Caribbean, and learning about the current events in the region. She discussed happenings in the Caribbean and church’s ecumenical efforts to improve welfare.

In the beginning of her briefing, Jo Ella asked the attendees our immediate thoughts associated with the word “Caribbean”. The responses included natural disasters, African Diaspora, and corruption. The unsettling words came with shared aching hearts for the region’s history. A regrettable reality of the region that stood out to ...

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July 10, 2013

A prayer for those in the path of Tropical Storm Chantel

Dear God, we pray for our brothers and sisters who wait and watch the approach of Tropical Storm Chantel in Haiti and the Dominican Republic and all places in the storm's path. As they prepare for yet another tropical storm, many fear for their lives, homes, farms, and villages. Many families are still recovering from previous storms; many still live in tents around the cities of Haiti. We pray that each individual remains safe and sheltered during this upcoming storm. Please God, watch over these men, women, and children. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Thanks to Anna Folz for writing ...

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June 12, 2013

Three prayer concerns - June 12

Pray for the people of Syria, where by the end of the year, millions will have been forced to abandon their homes; becoming displaced persons or refugees without access to adequate shelter, food and water. Pray that the UN will receive the money it needs from its member countries to provide aid to suffering Syrians, and that peaceful resolutions to the conflict will soon be found

Pray for the people of Haiti, where the cholera continues, having caused the deaths of over eight thousand people and suffering of hundreds of thousands to date. Pray that the global community ...

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July 20, 2010

A prayer for Haiti

Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on us. Open our eyes that we may see you in the people that we meet and in the creation that you have made. Open our ears that we may hear you in...

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