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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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August 12, 2013

International Youth Day

by Onaje Crawford


On December 17, 1999, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth suggesting that August 12th be declared International Youth Day.

Today, The United Nations’ celebrated the 14th Annual International Youth Day by hosting a series of presentations, video exhibitions, and panel discussions on youth migration entitled, “Youth Migration: Moving Development Forward”.  Jean-Pierre Gonnot, Chief of the Social Integration Branch of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs’ Division for Social Poilcy and Development, opened the celebration by distributing a statement from the Secretary-General entitled “Message ...

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February 1, 2013

Youth (age 15-35): Tell the UN about Your Migration Experience

United Nations World Youth Report 2013

The United Nations is in the process of preparing its 2013 World Youth Report (WYR) on Youth Migration and Development. The Report will offer a multidimensional account and/or perspective of the life experiences of young migrants and young people affected by migration.

Wednesday 23rd  January 2013 saw the launch of a 4 week online, interactive discussion platform aimed at bringing together young migrants and other young people affected by migration to share with us, and each other, their stories and experiences. We are looking to engage with young people aged between 15-35. Have ...

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August 11, 2012

2012: Summer of seminars

 Thank you Church of the Covenant - Joann and SophiThe summer of 2012 has seen a number of groups hold seminars at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations.

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August 1, 2012

Minnesota and Ghana: people on the road

by Elodie de Bethmann

Small group discussionOn Monday, July 30, the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations had the pleasure of spending the day with members of The House of Hope Presbyterian Church of St. Paul, MN. The group joined us to learn more about human movement and related issues. We started the day with each seminar participant sharing her or his own family’s history of movement before being joined by our Ghanaian sisters and brothers from Trinity, Bethel, and Emmanuel Presbyterian Churches in New York.  In the afternoon, we listened to the Ghanaians’ stories and how issues of human movement ...

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June 15, 2011

The writing was on the wall

Writing on white boardActually it was on the white board.

And it was pretty cool.

Love God
Love yourself
Love others

It has been a while since the board in our conference room has seen such creativity.

A group of six high school students (one of whom has actually graduated is "still a high schooler at heart") from Medina Presbyterian Church arrived on Monday for a seminar. Immigration in the United States was the topic they selected.

We adapted the order of the seminar a bit as thye arrived. We began by talking about the situation in South Kordofan, Sudan. Ryan Smith, Presbyterian ...

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