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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.).

Seeking peace. Striving for justice. Together.

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December 3, 2015

We Choose Welcome at the Church Center for the United Nations!

CCUN Choose WelcomeOur Stated Clerk, the Reverend Gradye Parsons invited Presbyterians to take a selfie with a banner saying “We Choose Welcome,” responding to fear of Syrian refugees. This week, my colleagues at the Presbyterian Center in Louisville joined together in the chapel to choose welcome themselves.

As I sat in my office in New York, across the street from the United Nations, I thought about welcome. I thought, as Rev. Parsons reminded us of the innkeeper not welcoming Mary and Joseph. I thought about our recognition of World AIDS Day and was reminded that it wasn't until 2009 that HIV ...

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June 5, 2015

Ending the Chain of Hate: An Interfaith Dialogue

UNITE for Harmony logoEnding the Chain of Hate:
An Interfaith Dialogue

Monday, June 8, 2015
12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
Tillman Chapel
Church Center for the United Nations
777 UN Plaza (corner of E, 44th Ave. and 1st St.)
New York

Rockland U.N.I.T.E. for Harmony, an interfaith group comprised of Christian, Jewish, and Muslim teens from Rockland County in New York, have been building relationships for 18 months. 

Inspired by the United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week, the young people's goal has been to learn about one another's religious traditions and to stand firmly against ...

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May 22, 2015

Prayer service for people affected by violence or natural disaster

During an interfaith prayer service at the Tillman Chapel at the Church Center for the United Nations, participants prayed and lit candles for our sisters and brothers affected by violence and natural disasters. 

For whom do you pray?

Candles lit with bible behind them

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May 20, 2015

To you God we cry

Prayer candles

If you are in the New York city area, join us and our partners for an interfaith Intercessional Prayer Service for People Affected by Violence and Natural Disaster.
Friday, May 22 at 1:00
Tillman Chapel
Church Center for the United Nations
Corner of E. 44th Street and 1st Avenue
The service is organized by the chaplain at the Church Center.
If you are not in New York or if you are unable to attend, we invite you to join in prayer wherever you may be.

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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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