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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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October 24, 2013

A band of sisters

by Deborah Wright

group gathered in Muir WoodsUnited Nations Day took on a new sense of meaning for me starting back in the late 90's when I was first invited by Elana Rozeman, an American born Orthodox Jew who had emigrated to Israel 20 years before, put out the word that a group of interfaith women were going to have a meditative walk through Marin County's Muir Woods to the place where, in May of 1945, original charter of the United Nations had been signed.

Elana, coincidentally also the sister of the man in my life, had, in 1997, lived through a ...

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September 24, 2013

It's not fluff

In the light of a hate crime attack on Dr. Prabjhot Singh in New York, our colleague Christine Hong reflected on the importance of interfaith work. Her reflection is reprinted with her permission.

Interfaith work is not fluffy. It is advocacy on the deepest level. The more authentically we engage in conversation and life with our neighbors of different faith traditions the more we become aware that interfaith work saves lives. Interfaith education and service not only bridges communities but it also prevents hate crimes and tackles the felt needs of humankind. The interfaith community works to seek justice, not ...

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July 28, 2013

Let the bells of peace ring

The Annual Interfaith Peace Gathering
Commemorating The Hiroshima / Nagasaki Atomic Bombings

Monday, August 5, 2013

The Interchurch Center
475 Riverside Dr. (Entrance on Claremont Ave.)
@ W. 119th St. and W. 120th St.
New York City

3:00pm Family Program
Supported by New York Peace Film Festival

Japanese Style Storytelling (Kamishibai) with Mrs. Tomiko West, Hibakusha (Hiroshima survivor)
Origami Making Workshop

4:30pm Visit the Photo Exhibitions (On View from July 29 – August 5)

5:30pm Interfaith Peace Ceremony
With Special Guests:

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February 14, 2013

United for a Culture of Peace through Interfaith Harmony

UN General Assembly Hall United for a Culture of Peace event

by Alexander Haines

Rochelle Rawls-Shaw and I attended and participated in “United for a Culture of Peace” today in the United Nations General Assembly hall. Through this event, the UN community observed World Interfaith Harmony Week.

We had the opportunity to enjoy the musical talents of several performers, hear speakers from the UN community, and pray with representatives of all major world religious traditions. H.E. Mr. Vuk Jeremić, the current President of the United Nations General Assembly, offered opening remarks in which he asked us to “re-embrace the calls of our respective faiths” to put our “faith in the ...

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January 13, 2013

Rescue during the Holocaust: The Courage to Care

Remembrance and Beyond ImageIn 2005 the UN General Assembly designated January 27—the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau—as the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. Through this commemoration, the UN system and member states of the UN honor the victims of the Nazi era and provide and develop educational programs to help prevent future genocides.

This year's 2013 observance is built around the theme “Rescue during the Holocaust: The Courage to Care”. Through exhibits, film, educational activities and the annual memorial ceremony, the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme and the global network ...

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