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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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Posts with category: Internally Displaced Persons

June 16, 2013

A prayer for refugees

A Prayer for Refugees



Almighty and merciful God,
whose Son became a refugee

and had no place to call his own;


look with mercy on those who today

who are fleeing from danger,
homeless and hungry.


Bless those who work to bring them relief;
inspire generosity and compassion in all our hearts;
and guide the nations of the world towards that day

when all will rejoice in your Kingdom of justice and of peace.
Help us in your work, to take the side of the lowly,
to defend the newcomer, to welcome the stranger.
Help us now to befriend the ...

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October 25, 2012

A revolutionary idea

Mamie Broadhurst and German Zarate“There is nothing more revolutionary than the idea ‘love your neighbor!’' Germán Zárate reminded the group who gathered at the Church Center for the United Nations on October 23, 2012. Germán, Director of the Diaconal of the Iglesia Presbiteriana de Colombia and the Rev. Mamie Broadhurst, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) mission co-worker in Colombia, spoke about the ministry of the church in Colombia.

The Iglesia Presbiteriana de Colombia, supported by U.S.-based partners, ministers to our sisters and brothers who have been displaced in Colombia. This ministry involves working to address the human rights crisis ...

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September 13, 2012

UN visit from the National Evangelical Synod of Syria & Lebanon

Yesterday, the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations welcomed our partners from the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon to advocate with governments of the United Nations Security Council.  Each representative we met received a package including letters from the Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon, stories of what is happening to Christians in Syria, the PC(USA)’s history in the region as well as a copy of the PC(USA)’s policy adopted by the 220th General Assembly (2012).  Presbyterian Disaster Assistance coordinates the PC(USA) response to the humanitarian crisis in Syria.

In each of ...

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August 13, 2012

Seeking justice in Sri Lanka

In New York on August 20? Come and hear Herman Kumara speak about working for justice in Sri Lanka.

Seeking Justice in Sri Lanka
Herman Kumara
Director of the National Fisheries Solidarity Movement

Brown Bag Lunch
Monday, August 20
12:00 – 1:30
Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations Conference Room
777 United Nations Plaza 7th Floor

Herman Kumara is the Director of NAFSO (National Fisheries Solidarity Movement), a fisher people's movement in Sri Lanka. NAFSO organizes fisher people to lobby the government to defend their rights and to bring good environmental practices in coastal areas. Herman is also ...

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April 30, 2012

Christians from Sudan visit UN community

Today, the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations hosted with Caritas Internationalis partners from the Diocese of El Obeid who spoke about their work in the Nuba Mountains region of Sudan.  A briefing with nongovernmental and governmental partners was hosted this afternoon followed by an appointment with a UN agency.

The partners brought the message forward for three advocacy priorities:

1)   Immediately cease all military operations, including aerial bombardment

2)   Allow safe and unhindered access for international humanitarian actors to all civilians and to provide prompt humanitarian assistance to all those in need

3)   Demand that all parties of the ...

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