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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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November 7, 2012

Pray without ceasing

by Rochelle Rawls-Shaw

Picture of UN and 1st Avenue in the RainAs I look out my newly installed window (Superstorm Sandy destroyed the old one) on the 7th floor of the Church Center for the United Nations, I see and am experiencing a different New York, United Nations and United States. There is something missing … something’s changed. It’s cold, wet and gray outside today and there are fewer people walking down 1st Avenue than usual. The flags of the 193 member states have not been lifted today.

There’s nobody in the office right now but me, but I am NOT alone. I am in the ...

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September 26, 2012

A story from Homs, Syria

This story was provided by our partners in the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon during their visit to New York and our ministry.

The “Evangelical Old People’s Home” in Homs, Syria has a uniqueness all of its own: because of its ecumenical nature for one thing. It is run by both the Evangelical Church and the “Two Most Sacred Hearts” Maronite Order. A joint daily worship is held.

Nowadays, because the church building in Homs was strongly damaged, the congregation meets in the “Home” for its Sunday morning services, and other activities.  The “Home” hosts people from ...

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