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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 4, 2014

Joint Prayer for Peace and Reunification

Kurt Esslinger

In a few weeks the entire peninsula of Korea will honor the memory of Liberation Day from Japanese Colonialism on August 15th, 1945. This will be a celebration full of mixed feelings as this day also marks the moment when two foreign powers, the Soviet Union and the United States made the decision without Korean authority to divide the peninsula into two zones. A line that generally follows the 38th Parallel became the line of division. Upon the Korean War, it also became an impassable wall separating families and independence partners who happened to be on the wrong ...

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July 28, 2013

A prayer for peace on the Korean Peninsula

Hyeyoung Lee and Kurt Esslinger, PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteer coordinators in Daejeon, Republic of Korea, offer this prayer for PC(USA) members to use during the the season of prayer called for by the statement on the Peace of the Korean Peninsula. It is posted here with their permission.

God of the universe, God of the nations,

The people of the Korean Peninsula are crying out,
They no longer wish to live in the shadow of war,
They no longer wish to have resources diverted from life toward death,
They no longer wish to live in fear of the ...

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July 26, 2013

May God's Holy Spirit fall afresh on the Korean Peninsula

 by Onaje Crawford

Prayer service at Church Center for the Untied NationsToday, during the weekly chapel service at the Church Center for the United Nations, the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, along with the Mennonite Central Committee UN Office, and the United Methodist Women, honored the international effort to bring peace to the Korean Peninsula with scripture, song, and prayer. Together we petitioned God to lead the Korean Peninsula away from war and to bring reconciliation, peace, and unity so that the people can return to functioning as one country after almost 70 years of division. Saturday marks the 60th anniversary of the Armistice ending the fighting ...

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July 23, 2013

To bring a better future - ministry in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea

As the season of prayer for peace on the Korean Peninsula continues, the Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study Web page for July 23, 2013 focuses on ministry in North Korea:

As of this writing, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) is in the news often, as the speculation on the future of the country after the death of Kim Jong Il continues. Whether his youngest son, Kim Jong Un, can consolidate power in a orderly manner is a great concern to all who work to bring hope for abundant life to God’s children in North Korea ...

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July 9, 2013

A season of prayer for peace on the Korean Peninsula

June 25th marked the beginning of the Korea War as understood in South Korea. Please join the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (PC(USA)) and the Presbyterian Church of Korea (PCK) in a season of prayer for peace, justice, and reconciliation on the Korean Peninsula from now until August 15th, the day Korea was liberated from the Japanese occupation of WWII.

Leaders from the PC(USA) and the PCK issued a statement on peace on the Korean Peninsula that calls members and friends of both churches to:

Pray for peace on the Korean Peninsula and to engage in a season ...

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