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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 30, 2013

Stated Clerk Statement on Syria

The Rev. Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) issued a statement today (August 30) in the wake of the escalating violence in Syria, calling upon U.S. and world leaders to refrain from military action.

"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

We are deeply concerned about events in Syria. We grieve for our brothers and sisters who have suffered so deeply for so long. We yearn for an end to the bloodshed and renew our call for a cease-fire and ...

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September 20, 2012

2012 International Peacemakers Gather in Louisville

The Presbyterian Peacemaking Program welcomes 14 peacemakers from 11 countries as they gather in Louisville, KY for orientation September 18-20.  They will be traveling to congregations, mid-councils and other institutions from September 21-October 29. 

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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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July 24, 2012

Outcomes from the 56th Commission on the Status of Women

The Commission on the Status of Women has recommended that the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations approve draft language on the following topics:

Detailed language on each of these areas are available in the full report ...

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February 5, 2012

What are you doing on Super Bowl Sunday?

Super Bowl Sunday is not an issue that you would probably expect on a blog shared by the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations and the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program.  Super Bowl Sunday is here, on this blog because of our commitment to end human trafficking both here in the United States and around the world.  Large sporting events often act as hubs of human trafficking activity.  The Super Bowl is no exception.

Our partners at Presbyterian Women have encouraged people to join the United Church of Christ in asking  “Gov. Mitch Daniels to keep pushing the Indiana General Assembly to ...

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