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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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May 27, 2015

Learn more about Western Sahara

by Nathan Jumper

Map of Africa, Western Sahara in GreenBasic Facts

Western Sahara is formally listed by the United Nations as a “Non-Self-Governing Territory.” This means that it possess neither independence nor formal incorporation in another country. Located on the Northwestern coast of African, South of Morocco and North of Mauritania, the Western Sahara is comprised of a population estimated at 550,000, most of whom are Sunni Muslim. From the late 1800s through 1976, Western Sahara was a colony of Spain and, as is often the case of former colonies, Western Saharan boundaries still reflect the interests of its colonizing power. There is currently an ...

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May 20, 2015

Educate a child event in New York

Rev. Alonzo JohnsonIf you are in the New York city area, we invite you to attend an event with the Rev. Alonzo Johnson on the Educate a Child initiative:

 

Educate a Child: Transform the World:

A National and International Initiative

 

The Rev. Alonzo Johnson

Associate, Presbyterian Peacemaking Program

 

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Noon – 1:30

Brown Bag Lunch

 

Presbyterian Conference Room

777 UN Plaza – 7th Floor

(E. 44th St. and 1st Ave. - enter on 1st Ave.)

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April 21, 2015

Pillars of the Church program fosters commitment to peace and justice ministries

reprinted from the Presbyterian News Service
story and photo by Rick Jones

In a world of change and uncertainty, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is growing a loyal group of supporters to keep its peace and justice ministries thriving. Church leaders announced a new program called “Pillars of the Church” at Compassion, Peace and Justice (CPJ) Training Day in Washington, D.C.

“It is about encouraging a sustaining and generous community of donors who are deeply committed to the commandments of Jesus to love God and love our neighbor as ourselves,” said Sara Lisherness, director of CPJ. “Becoming a ...

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January 7, 2015

Security Council Press Statement on terrorist attack on French newspaper

The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations issued a letter expressing our prayer and condolences to Ambassador Delattre.

The Security Council issued the following press statement regarding today's attack in France:


The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the barbaric and cowardly terrorist attack against the headquarters of French newspaper Charlie Hebdo, in Paris, France, on 7 January 2015, causing numerous deaths among journalists, media professionals and associated personnel as well as of two policemen.

The members of the Security Council strongly condemned this intolerable terrorist act targeting journalists and a newspaper.

The members of ...

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November 19, 2014

A Ministry of Presence

Listening to and hearing voices that may otherwise be unheard is the experience of those who are called to ministry. Often those voices end up beating in our eardrums and actually touching our own hearts and we too are transformed in our listening and hearing. For many of us, coming to South Africa has been transformational and we have a sense that God’s purposes are being fulfilled in us.

At God’s own time, we came to South Africa from across the U.S. on a variety of flights. Many of us had never met each other, yet it ...

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