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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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April 10, 2014

Join in prayer with Syrians

Map of SyriaOur staff will join young adults and people of all ages in Syria and around the world in prayer for peace tomorrow.

From the Presbyterian News Service:

A group of young adults from churches across Syria are calling for the world to join them in kindling the candle of peace by praying together simultaneously on Friday, April 11, at 9:00 p.m. GMT (5:00 p.m. EDT).

The call comes from the Syrian Multimedia Youth Team:

The Syrian Multimedia Youth Team works for positive change within Syrian society by using modern media and technology to encourage local development ...

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April 3, 2014

Encourage US support of UN peacekeeping

From the Better World Campaign:

You’ve already heard the bad news: The U.S. is in the red on its peacekeeping dues — big time. Now here’s the good news: The Administration is committed to doing something about it.

Yesterday Ambassador Samantha Power took the case to Congress, testifying that next year’s budget must robustly support UN peacekeeping and pay back the dues we promised to pay.

Thank her for saying what Congress needed to hear, and tweet this message*:

Thank you @AmbassadorPower for standing up for robust funding of our @UN peacekeeping dues on Capitol Hill this ...

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April 3, 2014

Toward a land mine free Colombia

By Shellyann Lewis

Today I attended an event on the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. This event was held at the United Nations and the panel discussions were on “Colombia: Keeping up the Momentum”. Demining in Colombia and various other countries such as South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo is essential to development. In Colombia, there is a large initiative called the Humanitarian Demining Battalion #60 that has made great progress in clearing various explosives. According to the lieutenant colonial director, during 2007-2013, 19,612 mines were cleared and 4,789 explosive ...

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March 31, 2014

Building relationships to witness to Christ in the public arena

By Esther Lee

CPJ Training Day image

I had the privilege of attending the Compassion, Peace and Justice (CPJ) Training (March 21) and the Ecumenical Advocacy Days (EAD) (March 21-24) gathering in Washington D.C.

The CPJ training started at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, where Presbyterian peacemakers congregated from all over the nation. The day consisted of registration, meet and greets, opening worship and welcoming, a panel discussion, a luncheon discussion with workshops in between, and a final sending service. As I helped lead the workshop “Faith Communities Working Together to Prevent Violence” with Christine Hong, Associate for Theology: Interfaith Relations and ...

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March 1, 2014

Register Now: Compassion, Peace, and Justice Training Day

Advocacy Training Weekend 2014

Many types of violence afflict our world. Come to the Advocacy Training Weekend to address the causes of that violence and to seek hopeful solutions. Training will kickoff March 21, 2014 with Compassion, Peace and Justice Training Day for Presbyterians. Learning will continue with our ecumenical sisters and brothers during Ecumenical Advocacy Days the remainder of the weekend. 

"Through prayer, worship, speakers, and advocacy training we will discover a faith-based vision for national policies that “guide our feet into the path of peace” (Luke 1:79), all culminating with Monday’s Congressional Lobby Day on Capitol ...

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