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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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March 16, 2016

Naming the Need for Education

By Addie Domske

Today I participated in worship for the Commission on the Status of Women, along with other women here with the Presbyterian Church (USA).

I was fortunate enough to write part of the liturgy for our short worship time, found below. (It is partially inspired by a Presbyterian women’s history month liturgy.) May we all name what needs to be named in the world!

CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: O God, for your Church universal, which throughout the ages has called women to serve in this world that you love,
People: we thank you.
Leader: For Mary of ...

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March 15, 2016

Breaking Cycles of Poverty through Education

An emphasis on education, and on free public education, has been a hallmark of churches that stand in the Reformed tradition since the days of John Calvin.

The Presbyterian parallel event at the 60th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women focused on the role of education in breaking cycles of poverty, particularly for women.

A panel presentation lifted up ways Presbyterians support education in Kenya, Aotearoa New Zealand, the United States and around the world.

Beth Olker, Field Staff for Presbyterian College Women & Young Women's Ministries, Racial Ethnic & Women's Ministries, Presbyterian Mission Agency ...

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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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March 8, 2015

Seeking justice for women together

Saturday, March 7, 2015

A girl born today will be an 81-year-old grandmother before she has the same chance as a man to be CEO of a company.

Phumzile Mlambo-NgcukaSo UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka told those who gathered for the Ecumenical Women Orientation to the 59th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

Presbyterian participants in the  met with our Ecumenical Women partners for the event. Presbyterians and other members of Ecumenical Women work together to advocate and witness for justice during the Commission.

The day began with prayer and song, quickly followed by Ms ...

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November 10, 2013

Take the SNAP/Food Stamp Challenge

Snap/Food Stamp Challenge logoFrom November 17-23, 2013 the PC(USA)’s denominational leaders, Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons, the Moderator Neal Presa and Presbyterian Mission Board Executive Director Linda Valentine will engage in the SNAP/Food Stamp Challenge. We invite the rest of the church to join them, either by taking the actual Challenge or by joining in solidarity through various activities, including child and adult education, outreach in communities, and prayer.

The SNAP/Food Stamp Challenge is a discipline to draw attention to the gross injustice of poverty and hunger in the U.S. and to open new opportunities for education, understanding, compassion ...

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