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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.).

Seeking peace. Striving for justice. Together.

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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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October 17, 2013

MDGs, Poverty and the Post-2015 Agenda - working together for a world without discrimination

“MDGs, Poverty and the Post-2015 Agenda - working together for a world without discrimination”

When: 17 October, 2013 – 10AM – 11:30AM EDT 

Where: UNICEF House Exhibition Space - Danny Kaye Centre - New York

Live Stream Available the day of the event!



October 17th is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Building on the many movements and actions that traditionally take place on this day, the World We Want Platform will host its next interactive People's Voices Series event.

Representatives of non-governmental organizations, community organizations, social movements, youth-led organizations, UN agencies, Member States, private sector, media and academia are ...

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April 8, 2013

Global discipleship on food and hunger

Ryan leading workshopLast week, I hosted a workshop at the Compassion, Peace and Justice Training Day in Washington, DC.  The workshop focused on global discipleship and food and hunger advocacy within the international community.

Participants looked at three critical global issues around food and hunger policy: soil, water and land grabbing. 

Participants talked about ways in which their congregation could change US based policy and have an influence on global policy.  The theme of acting locally while thinking globally recurred in small groups.

Small groups talked about what is happening in their communities and how others can get involved.  Supporting local produce ...

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