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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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October 12, 2014

Happy Birthday, United Nations

United Nations Day Poster

October 24th is United Nations Day.  This day marks the anniversary of the Charter of the UN that occurred in 1945. 

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has long supported the work of the United Nations. The 220th General Assembly (2012) voted to "Affirm the church’s historic support for the United Nations as an instrument of peacemaking and peace building and a guarantor of the human and legal rights of people and nations."

Here are some ideas for how you can celebrate this day:

Pray for those who work in the United Nations system.

Pray for the United ...

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August 11, 2014

WCC on Iraq

From the World Council of Churches on Iraq:

Prayers and solidarity for the churches in Northern Iraq

WCC calls for urgent action in Iraq

Letter to the UN Secretary-General on Iraq

Learn about Presbyterians at work with our sisters and brothers in Iraq

An open letter (from Lebanon) to Ban Ki-moon on behalf of Mosul's Christians

From the World Communion of Reformed Churches on Iraq:

For our brothers and sisters in Iraq

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August 4, 2014

Joint Prayer for Peace and Reunification

Kurt Esslinger

In a few weeks the entire peninsula of Korea will honor the memory of Liberation Day from Japanese Colonialism on August 15th, 1945. This will be a celebration full of mixed feelings as this day also marks the moment when two foreign powers, the Soviet Union and the United States made the decision without Korean authority to divide the peninsula into two zones. A line that generally follows the 38th Parallel became the line of division. Upon the Korean War, it also became an impassable wall separating families and independence partners who happened to be on the wrong ...

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April 27, 2014

Holocaust Remembrance Day

April 11 is designated as Holocaust Remembrance Day by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Here is a litany of lighting candles for this day. May we remember.The Lighting of Memorial Candles One: We light candles in memory of those who were...

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April 27, 2014

National Day of Prayer - May 1, 2014

The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held in the United States on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for our nation. In some places, groups gather for prayer services, walks, or vigils. Here is a prayer to use or adapt:

A Prayer for Our Nation

Gracious God, in whom we live and move and have our being, we give thanks for your presence made known to us in the words, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, our Savior and Lord.

God of all truth, by whom all nations are judged and ...

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