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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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January 27, 2014

How we can make a difference

Reprinted with permission from The Messenger of Catonsville Presbyterian Church with slight editorial changes in relation to photos that appeared in the original article

“Children are children, not soldiers!”

“I liked the UN tour, especially seeing the conference rooms, where the action really happens.”

“I was amazed by the impact that an advocate can have in influencing policy decisions.”

“The Red Cup program impressed me the most because it accomplished three purposes at once: feeding people, providing education, and promoting gender equality.”

These were some of the reflections from the group that traveled to the United Nations on Friday, October ...

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October 12, 2013

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF 2013

Halloween costumes have appeared in New York City. However you observe the holiday, consider participating in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF this year.

Started by Presbyterians, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF is a prime fundraiser for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to save and improve children's lives, providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more.

Child in Robin costume from Batman with Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF boxThe U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF's work through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States. UNICEF works toward the day when ...

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May 30, 2013

Malawi: The Big Picture

from the email newsletter of the Presbytery of Wabash Valley
by Phyllis Wezeman, First Presbyterian Church of South Bend & Malawi Mission Network

Malawi Seminar outside UN"Malawi:  The Big Picture," a three-day seminar co-sponsored by the Malawi Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Presbyterian Ministry of the United Nations, was attended by twenty-two people from the Presbytery of Wabash Valley.  Members of First Presbyterian Church of Peru, First Presbyterian Church of South Bend, and Westminster Presbyterian Church of South Bend traveled to New York City to learn more about the United Nations work in Malawi, Africa.

Speakers included staff ...

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May 24, 2013

What I Have Been Through Is Not Who I Am

by Brendan Welsh

Carol Smolenski speaking to seminar groupCarol Smolenski, executive director of ECPAT-USA, spoke to yesterday’s seminar group from the Presbyterian Church in Westfield, NJ about her organization's work to protect American children from sexual trafficking. In her organization’s film What I Have Been Through Is Not Who I Am we meet Katrina, a young woman who was coerced out of her job as an Atlanta restaurant hostess when she was 17 by a patron who, unbeknownst to her, was intent on making money off of her through the sex trade. The man gained Katrina’s trust not only by paying ...

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May 24, 2013

Only a glimpse

by Marissa Costello

I was inspired today by three speakers whose presentations all related to one atrocity: human trafficking and forced labor. Ryan Smith, Presbyterian representative to the United Nations, Kevin Cassidy, Senior for the International Labour Organization, and Carol Smolenski, executive director of ECPAT-USA, each spoke to a seminar group from the Presbyterian Church in Westfield, New Jersey. I was inspired by each speaker’s passion to change the world one life at a time, which just left me in pure awe. Let me tell you a bit about one presentation.

Kevin Cassidy speaking to the groupMr. Cassidy presented a PowerPoint that incorporated pictures ...

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