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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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June 27, 2013

Acting on our Responsibility on Nelson Mandela Day

Mandela Day logby Grace Bickers

On July 18 communities and organizations around the world will celebrate Nelson Mandela International Day in order to “take action and inspire change” through “service to one’s fellow human.” Sharing the date of Mandela’s birthday, the day commemorates his over 67 years spent fighting for human rights by taking seriously his charge for a new generation of leaders to take responsibility for making the world a better place. Volunteers participate in locally-organized activities for 67 minutes, showing that small actions can be the first steps to making a meaningful difference.

Nelson Mandela Day began after ...

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September 14, 2012

Bob Smylie named director emeritus of Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations

Many thanks to the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board for recognizing Bob Smylie's good and faithful service!

From the Presbyterian News Service

Written by Jerry Van Marter

The Rev. Robert F. Smylie, who represented the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) at the United Nations for 27 years until his retirement in 2002, was named director emeritus of the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations today (Sept. 14) by the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board (formerly the General Assembly Mission Council).

Smylie, who schooled generations of Presbyterians ― including this writer ― in faith-based responses to global issues and problems, served as associate for ...

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December 10, 2011

Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations Year in Review ~ 2011

Presbyterian Ministry at the UN logo - gun sculpture and flagsIn 2011, your gifts to the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations helped Presbyterians advocate for peace and justice in the name of Jesus Christ, based on policies of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assemblies, to the United Nations.

The ministry participated in working groups on the following issues:

Public presentations were arranged for PC(USA) partners from:

Introductions to UN programs ...

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July 18, 2011

Happy Birthday, Nelson Mandela

Today is Nelson Mandela's birthday!

Thanks be to God for his life, witness, and service.

Nelson Mandela International Day

Take Action! Inspire Change (from the UN)

Mandela Turns 93, World Called to Serve (from The Christian Post)

How will you observe the day?

How will you make every day a Mandela Day?

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July 14, 2011

Bringing Voice to Peacemaking


Lisherness and dove pin

Lisherness talking about a Palestinian crafted olive wood dove.


Sara Lisherness, director of Compassion, Peace and Justice Ministry, in her plenary presentation talked about ‘servanthood ‘ as a call to peacemaking.  Peacemaking is not a project to be completed, but a life long ‘vocation.’  

Some years ago, I was talking with someone for whom I have great admiration and she was contemplating  ‘who are the contemporary prophetic voices in peacemaking?  Who are the Robert McAfee Brown’s in the church?’   

Then to her surprise, she realized, ‘it is me, it is my generation’ and the task of stepping up and giving ...

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