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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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September 8, 2013

A Season of Peace Begins Today

A Season of Peace is a four-week pilgrimage designed to deepen the pursuit of peace for congregations, small groups, families, and individuals. Through daily peace reflections, family activities, Bible studies, youth activities, an exciting intergenerational Peace Fair, and other online resources, you will be invited to enhance and expand your focus on your calling as a peacemaker. Expect encouragement, challenge, inspiration, and education.

The themes for A Season of Peace are based on the Presbyterian resource The Biblical Witness to Peacemaking, a 365-day walk through the Bible focusing on peace and justice passages.

Path of Peace Daily Reflections

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December 20, 2012

ACTION ALERT: Tell NBC to Air PC(USA) Gun Violence Documentary "Trigger" in Prime Time

Trigger Documentary – Produced by the PC(USA)
NBC has first dibs through May, 2013, on airing a PC(USA)-produced documentary on gun violence. The documentary named TRIGGER: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence is produced by award-winning producer David Barnhart. Our latest inquiry reveals that many of the local NBC affiliates are not even aware that the documentary exists. We need your help! Please call your local NBC affiliate today and request that the documentary be aired in prime time given the recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut

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April 24, 2012

Taking a stand against land grabbing

Today, I joined the Oakland Institute and other protestors outside of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.  We were outside the hotel because “nearly a thousand representatives of pension funds, university and foundation endowments, private equity firms, hedge funds and other high rollers have gathered together to figure how to make huge returns through grabbing land and water rights in the developing world.”

In our Food and Hunger Working Group statement issued in September 2011, we said:

The world food crisis is decades old, but now it is gravely worsening. Food prices have risen rapidly, reaching historically high ...

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September 7, 2011

10 Years After September 11

Just a reminder that there are a number of excellent resources on the PC(USA) website to help congregations commemorate the events of September 11.  Educational, liturgical, pastoral, theological, interfaith, and other resources are all available. 

The devotional entry for September 11 includes the following reflection and prayer:

Sunday, September 11, 2011
SCRIPTURE
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:21)
REFLECTION
•    How is it possible not to be overcome by evil? How might you or your congregation develop or nurture this capacity?
•    How is it possible to overcome evil with good? How might ...

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August 19, 2011

People helping people- a celebration of World Humanitarian Day

 

Smith- World Humanitarian Day

Photo: Joseph Donnelly, Caritas Internationalis

Today, I had the opportunity to join with UN Secretary General Ban Ki- moon, Undersecretary General Valerie Amos, Executive Director of UNICEF Anthony Lake as well as other senior United Nations officials in celebrating World Humanitarian Day at UN Headquarters in New York City.

This is the third year that the United Nations has celebrated this day, marked from the bombing of a UN building in Iraq in 2003, the annual day reminds us to be thankful for work of humanitarian workers today and those who have lost their lives serving others.

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