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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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November 12, 2015

Our sisters and brothers on the run

Manshi Metha of U.S. Fund for UNICEF tells the group about children in SyriaHumanitarian crises such as the one in Syria do not have humanitarian solutions; they have political solutions.

Almost 60 million men, women, and children displaced by crises around the world.

Children make up over 50% of our displaced sisters and brothers.

More than 4 million Syrians have become refugees since 2011.

Over 7 million Syrians are internally displaced.

Refugees generally want to return home; the average refugee experience is 17 years.

These were some of the challenging realities discussed by a seminar group from the Presbytery of Long Island. An intergenerational group of about 60 Presbyterians from at least 8 ...

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April 10, 2014

Join in prayer with Syrians

Map of SyriaOur staff will join young adults and people of all ages in Syria and around the world in prayer for peace tomorrow.

From the Presbyterian News Service:

A group of young adults from churches across Syria are calling for the world to join them in kindling the candle of peace by praying together simultaneously on Friday, April 11, at 9:00 p.m. GMT (5:00 p.m. EDT).

The call comes from the Syrian Multimedia Youth Team:

The Syrian Multimedia Youth Team works for positive change within Syrian society by using modern media and technology to encourage local development ...

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September 19, 2013

Insight into the crisis in Syria

During a recent visit to the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, Dr. Mary Mikhael of the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon shared information about the Syrian crisis and its effects on our partners and the citizens of Syria. David Barnhart and Scott Lansing created video clips of Mary's conversation. Here's the first one:



Additional video reflections are available.

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September 13, 2013

Chemical weapons

The Arms Control Association (ACA), an independent membership organization dedicated to promoting public understanding and effective policies to address the threats posed by the world's most dangerous weapons: nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons, as well as certain types of conventional weapons that pose a threat to noncombatants, provides a number of resources to help understand chemical weapons:

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September 4, 2013

Pray for Syria: World Communion of Reformed Churches

The World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) has issued a statement and call to prayer on Syria noting that, "The WCRC is aware of the current moves towards military response to these attacks and calls for restraint. However heinous the chemical attacks are, military response is not the answer." The WCRC also calls for prayer for the peoples of Syria this weekend.

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