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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 26, 2014

Covenant, community, and collaboration

by Jamie Tan

Alison Fraser, Jamie Tan, Richard Aylor at eventOn November 25, 2014, Richard Aylor, Alison Fraser, and I attended UNiTE’s “Official Commemoration of the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women,” moderated by Amna Nawaz, NBC News.  This was a spectacular, Orange-themed event opened by the UN Secretary General himself, Ban Ki-Moon, featuring speakers such as Chirlane McCray, First Lady of New York City and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women. 

Most significant for me, however, was a testimony from actress Teri Hatcher, star of the popular ABC drama Desperate Housewives.  Ms. Hatcher was moved to tears before the ...

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November 5, 2014

Wars Leave Devastating Impact on Environment

by Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Mark Koenig

This article was posted on EthicsDaily.com in preparation for the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict on November 6. Check EthicsDaily.com for more articles, videos and news.

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Ancient words from Deuteronomy remind us of the relationship between conflict and the environment created by God.”If you besiege a town for a long time, making war against it in order to take it, you must not destroy its trees by ...

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October 24, 2014

Work in common cause for the common good

From United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on United Nations Day

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General UN Photo/Mark GartenThe United Nations is needed more than ever at this time of multiple crises.  Poverty, disease, terrorism, discrimination and climate change are exacting a heavy toll.  Millions of people continue to suffer deplorable exploitation through bonded labour, human trafficking, sexual slavery or unsafe conditions in factories, fields and mines. The global economy remains an uneven playing field.

The founding of the United Nations was a solemn pledge to the world’s people to end such assaults on human dignity, and lead the way to a better future. There have been ...

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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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September 25, 2014

The things that make for peace

Larissa Kwong Abazia, Vice-Moderator of the 221st General Assembly (2014) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) visited the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations for a celebration of the International Day of Peace. Check out what she had to say about her experience.

 

My congregation and I have been spending the time between September 7- October 5, 2014 observing the Season for Peace.  It seemed appropriate after a summer watching headlines from Gaza, Syria, Ferguson, and countless other challenges both near and far.  But when we speak of peace, so often our minds immediately go to images of violence ...

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