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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 20, 2016

The Holocaust and Human Dignity

Holocaust Remembrance Day logoThe theme for the Holocaust remembrance and education activities in 2016, including the Holocaust Memorial Ceremony, is "The Holocaust and Human Dignity". The theme links Holocaust remembrance with the founding principles of the United Nations and reaffirms faith in the dignity and worth of every person that is highlighted in the United Nations Charter, as well as the right to live free from discrimination and with equal protection under the law that is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Holocaust, which resulted in the destruction of nearly two thirds of European Jewry, remains one of the most ...

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January 19, 2016

March 8 - International Women's Day

Celebrate the Gifts of Women Sunday resource coverThe 2016 theme for International Women’s Day is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”. The United Nations observance on 8 March will reflect on how to accelerate the 2030 Agenda, building momentum for the effective implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals. It will equally focus on new commitments under UN Women’s Step It Up initiative, and other existing commitments on gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s human rights. The United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD) on 8 March during International Women’s Year 1975.

Presbyterian congregations have an ...

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January 16, 2016

Bob Smylie: child of God, world citizen, ambassador for Christ

Bob Smylie memorial service bulletin cover

A memorial service was held today at the First Presbyterian Church in Englewood, New Jersey, for the Rev. Robert F. Smylie, director emeritus of the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations. Bob, who served God and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) at the United Nations for almost 30 years, died on December 19, 2015. The Rev. W. Mark Koenig, director of the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, had the privilege of speaking at the service. His remarks follow:

In his second letter to the church in Corinth, Paul tells the followers of Jesus that we ...

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December 9, 2015

International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime

by Paul Olson

UN Symphony playingDag Hammarskjöld used to invite people over to his house to listen to records of Johann Sebastian Bach. Considering all that Mr. Hammarskjöld had to do as the UN's second General Secretary, this seems really odd. But today’s event began with the UNSRC orchestra playing Johann Sebastian Bach's  "Air". As the group played I was reminded of the power of music to convey the human ideals of harmony and beauty.

In the process of remembering, "we have learned that symbols matter." said David Tolbert, President of the International Center for Transitional Justice ...

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December 7, 2015

Human Rights Day resources

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About Human Rights Day

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