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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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April 6, 2016

Education empowers women: impacting the Commission on the Status of Women

Presbyterians at worship at Commission on the Status of WomenGiven the long and strong commitment to education within the Reformed tradition, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s focus during the 60th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women was the importance of education for women and girls to sustainable development. The church raised this concern in our written statement to the Commission before its meeting. During the Commission, we raised this concern in our advocacy efforts with our partners in Ecumenical Women. The church was honored to be selected to make an oral statement to the Commission. Ryan Smith, Presbyterian representative to the UN, delivered ...

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April 6, 2016

Prayer is advocacy: Ecumenical Women orientation

Ecumenical Women's orientation at the 60th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women included worship, inspiration, and organizing.

Thanks to Paul Olson for the video.

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March 30, 2016

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) oral statement at 60th Session of UN Commission on the Status of Women

Ryan Smith reads PC(USA) statementFor the second year in a row, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) was selected to make an oral statement to the Commission on the Status of Women. The church’s statement focused on the importance of education linked to sustainable development. Ryan Smith, Presbyterian representative at the UN, read the statement on behalf of the church, which is represented within the UN community by the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations.

The statement affirms:

For 177 years, the Presbyterian Church has served as one of the greatest forces for education in the world, helping hundreds of thousands of children ...

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March 16, 2016

Naming the Need for Education

By Addie Domske

Today I participated in worship for the Commission on the Status of Women, along with other women here with the Presbyterian Church (USA).

I was fortunate enough to write part of the liturgy for our short worship time, found below. (It is partially inspired by a Presbyterian women’s history month liturgy.) May we all name what needs to be named in the world!

CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: O God, for your Church universal, which throughout the ages has called women to serve in this world that you love,
People: we thank you.
Leader: For Mary of ...

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March 15, 2016

Presbyterian parallel event at the 60th Session UN Commission on the Status of Women

The Presbyterian parallel event at the 60th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women focused on education as a key to breaking cycles of poverty and empowering women. Education, free, public education, is a central value within the Reformed tradition as affirmed in the introduction to the parallel event:

In different places we are known as members of Reformed, Evangelical, United or Uniting Churches. Depending on the state we are in, we may be called Congregationalists, Waldensians or Presbyterians.

We are some 80 million Christians in more than 225 member churches present in over 100 countries ...

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