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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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December 7, 2015

Human Rights Day resources

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December 6, 2015

16 Days of Activism - Day 12: Advent Reflection

by Robert Arrington

Today on the second Sunday of Advent, we consider the prophecy spoken by Zechariah in Luke 1:68-79:

 “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
for he has looked favorably on his people and redeemed them.
He has raised up a mighty savior for us in the house of his servant David,
as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,
that we would be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us.
Thus he has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors, 
and has remembered his holy ...

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September 14, 2015

Snowflakes

Photo of Austen ZoutewelleOur ministry had the opportunity to host a group of Young Adult Volunteers as part of their orientation process. Austen Zoutewelle, who will be serving in Austin, wrote a reflection on her experience:

Today the group broke up into four groups, all going to see very different communities in the area. I was assigned to go to the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations in New York City. I was a bit familiar with the UN from school and seeing the UN in Vienna, Austria when I studied abroad. I was clueless as to how the PCUSA was involved.

Once ...

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September 14, 2015

We are Praying, We are Singing, We are Crying

photo of Elizabeth HeyerOur ministry had the opportunity to host a group of Young Adult Volunteers as part of their orientation process. Elizabeth Heyer, who will be serving in Indianapolis, wrote a reflection on her experience:

I was sent to the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations. Introductions were made and job details were shared. And a man name Mark said something profound. He said that “we do not speak for the voiceless. Everyone has a voice, it is our job to enhance that voice and let it be heard.” He then took us to a multi faith service for the 219 girls ...

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June 10, 2015

PC(USA) Disability Inclusion Sunday 2015

From our partners in the Presbyterians for Disability Concerns Network of the Presbyterian Health, Education and Welfare Association (PHEWA):

Whether your congregation or worshiping community celebrates Disability Inclusion Sunday on June 14, 2015, the date designated in the Presbyterian calendar, or at some other time (or times), Presbyterians for Disability Concerns (PDC), one of the ten networks of the Presbyterian Health, Education and Welfare Association (PHEWA) urges you to take advantage of our many resources.

 This year, PDC, in collaboration with the Office of the General Assembly and the five human resources departments of the PC(USA), is excited to ...

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