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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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March 30, 2016

Holocaust Remembrance Day 2016

The  United States Holocaust Memorial Museum reminds us that "the internationally recognized date for Holocaust Remembrance Day corresponds to the 27th day of Nisan on the Hebrew calendar. It marks the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. In Hebrew, Holocaust Remembrance Day is called Yom Hashoah.

This year Holocaust Remembrance Day is observed on May 5, 2016. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) invites Presbyterians to join in remembering on this day.

Here is a litany of lighting candles for Holocaust Rememberance Day:

The Lighting of Memorial Candles
One:     We light candles in memory of those who were killed during ...

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December 7, 2015

Human Rights Day resources

Celebrate Human Rights Day Logo

About Human Rights Day

Liturgical resources

Ideas ...

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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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