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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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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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June 8, 2015

All God's gifts

by Sarah Hoyle
This is a version of the sermon Sarah preached at the Tillman Chapel, Church Center for the United Nations, on 5 June 2015.

Sarah Hoyle preaching Saying grace before a meal is a funny thing in my family. I always like to volunteer to pray, because my dad will often draw it out with a “Blessed be you oh God, Creator of the Universe…” and then sing the “Amen”when I would much rather rush through “God is great, God is good.” Even today, if I remember to pause to give thanks for the meal at all, it’s often ...

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April 16, 2015

Observing the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

The cliff image by Lucy JanjigianThis year marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide—the systematic massacre of one and a half million Armenians that began on April 24, 1915, and continued into the early 1920s. The 221st General Assembly (2014) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) called on congregations to remember this event in worship on April 26, 2015 (the Fourth Sunday of Easter). Read the full text of the PC(USA) General Assembly action.  The photo shows the painting "The Cliff" by Jerusalem-born artist Lucy Boyadjian Jangijian whose Uprooted Collection interprets the Armenian Genocide and the will to endure.

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March 8, 2015

Sunday in Forest Hills

A number of the Presbyterian participants in the 59 Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women attended the morning worship service at First Presbyterian Church of Forest Hills to hear the Rev. Larissa Kwong Abazia, pastor of the congregation and Vice-Moderator of the 221st General Assembly of the 221st General Assembly (2014) preach.

Those who attended were inspired by the sermon and blessed by the fellowship of the congregation.

Group with the Rev. Larissa Kwong Abazia

Nurtured in spirit, the group left the church to participate in the International Women's Day March.

Thanks to Herndon Lackey for the photo.

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January 28, 2015

World Interfaith Harmony Week 2015

Observe World Interfaith Harmony Week We live in an interfaith world. This brings challenges and opportunities. Respectful Presence: An Understanding of Interfaith Prayer and Celebration from a Reformed Christian Perspective, a document commended to congregations and governing bodies of the...

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