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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 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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December 10, 2014

Human Rights Day - December 10

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September 29, 2014

Changing the Conversation: Claiming Our Voice

On September 27 and 28, Hudson River Presbytery hosted a weekend of theology, advocacy and worship called “Changing the Conversation: Claiming Our Voice.” The weekend included three events, a conference on Saturday at Stony Point Center from 9:00-­‐3:30, a fundraising reception for the Office of Public Witness and Presbyterian Ministry at the UN that evening from 4:00-­‐6:00, and a worship at Pleasantville Presbyterian Church on Sunday morning at 10:00am that will be simulcast to congregations throughout the presbytery.

The Rev. Mark Koenig, director of the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, and Kyle ...

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