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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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January 28, 2014

World Interfaith Harmony Week 2014

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 9, 2013

Human Rights Day - December 10

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July 26, 2013

May God's Holy Spirit fall afresh on the Korean Peninsula

 by Onaje Crawford

Prayer service at Church Center for the Untied NationsToday, during the weekly chapel service at the Church Center for the United Nations, the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, along with the Mennonite Central Committee UN Office, and the United Methodist Women, honored the international effort to bring peace to the Korean Peninsula with scripture, song, and prayer. Together we petitioned God to lead the Korean Peninsula away from war and to bring reconciliation, peace, and unity so that the people can return to functioning as one country after almost 70 years of division. Saturday marks the 60th anniversary of the Armistice ending the fighting ...

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April 9, 2013

Prayer of Confession from Compassion, Peace and Justice Training Day

God of grace and goodness,

what we claim as our own,

you create and give to us.

What we would use for ourselves alone,

you entrust to us for the blessing of all.

Where we perceive scarcity,

you provide enough for all.

Where we grasp and hoard,

you invite us to share.

Where we privilege some at the expense of others,

you endow all with value, worth and dignity

Where we divide and exclude,

you invite and welcome all to the table.

When we turn from your way,

you love us still.

When we fall short,

you make possible new ...

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April 8, 2013

Peacemaking Travel Study Seminar in Northern Ireland: Reconciliation in the Celtic Context

Post by Rev. Carl Horton, Presbyterian Peacemaking Program staff member

On the first Sunday after Easter, our peacemakers set off in small groups to worship with 7 different congregations in the Belfast area.  Some went to the "leafy suburbs" to worship with congregations surrounding the city and mostly removed from the contexts of violence.  Others, went to congregations in the Shankill Road area, places highly impacted by the sectarian bombings and violence of their neighborhoods.   One congregation at the epicenter of the Troubles, still to this day locks its doors during the service with a posted sign in the narthex that reads:  "These doors to remain locked at all times.  Abductions have occurred from this church."

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