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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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October 15, 2015

A just and lasting peace for South Sudan

Ryan Smith and Peter Gai make plans for visits"The needs of the people must take priority over the interests of the powerful."

And what the people of South Sudan need is a just and lasting peace.

That's the message shared in the UN community by the Rt. Rev. Peter Gai, moderator of the Presbyterian Church in South Sudan and Sudan. 

The Rev. Gai came to New York on October 12 and 13 as part of a month long visit to call for prayer, action, and support for the efforts of the church in South Sudan to contribute to a just and lasting peace for the people.

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September 17, 2015

The Presbyterian Ministry at the UN welcomes our first YAV!


We welcome Matt Cowell, the first Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) to serve with the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations. Below is Matt's first blog:


Matt

Greetings to all!  My name is Matt Cowell and I am a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) serving in New York City at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations.  For those

of you who don’t know, the YAV program is a service corps of the PC(USA), this year bringing together 85 mostly twenty-somethings to serve for one year in 17 U.S. cities and four foreign countries ...

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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.

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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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August 4, 2014

Joint Prayer for Peace and Reunification

Kurt Esslinger

In a few weeks the entire peninsula of Korea will honor the memory of Liberation Day from Japanese Colonialism on August 15th, 1945. This will be a celebration full of mixed feelings as this day also marks the moment when two foreign powers, the Soviet Union and the United States made the decision without Korean authority to divide the peninsula into two zones. A line that generally follows the 38th Parallel became the line of division. Upon the Korean War, it also became an impassable wall separating families and independence partners who happened to be on the wrong ...

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