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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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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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July 28, 2013

A prayer for peace on the Korean Peninsula

Hyeyoung Lee and Kurt Esslinger, PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteer coordinators in Daejeon, Republic of Korea, offer this prayer for PC(USA) members to use during the the season of prayer called for by the statement on the Peace of the Korean Peninsula. It is posted here with their permission.

God of the universe, God of the nations,

The people of the Korean Peninsula are crying out,
They no longer wish to live in the shadow of war,
They no longer wish to have resources diverted from life toward death,
They no longer wish to live in fear of the ...

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February 1, 2013

Youth (age 15-35): Tell the UN about Your Migration Experience

United Nations World Youth Report 2013

The United Nations is in the process of preparing its 2013 World Youth Report (WYR) on Youth Migration and Development. The Report will offer a multidimensional account and/or perspective of the life experiences of young migrants and young people affected by migration.

Wednesday 23rd  January 2013 saw the launch of a 4 week online, interactive discussion platform aimed at bringing together young migrants and other young people affected by migration to share with us, and each other, their stories and experiences. We are looking to engage with young people aged between 15-35. Have ...

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