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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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February 3, 2016

Developing interfaith relations

by Robert Arrington

Group with Adi Khair from JordanOn February 2, 2016 at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, we had the wonderful opportunity of hosting a group from the Westchester Youth Alliance for an interfaith seminar. We celebrated World Interfaith Harmony Week, which was originally proposed by H.M. King Abdullah II of Jordan.

The 40+ high school students began with an interactive panel on the topic of interfaith relations. Panelists included Peter Prove, Director, International Affairs, the World Council of Churches; Deepika Singh, Director of Programs at Religions for Peace; Leslie Brier, UN Representative for Women of Reform Judaism; and Omair Paul ...

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July 30, 2015

Youth Civic Engagement

by Willa Van Camp

International Youth Day is celebrated every year on August 12th. This day was designated in 1999 with the adoption of resolution 54/120 with the goal to highlight issues that young people are facing around the world. Every year as part of the International Youth Day there is a theme on which special focus is placed. The theme for this year’s International Youth Day is “Youth Civic Engagement”. This year’s campaign hopes to encourage youth to engage and participate in political and public life. The choice of the theme, “Youth Civic Engagement,” acknowledges ...

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July 15, 2015

End violence against women and girls

In response to an invitation to tell the world why they believe in a future free from violence against women and girls for Orange Day, July 25, to make a short video focusing on their vision for a world without violence against women and girls. Our interns made a video. You can too! Make and post a video. Share the link on Twitter on July 25.


The United Nations Secretary-General’s Campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women has proclaimed the 25th of each month as : a day to raise awareness and take action against violence against women and girls. 

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June 12, 2015

Opportunities for empowerment and inclusion

by Madeline Bacchus

On June 10, a side event to the 8th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities featured a panel on Arab youth with disabilities and the opportunities of empowerment and inclusion they have. The panel addressed cases from Palestine, Syria and Morocco.  Among the speakers were representatives from The Zero Project, Disabled People International (DPI) and the Federal Organization of Deaf Persons in Morocco.

All spoke in depth of the work they and their organizations have done and continue to do to aid people with disabilities.  Pauline ...

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June 5, 2015

Ending the Chain of Hate: An Interfaith Dialogue

UNITE for Harmony logoEnding the Chain of Hate:
An Interfaith Dialogue

Monday, June 8, 2015
12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
Tillman Chapel
Church Center for the United Nations
777 UN Plaza (corner of E, 44th Ave. and 1st St.)
New York

Rockland U.N.I.T.E. for Harmony, an interfaith group comprised of Christian, Jewish, and Muslim teens from Rockland County in New York, have been building relationships for 18 months. 

Inspired by the United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week, the young people's goal has been to learn about one another's religious traditions and to stand firmly against ...

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