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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.).

Seeking peace. Striving for justice. Together.

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May 22, 2015

Prayer service for people affected by violence or natural disaster

During an interfaith prayer service at the Tillman Chapel at the Church Center for the United Nations, participants prayed and lit candles for our sisters and brothers affected by violence and natural disasters. 

For whom do you pray?

Candles lit with bible behind them

Categories: Disasters, Interfaith, Prayer

Tags: church center for the united nations, prayer, violence

May 22, 2015

Gender Inequality, Non-communicable Diseases, and the SDGs

by Nathan Jumper and Amelie Clemot

The NGO Committee on the Status of Women/New York and the NGO Committee on Mental Health recently held a panel session in the UN community on the relation between gender equality and non-communicable diseases (NCDs). NCDs are currently divided into four categories: cancers, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory diseases, and diabetes. (Interestingly, a recent Harvard study has listed Mental Health as a fifth category of NCD. However, this is not yet recognized in other official venues.) One of the central discussions at the panel was the economic impact of NCDs. Simply put, they are ...

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May 21, 2015

Do One Thing for cultural diversity

The United Nations has designated today as the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.

God created human beings, a diverse family, to live together and to love one another as God loves us. This day, and every day, provides an opportunity to celebrate our God-given diversity.

Here are 10 simple ideas from the United Nations:


  1. Visit an art exhibit or a museum dedicated to other cultures.
  2. Invite a family or people in the neighborhood from another culture or religion to share a meal with you and exchange views on life.
  3. Rent a movie or read a book ...

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May 20, 2015

To you God we cry

If you are in the New York city area, join us and our partners for an interfaith Intercessional Prayer Service for People Affected by Violence and Natural Disaster.
Friday, May 22 at 1:00
Tillman Chapel
Church Center for the United Nations
Corner of E. 44th Street and 1st Avenue
The service is organized by the chaplain at the Church Center.
If you are not in New York or if you are unable to attend, we invite you to join in prayer wherever you may be.

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May 19, 2015

Amelie Clemot - summer 2015 intern

by Amelie Clemot

My name is Amelie Clemot and I will be interning at the Presbyterian Ministry at the UN this summer of 2015. I am a rising sophomore at Wesleyan University and am studying Psychology and International Relations.

My goal this summer is to learn more about the UN and its relationship with NGOs such as the Presbyterian Ministry. In addition, I am very concerned with human rights and am involved with the ACLU on my campus. I hope to contribute to projects on women and children’s rights and to learn more about the different causes and global ...

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