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Through the Bible, the cornerstone of our faith, we know the stories of God's efforts to communicate with creation and of creation's response. God communicates through rainbows and burning bush, through earthquakes and fire, and through the still small voice. We pray that God will speak through us as we tell new stories of the faith, life and mission found in Christ's church.

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  • YoRocko Podcast from Reimagining the church

    Conversations with church leaders about projects that matter

    July 31, 2015 by Rocky Supinger

     

    Rocky Supinger talks with Marci Auld Glass
    Pastor Marci Auld Glass talks about advocating and testifying on behalf of LGBT people and women in Idaho. (This podcast was recorded in February 2015.)

     

    <---- Marci Auld Glass was born and raised in Spokane, Washington but ventured to Texas to attend Trinity University, where she majored in history and international studies. After many years of serving churches in youth ministry, she attended Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. She is now the pastor of Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho. She serves on the Board of the Covenant Network, the Presbyterian Mission Agency ...

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  • Happy Birthday, Nelson Mandela from Swords into plowshares

    July 30, 2015 by Mark Koenig

    by Willa Van Camp

    Nelson Mandela Day is celebrated every year on July 18, Nelson Mandela’s birthday. Today, July 24, there was celebration of the day which included the awarding of the inaugural Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize. The prize was awarded to two laureates who have each embodied the values of Mandela in their life and work.

    The first recipient was Dr. Helena Ndume, an inspirational woman from Namibia. Ndume was forced to flee to Angola as a 15 year-old due to violence in Namibia. Though forced from her home she did not abandon her education and was able ...

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  • HIV/AIDS MDGs achieved ahead of schedule from Swords into plowshares

    July 30, 2015 by Mark Koenig

    by Sarah Hoyle

    As the focus in the UN changes from the Millennium Development Goals to the Sustainable Development Goals, it is important to celebrate the Goals that have been achieved,

    When the MDGs were established, the world was gripped in a swiftly spreading AIDS pandemic that was spiraling out of control. MDG6 was established not to eliminate AIDS, but to halt and reverse its spread. An announcement was released yesterday by UNAIDS that “new HIV infections have fallen by 35% and AIDS-related deaths by 41%. The global response to HIV has averted 30 million new HIV infections and nearly ...

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  • Remembering Srebrenica from Swords into plowshares

    July 30, 2015 by Mark Koenig

    by Nathan Jumper

    Twenty years ago in July 1995, more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslims were slaughtered, an act that has come to be known as the Srebrenica genocide. These mass killings were perpetrated primarily by units of the Army of Republika Srpska, and the Scorpions, a paramilitary unit from Serbia.

    In 2004, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia unanimously ruled that these killings constituted genocide. One year later Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made an official statement that, while the blame lies first with those who planned and carried out the massacre, the UN shares ...

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  • Youth Civic Engagement from Swords into plowshares

    July 30, 2015 by Mark Koenig

    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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