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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 24, 2014

Seminar participants learn about Korea

A group from the Presbyterian Church in Chatham Township participated in a seminar on Wednesday, October 15. The group focused on Korea.

Our colleague, Doug Hostetter, from the Mennonite Central Committee UN Liaison Office provided some history of Korea and talked about the work of the Mennonites in both North and South Korea.

Moon H. Lee, former Executive Secretary of National Council of Korean Presbyterian Churches, former Eastern Korean Presbytery Stated Clerk, former NYC Presbytery moderator, and current member of the PC(USA) Advisory Committee on the Constitution, made a presentation and led a discussion about Presbyterian ministry with the people of Korea both in Korea and in the United States.

The Young Adult Volunteer Program based in Daejon, South Korea shared two video clips with the group. The timing was not right to use Skype.

One video provides an overview of a year in the life of the Young Adult Volunteers in the Republic of Korea.

In a video made for the seminar, Esther Ji-Eun Kim and Kurt Esslinger provide an overview of the work of the Young Adult Volunteers and information about the work of the Reconciliation and Unification Committee of the National Council of Churches in Korea.


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Categories: Justice, North Korea, Peace, Seminars, South Korea

Tags: presbyterian church of chatham township, seminar, young adult volunteer

October 24, 2014

Work in common cause for the common good

From United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on United Nations Day

The United Nations is needed more than ever at this time of multiple crises.  Poverty, disease, terrorism, discrimination and climate change are exacting a heavy toll.  Millions of people continue to suffer deplorable exploitation through bonded labour, human trafficking, sexual slavery or unsafe conditions in factories, fields and mines. The global economy remains an uneven playing field.

The founding of the United Nations was a solemn pledge to the world’s people to end such assaults on human dignity, and lead the way to a better future. There have been ...

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October 23, 2014

Faith intersects with the international community

by Grace Segers

This summer, I interned at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, aided by a scholarship from the Peace, Justice, and Hunger Working Group. At the Ministry, I got to see the intersection of faith and international politics in action.

The internship was simply an amazing experience. The Presbyterian Ministry at the UN is in the Church Center for the United Nations, which houses many religious non-governmental organizations. It is located directly across from the United Nations itself, so I always felt like I was right in the middle of the action. I attended numerous meetings on ...

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October 20, 2014

Welcome to Rev. Alonzo Johnson

The Rev. Alonzo Johnson has accepted a call  as a term Mission Associate with the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program.  Alonzo has concluded his service as the pastor/head of staff of Oak Lane Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, PA. He is a graduate of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (LPTS) and is currently a candidate for his Doctor of Ministry degree at LPTS. He is passionate about peacemaking and social justice issues and has rich experience in urban ministry with a focus on mentoring youth in the arts.
Alonzo will nurture and support existing and new peacemaking networks, and coordinate  program communications in ...

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October 13, 2014

Jamie Yen Tan - intern, 2014-15 academic year

by Jamie Yen Tan

Hi, my name is Jamie Yen Tan and I am a year-long intern with the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations.  I grew up in Irvine, California and am now a Master of Divinity Senior at Princeton Theological Seminary.  I recently lived in Singapore where I studied at Trinity Theological College, Singapore and served with The Presbyterian Church in Singapore (Orchard Road Presbyterian Church).

At this internship I look forward to supporting the PC(USA)’s collaborative work towards justice, particularly alongside other nations, NGOs, and faith-based organizations.  My primary interests are racial justice, gender equity ...

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