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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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October 20, 2014

Welcome to Rev. Alonzo Johnson

New Mission Associate with the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program

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 partnership with Communications and Funds Development staff. He will  interpret the mission of the Peacemaking Program and promote the Peace and Global Witness Offering.  Email Alonzo or call him directly at 888-728-7228, ext 5027.

Categories: Peace

Tags: alonzo, peacemaking, presbyterian peacemaking program, staff

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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October 12, 2014

Happy Birthday, United Nations

United Nations Day - October 24 - marks the day the UN Charter entered into force in 1945.

How will you celebrate this day? Here are some ideas:

Pray for those who work in the United Nations system.

Pray for the United Nations.

Use a hymn written by the Rev. Carolyn Winfrey-Gillette. The hymn in bulletin format. The hymn with music. Check out a video of the hymn.

Participate in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF a program started by Presbyterians.

Learn more about the United Nations.

Organize a seminar through the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations.

Make a gift to the Presbyterian Ministry ...

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October 9, 2014

Alison Fraser - intern, 2014-15 academic year

by Alison Fraser

Hello, my name is Alison Fraser and I am working this year as an intern at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations. The goal of the staff here are to equip and connect Presbyterians for ministry, in order to serve as faithful disciples of Jesus to the global community. In supporting this work, I will be learning about how the church responds to the realities of the issues of security, instability, hunger, peace, justice and reconciliation.

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia, and moved out to New York to participate in Teach ...

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October 9, 2014

Richard Aylor - intern, 2014-15 academic year

by Richard Aylor

My name is Richard Aylor, and I am interning for the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations this academic year.  I am currently a senior at Princeton Theological Seminary and a candidate for ordination in the PC(USA).  I am looking forward to this internship because I have always felt called to public advocacy ministry and am interested in my denomination’s role on international justice issues. 

As someone called to minister in a parish, I feel that it is very important that churches are educated on international issues.  The church is not confined to a building ...

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