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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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March 28, 2008

Malawi: The fabric of life

The women in Malawi use a national dress that consists of a wrap skirt called a chitenje, which is made of a length of fabric between 4 and 6 yards. They sometimes make a blouse and headdress out of the...


March 27, 2008

Talking about Race

Many groups are engaging in dialogues on issues related to race and racism in the aftermath of the March 18 speech by Barack Obama. There are a couple of study opportunities coming this summer as well as some print resources...


March 24, 2008

Malawi and South Africa: Fear

As I reflect on our time in South Africa and Malawi, I am struck by certain messages that bubble up. I want to share one message. Each congregation we visited, each home based care center we saw, each clinic where...


March 22, 2008

Easter Greetings

Several Easter greetings have come my way that seem worth sharing. It is late in the week for such greetings, at least if one would want to use them on Easter Sunday. Remember though, liturgically speaking Easter is not just...


March 19, 2008

End Modern-Day Slavery in the Fields

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers has launched a Petition Drive to End Modern-Day Slavery and Sweatshops in the Fields. Clifton Kirkpatrick and Linda Valentine have signed the petition and encourage others to join them. The petition calls on Burger King...

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