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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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April 11, 2013

Peacemaking Travel Study Seminar in Northern Ireland: Reconciliation in the Celtic Context

Day 9: Putting the pieces together with prayer, discernment and small group conversations

A walk along the North Sea today during a break from our debriefing

A walk along the North Sea today during a break from our debriefing

Post by Andy Gans, pastor of Fort King Presbyterian Church in Ocala, FL

So now what do we do? That's the question we all have after an incredible learning experience in Northern Ireland.  How do we take this information and all we've learned back into our own context? These are the questions our group of 27 struggled with today as we engaged in a large group debriefing session. Through our discussion we observed that the stumbling blocks to peace and unity, not just here but back home as well, are ignorance, arrogance and the need for power. We felt what is needed is trust in the other and being able to see Christ in their eyes. Easier said than done isn't it? I think the key will be, in what ever our situation of estrangement and division, is not being afraid to step out and try to make a difference, because if you don't who will? Ask yourself the question, "God, how can I make a difference?" This is the fulfillment of the Gospel!
Speaking of God, during one of our breaks we were able to enjoy a stroll along the north Atlantic coast of Ireland. This is a beautiful place with some powerful seas. God's beautiful creation was before us and it was a joy.
May your day be filled with faith, hope and peace.

Categories: Nonviolence, Northern Ireland, Peace

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