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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 3, 2013

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

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A view of the grounds of Dromantine Retreat Center in Northern IrelandA view of the grounds of Dromantine Retreat Center

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

Our group is made up of 27 people from across the nation. We have a handful of clergy and several elders, most of us are Presbyterian but there are a couple who are not. Tonight we had a great education in to some of the names and terms that surround the unrest between Ireland and Northern Ireland. I am disturbed, again, at how religion plays so much into division between people. I keep asking myself, if people are so faithful how can they hate so much? Religion is just part of the division as religion has become a marker of whose side you are on. If you are protestant you are traditionally on the side of being loyal to the crown of England. If you are Catholic you are on the side of a united Ireland that is independent of England. Oh how politics and religion make strange bed fellows.

Categories: Nonviolence, Northern Ireland, Peace

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