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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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July 11, 2014

Emergency Children Sermon

General Children Sermon on Fair Trade


Needs:  you can use most any object:  a pencil or play money provide certain advantages.  If possible you may want to have fair trade products available, too.  Also, an object would not be necessary.


The point of the lesson is to demonstrate how we need to "see" one another in order to share and meet the needs of one another.  


Good morning kids!  How many of you have ever been taught to share?  When we have more than we need of something, and others need it, then we have an opportunity to share.  Jesus ...

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February 10, 2014

2014 Nicaragua Delegation Reflections

During the first week of January, ten Presbyterians from all across the country met in Managua, Nicaragua to learn more about the fair trade and anti-sweat shop initiatives of the church, as well as the broader work of World Mission and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance in Central and Latin America.  The group picked coffee with farmers, visited large, co-operative owned processing facilities, and met groups of women entrepreneurs sewing t-shirts and making crafts to support their families.  Over the course of the week, they learned how fair trade and cooperative principles build community and sustain the lives of our global neighbors ...

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February 10, 2014


mud. It was the mud.


The mud is what I see on first approach to the remote farmhouse that I will be calling home for a couple days and nights. The mud: disgusting. The mud is my fear of what I will encounter. It is my discomfort, my dis-ease, my nightmare—slipping, falling, getting dirty, filthy. No escape. No way around it.

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February 10, 2014

$100 a Cup

A Hundred Dollars A Cup

CJ Clapp, Hunger Action Enabler,Washington Presbytery


How much do you think your cup of coffee should cost? I’m talking about really good coffee. Mountain grown, shade grown, organic, fair trade coffee? Before you come up with an amount (which I guarantee will be too low!), let me tell you about some coffee farmers I met last month in Nicaragua.

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September 7, 2012

Great Fair Trade Trip to Nicaragua!

Join our Fair Trade Delegation to Nicaragua! Each year thePresbyterian Hunger Program leads a one-week delegation of 12 Presbyterians from around the United States. Participants experience the benefits of Fair Trade first-hand.

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April 15, 2011

Context Links for April 15

Here are this week’s links to articles of interest. I should note that if you ever come across articles that you think might be of interest, feel free to send me a link. I can’t guarantee that every article will be included but suggestions are welcome.

Emerging Congregational Model

One example of new models being tried by Presbyterians to reach new generations is Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church in Portland, Oregon. The PNS gives us a window into the work of this church

A congregational coffee shop


Emergent pastor Rob Bell recently published a book called Love Wins ...

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