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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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June 10, 2014

Letters from Camp

Ever wonder what that kid remembers from camp?  More to the point, what excites them enough to share with mom and dad?  Check out some actual letters from campers.

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July 2, 2013

Does your Ministry Transform Young Adults?

Coming "home" is as important a right of passage as being sent.  When our youth get "sent" out into the world, where are they coming "home" to?  This edition features 3 young adults who are coming 'home' to Stony Point after a transformative experience.

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April 9, 2013

The Upside of Church Decline

Just as we received more bad news about church health in America, the analysts have found a positive spin.

The Association of Religion Data Archives released the latest downward data in the U.S. Congregational Life Survey, citing “stark evidence of the aging and shrinking of many congregations.”

But the organization’s news release carried the headline: “Five Hopeful Signs for U.S. Congregations.”

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March 26, 2013

Young Adult Eco-Stewards Program Applications Due

Is God calling you or someone you know to care for the environment?Now is the time to apply for the 2013 Eco-Stewards Program!

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March 22, 2013

Why Are We Losing Our Kids?

“Our kids are smart. They picked up on the message we unwittingly taught. If church is simply a place to learn life-application principals to achieve a better life in community… you don’t need a crucified Jesus for that.” --from website Marc5Solas

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January 31, 2013

Lenten Resource on Eco-Justice

Check out this resource for Lent 2013.  It's a well laid out resource to focus Lent around environmental issues and God's call.

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January 28, 2013

Young Adults Grant Available From the National Council of Churches

The New Fire Task Force, in partnership with the Ecumenical Young Adult Ministries Team (EYAMT),invites and encourages young adults to apply for seed grants in the amount of up to $500 to support local ecumenical young adult-initiated projects.

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January 15, 2013

Called to Spread Peace

With school and other mass shootings becoming more mainstream and less shocking, and with a nation debating gun ownership in a way we have not in a generation - how are we, as a people of faith, called to respond?

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September 24, 2012

Great Opportunity in Energy Corps Internship

Here's a wonderful opportunity for a young adult to make an impact in energy conservation and eco-stewardship and learn huge skills in the process!

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September 12, 2012

Farm the Land - Grow the Spirit

Check out how the PC(USA) has something to say that is transformational and relevant to young adults!  Making a stand for peace in our multi-cultural shared future.

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September 8, 2012

I Love to Tell the Story

One of the things I love about the forthcoming (2013) Presbyterian hymnal, Glory to God, is that it is shaped by a story -- the story of our salvation in Jesus Christ.

There are lots of ways to organize a hymnal: topical categories, theological doctrines, liturgical seasons, even alphabetical order (we tried that with the Worshipbook). But Glory to God is shaped by the story of salvation history.

The first half of the hymnal, therefore, is all about Christian faith, telling the story of God's Mighty Acts. It begins before the beginning, with hymns and songs about the Triune God ...

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August 16, 2012

Love is All You Need

Love is always patient and kind, it is never jealous, love is never boastful nor conceited, it is never rude or selfish, it does not take offense, and is not resentful...

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July 13, 2012

There Isn't a "Me" in Community?

This week one particular article piqued my interest.

I was initially taken with the article’s title, “Books Increasingly Show It’s All About Me”.  I’m interested in anything that might shore up my feeling that it really is all about me. 

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February 22, 2012

Ministry Widgets

I stopped selling ministry widgets years ago.  I know it’s a strange way to start a blog, but have you ever in your ministry felt like you were selling widgets?  Have you ever felt like a church or ministry of the church was selling you a widget?

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January 30, 2012

A number of years ago

A number of years ago, I was leading a workshop on evangelism for a group of folks who mostly represented the liberal and middle of the road side of our tradition.  We were discussing the various reasons folks had for not sharing their faith.  Some spoke of their hesitation to share that grew out of their concern that Jesus might not be the only way to God.  How could they witness to their relationship with God through Jesus Christ when other ways might exist?

 

One pastor then said something like this in response to those concerns:

“Not sharing your faith ...

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December 21, 2011

Eco-Stewards Program 2012

Don't miss out!  Sign up or encourage others to sign up today!

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October 25, 2011

New Eco-Stewards Post

Eco-Steward Kathi Pogorelov studies public health and sociology, with a concentration in health and environment, at The College of New Jersey. She took a break from her coursework to reflect on her participation in the June 2011 Montana Eco-Stewards Program.

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August 30, 2011

Not Whole Cloth, Just Ribbons

The church is not the whole cloth of Christ's glory; we're just scraps, bits and pieces.

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July 12, 2011

What Matters?

If you read my blog, you will find I am interested in a wide variety of subjects related to camp, conference and retreat ministry.  I like to look at the ministry facilities we have as "Centers for Mission and Ministry" because they are one of the most flexible resources we have in our church.  From facilities for education and retreat, to acres of God's creation, to skilled and multi-talented/flexible staff to help put any idea into action, to their reach into all aspects of church life, our centers are truly under-used and undervalued.

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June 23, 2011

Eco-Steward Program 2011

The Eco-Stewards Program website has been updated to include the a multimedia presentation created by program participants and program leader and journalist, Becky W. Evans.  The 2011 program in Montana focused on "reconciliation and sustainability through agriculture, health and green building" in the context of the Crow Reservation and surrounding areas.  

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