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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 2, 2014

June 2014 - Welcome to the conversation

Welcome to the 221st conversation as a whole church gathered as commissioners this time in Detroit, Mich. This conversation has some legs on it. It began in 1706 when a few folk got together to form the first presbytery. It picked up some energy when the newly formed General Assembly met for the first time in 1789.

This conversation has been heated at times. It has been full of passion and sincere disagreements. This conversation also launched a fifty-state church that also spread the Gospel around the world. It started schools, colleges, hospitals, and community centers.

The conversation reached outside ...

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September 21, 2012

So Much Change! Council Responsibilities and How They Can Sustain and Support Diversity and Full Participation

It's autumn and the General Assembly Committee on Representation (GACOR) prepares to convene for their first full committee meeting since the 220th General Assembly adjourned in July.  Later this week, they will welcome and orient 6 new members who join the 2 re-nominated members and 8 continuing members (a total of 16 persons, each residing in a different synod). 

While new Constitutional language became effective on July 11, 2011, many mid councils (presbyteries and synods) waited to see what the assembly would decide regarding the Mid Council Commission report and recommendations (Item 05-12).  Synods are retained for now and ...

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July 23, 2012

The Pandora's Box of Boycott

Passionate voices testified before Committee 15 – the Assembly Committee on Middle East Peacemaking issues, both for and against divestment.

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July 17, 2012

GA Rain

 In baptism God calls us to soak in divine compassion and care for our church body and the bodies of others in the world God so loves.

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April 13, 2011

Immigration - Presbyterian Policy Enacted by the 2010 General Assembly

It is important to share that the General Assembly voted to stand with immigrants and those Presbyterian members who may be harrassed as they attend Presbyterian sponsored events. Recently, this policy was outlined and distributed throughout the church. A copy...

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