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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.).

Seeking peace. Striving for justice. Together.

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July 11, 2014

How Can I Keep from Singing

Songs of Justice


My music education started at home and started with hymns.  I grew up in a Mennonite family, steeped in four-part hymn singing.  Singing hymns in four parts is a theological act for Mennonites;[1] the blending of conforming practice (singing your part) with the complimentary practice of others (multiple parts being sung in harmony) being a full-on expression of the Body of Christ in its diverse whole with the activity of that whole being a prayer.  My parents met in their college choir and served as church musicians during much of my life.  Music was ever-present and ...

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March 25, 2014

Step up to support reconciliation

Get involved in the effort to end violence against women.  Find out how to get connected and informed about how together, we can make a difference.

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July 18, 2013

An Open Letter to the Six Jurors in the George Zimmerman Trial

I hardly know where to begin, because my heart is so heavy with disappointment, and incredulity.  My initial reaction upon hearing of the death of Trayvon Martin more than a year ago, was sympathy for his family.  As more details emerged, I began to get angry.  I was angry because it was clear from the recorded call between Zimmerman and police, that he had undeniably racially profiled this boy.  But I was more horrified that he had been released, in possession of his weapon that night, before Trayvon had even been identified.  This child, killed in Sanford, meant nothing to ...

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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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August 13, 2012

Working for Evangelism, Education, & Social Services in Colombia

Rev. Diego Higuita describes the work of the IPC in Colombia, especially as it relates to furthering the realization of the fulfillment of the Kingdom of God described in Isaiah 61, and claimed by Christ in Luke 4.

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