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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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October 20, 2014

Welcome to Rev. Alonzo Johnson

The Rev. Alonzo Johnson has accepted a call  as a term Mission Associate with the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program.  Alonzo has concluded his service as the pastor/head of staff of Oak Lane Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, PA. He is a graduate of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (LPTS) and is currently a candidate for his Doctor of Ministry degree at LPTS. He is passionate about peacemaking and social justice issues and has rich experience in urban ministry with a focus on mentoring youth in the arts.
Alonzo will nurture and support existing and new peacemaking networks, and coordinate  program communications in ...

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October 9, 2013

Interview with International Peacemaker from Madagascar, Reverend Helivao Poget

International Peacemaker Rev. Helivao Poget works on the streets of Madagascar's capitol, Antananarivo, with those caught in cycles of poverty, prostitution, and addiction. She also plays an important role in the Malsagasy Christian Council of Churches by working with other church leaders to find a peaceful resolution to the ongoing political crisis in Madagascar. She is currently touring and speaking throughout the Synod of Lakes and Prairies, Hastings College and the presbyteries of East Iowa, Central Nebraska, Central Florida and Peace River.

Helivao recently sat down with Presbyterian News Service for an interview about her itineration across the United ...

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October 6, 2013

Season of Peace Reflection for 10/6

Genesis 50:15–21

Realizing that their father was dead, Joseph’s brothers said, “What if Joseph still bears a grudge against us and pays us back in full for all the wrong that we did to him?” So they approached Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this instruction before he died, ‘Say to Joseph: I beg you, forgive the crime of your brothers and the wrong they did in harming you.’ Now therefore please forgive the crime of the servants of the God of your father.” Joseph wept when they spoke to him. Then his brothers also wept, fell down ...

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October 5, 2013

Season of Peace Reflection for 10/5

James 2:1–9

My brothers and sisters, do you with your acts of favoritism really believe in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ? For if a person with gold rings and in fine clothes comes into your assembly, and if a poor person in dirty clothes also comes in, and if you take notice of the one wearing the fine clothes and say, “Have a seat here, please,” while to the one who is poor you say, “Stand there,” or, “Sit at my feet,” have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my beloved ...

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October 4, 2013

Season of Peace Reflection for 10/4

Romans 3:27–31

Then what becomes of boasting? It is excluded. By what law? By that of works? No, but by the law of faith. For we hold that a person is justified by faith apart from works prescribed by the law. Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, since God is one; and he will justify the circumcised on the ground of faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith. Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary ...

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October 3, 2013

Season of Peace Reflection for 10/3

Colossians 3:12–17

As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all ...

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October 2, 2013

Season of Peace Reflection for 10/2

Psalm 67

May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us. Selah

That your way may be known upon earth, your saving power among all nations.

Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you.

Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. Selah

Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you.

The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, has blessed us.

May God continue to bless ...

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October 1, 2013

Season of Peace Reflection for 10/1

1 Peter 3:8–12

Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or abuse for abuse; but, on the contrary, repay with a blessing. It is for this that you were called—that you might inherit a blessing. For “Those who desire life and desire to see good days, let them keep their tongues from evil and their lips from speaking deceit; let them turn away from evil and do good; let them seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes ...

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September 30, 2013

Season of Peace Reflection for 9/30

1 Corinthians 12:14–16

Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot would say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear would say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body.

Reflection: In initial conversations with military and diplomatic leaders, veterans, and chaplains in Washington, D.C. and New York, members of the ...

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September 29, 2013

Season of Peace Reflection for 9/29

Ephesians 2:12–22

Remember that you were at that time without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself ...

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September 28, 2013

Season of Peace Reflection for 9/28

Romans 13:8–10

Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet”; and any other commandment, are summed up in “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.

Reflection: The history of Christian responses to violence tells a compelling story of the initial embrace of the nonviolent witness of Jesus. Early Christians in Rome refused to engage in ...

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September 27, 2013

Season of Peace Reflection for 9/27

Amos 8:4–8

Hear this, you that trample on the needy, and bring to ruin the poor of the land, saying, “When will the new moon be over so that we may sell grain; and the sabbath, so that we may offer wheat for sale? We will make the ephah small and the shekel great, and practice deceit with false balances, buying the poor for silver and the needy for a pair of sandals, and selling the sweepings of the wheat.” The LORD has sworn by the pride of Jacob: Surely I will never forget any of their deeds ...

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September 26, 2013

Season of Peace Reflection for 9/26

Ephesians 4:25—5:2

So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors, for we are members of one another. Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not make room for the devil. Thieves must give up stealing; rather let them labor and work honestly with their own hands, so as to have something to share with the needy. Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that ...

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September 25, 2013

Season of Peace Reflection for 9/25

Romans 2:1–11

Therefore you have no excuse, whoever you are, when you judge others; for in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, are doing the very same things. You say, “We know that God’s judgment on those who do such things is in accordance with truth.” Do you imagine, whoever you are, that when you judge those who do such things and yet do them yourself, you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you despise the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience? Do you not realize that God ...

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September 24, 2013

Season of Peace Reflection for 9/24

James 4:11–12

Do not speak evil against one another, brothers and sisters. Whoever speaks evil against another or judges another, speaks evil against the law and judges the law; but if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. There is one lawgiver and judge who is able to save and to destroy. So who, then, are you to judge your neighbor?

Reflection: Without imposing one text or one view on the whole picture of Jesus, the third way interpretation is a way of accounting for a prophetic and nonviolent life ...

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September 23, 2013

Season of Peace Reflection for 9/23

Mark 2:13–17

Jesus went out again beside the sea; the whole crowd gathered around him, and he taught them. As he was walking along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him. And as he sat at dinner in Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were also sitting with Jesus and his disciples—for there were many who followed him. When the scribes of the Pharisees saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, they said to ...

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September 22, 2013

Season of Peace Reflection for 9/22

1 John 2:7–11

Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment that you have had from the beginning; the old commandment is the word that you have heard. Yet I am writing you a new commandment that is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining. Whoever says, “I am in the light,” while hating a brother or sister, is still in the darkness. Whoever loves a brother or sister lives in the light, and in such a person there is no cause ...

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September 21, 2013

Season of Peace Reflection for 9/21

Mark 6:7–13

He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics. He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave the place. If any place will not welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a ...

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September 20, 2013

Season of Peace Reflection for 9/20

1 Corinthians 12:4–12

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working ...

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September 19, 2013

Insight into the crisis in Syria

During a recent visit to the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, Dr. Mary Mikhael of the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon shared information about the Syrian crisis and its effects on our partners and the citizens of Syria. David Barnhart and Scott Lansing created video clips of Mary's conversation. Here's the first one:



Additional video reflections are available.

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September 19, 2013

Season of Peace Reflection for 9/19

Isaiah 48:17–19

Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: I am the LORD your God, who teaches you for your own good, who leads you in the way you should go. O that you had paid attention to my commandments! Then your prosperity would have been like a river, and your success like the waves of the sea; your offspring would have been like the sand, and your descendants like its grains; their name would never be cut off or destroyed from before me.

Reflection: Within the United States there is also a growing ...

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September 18, 2013

Season of Peace Reflection for 9/18

Matthew 28:16–20

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Reflection: The ...

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September 17, 2013

Season of Peace Reflection for 9/17

James 2:14–26

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,” and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and ...

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September 16, 2013

Season of Peace Reflection for 9/16

Deuteronomy 6:20–25

When your children ask you in time to come, “What is the meaning of the decrees and the statutes and the ordinances that the LORD our God has commanded you?” then you shall say to your children, “We were Pharaoh’s slaves in Egypt, but the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand. The LORD displayed before our eyes great and awesome signs and wonders against Egypt, against Pharaoh and all his household. He brought us out from there in order to bring us in, to give us the land that he promised ...

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September 15, 2013

Season of Peace Reflection for 9/15

Luke 10:25–37

Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.” But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is ...

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September 14, 2013

Season of Peace Reflection for 9/14

Isaiah 59:20–21

And he will come to Zion as Redeemer, to those in Jacob who turn from transgression, says the LORD. And as for me, this is my covenant with them, says the LORD: my spirit that is upon you, and my words that I have put in your mouth, shall not depart out of your mouth, or out of the mouths of your children, or out of the mouths of your children’s children, says the LORD, from now on and forever.

Reflection: The Peace Discernment Steering Team asks if it is time for Presbyterians in the ...

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September 13, 2013

Season of Peace Reflection for 9/13

Joshua 1:7–9

Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to act in accordance with all the law that my servant Moses commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, so that you may be successful wherever you go. This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to act in accordance with all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall be successful. I ...

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September 12, 2013

Season of Peace Reflection for 9/12

Deuteronomy 10:12–22

So now, O Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you? Only to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments of the Lord your God and his decrees that I am commanding you today, for your own well-being. Although heaven and the heaven of heavens belong to the Lord your God, the earth with all that is in it, yet the Lord set his heart in love ...

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September 11, 2013

Season of Peace Reflection for 9/11

Isaiah 55:1–5
Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; listen, so that you may live. I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David. See, I made him a ...

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July 16, 2013

International Peacemaker Available September 27-30: Dr. Zuhair Fathallah of Iraq

Since 1989, the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program has brought 200 International Peacemakers from 57 countries to visit 160 presbyteries, six synods, and several Presbyterian colleges to share their experiences as peacemakers in their own lands. These visits have informed Presbyterians, opened hearts and minds, touched lives, built relationships, and inspired new ministries. 

Dr Zuhair Fathallah, a peacemaker from Iraq, is still available from September 27-30.

Zuhair is an assistant professor of Plastic Surgery and consulting plastic surgeon at Basrah Teaching Hospital.  A council member and lay pastor of the National Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Basrah, he has participated in consultation gatherings ...

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July 15, 2013

Request Your International Peacemaker Today

There is still time to request an International Peacemaker for September/October 2013 as the deadline has been extended. The Peacemakers' itineraries are filling up, so submit your request today.

International Peacemakers present a unique opportunity for the hosts who receive them, sharing their personal stories of God's work in places where cultural, religious and ethnic barriers often seem insurmountable. These stories can breathe life into our churches as they deepen our understanding of God's restorative work of reconciliation in the world. 

Rev. Wilfred Orr of Northern Ireland is still available from October 16-21.

Rev Wilfred Orr

In 2012, Wilfred was ...

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July 12, 2013

2014 Peacemaking Conference in Israel/Palestine Now Accepting Applications

Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Mosaic of Peace conference in Israel/Palestine. During this twelve day conference participants will walk in the footsteps of the Prince of Peace and witness the inspirational stories of Christian, Muslim, and Jewish leaders who work faithfully to bridge the divide between their communities.

While travelling through Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Jericho, Capernaum, Galilee, and Nazareth, participants will focus on a theology of peace and reconciliation within the framework of PC(USA) policy, learning how to better support the effort of creating lasting peace in the Holy Land.

Click here to find out more ...

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December 25, 2012

2012 Advent Devotion- Tuesday, December 25

1 John 4:16

As far back as I can remember I have always questioned the motives of why things happen in a certain way. Events in our lives are woven together to form a mysterious path that only God understands. Nativity sparks interest in our hearts because we think about what God’s plans were with the gift of an only child, given as a gift of grace.

Every time we honor Jesus’ name during this period of Advent, we honor love. In a world where materialism, consumerism, and individualism have become our focus, God’s everlasting love challenges ...

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December 24, 2012

2012 Advent Devotion- Monday, December 24

Isaiah 35:1-10

This is the season of hope and celebration! As we prepare for Christmas and are surrounded by friends and family, it is easy to be joyful and refreshed like the parched desert and the blossoming crocus. Jesus Christ is to be born tomorrow, and this will strengthen, comfort, heal, and provide for us! Praise the Lord!

As the season comes to an end, family and friends will go back to work, decorations will go back in boxes, and the pace of everyday life will return. Does this mean we have to wait until Easter or next Christmas ...

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December 23, 2012

2012 Advent Devotion- Sunday, December 23

Luke 1:57-66

This passage is about a cosmic connection in Christ in which Zechariah could not speak until his actions said, “Yes, I trust you Lord.” Elizabeth called Mary blessed because Mary said, “Yes, I trust you Lord.” Neither Elizabeth nor Zechariah fret, fuss, nor worry about the name of their son. How often do we feel that if we don’t fret, fuss, and worry, whatever we want will not work out for the best?

In this call to service we have to remember the amazing account of God’s faithfulness. Our call is simply to just say ...

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December 22, 2012

2012 Advent Devotion- Saturday, December 22

Luke 1:39-48

Responses from both Elizabeth and Mary in this passage are spontaneous outpourings of spiritual emotion. Elizabeth bestows blessing upon Mary, declaring that the child within her is the Lord. Mary responds in passionate verse, expressing her humble and profound gratitude to God. It is no wonder that Mary’s ”Magnificat” has been set to music by so many composers.

In a musical, the purpose of a song stems from the character’s inability to express their feelings in anything less than the eloquence of song. Words have more power to communicate when set to music because there ...

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December 21, 2012

2012 Advent Devotion- Friday, December 21

Psalm 130

Waiting is hard. Ask any child anxiously awaiting the arrival of Christmas morning. Consider asking Mary what her long journey of waiting was like, nestling the world’s Savior in her womb while struggling to conceal her pregnancy from the scrutiny of public eye.

Crying “out of the depths,” the psalmist here is confronted with the task of waiting. So great is the author’s trust in the steadfast love and redemptive power of God that the author is filled with hopeful waiting; trusting expectancy is paramount to the season of Advent. A sure sign of Advent’s ...

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December 20, 2012

2012 Advent Devotion- Thursday, December 20

Psalm 126

Have you ever noticed how catchy vacation Bible school songs are? You can be going about your day until suddenly a trigger gets you singing (and performing the choreographed movements)!  Psalm 126 triggered for me a song entitled “Great Things.” As music leader for the week, that song is still as fresh in my mind as it was in June, 2011!

Though the song is elementary, it pushes my theology and me. The lyrics “We come here expecting God to do amazing things, right here, right now!” A struggle ensues within me as I feel guilt from this ...

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December 19, 2012

2012 Advent Devotion- Wednesday, December 19

Isaiah 11:10-16

As we anticipate the coming of Christ, this passage reminds us of God’s promise to renew all things. Yet, the brokenness of the world cuts so deep that we are often overwhelmed. We see it on global, national, communal, and familial levels. Sometimes we can hardly see the vision of peace and justice that God promises.

Isaiah prophesies a time when God will gather up Israel and heal the pain and discord within the people of God. But I am struck by the parallel between the splintering of Israel and the brokenness we experience within ourselves ...

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December 18, 2012

2012 Advent Devotion- Tuesday, December 18

John 3:16-21

If a single verse can be said to define Christianity for millions, John 3:16 is the one. It is memorized by confirmands, painted across the cheeks of NFL players, printed on bumper stickers, and recognized by believers and nonbelievers alike. It is imbedded in the popular conscience.

I used to fear this verse. The first part evoked a sense of deep comfort, the second part caused discomfort and erased the previous claim. If “God so loved the world,” why were we perishing anyway? And now those who believe are saved but the rest are still condemned ...

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December 17, 2012

2012 Advent Devotion- Monday, December 17

Psalm 40

I believe that God works in mysterious ways, that God gives us lessons and talks to us through events, people, nature, the Holy Spirit, and the still, small voice inside us. It’s difficult in our worry-filled, iPhone-filled, Facebook-filled, Tweeter-filled lives to allow ourselves the space just to listen.

In my daily life, I go into “doer” mode, trying to fix, understand and seek control over what lies before me. I think, maybe God appreciates and chuckles at my concerted effort to understand, to do, and to solve. Perhaps God is telling us to wait, to have hope ...

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December 16, 2012

2012 Advent Devotion- Sunday, December 16

Hebrews 12:18-20

In this passage from Hebrews, there is a certain amount of unpredictability around what will remain after the big shake-up. Portrayed is an image of an arrival point toward promise, covenant, and the ”heavenly Jerusalem.” We are challenged in opening ourselves to God’s voice, which calls us to the path toward the peaceable kingdom.

Similar challenges and uncertainties come with a new job, living situation, or personal relationship. We struggle when the path we have worked for so long and with such certainty turns into a path that takes us in an entirely different direction, creating ...

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December 15, 2012

2012 Advent Devotion- Saturday, December 15

Luke 22:31-38

The disciples said: “Lord, look, here are two swords.” He replied: “It is enough!”
Faced with the imminent fulfillment of ancient prophecy, Jesus tries to impart to his companions the full weight of the crisis they are about to face. Perhaps the disciples sense the anguish in Jesus’ voice, but as is often the case, they miss the crux of his message. Jesus admonishes them to be strong, to be prepared, to be alert. He prays that their “faith may not fail.” But the disciples, literal and over-eager, latch on to one word. Swords, Jesus? Don’t ...

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December 14, 2012

With Thanks to God for the Life and Witness of Cindy Bolbach

Ruling Elder Cindy Bolbach, Moderator of the 119th General AssemblyRuling Elder Cindy Bolbach, Moderator of the 119th General Assembly

I believe we are living through a hinge time for the PC(USA). A hinge time of hope, excitement, and anxiety, all mixed together.  A hinge time when we are realizing that the denominational structure and organization that we built in the 1950s and 1960s might not be the organizational structure we need for an age that some are calling not just post-denominational but post-Christian.

As the PC(USA), we still inhabit a top-down, corporate structure that worked well 50 and 60 years ago, when we were flush with members and with resources. We are no longer flush with members or with resources.  That does not mean, by the way, that I believe us to be deathly ill. I believe that health of any Christian community of faith is measured not by the number of its members, or by how deep its financial pockets are, but by whether it is proclaiming the Gospel authentically.

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December 14, 2012

2012 Advent Devotion- Friday, December 14

Luke 22:24-27

 As the Christmas holiday nears, one word that comes to my mind is: competition. People spend countless minutes and dollars striving to give the best gifts, donate the most money, and help the most people. We forget the real reason we celebrate this holiday.

Since childhood, we have been taught to win, to be the best. More attention is given to teaching us to compete than to cooperate. The importance of power is drilled into our heads. With such influences we forget our role of servants, as Jesus was to his disciples, and become like the disciples ...

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December 13, 2012

2012 Advent Devotion- Thursday, December 13

Psalm 147:12-20

Sometimes a “mountaintop experience” is necessary to remind us of the splendor we live within and to help us recognize God’s incredible, loving power.

This past summer, I worked at Ghost Ranch—a Presbyterian Conference Center in New Mexico. Originally from the East Coast, I had never seen anything like the red and orange mesas. For the first few days, I found myself staring in awe at everything around me, but as the weeks went by I grew accustomed to my surroundings, noticing them less and less. Then, on one of our days off, the college ...

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December 12, 2012

2012 Advent Devotion- Wednesday, December 12

Isaiah 6:1-13

In my first college class my favorite professor told me that the fundamental question about religion is, “How do we live?” We ask ourselves this question every day as we struggle to navigate our complicated and messy world. We don’t get clear answers in our lives. Yet, we are called.

There is a translation of Isaiah from Hebrew to Greek that reads, “You will be ever hearing, but never understanding; you will be ever seeing, but never perceiving.” This people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their ...

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December 11, 2012

2012 Advent Devotion- Tuesday, December 11

Psalm 146

A few years ago, for the first time in my fairly privileged life, I found myself in a foreign country with the wrong visa. During my first month abroad I visited the immigration office several times, waited in long lines, met with tired workers, and sat in a sea of unknown people. An immigration officer who coldly shouted instructions and herded us into different sections of the room, taught me what it meant to be an unwelcome stranger in a foreign land.

We remember as we wait expectantly for the light to come into the world that Jesus ...

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December 10, 2012

2012 Advent Devotion- Monday, December 10

I Thessalonians 5:1-12

Today we celebrate Human Rights Day, an opportunity to rejoice in the entirety of God’s creation and reflect on ways we can share God’s compassion and love throughout it.

In its call for respect of the inherent dignity and worth of every person, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights echoes God’s message. Each individual has a right to be respected as a part of God’s creation, and we have a responsibility as Christians to share God’s love with everyone. We show God’s love through our respect. Yet our respect requires ...

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December 9, 2012

2012 Advent Devotion- Sunday, December 9

Isaiah 5:1-7

With Christmas quickly approaching, it seems like more people go out of their way to do nice things for each other. Children are on their best behavior, more people go to church, and people in the holiday spirit donate more money to charities. The Christmas spirit spreads like wildfire, and December seems to be one of the happiest months of the year. My question is: Why can’t the Christmas spirit last all year long? Shouldn’t it?

In Isaiah’s song, God did everything he could to prepare the vineyard for a good harvest, yet it ...

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December 8, 2012

2012 Advent Devotion- Saturday, December 8

Luke 21:10-11

“Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and plagues; and there will be dreadful portents and great signs from heaven” (Luke 21:10-11).

In many ways this verse predicts the present. Our world is as engulfed in conflict, sorrow, and disaster as ever, and we deal with the very real threat of persecution. But we do not face persecution simply because we carry the name of Jesus Christ. In fact that simple deed will often have the opposite effect in today’s world: People who ...

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December 7, 2012

2012 Advent Devotion- Friday, December 7

1 Thessalonians 4:1-12

While I was reading this passage, Lady Gaga’s song, “Bad Romance” happened to come on my Pandora radio. Naturally, the first question that came to mind was, “What does a bad romance look like in the eyes of God?” At first glance this song seems totally irrelevant to the passage, but if you were one of the half billion people to view this music video on YouTube, you would understand that this song and video is about human and sex trafficking. The pinnacle moment of the video is when Lady Gaga, donning Swarovski Crystal underwear ...

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December 6, 2012

2012 Advent Devotion- Thursday, December 6

Psalm 18

Psalm 18 is filled with violent images—portraying God as a strong man. The imagery is far from my experience as a peace-seeking feminist, and I struggle to focus on God as a source of strength. I used to see my reliance on God’s strength as a sinful refusal to work for justice, and I felt wasn’t worthy.

Then I had an experience where I felt isolated, hurt by so-called friends, trapped in a career that conflicted with my calling. My passion felt zapped from my soul. Feeling lost, I turned to God. Through daily prayer ...

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December 5, 2012

2012 Advent Devotion- Wednesday, December 5

Isaiah 2:1-4

While growing up I understood why we learned history in school, though I could never remember the dates of battles or who fought which war. I’d like to think that in elementary school I was keen enough to see that war was against God’s call to love, but to my mind history seemed half like statistics and half like keeping track of who was “right.” Now, with news of violence here in my own city, I feel like I’m a witness to history.

“Neither shall they learn war anymore.” It can be difficult to ...

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December 4, 2012

2012 Advent Devotion- Tuesday, December 4

Luke 20:9-18

Today’s text brings a dark note to the Advent season. Here we see Jesus as an adult, using story to reflect on some harsh realities. This adult Jesus tells us a parable, a story that is meant to be unpacked. The landowner represents God, the one who created the vineyard and entrusted the care of it to the tenants. When “the season came,” the landowner sent three different servants (prophets) to collect his share of the produce, but the tenants beat them and sent them away empty-handed. Then finally the landowner sent his beloved son hoping ...

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December 3, 2012

2012 Advent Devotion- Monday, December 3

Isaiah 1:10-20

Probably like most peacemakers, I love this passage from Isaiah. How many times have we been at a General Assembly or another solemn meeting and simply “couldn’t endure” it? For those interested in working for justice and peace, these commands are our baseline for living: “seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.” Many of us prefer this kind of “active” justice making to enduring “solemn assemblies” and “appointed festivals” anyway.

Isaiah calls out for us to understand something deeper. In Hebrew, the word for “worship” can also be translated as “work ...

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December 2, 2012

2012 Advent Devotion- Sunday, December 2

Psalm 24

God created heaven and earth, brought light out of darkness, built land over the waters, made plants and animals to populate the planet, and God created humans last of all. We are individually shaped, uniquely sculpted, and wholly formed in God’s image. The question is: How do we fit into this beautifully varied world that God has formed? How should we live? What should we protect? What is the balance between pursuing our own happiness and living in God’s light?

 “Who shall ascend to the hill of the Lord?” The psalmist says those with “clean hands ...

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October 12, 2012

No child soldiers: more steps on the journey

Red Hands from West Virginia PresbyteryAs representatives of the Member States gathered for the 67th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, several important events took place in the effort to create a world  where children are children not soldiers:

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September 9, 2012

Season of Peace Begins September 9

A Season of Peace begins September 9 as a 4-week pilgrimage designed to deepen the pursuit of peace in congregations, small groups, families, and individuals. Subscribe to the daily peace reflections and download the two new resources:  an Intergenerational Peace Fair and "The Things That Make For Peace," a 5-week adult Bible study. 

A Season of Peace will engage your imagination and offer opportunities for you to live more fully into your calling as a peacemaker. It is for the curious and the jaded; the beginner and the experienced peace seeker. Spend a new season with Jesus, the peacemaker, and ...

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September 6, 2012

International Day against Nuclear Tests Celebrated at the UN

Rochelle Rawls-Shaw, intern with the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations attended a discussion today on the International Day against Nuclear Tests at the United Nations.  Below is her reflection on the event.

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June 6, 2012

Summer volunteers work on Red Hands


Sophie Beal and Elodie de Bethmann are summer volunteer interns at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations.  This is their first week with us, their first blog with us, and their first time getting involved with Red Hands.  Below is the blog from Sophie and Elodie.

More photos are available on our Facebook Page.

The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations has taken on two new volunteer interns for the summer. We are both excited to have this incredible opportunity to experience the ministry of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly Mission Council at the United Nations ...

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September 28, 2011

Prayer for World Communion Sunday

The following prayer is the opening prayer for worship provided with this year's Peacemaking Offering resources for World Communion Sunday, October 2.    This and all of the worship resources can be downloaded. 

O God of majesty, as we gather today to worship you, disquiet us and your whole creation with your peacemaking Holy Spirit, quietly insisting, “Know justice, know peace.” As your Son broke bread and gave it to thousands, so call us anew to a peace marked by a just distribution of your abundance, until that day when no one shall hunger nor thirst any more; through your ...

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August 6, 2011

Glory to God and Peace on Earth


The International Ecumenical Peace Convocation (IEPC) gathered in Kingston, Jamaica on May 17-25, 2011. The IEPC was a "harvest festival" that celebrated the achievements of the Decade to Overcome Violence, which began in 2001. Sarah Henken and Mark Koenig led a workshop on Accompaniment as Peacemaking that featured the Colombia Accompaniment Program. Here are some resources from the IEPC to help individuals and churches to renew their commitment to nonviolence, peace and justice:

IEPC message

Ecumenical Call to Just Peace

Just Peace Companion

Final report of the Decade to Overcome Violence

Bible Study reflections

IEPC logo used with permission from ...

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July 7, 2011

Reflections on the Peacemaking Pre-Conference Workshop

The gathering of Presbyterian peacemakers in Indianapolis got started last week with a pre-conference workshop “Gun Violence, Gospel Values:  Mobilizing in Response to God’s Call.”   It was a tough 6 hours, and my thanks to the leaders for that.  The statistics were troubling, and there were plenty of them, grim numbers of which we must not be aware, otherwise we surely wouldn’t accept them.

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June 30, 2011

The Big Tent is underway

The Presbyterian Peacemaking Conference is underway in Indianapolis.  Yesterday, we met with the Iraq Partnership Network and the Brazil Mission Network.


It is great to meet people doing amazing work for the church around the world!  Stay tuned to Facebook, Twitter and this blog for more updates from the Big Tent.

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May 14, 2011

Blessed are the peacemakers

From across the Presbytery of New York City they came to First Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn for the Presbyterian Women's Spring Gathering. The 2011-2012 Horizons Bible Study, Confessing the Beatitudes by the Rev. Dr. Margaret Aymer, provided the theme and...

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May 3, 2011

Register for Peacemaking Conference and Pre-Conference at the Big Tent

Register NOW for the Peacemaking Conference and Pre-Conference at Big Tent June 30-July 2, 2011 in Indianapolis, IN The Big Tent ― the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s biennial celebration of ministry and mission ― will be pitched in Indianapolis June 30-July...

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April 18, 2011

Blessed are the peacemakers

How does the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations equip and inspire Presbyterians to make peace following Jesus? The Presbyterian Women of Monmouth Presbytery explored that question when then met on April 16 at the Presbyterian Church at Shrewsbury for...

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February 9, 2011

2011 Ecumenical Advocacy Days

Development, Security and Economic Justice: What’s Gender Got to Do with It? March 25-28, 2011 Washington, D.C. Come to the 10th annual Ecumenical Advocacy Days, as we explore Development, Security & Economic Justice: What’s Gender Got to Do with It?...

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December 25, 2010

Advent Devotion - December 25, 2010

Scripture - Isaiah 52:7–10, Psalm 98, Hebrews 1:1–12, and John 1:1–14 Christmas Day! Behold the wonder of this day—a day of anticipations fulfilled! Rejoice and be glad! A Son is born! The psalmist exclaimed that the Lord will come to...

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December 24, 2010

Advent Devotion - December 24, 2010

Scripture - Luke 2:1–20 “And on earth peace, goodwill among people.” Luke 2:14 (NIV) As a child this phrase from Luke’s version of the Christmas story was one of my favorites. Each time I heard this ancient text read on...

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December 10, 2010

The hopes and fears of all the years

Reprinted from the Presbyterian News Service: Louisville The following statement is from Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and Linda Valentine, Executive Director of the General Assembly Mission Council. Each December Presbyterians join...

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November 29, 2010

Economic and Peacemaking studies seeking volunteers

Friends of Social Witness and Social Ministry, The General Assembly has authorized two new studies that will involve the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy (ACSWP). One is about the economic crisis and the other is about the peacemaking witness...

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October 9, 2010

To abandon peacemaking is to betray the faith, says Philippines church leader

From the Presbyterian News Service: International Peacemaker "the Rev. Joel Tendero has been a leader in the peacemaking ministry of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines for more than 20 years. His life has repeatedly been threatened by...

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September 28, 2010

World Communion Sunday liturgy on peacemaking and responding to the Gulf Coast Oil Spill

Here is a worship resource to approach World Communion Sunday through the lens of Making Peace with God's Earth. World Communion Sunday Liturgy for October 3, 2010 Prepared by Teresa Stricklen, associate for worship, Office of Theology and Worship, PC(USA)...

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September 17, 2010

Which piece of peace?

by Karen Maurer Which piece of peace will you work on? Thirty years ago, the Presbyterian Church identified peacemaking as the believers' calling, emphasizing the connection between peace and justice. In August of 2010 at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico...

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September 15, 2010

The Biblical Witness to Peacemaking

The Biblical Witness to Peacemaking, 2010-2011 is a daily lectionary bearing witness to God’s gift of peace and Christ’s call to peacemaking. Peacemaking is a central declaration of the gospel. Though Jesus Christ, God grants us the gift of grace....

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September 9, 2010

Remember your baptism

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Remember your baptism: Bethany Furkin wrote this article about the opening worship service at the 2010 Presbyterian Peacemaking Seminar sponsored by the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program. David Gambrell's sermon included the observation: Jesus...

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August 25, 2010


The planning team and leadership team for the 2010 Presbyterian Peacemaking Seminar gathered for worship this morning. The seminar is being held to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Peacemaking: The Believers' Calling, the General Assembly statement that called the Presbyterian...

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August 11, 2010

New resource on nonviolence at 30th Anniversary Celebration

Authors Sarah Henken and Roger Powers took a moment to autograph their book Resurrection Living: Following the Nonviolent Christ, during the 30th Anniversary Celebration of Peacemaking: The Believers' Calling sponsored by the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program during the 219th General Assembly...

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August 2, 2010

Help create a Presbyterian peacemaking time line

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Peacemaking: The Believers' Calling - the statement of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) that called for a renewed commitment to Peacemaking and created the Peacemaking Offering and the Presbyterian Peacemaking...

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June 27, 2010

2010 Peacemaking Seminar - peacemaking through worship

Re-membering Peace: Still the Believers' Calling 2010 Peacemaking Seminar Presbyterian Peacemaking Program August 25-28, 2010 Abiquiu, NM Register now! Our peacemaking efforts are rooted in our faith. Through worship, community is built and we are strengthened to act with compassion,...

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May 27, 2010

Living the Believers’ Calling – support young adult peacemakers

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking: Support a young adult involved in peacemaking making work. Consider helping to fund a Young Adult Volunteer, providing assistance to attend a conference or event, or even sending some cookies...

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May 26, 2010

Living the Believers’ Calling – work to end gun violence

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking: Work to end gun violence. Bring speakers on ending gun violence to the congregation and community. Sponsor an art exhibit with sculpture, paintings, poetry, and music that respond to gun...

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May 25, 2010

Living the Believers’ Calling – Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking: Be a Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF organizer! Hold a community block party to educate and raise funds for UNICEF or a special UNICEF activity for children in church school or a...

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May 24, 2010

Living the Believers’ Calling – hold a youth event

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking: Hold a youth event that focuses on 30 hours of peace. Have youth and sponsors commit to 30 hours of learning, service, and fun that explores peace-related themes. It could...

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May 21, 2010

Living the Believer’s Calling – support the Millennium Development Goals

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking: Learn about the Millennium Development Goals and to find ways to support this effort to improve social and economic conditions in the world's poorest countries. Look for updates from the...

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May 20, 2010

Living the Believers’ Calling – work for a world free of nuclear weapons

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking: Pray and work for a world free from nuclear weapons. Learn more and find worship resources and action ideas from the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program and the People's Movement for a...

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May 19, 2010

Living the Believers’ Calling – no child soldiers!

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking: Hold a Red Hand Sunday to call for an end to the use of children as soldiers. Create red hand prints on paper or cloth (using finger paint, drawing an...

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May 18, 2010

Living the Believers’ Calling – observe the International Day of Peace

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking: Observe the International Day of Peace, a day set by the United Nation General Assembly, on September 21. This day brings a global call for a day of ceasefire and...

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May 17, 2010

Living the Believers’ Calling – a peace blessing bowl

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking: Create a peace blessing bowl for the congregation. Find, make, or purchase a medium-sized bowl. Place small stones in the bowl. Near the bowl place small pieces of paper and...

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May 14, 2010

Living the Believers’ Calling – respond to the HIV/AIDS pandemic

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking: Choose a Sunday near World AIDS Day (December 1) to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS. Have a special intergenerational church school class that encourages the whole church to learn more and...

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May 13, 2010

Living the Believers’ Calling – celebrate World Communion Sunday

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking: Lift up peacemaking ministries on World Communion Sunday and encourage expanded peacemaking efforts. Use cloths from around the world on the communion table; use breads from around the world such...

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May 12, 2010

Living the Believers’ Calling – the Commitment to Peacemaking

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking: Remember the people and issues that have been a part of the congregation's peacemaking ministries. Find pictures if possible. Create a display. Learn if and when and why the congregation...

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May 11, 2010

2010 Peacemaking Seminar small group opportunities

Re-membering Peace: Still the Believers' Calling 2010 Peacemaking Seminar Presbyterian Peacemaking Program Ghost Ranch Conference Center, Abiquiu, NM August 25—28, 2010 (depart August 29) Register now for the seminar. Small groups are always a highlight of Peacemaking Program conferences and...

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May 11, 2010

Living the Believers’ Calling – throw a party!

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking: Have a peacemaking party with cake, streamers, and games. Decorate the party space with signs and pictures celebrating different milestones and achievements in the congregation's peacemaking ministries. Thirty years ago...

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May 10, 2010

Living the Believers’ Calling – give peace a dance!

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking: Give Peace a Dance! Invite community neighbors and partners to a dance that celebrates common work for peace. Thirty years ago the 192nd General Assembly (1980) of the United Presbyterian...

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May 7, 2010

Living the Believer’s Calling – share stories of peacemaking

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking: Pick 30 people from the congregation who are peacemakers. Include saints of different ages who are or have been engaged in ministries such as social workers, student peer mediators, teachers,...

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May 6, 2010

Living the Believers’ Calling – peace cranes

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking: Learn how to fold peace cranes. Incorporate this symbol into worship. See how Central Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, GA and Ridgewood Presbyterian Church in Ridgewood, NY used peace cranes. The...

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May 5, 2010

Living the Believers’ Calling – send folks to 2010 Peacemaking Seminar

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking: Provide scholarships for congregation members to attend Re-membering Peace: Still the Believers' Calling, the peacemaking seminar at Ghost Ranch on August 25-28, 2010 (depart on August 29). Peacemakers from across...

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May 5, 2010

Living the Believers’ Calling – plant a peace pole

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking: If the congregation has planted a peace pole, hold a rededication ceremony. If the congregation does not have a peace pole, purchase or create one. Create mini-peace poles that people...

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May 4, 2010

Living the Believers’ Calling – host an International Peacemaker

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking: Talk to the presbytery peacemaking committee about hosting an International Peacemaker. International Peacemakers are leaders from countries around the world who are engaged in peacemaking. Individuals from eight countries are...

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May 3, 2010

Living the Believers’ Calling – create a Peace Memorial

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking: Dedicate space as a "Peace Memorial." Start with a section of chicken wire and invite members and friends to add symbols of the things that make for peace. Thirty years...

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April 30, 2010

Living the Believers’ Calling – create a peace mural

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking: Create a peace mural. Hang a large piece of butcher paper, cloth, or poster board in a common space in the church building. Invite people to create a congregational vision...

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April 29, 2010

Living the Believers’ Calling – learn about violent video games

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking: Learn about the video games to which children and youth have access and the potentially harmful effect of viewing violent content. A free booklet by the Office of Child Advocacy...

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April 28, 2010

Living the Believers’ Calling – help children learn about Sudan

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking: Use Piece Work/Peace Work: Working Together for Peace and Sudan with elementary children from Grades 1-6. It includes four sessions, one intergenerational session and a resource section with stories of...

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April 27, 2010

Living the Believers’ Calling – teach confirmands about peace

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking Focus at least one session of the confirmation program on peace. Help confirmands learn more about peacemaking through doing. This could involve a service project or an advocacy effort such...

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April 26, 2010

Live the Believers' Calling - peace facts - peace actions

Celebrate 30 years of peacemaking Start a monthly peace report in the church newsletter or bulletin. Include a “peace fact” that tells something interesting about peacemaking in the congregation, community, nation, or world. Add a “peace action” that highlights a...

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April 22, 2010

Live the Believers' Calling - Study

Celebrate thirty years of peacemaking Use resources from the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program in an adult education class. Find a resource list of print materials as well as online resources. Thirty years ago the 192nd General Assembly (1980) of the United...

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April 20, 2010

Live the Believers' Calling - Pray

Celebrate thirty years of peacemaking Pray for joys and concerns that relate to peacemaking in corporate worship services. Encourage congregants to remember those joys and concerns in their daily prayers. Ask different individuals to select the joys and concerns each...

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March 30, 2010

Register now - 2010 Peacemaking Seminar

Register Now! 2010 Peacemaking Seminar: Re-membering Peace: Still the Believers’ Calling Location: Ghost Ranch in Abiquiui, New Mexico Dates: August 25-28 (depart on August 29) Read the seminar information brochure Use a press release to tell others about the seminar...

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March 23, 2010

30 ideas for 30 years

Download 30 Ways to Mark 30 Years to find 30 ideas to celebrate 30 years of peacemaking. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Peacemaking: The Believers’ Calling, the General Assembly statement that called for a new emphasis on peacemaking...

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March 22, 2010

Celebrate 30 years of peacemaking!

Give thanks for peacemakers and peacemaking ministries past, present and future! 2010 marks the 30th anniversary of Peacemaking: The Believers’ Calling, icon the General Assembly statement that called for a new emphasis on peacemaking across the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and...

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December 14, 2009

Not finished with your shopping?

Still looking for a gift for that someone special? Consider a gift that works for peace. Support the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program. There are several options. Give to: Peacemaking Offering - provide basic support for the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program's ministry Conference...

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December 1, 2009

Updates for World AIDS Day

December 1 is World AIDS Day. The Presbyterian International AIDS Office notes that several updates and reports have been released in the last few days. These indicate that though much work remains to be done, there is good news to...

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November 17, 2009

Blogging Presbyterian peacemakers

Presbyterian peacemakers have several blogs going: Trinity Presbytery blogs at Trinity Peacemakers. A recent post invites prayers for RECONCILE's Peace Institute in South Sudan. The Presbytery of Genesee Valley blogs at Presbytery Peacemaking blog. Satyagraha and Humble Service is the...

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November 14, 2009

Have you done your Thanksgiving shopping?

Give your friends a copy of Proclaiming the Good News of God's Peace, a daily devotional booklet for Advent 2009. It makes a lovely Thanksgiving present! Peacemakers across the country and around God's world contributed to the booklet. Use Proclaiming...

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November 2, 2009

Community of Living Traditions

Something new is happening at Stony Point Center. An interfaith intentional community dedicated to nonviolence and peacemaking is in the making. For at least five years, Christians, Muslims and Jews will live together at Stony Point where they will work,...

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October 23, 2009

Proclaiming the Good News of God's Peace

Peacemakers from across the United States and around God's world contributed to Proclaiming the Good News of God's Peace, a daily devotional booklet for Advent 2009. Using lectionary texts, the writers reflect on God's gift of peace and explore what...

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September 29, 2009

Operation Stand Down

Congregations use 25% of the Peacemaking Offering that they receive in peacemaking ministries of their choice. Recognizing that many veterans returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan face tremendous problems re-entering American society, congregations are using their offering funds to...

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September 29, 2009

How will your congregation use its share?

Congregations that receive the Peacemaking Offering are encouraged to keep 25% of the offering for use in peacemaking ministries of their choice. These funds are used in many creative ways by different congregations. Ministries supported by the Peacemaking Offering include:...

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September 27, 2009

World Communion Sunday

Many Presbyterian congregations receive the Peacemaking Offering on World Communion Sunday - October 4, this year. Each year, the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program provides worship resources to use in this celebration of the Lord's Supper. Here is a prayer for the...

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September 22, 2009

Observing the International Day of Peace

Here are some ways that people observed the International Day of Peace: The Iglesia Presbiteriana de Puerto Nuevo in San Juan, Puerto Rico held a service of dedication for a peace pole. Mediators Beyond Borders organized an event in the...

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September 21, 2009

International Day of Peace at Presbyterian Center

The International Day of Peace was celebrated during a Taize worship service at the Presbyterian Center today. Download International Day of Peace 2009 Worship Service [Word doc]. The service included a minute of silence at noon, a prayer written by...

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September 21, 2009

Is peace possible?

Is Peace with Justice Possible in Israel/Palestine? The Joining Hands for Justice, Atlanta/Palestine Committee and the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta, Peacemaking Committee will sponsor an event that explores that question on Saturday, October 17 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm...

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September 17, 2009

Peacemaking among the early followers of Jesus

Here is a study resource that addresses the question "Is Christianity a Nonviolent Faith?" [PDF] Written by the Rev. Tim Simpson of Jacksonville, Florida, the resource explores the witness to nonviolence and peace in the New Testament and the writings...

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September 10, 2009

Songs of Grace: New Hymns for God and Neighbor

Sing a new song! Songs of Grace includes over 70 new hymns written to celebrate biblical stories, the church year, sacraments, peacemaking and more. The new words, written to well-known hymn tunes, offer expressions of hope, joy and spiritual enrichment....

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September 10, 2009

Peace be with you

Use the new Peace Be with You video to promote the Peacemaking Offering which supports peacemaking ministries across the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program. Download the video. Find additional promotional materials. Give to the Peacemaking Offering.

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August 25, 2009

Peace be with you

Check out this video about peacemaking, the Peacemaking Offering, and the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program. The Peacemaking Offering supports ministries of peacemaking on all levels of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

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July 4, 2009

Poles of peace

We gathered on June 27 at the Afton Presbyterian Church. We gathered from different places and different traditions. Church leaders, singers, speakers, political leaders, friends, family, neighbors, a guitar player, and a bagpiper, we gathered. We gathered: to plant and...

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June 21, 2009

What a time we had

The tent is folded. The out-of-town Presbyterians have returned to their homes. But what a time we had. Over 1,400 people participated in the Big Tent, a unique event in which ten Presbyterian conferences happened at the same time and...

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June 18, 2009

Pray for peace

Prayers on Spiritual Nurture for Peacemakers this week include a prayer of confession for Men of the Church Sunday and a prayer for seeing God in one another. The page includes a daily lectionary drawn from the Biblical Witness to...

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April 8, 2009

Film reviews for peacemakers

Films are a good way for peacemakers to explore issues and engage people in dialog. "Film Capsules" is a service provided by Dr. Edward McNulty that includes brief reviews of new films and DVDs, many of which deal with social...

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March 6, 2009

Big Tent Registration Extended

Early bird registration for the Big Tent has been extended to March 30. The Big Tent is a unique experience in the life of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Ten different conferences will gather at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown...

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March 2, 2009

See You at the Big Tent

"And the Word Became Flesh . . . Peacemaking in the Neighborhood" 2009 Presbyterian Peacemaking Conference at the Big Tent June 11-13, 2009 Hyatt Regency Hotel Downtown Atlanta, GA Register now for the Big Tent - a one of a...

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January 30, 2009

2009 Peacemaking Conference Registration

REGISTER NOW! The 2009 Peacemaking Conference will be part of the Big Tent - a first-of-its-kind Presbyterian event taking place at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Atlanta, GA on June 11-13, 2009. Registration materials are now available. “And the Word...

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December 16, 2008

Christmas Quotes and Genesee Valley

Briget Hurley, Peacemaking staff person for Genesee Valley Presbytery, has launched a new blog - Presbytery Peacemaking Blog. One post provides quotes and links to clip art related to Christmas and peace. This is intended for church newsletter writers and...

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December 7, 2008

Environmental Work in Peru Featured on CNN

For 10 years, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) mission workers in Peru have worked to empower the residents of La Oroya, a town high in the Andes that has been devastated by mining-related environmental degradation. That decade of educating and organizing Peruvians,...

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October 8, 2008

Come Join the Circle

Come Join the Circle is an album from peace educator, singer and songwriter Paulette Meier. It contains 14 songs featuring a diverse group of musicians including youth. This is a fun, musical way for children to learn lifelong skills for...

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September 3, 2008

Nuclear Weapons Conference

Yale Divinity School Conference on Nuclear Weapons, Security, and Moral Leadership -- 9/18-19 Religious leaders, policy makers, business persons, and scholars will gather at a Yale Divinity School conference in September to take up the topic "Are We Safe Yet?...

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July 15, 2008

Awaiting Arrivals

"You've transformed!" Actually, Room 205 at the Argyros Forum of Chapman University has been rearranged. What was once a space for the implementation team to meet has been refashioned into the conference office. Peacemaking Program staff are on their way...

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July 15, 2008

Pre Conference Events Begin

Conference leaders began arriving on Saturday. Participants in pre-conference events made their way to Chapman on Sunday with those events beginning Sunday evening. Presbytery peacemaking leaders are taking part in a training led by Ervin Bullock, Associate for Peacemaking Network...

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April 18, 2008

A Really Good Preacher

After hearing Mark Lomax preach for the first time, my son observed, "I thought you were a good preacher, dad, but Mark is really good!" Mark Lomax will preach at the 2008 Presbyterian Peacemaking Conference which will explore the reality...

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