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April 27, 2014

Holocaust Remembrance Day

April 11 is designated as Holocaust Remembrance Day by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Here is a litany of lighting candles for this day. May we remember.The Lighting of Memorial Candles One: We light candles in memory of those who were...

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November 20, 2013

The Growing Voice of the Red Hands

by Esther Lee

Red handsIt is our joy to announce that this year, Cameroon (4 Feb 2013) and Zimbabwe (22 May 2013) ratified or acceded to the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict. The momentum continues to build. Thanks to all who participated.

The Red Hands made by Presbyterians all over the country are delivered to the permanent missions at the United Nations asking them to encourage their governments to sign and ratify the protocol. Though this treaty does not guarantee absence of children in the military forces ...

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January 15, 2013

Children are children, not soldiers - 11 years on

‘Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.’ – Matthew 19:14

February 12, 2013 marks the eleventh anniversary of the entry into force of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict.

Find worship resources, ideas for participating in the Red Hand Campaign, and suggestions for further study for this occasion. Red hands being madeThey may be used at any time.

UNICEF estimates that more than 300,000 children – boys and girls under the ...

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July 24, 2012

A call to renewed life - 2012 Presbyterian Peacemaking Conference

by Sophie Beal
Intern, Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations

Communion table from the final day at the Peacemaking ConferenceThe Ghost Ranch Peacemaking Conference held in New Mexico July 11th-15th was a transformative experience. I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to attend this conference and to meet the many people in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) who are committed to making peace around the globe.

The Ghost Ranch conference incorporated new and creative ways to speak about peace and learn from one another what a vision of peace in our world might look like. As a group, we spent three days focused ...

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July 19, 2012

Reflection on the 2012 Presbyterian Peacemaking Conference at Ghost Ranch

Mandala made at Peacemaking Conferenceby Elodie de Bethmann
Intern, Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations

From the 11th to the 14th of July, I had the pleasure of meeting and working with Presbyterian Peacemakers from around the country. At Ghost Ranch, I had the opportunity to partake in contextual Bible study and worship, participate in “Expression” workshops, engage in conversations with my “Neighborhood” group, as well as help lead a training session on Human Trafficking. The conference was a unique experience, through which I have gained valuable skills in becoming proactive in my approach against Human Trafficking and practicing my faith in ...

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February 23, 2012

We work in partnership

Meeting wih Michel Roy - Mark Koenig Joe Donnelly Ryan SmithThe Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis, Michel Roy, provided a briefing today for the NGO community at the United Nations. Caritas Internationalis is one of our strongest partners. In recognition of the partnership, we gave Mr. Roy a cross made in Liberia from a spent shell casing. The Presbyerian Peacemaking Program, one of our denominational partners, has been the leader in promoting the Liberian crosses. Beslinda Pazaj, advocacy assistant for Caritas, took the picture.

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September 29, 2011

A Prayer for Peace in Our Time

Here is a prayer for United Nations Day, October 24, from one of the resources of the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program. O God, Our Father, O God, Our Mother: we pray for all your children on earth, of every nation and...

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July 2, 2011

Big Tent - Day 2 - Peacemaking Conference

Here are some reports on the July 1 happenings at the Peacemaking Conference under the Big Tent:

Be Awake - Matthew Dimick ponders the opening plenary by Serene Jones

Big Tent Day 2 - Little Miss Undainty reflects on responding to gun violence, David LaMotte, and Making Peace with God's Earth

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May 31, 2011

Moving day

Today Swords into Plowshares moves to a new home: www.pcusa.org/swords-plowshares/. Please change your bookmark to www.pcusa.org/swords-plowshares/, and continue to seek peace and pursue justice in the global community with the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations and the Presbyterian Peacemaking...

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May 31, 2011

A new beginning

Welcome to the new home for Swords into Plowshares!

We are glad you found us.

Please subscribe or bookmark www.pcusa.org/swords-plowshares/, and continue to seek peace and pursue justice in the global community with the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations and the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program

All the previously posted material will be moved to this new address.

Thanks for coming along on the journey!

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May 30, 2011

We're moving - tomorrow

Starting May 31, 2011 (tomorrow) the Swords into Plowshares blog will have a new home at www.pcusa.org/swords-plowshares/. All the content currently posted on the blog will be moved to the new address. We hope you move with us. So, please...

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May 29, 2011

A new URL for Swords into Plowshares

Swords into Plowshares will have a new home as of May 31, 2011 - and a new URL: www.pcusa.org/swords-plowshares/. Be sure to change your bookmark to www.pcusa.org/swords-plowshares/. Together we will seek peace, strive for justice, and explore ways to live...

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May 6, 2011

Under the Big Tent

Join Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations staff under the Big Tent - June 30-July 2 in Indianapolis. Ryan will be taking part in the Presbyterian Peacemaking Conference. Mark will be with World Mission Matters. We will co-lead one of...

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May 5, 2011

A prayer for the National Day of Prayer

Grant us, O God, a vision of this nation as your love would have it: a nation where the weak are protected, and none go hungry or poor; a nation where the riches of creation are shared, and everyone can...

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May 3, 2011

PC(USA) resources related to issues raised by the death of Osama bin Laden

The death of Osama bin Laden raises many issues for prayer, study, discussion, and reflection. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has a number of resources available to use at this time. Among them are the Resolution on Violence, Religion and Terrorism...

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May 3, 2011

Big Tent to stay in Indianapolis

Learn more about the Peacemaking Conference and Pre-Conference at the Big Tent From the Presbyterian News Service: Location finalized after examination of new Indiana immigration bill LOUISVILLE—The Big Tent will be pitched in Indianapolis. The decision to keep the Big...

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April 24, 2011

Easter blessings

Christ is risen! The staff of the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations and the staff of the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program wish you a blessed Easter. May you experience afresh the joy and wonder and hope of resurrection. May you...

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April 13, 2011

Lord, What a Parade! - new hymn for Palm Sunday

Lord, What a Parade! LYONS 10.10.11.11 (“O Worship the King, All Glorious Above”) Lord, what a parade! The crowd quickly grew; What noise they all made in welcoming you. “Hosanna!” they shouted. “It’s David’s own son! Hosanna! Come save us!...

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April 8, 2011

Big Tent Development

Register now for the Peacemaking Conference at the Big Tent! Download a registration form. Growing Christ's Peace And a harvest of justice is sown in peace for those who cultivate peace June 30- July 2, 2011- Indianapolis, Indiana The Peacemaking...

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April 8, 2011

Growing Christ's Peace

Register now for the Peacemaking Conference at the Big Tent! Download a registration form. Growing Christ's Peace And a harvest of justice is sown in peace for those who cultivate peace June 30- July 2, 2011- Indianapolis, Indiana The Peacemaking...

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February 15, 2011

Where did the Red Hands go?

Red Hands were recently sent to a number of missions of member states at the United Nations asking them to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed...

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January 27, 2011

International Day of Commemoration to honour the victims of the Holocaust

The United Nations has designated 27 January -– the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp -- as an annual International Day of Commemoration to honour the victims of the Holocaust, and urged Member States to develop educational...

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January 5, 2011

Consider fasting with the people of Sudan

People in Sudan plan to engage in the spiritual discipline of fasting in the days leading up to the January 9, 2011 referendum. Consider joining them on Friday, January 7 or at other times during that weekend. Those who are...

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November 29, 2010

Iraqi Christians seek haven in Jordan

The Jordan Times reports that attacks against Christians in Iraq has led many Christians to flee to Jordan. Christianity in Iraq dates from the apostolic era. Presbyterians have engaged in ministry with the people of Iraq since the early 1800s....

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November 19, 2010

A Season of Prayer with the People of Sudan

Prayers are always in order for the people of Sudan. Prayers are particularly in order as January, 2011 draws near. A referendum on self-determination for the people of South Sudan is scheduled for January 9. On that same day, a...

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November 17, 2010

2010 Peacemaking Advent Devotion - order now

Order the 2010 Peacemaking Advent devotion from the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program. Proclaiming the Good News of God's Peace contains a daily devotion with each day featuring a different writer. Authors are individuals who have played a key role in the...

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October 18, 2010

A Prayer for the United Nations

United Nations Day is October 24. Here is a prayer from one of the resources of the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program: Great God, supreme ruler of all the earth, give vision to those who serve the United Nations. With justice and...

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October 13, 2010

Transitions

Swords into Plowshares is undergoing a transition. The name will remain the same, but there will be changes: Swords into Plowshares will become a shared blog - shared between the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations and the Presbyterian Peacemaking...

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September 28, 2010

Mexico 'country of contrast,' says peacemaker

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - Mexico 'country of contrast,' says peacemaker. International Peacemaker "Brenda Celia Trinidad Espitia is a graduate of the Presbyterian Pan American School in Kingsville, Texas, and is an active member of Emanuel Presbyterian...

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September 28, 2010

New director of Presbyterian ministry at the UN

From the Presbyterian News Service: Executive Office and Policy Communications CONTACT: Barry Creech General Assembly Mission Council LOUISVILLE, Ky. The Rev. Mark Koenig has been selected as the new director of Presbyterian ministry at the United Nations. Koenig brings 30...

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September 21, 2010

A collect for World Communion Sunday

O God, author of life and source of hope: Hear our petitions, spoken and unspoken, and gather them together with those of your people around the world so that in our collective life and hope together, we would all be...

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September 20, 2010

An opening prayer for World Communion Sunday

O Redeemer God, as we gather in worship on this World Communion Sunday, we ask that you send your Holy Spirit to fall afresh on us. We pray for your Spirit to awaken new hope in us. Grant us the...

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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 17, 2010

A special gift to the Peacemaking Offering

2010 is the thirtieth anniversary of the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program and the Peacemaking Offering, following the adoption by the General Assembly of Peacemaking: The Believers’ Calling, which called for a new emphasis on peacemaking across the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). This...

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September 16, 2010

My resources and slides from Presbyterian Peacemaking Seminar

Bruce Reyes-Chow made a presentation on Social Media for Social Movements at the 2010 Peacemaking Seminar sponsored by the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program. He has posted on his blog about the presentation. He writes: A few weeks ago I attended a...

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September 13, 2010

A prayer for the International Day of Peace

Loving God, we, your children, long for the day when your shalom is the dominant culture. We long for the day when we would turn swords into plowshares; when our governments would grow more food than build weapons; when we...

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September 10, 2010

Knitting together for peace

A knitting lounge was among the opportunities for participants in the 2010 Presbyterian Peacemaking Seminars. Long-time knitters and novices worked on hats and scarves for the Abiquiu Boys and Girls Club. A number of hats and scarves were completed and...

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September 10, 2010

Songs for Peace and Justice - Register now!

Register now - registration closes September 17. Songs for Peace and Justice Oct 10-14 - Stony Point Center "Find Your Voice: Music for a Just and Caring Church" Be part of a four-day multi-cultural creative gathering. Join pastors, church musicians,...

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September 9, 2010

O for a thousand tongues to sing . . .

A choir highlighted the Saturday evening worship service at the 2010 Presbyterian Peacemaking Seminar. Thanks to director Corey Nelson and all who sang! Thanks to David Barnhart for taking the video.

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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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September 7, 2010

Order 2010 Peacemaking Advent devotion

Order the 2010 Peacemaking Advent devotion from the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program. Proclaiming the Good News of God's Peace contains a daily devotion with each day featuring a different writer. Authors are individuals who have played a key role in the...

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September 7, 2010

Fall 2010 Peace Notes available

The Fall 2010 issue of Peace Notes, the print publication from the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program is now available. Download Peace Notes Fall 2010

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September 5, 2010

Civil Resistance and the Dynamics of Nonviolent Conflict

From the United States Institute of Peace comes an announcement about a new course, Civil Resistance and the Dynamics of Nonviolent Conflict: October 19, 2010 - December 9, 2010 An in-depth and multi-disciplinary perspective on civilian-based movements and campaigns to...

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August 30, 2010

Thanks

Thanks to all who helped make the 2010 Presbyterian Peacemaking Seminar a time of grace, blessing, and growth: the planning team, the leadership team, the participants, the Ghost Ranch staff, and the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program staff. Worship on the mesa,...

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August 27, 2010

Pictures from Wednesday, August 25

Participants gather for opening worship at the 2010 Peacemaking Seminar. Check out other pictures by David Young that show events from Wednesday, August 25.

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August 25, 2010

Thirty

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 25, 2010

Presente!

As the planning team and leaders gathered for the 2010 Presbyterian Peacemaking Seminar gathered, we were reminded that we do not gather alone. We gather within that great mystery of the Communion of Saints - that mystery that we experience...

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August 24, 2010

Planning team arrives

The planning team for the 2010 Peacemaking Seminar (Margaret Aymer, David Gambrell, Nancy Eng MacNeill, Emily McGinley, Dayna Oliver, Rich Pak, and Teresa Chavez Sauceda) arrived at Ghost Ranch Abiquiu this evening. Most of the team members flew to Albquerque...

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August 16, 2010

Use worship resources from the 2010 Peacemaking Seminar

The time draws near for the 2010 Peacemaking Seminar. Peacemaking Program staff members leave for New Mexico on Saturday, August 21. Leadership arrives on August 23 and 24. Read stories and view pictures of the seminar on this blog and...

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August 10, 2010

African Health Action at 30th Anniversary Celebration

Dr Alvine Laure Siaka, Executive Director/Program Director of African Health Action Corporation, speaks at the 30th Anniversary Celebration of Peacemaking: The Believers' Calling sponsored by the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program during the 219th General Assembly (2010). The African Health Action Corporation...

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August 9, 2010

Nonviolent Peaceforce at 30th Anniversary Celebration

Mel Duncan, founder and special projects director of the Nonviolent Peaceforce, speaks at the 30th Anniversary Celebration of Peacemaking: The Believers' Calling sponsored by the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program during the 219th General Assembly (2010). The Nonviolent Peaceforce received a small...

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August 9, 2010

Celebrating 30 years of peacemaking

Peacemakers of all ages gathered for a dessert to mark the 30th anniversary of Peacemaking: The Believers' Calling at the 219th General Assembly (2010) in Minneapolis. As long as there have been Presbyterians, there been Presbyterian peacemakers - Presbyterians who...

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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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July 26, 2010

2010 Peacemaking Seminar - still time to register!

Early Registration Extended until August 6 Re-membering Peace: Still the Believers' Calling 2010 Peacemaking Seminar Presbyterian Peacemaking Program August 25-28, 2010 (depart on August 29) Abiquiu, NM Register now! The Presbyterian Peacemaking Program and Ghost Ranch Conference Center are pleased...

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July 23, 2010

Why should children not be soldiers?

This was a question posed at the Presbyterian Youth Triennium. Participants created red hands with answers - red hands that will be delivered to world leaders to call them to put an end to the practice of using children as...

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July 23, 2010

I pray for peace . . . Triennium Day 4

Today marked the final day in the exhibit hall at the Presbyterian Youth Triennium. Participants stopped by the booth of the Presbyterian United Nations Ministry, the Office on Child Advocacy, and the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program and added their prayers to...

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July 22, 2010

Almost two a minute

117 Red Hand cards were made today at the Presbyterian Youth Triennium - in one hour. That's almost two messages every minute to be sent to world leaders to tell them that children are children, not soldiers! Thanks to all...

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July 21, 2010

Red Hands at Triennium - Day 1

Over 250 participants in the Presbyterian Youth Triennium created Red Hands to carry the message to world leaders that children are children, not soldiers. Some amazing messages were written: Stop the use of child soldiers: what if it was your...

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July 19, 2010

Presbyterians Say No Child Soldiers

Follow the Presbyterian effort to end the use of child soldiers on Facebook. The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, the Office of Child Advocacy, and the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program have launched a new page to provide information and advocacy...

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July 17, 2010

July 18, 2010, pray with the people of Sudan

The churches in Sudan will pray for their country and its future on July 18, 2010 for the upcoming January 2011 referendum. Will you join them? Will you invite others to pray? Here is a prayer to use or adapt:...

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July 15, 2010

Sixty years of Trick or Treat

Several anniversaries were celebrated during the 219th General Assembly (2010) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in Minneapolis. The Presbyterian Peacemaking Program marked thirty years of ministry. Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF marked its sixtieth anniversary. For sixty years, children have been helping...

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July 14, 2010

God, You Spoke Your Word Through Amos

“God, You Spoke Your Word Through Amos” is a new hymn by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. This hymn was originally written to support Bread for the World's Bread for the Preacher, July 2010. Carolyn is the author of of over 160...

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July 11, 2010

Part of the problem, part of the solution

Conversations on a number of topics opened the day on Saturday, July 3 at the 219th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Among the conversations was “Equipping the Church for Ministry with God’s Diverse Family” led by the Rev....

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July 4, 2010

2010 Peacemaking Seminar Update - Lower Rates!!

LOWER RATES FOR HOUSING AND MEALS! Re-membering Peace: Still the Believers' Calling 2010 Peacemaking Seminar Presbyterian Peacemaking Program August 25-28, 2010 (depart on August 29) Abiquiu, NM Register now!The Presbyterian Peacemaking Program and Ghost Ranch Conference Center are pleased to...

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June 28, 2010

Knitting lounge at 2010 Peacemaking Seminar

Re-membering Peace: Still the Believers' Calling 2010 Peacemaking Seminar Presbyterian Peacemaking Program August 25-28, 2010 (depart on August 29) Abiquiu, NM Register now! Seminar participants can make peace by responding to a need in the Abiquiu community. Come and bring...

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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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June 26, 2010

2010 Advent Devotion book now availble

Order now! Proclaiming the Good News of God's Peace: Advent Devotions 2010 is now available. This booklet, published by the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program, provides a devotion for each day of the Advent season. It is designed to help individuals, households,...

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June 26, 2010

Ten years on

By Matt Lang I was soaked by the end of election day. My shirt felt like something that was growing on me. We waited for the polls to close at a precinct in Surigao City. It was 11:30 pm, the...

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June 26, 2010

Circle of History at 2010 Peacemaking Seminar

Re-membering Peace: Still the Believers' Calling Presbyterian Peacemaking Program Ghost Ranch Conference Center Abiquiu, NM August 25—28 (depart August 29) Register now Each morning the seminar community will gather for prayers and plenary sessions that focus on building skills in...

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June 25, 2010

Making music for peace

Re-membering Peace: Still the Believers' Calling 2010 Peacemaking Seminar Presbyterian Peacemaking Program August 25-28, 2010 Abiquiu, NM Register now! Music plays a key role in movements for peace and justice; music has been an important part of conferences and events...

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June 23, 2010

What does it mean to follow the nonviolent Christ?

The Presbyterian Peacemaking Program is pleased to announce the publication of a journal resource on nonviolence. Resurrection Living: Journeying with the Nonviolent Christ is designed as a journal to help individuals explore the theology and ethics of nonviolence and ways...

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June 6, 2010

An Election of Debt

By Nancy Eng MacNeill From province to province, precinct after precinct, throughout the Philippine islands, the May 10, 2010 elections showed widespread evidence of voter intimidation, vote buying, campaign violations on Election Day, denial of voter rights, and more. As...

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June 3, 2010

2010 Peacemaking Seminar - singing songs of peace

Re-membering Peace: Still the Believers' Calling 2010 Peacemaking Seminar Presbyterian Peacemaking Program August 25-28, 2010 Abiquiu, NM Music plays a key role in movements for peace and justice; music has been an important part of conferences and events sponsored by...

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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 26, 2010

A visit to the Morong 43

This post is based on information supplied by Nancy Eng MacNeill. Participants in the People's International Election Observers Mission visited with the Morong 43 before returning to their home countries. The Morong 43 are forty-three health workers who were arrested...

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May 26, 2010

Worship service on child soldiers

Worship at the Presbyterian Center on May 26, 2010 focused on child soldiers and how followers of Jesus, who welcomes children, can work to address this issue. Planned by a team of staff from the Office of Theology Worship and...

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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 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 17, 2010

Pray for and with the people of Iraq

In response to the request of the Christian leaders of Iraq, here are a couple prayers. They may be used each day at noon as part of the Covenant of Prayer with Iraqi Christians or in private devotions or corporate...

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May 15, 2010

Take a number

Voters in the Philippines obtained priority numbers to vote. Each voting site had 10 secrecy folder per automated voting machines (PCOS). Ten voters at a time would be let into the voting room to fill in their ballots. The priority...

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May 15, 2010

PCOS voting machines

A PCOS voting machine is intialized in Cantugas, Mainit, Surigao del Norte, Mindanao Automated voting machines (PCOS) were chosen to reduce the possibilities of fraud and provide secrecy for the voters and the voting process. The PCOS machines, created by...

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May 15, 2010

Voting directions for the Philippine election

This picture shows a poster with directions on how to vote. These were to be put up in each polling place. Photo by Nancy Eng MacNeill of the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program.

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May 14, 2010

2010 Peacemaking Seminar – regional and community conversations

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. Each afternoon, seminar participants can participate in focused Threads of Conversation....

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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 12, 2010

A word from our Iraqi brothers and sisters in Christ

The World Council of Churches reports that: “Recent violence in Iraq has led Iraqi church leaders to issue a statement calling on ‘all government officials and political parties in order to give priority to the public interest and the security...

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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 10, 2010

A prayer for Memorial Day

Holy God, your love is stronger than death, and your life-giving power has no end. We commend to your eternal care all who have died in the service of others, even as we lament the violence of war. Comfort and...

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May 8, 2010

7:00 a.m. Sunday, May 9, the Philippines

As I begin this post, it is seven o'clock a.m. on Sunday morning in the Philippines. The day before the election has dawned. Across the country, people will give thanks and raise their hopes and express their fears in prayer....

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May 8, 2010

Reunions in the Philippines

There were many joy-filled reunions at the welcome celebration and orientation for the election observers in the Philippines. Here's a story about one of them: A little over a year ago, Pastor Edwin Egar of the United Church of Christ...

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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 7, 2010

Philippine elections press releases

Find daily press releases from the People's International Observer Mission (PIOM) posted at Kodao Productions. Kodao Productions is the video company working with the PIOM. They will include reports from the various areas covered by the PIOM. Tweets from Twitter...

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May 6, 2010

National Day of Prayer

Today, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study provides a Minute for Mission about the National Day of Prayer. Joel Hanisek is the writer. "In presidential terms we owe the National Day of Prayer to Harry Truman...

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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 6, 2010

Observing Elections in the Philippines

Please hold the people of the Philippines in prayer in the days leading up to the May 10 national elections. In response to invitations from our sisters and brothers in Christ in the United Church of Christ in the Philippines...

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May 5, 2010

Observers begin to arrive in the Philippines

From the Philippines Election Observer Team Facebook page: Eleven American election observers, including a number of Presbyterians meet at the airport last night by members of the United Church of Christ of the Philippines staff, the Chairperson of KMU, the...

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May 5, 2010

2010 Peacemaking Seminar – Artistic Expression Panel

Re-membering Peace: Still the Believers' Calling 2010 Peacemaking Seminar Presbyterian Peacemaking Program August 25-28, 2010 Abiquiu, NM Register now!Artistic Expression Panel If you have ever visited Ghost Ranch, then you know that the ranch has a history of telling stories...

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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 5, 2010

Election in the Philippines

Pray for the people of the Philippines as the day of election nears. Pray for those who will serve as election observers. Elections are scheduled in the Philippines for Monday, May 10. The elections are for president and the legislature....

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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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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 30, 2010

2010 Peacemaking Seminar – Circle of History

Re-membering Peace: Still the Believers' Calling 2010 Peacemaking Seminar Presbyterian Peacemaking Program Ghost Ranch Conference Center Abiquiu, NM August 25—28 (depart August 29) Each morning the seminar community will gather for prayers and plenary sessions that focus on building skills...

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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 27, 2010

Plan a visit by an International Peacemaker

International Peacemakers from eight countries are scheduled to visit the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) from September 24 through October 18, 2010. These individuals from our partner churches will share about ministries in their countries that seek justice and pursue peace in...

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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 26, 2010

Creating a climate of hospitality by listening

Re-membering Peace: Still the Believers' Calling 2010 Peacemaking Seminar Presbyterian Peacemaking Program Ghost Ranch Conference Center Abiquiu, NM August 25—28 (depart August 29) Register now for the seminar. The seminar will begin with dinner at 5:30 p.m. on August 25....

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April 23, 2010

Live the Believers' Calling - receive Peacemaking Program email newsletters

Celebrate 30 years of peacemaking Receive ideas for peacemaking as individuals and as a congregations. Invite individuals to subscribe to the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program’s email newsletter, Seeking Peace. Have congregational leaders subscribe to the email newsletter, Peacemaking in Congregations. Subscribe...

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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 22, 2010

Contextual Bible study

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. Each morning the seminar community will gather for prayers and plenary...

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April 21, 2010

Live the Believers' Calling - Create a Prayer Space

Celebrate thirty years of peacemaking Create a space in the church where short prayers for peace can be posted. Encourage members to ask for prayers from friends and family in other places. One congregation developed a banner containing prayers for...

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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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April 7, 2010

Zaccheus Was a Tax Man

Bread for the World encourages congregations to observe Sunday, April 11, or Wednesday, April 14, as "Tax Day:" a to think and pray about the role of taxes and tax credits. Bread has created free resources to help mark the...

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April 4, 2010

Peacemaking Offering

I spotted this poster on a door in Pital Presbyterian Church. Pital is the one rural church in the Presbytery of the North Coast in Colombia. The Peacemaking Offering supports the work of the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program and peacemaking efforts...

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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 29, 2010

Care for God's earth in Armenia and America

Visit Armenia with the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program and the Presbyterian Environmental Ministries Office: Explore how people of faith care for God’s earth in Armenia and what that can teach us for caring for God's earth in America Learn about Armenia’s...

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March 29, 2010

A prayer for Easter

For this Easter day and all the Easters of our lives; We thank you with hearts overflowing, O God. For times when we were violated by word or deed and were raised again; We thank you with the vitality of...

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March 28, 2010

Learn about Colombia

Here are some links to get a quick idea of what Presbyterians are doing in Colombia and why I am part of a group that is going there. In partnership with our sisters and brothers in Christ who are the...

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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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March 16, 2010

Register Now - 2010 Peacemaking Seminar

Register now for Re-membering Peace: Still the Believers’ Calling. Sponsored by the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program, the 2010 Peacemaking Seminar will take place on August 25-28 (depart on August 29) at Ghost Ranch Conference Center in Abiquiu, NM.Online registration Download a...

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March 7, 2010

Observe World Water Day

From the blog of our colleague, the Presbyterian Environmental Ministries Office: World Water Day, meant to draw attention to the importance of freshwater and to advocate for sustainable management of freshwater resources, is on March 22. The Ecumenical Water Network...

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March 2, 2010

Resources related to discerning about participation in the armed forces

The 181st General Assembly (1969) of the United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. stated, “The United Presbyterian Church does not teach a single response to war which all members must accept, for God alone is Lord of the conscience and...

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March 1, 2010

2010 World Day of Prayer

Here is a prayer for the World Day of Prayer that takes place on March 5. The focus this year is Cameroon. God of our hope, we gather to celebrate your steadfast love and to celebrate new moments that this...

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February 18, 2010

New site for new hymns

Hymns by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette provides a new way to obtain hymns by this gifted songwriter. Many of her hymns deal with peace and justice concerns. "In Haiti There Is Anguish," a new hymn for Haiti is included as are...

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February 16, 2010

2010 Seminar Leaders Announced

The Presbyterian Peacemaking Program announces the leaders for the 2010 Peacemaking Seminar. The seminar, Re-membering Peace: Still the Believers' Calling will be held at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiui, New Mexico on August 25-28 (depart on August 29). Worship • Reginald...

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February 3, 2010

Environmental and Peacemaking Travel Study Seminar to Armenia

Would you like to visit Armenia and: Explore how people of faith care for God’s earth? Learn about Armenia’s relationships with its neighbors, including Turkey? Visit reforestation sites and pristine forests in need of protection from mining that threatens them?...

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January 30, 2010

Seeking Peace

Seeking Peace is one of the enewsletters published by the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program. It comes out about every other week and contains ideas for ways that individuals can work for peace and justice. Subscribe online or by sending us an...

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January 29, 2010

Praying for Peace, Remembering All Hurt by Gun Violence

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the leading proponents and practitioners of nonviolence in the United States. He died in an act of gun violence. On January 18, 2010, an interfaith vigil took place in Richmond,...

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January 23, 2010

Re-membering Peace - 2010 Presbyterian Peacemaking Seminar

Here is a press release on the 2010 Presbyterian Peacemaking Seminar. Re-membering Peace: Still the Believers' Calling will be a time to celebrate 30 years of intentional peacemaking in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and look forward to peacemaking ministries yet...

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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 14, 2009

2010 Peacemaking Seminar

2010 Peacemaking Seminar Re-membering Peace: Still the Believers’ Calling August 25-29, 2010 Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, New Mexico In 1980, the 192nd GA of the UPCUSA adopted Peacemaking: The Believers’ Calling [PDF]. In 2010, the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program invites you to...

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November 26, 2009

Protecting civilians in South Sudan

Presbyterians recently initiated, signed and sent an interfaith letter calling for the deployment of United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) peacekeeping forces to protect civilians in South Sudan. The letter went to Susan Rice, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations,...

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November 16, 2009

Emrace diversity, End discrimination,

December 10 is designated as Human Rights Day - a day to mark the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. The Presbyterian United Nations Office and the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program offer a variety of materials to...

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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

New study resource on Sudan for children

Order Piece Work/Peace Work: Working Together for Peace and Sudan at the Presbyterian Marketplace. Use item number 24-358-09-008. The cost is $8.00 plus shipping and handling.Piece Work/Peace Work: Working Together for Peace and Sudan is a curriculum designed for elementary...

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October 30, 2009

Learning about Sudan in Maryville

In the Presbytery of East Tennessee, International Peacemaker the Rev. Orozu Lokine Daky, from Sudan, and Dr. Ingrid Reneau, a PC(USA) Mission Co-worker in South Sudan, offered workshops at the Global Voices Summit. This event was sponsored by the group,...

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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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October 23, 2009

Stopping torture - an Advent resource

The National Religious Coalition Against Torture announces a new resource [PDF] for Christian clergy to use during Advent 2009. With sections for all four Sundays in Advent, as well as Christmas Eve, the new resource [PDF] provides commentary on the...

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October 15, 2009

Worship resources for United Nations Day

October 24 is United Nations Day. The Presbyterian Peacemaking Program and the Presbyterian United Nations Office offer worship materials for use on Sunday, October 25 or another time. Download O God Who Formed Creation [PDF], a hymn by the Rev....

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October 11, 2009

On the road with International Peacemakers

Eleven International Peacemakers, church leaders from partner churches of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in other countries, recently traveled around the country telling about ministries of peace and justice in the name of Jesus Christ in their home countries. Five of...

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October 11, 2009

They knew the way to San Jose

On their visit to the Presbytery of San Jose, the Rev. Delia Leal and Ms. Tracey King spoke about issues of peace, justice, and mission in Guatemala in the name of Jesus Christ. Their visit included a presentation at a...

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October 11, 2009

Vinita in Nebraska

The travels of Dr. Vinita Eusebius, International Peacemaker from India, took her to Nebraska. Vinita interacted with members of the confirmation class at Panama Presbyterian Church (Panama, NE) in the Presbytery of Homestead. Vinita is the national chairperson of the...

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October 9, 2009

Wide awake in Seattle

Lamiel Phiri's itinerary included a visit to the Presbytery of Seattle. While there, he visited with members of Wedgewood Presbyterian Church. Lamiel works with Christian Care Zimbabwe, a non-governmental organization of the Zimbabwe Council of Churches, involves humanitarian and development...

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October 9, 2009

Nazeli visits Miami Valley Presbytery, Ohio

Presbyterians in the Presbytery of Miami Valley (Ohio) are among those who had the opportunity to meet Dr. Nazeli Vardanyan from Armenia. Her visit included a presentation at Sinclair Community College where she made a presentation. Students had the opportunity...

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October 8, 2009

Prayer for Presbyterian AIDS Awareness Sunday

This Sunday, October 11, raise awareness and focus attention on the global AIDS epidemic — observe Presbyterian AIDS Awareness Sunday. Among the many resources available to plan for this event is the It's a Matter of Faith packet. Order or...

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October 8, 2009

Nazeli in Western New York

Among her stops visiting Presbyterians, Dr. Nazeli Vardanyan from Armenia visited the Presbytery of Western New York. Dr. Vadranyan is director of Armenia Forest, a non-governmental organization (NGO) and president of GOY, an NGO focusing on environmental issues. Her visit...

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October 2, 2009

Peacemaking Offering

This Sunday, many Presbyterian congregations will receive the Peacemaking Offering which supports peacemaking ministries across the church, including the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program. Not going to be in a Presbyterian congregation on Sunday? No problem, you can give online! Presbyterians will...

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September 29, 2009

World Communion Sunday, II

Here are two prayers for World Communion Sunday from the 2008 worship resource [PDF] provided by the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program. Prayer of the Day O God of majesty, as we gather today to worship you, disquiet us and your whole...

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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 18, 2009

International Peacemakers

Each year the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program brings International Peacemakers to the United States to share stories of ministries of peace and justice in their own country. This year's Peacemakers have begun to travel to this country. Their travels through this...

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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

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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August 18, 2009

Peace Notes Summer 2009

The Summer 2009 issue of Peace Notes, the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program's print newsletter, is available for download. It will come out in print later this month. But you can download it from this blog. Download Peace Notes Summer 2009 [PDF]...

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July 29, 2009

6 August - Hiroshima Day

August 6 marks the anniversary of Hiroshima Day. This is a day to: remember those who died and were wounded by the bombing Hiroshima remember all people of every nation who died and were wounded during World War II recognize...

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July 2, 2009

Simple Dinner, Amazing Ministry

The Big Tent Friday, June 12 Dinner Friday evening, peacemakers gathered for a simple meal at Atlanta's North Avenue Presbyterian Church, sponsored by the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program and hosted by the Peacemaking Committee of the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta. The...

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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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May 7, 2009

Read Peace Notes

Peace Notes is the print publication of the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program. It comes out three times a year. The Spring 2009 issue is now available to read or download. The issue contains information about International Peacemakers, events in the Philippines,...

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April 27, 2009

Prevent the Collapse of South Sudan

Urge Congress to act to prevent the collapse of South Sudan. Were a collapse to occur, it would gravely threaten prospects for peace in Sudan as a whole, including Darfur. Since 2005, two million south Sudanese have returned to the...

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April 26, 2009

Antiracism Training at the Big Tent

The Presbyterian Peacemaking Program and the Office of Multicultural Ministries are partnering to offer an antiracism training event prior to the Big Tent. The Big Tent, a unique gathering of ten Presbyterian conferences, will take place in Atlanta, GA on...

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April 12, 2009

If you can't make it to Atlanta, what about Ghost Ranch?

The summer bubbles over with good opportunities for learning, fellowship, and growth. Presbyterian Peacemaking Program staff members are involved in a number of them. In June, there is the Big Tent where peacemakers will explore peacemaking in the neighborhood where...

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March 11, 2009

Press conference marks pastor's release

We have posted video of the press conference following the release of Pastor Edwin Egar of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines. On February 11, 2009, Pastor Egar was abducted. His colleagues flew into action and began working...

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March 8, 2009

HIV/AIDS and peacemaking

"Where there is sickness and where there is suffering, there can be no peace." So the Rev. Kondwani Gondwe of the Matiki Presbyterian Church in Malawi reminded a group of Presbyterians on a travel/study seminar last March. The Biblical understanding...

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March 7, 2009

Presbyterians travel to Ethiopia

From November 5 through 15, 2008, eight Presbyterians learned from and walked with brothers and sisters of Christian, Muslim and Orthodox faiths in Ethiopia. The travel/study seminar was organized in cooperation with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s partner the Ethiopian Evangelical...

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March 7, 2009

Watch video of Philippines press conference

The Presbyterian Peacemaking Program has posted video of the February 12, 2009 press conference in the Philippines following the release of Pastor Edwin Egar. Note that some presentations are in Tagalog and in English. Here's what happened: On February 11,...

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March 3, 2009

Revamped e-newsletters about to launch

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is in the process of moving to a new system for delivery of email newsletters. This new format will allow programs and offices to send HTML e-newsletters. Subscribe to any or all of the e-newsletters. A...

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March 2, 2009

Worship resources to address torture during Lent

The Presbyterian Peacemaking Program and No2Torture, a grass-roots Presbyterian group, offer a number of worship resources to help Presbyterians address issues around stopping torture during this Lenten season. Presbyterian General Assemblies have made a number of statements related to torture...

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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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August 25, 2008

Gun Violence and Gospel Values

The 2008 Peacemaking Colloquium "Gun Violence and Gospel Values" DATE: Monday, September 15 to Wednesday, September 17, 2008 TIME: lunch to lunch LOCATION: Stony Point Center 17 Crickettown Road Stony Point, NY 10980 845-786-5674 800-253-4285 Register now! (PDF) Gun violence...

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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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June 27, 2008

Roll Over, Beethoven?

He started with "What a Wonderful World" and closed with "Let There Be Peace on Earth." In between, jazz pianist Harry Pickens played, led singing, offered reflections and prayed with some 100 Presbyterian peacemakers. Harry provided the program for the...

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June 27, 2008

Why Make the Effort to Get to Dinner?

They came on foot, by light rail and in taxi cabs. The timing was close -- the Peacemaking Program dinner and celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Commitment to Peacemaking lasted from right after the plenary ended until right...

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