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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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July 31, 2013

The Church on Race: A Dialogue

The Church on Race: A Dialogue
A Big Tent 2013 Event

Conversations on the past, present, and future of race relations in the Church and in society in light of the Florida vs. George Zimmerman verdict


Date:  Saturday, August 3rd

Time:  10:00 a.m.—11:30  a.m.

Location: Galt House, Grand Ballroom A


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July 1, 2012

Equipping the Church for Ministry with God's Diverse Family

Irene Pak and Mark KoenigSaturday morning, 30 June, brought Riverside Conversations (beside the Allegheny just above its confluence with the Monongehala) at the 220 General Assembly (2012) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

The Riverside Conversations is a pre-assembly experience for commissioners and advisory delegates. Commissioners and advisory delegates will begin engaging the key issues before the General Assembly, encountering each other and listening for God’s Spirit of discernment as a gathering body.

Irene Pak and I (the photo of us is by Bruce Reyes-Chow) led the conversation on Equipping the Church for Ministry with God's Diverse Family. The description of ...

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March 21, 2012

All our sons, all our daughters

This post has been revised in response to comments and observations made on Facebook and in other places. Some language has been edited; other material has been added. I am grateful to all those who took the time to read and comment.

Our position of privilege tells me that what happened to Trayvon Martin is less likely to happen to my sons than it is to the sons or daughters of many of my friends. Less likely than it is to happen to the sons or daughters of people I do not know. Less likely than it is to happen ...

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September 26, 2011

Churches mark anniversary of statement calling racism a sin

World Communion of Reformed Churches
News Release

26 September 2011

Churches today are marking the 25th anniversary of a declaration that racism is a sin. The declaration known as the Belhar Confession was adopted by the Dutch Reformed Mission Church in South Africa on 26 September 1986. The confession, issued in the context of the anti-apartheid movement opposing the country’s legislation that segregated people by race, attracted wide attention from churches and secular organizations.

A message to mark the anniversary issued by WCRC General Secretary Setri Nyomi says: “The World Communion of Reformed Churches deems the Belhar Confession ...

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November 4, 2010

UN investigator: Migrants suffer worst racism

Here's a Washington Post article about an interview on the impact of racism on migrants with Githu Muigai, a Kenyan lawyer and the U.N. Human Rights Council's special investigator on racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance. UN investigator: Migrants suffer...

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July 26, 2010

Nonviolent Community Change Workshop

You Can't Stop the River 2010 Nonviolent Community Change Workshop October 28-31, 2010 Harrisburg First Church of the Brethren 219 Hummel St, Harrisburg, PA 17104 $150.00 per participant This four-day workshop focuses on developing skills and spiritual strength for nonviolent...

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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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May 1, 2009

Building Beloved Community: Dismantling Racism

My friends and colleagues Teresa Chavez Sauceda and David Bowie are leading a seminar at Ghost Ranch this summer with the title "Building Beloved Community: Dismantling Racism." The seminar will take place the week of August 3 - 9, 2009....

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November 22, 2008

Stand Up: Our Parents Are Passing

“Jean Louise, stand up. Your father is passing.” These few simple words from “To Kill a Mockingbird” are among the movie quotes I carry with me. Jean Louise (Scout) Finch is sitting with Rev. Sykes, an African-American minister, at the...

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May 18, 2008

A Faithful Summer Vacation

Sowing Mustard Seeds; Working for God’s Justice, Confronting Poverty is the theme of the 2008 Peacemaking Conference planned for July 15-19 at Chapman University in Southern California. Register now. Co-directors Edie Gause and Andrew Short commented, “ It’s inspiring to...

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May 15, 2008

An Invitation to Conversations

Sunday, May 18, 2008 - a day to talk about race and racism. The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. has invited all of its member churches to make May 18, 2008 (Trinity Sunday), a day...

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March 27, 2008

Talking about Race

Many groups are engaging in dialogues on issues related to race and racism in the aftermath of the March 18 speech by Barack Obama. There are a couple of study opportunities coming this summer as well as some print resources...

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