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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 7, 2014

Be our media

by Max Hill

Group shot of four students and colleaguesOn 1 July 2014, I attended a meeting with four students from Bethlehem University (BU), a Catholic university founded in 1973, in Palestine. Our partner NGO Caritas Internationalis arranged the meeting for members of the Israel-Palestine NGO Working Group.

The four students were all very personable and had many positive things to say about their experiences both at the university and their time here in the United States. All four are here as a part of BU’s ambassador program and are participating in 6-week internships arranged through Caritas and its partners

To kick off the meeting ...

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June 4, 2014

An undergrad's thoughts on a Doctor of Ministry class

by Catherine Warren

It was a beautiful coincidence that my second week interning for the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations was spent with a doctor of ministry class from Columbia Theological Seminary in my hometown of Decatur, Georgia. As a child I had babysitters that were in seminary, as well as youth ministers, as well as some of my best friends parents are faculty at the seminary. Needless to say I was happy to welcome them to New York.

MeiYing Shi, Ricky Velez-Negron, Catherine WarrenThe topic of Israel/Palestine was not exactly something that I was happy to welcome. Simply because the topic itself ...

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June 1, 2014

#CTSatUN comes to a close

by Catherine Warren
Over the past two weeks, the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations hosted a class from Columbia Theological Seminary (Decatur, GA). The class explored the topic of Israel and Palestine through many different lenses.

Class meets at PMUNWe left off last Wednesday with what was going on in the class. Last Thursday the class heard from David Wildman of the United Methodist Church's General Board of Global Ministries on the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign. Noushin Framke described the work of the Israel Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). They also heard a critique ...

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May 22, 2014


By Catherine Warren

This week the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations began hosting a two week seminar in conjunction with Columbia Theological Seminary (Decatur, GA). The class titled, “Israel, Palestine and the Future of the Middle East” is taught by Mark Douglas, professor at CTS, and our director Mark Koenig.

In the first three days, the class has heard from several different perspectives on several different issues. On Monday, after arrival and introductions, the class learned about the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations and heard a brief history of Israel and Palestine. The class also heard from Doris ...

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May 6, 2014

ACSWP at 221st GA (2014)

Symbol for 221st GA in DetroitOur colleagues in the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy will bring the following items to the 221st General Assembly (2014).

Risking Peace in a Violent World: This is a set of 5 affirmations for debate and voting in presbyteries, the second stage of a six year discernment process initiated by the General Assembly in 2010. Seventy-three focus groups responded to study material. A Steering Team boiled it down to 5 affirmations. The GA is asked to send these onto the presbyteries to test them over the next 2 years, with a final policy proposal to come to the 2016 ...

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