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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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August 5, 2014

First Presbyterian Church Albuquerque learns about child soldiers

by Max Hill

First Presbyterian Church Albuquerque group at the Isaiah WallOn July 15, I had the pleasure of leading a discussion for our guests from First Presbyterian Church of Albuquerque. This discussion focused on the issue of the recruitment and use of children as soldiers around the world. The group’s initial thoughts on what a child soldier looked like were not unexpected. The group, for the most part, agreed that when they thought of a child being used as a soldier, they thought of a boy around fifteen or sixteen years old with a gun. This definition gave me a great jumping off point with the ...

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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 29, 2014

#CTSatUN visits the UN

Yesterday's class for #CTSatUN involved a visit to the United Nations.

CTS class at UN

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May 22, 2014

#CTSatUN

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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