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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 24, 2013

A band of sisters

by Deborah Wright

group gathered in Muir WoodsUnited Nations Day took on a new sense of meaning for me starting back in the late 90's when I was first invited by Elana Rozeman, an American born Orthodox Jew who had emigrated to Israel 20 years before, put out the word that a group of interfaith women were going to have a meditative walk through Marin County's Muir Woods to the place where, in May of 1945, original charter of the United Nations had been signed.

Elana, coincidentally also the sister of the man in my life, had, in 1997, lived through a ...

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April 7, 2013

Peacemaking Travel Study Seminar in Northern Ireland: Reconciliation in the Celtic Context

Post by Andy Gans, pastor of Fort King Presbyterian Church in Ocala, FL

Today was our day to venture through the beautiful countryside of Ireland as we visited the historical sites of St. Patrick.
Patrick was born in Northern Britain around 400AD and grew up in a Christian family. As a teenager he was kidnapped from a privileged lifestyle by an Irish raiding party and sold off as a shepherd slave in Ireland.

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April 5, 2013

Peacemaking Travel Study Seminar in Northern Ireland: Reconciliation in the Celtic Context

At First Presbyterian Church Armgh talking about peace with young people

At First Presbyterian Church Armgh talking about peace with young people


Post by Andy Gans, pastor of Fort King Presbyterian Church in Ocala, FL

Day three has been a day of travel. We traveled to the City of Armagh and visited several places. Our first stop was to the Center for Celtic Spirituality and a historic Celtic village dating back to the time of St. Patrick. While at the center we learned about the history of St. Patrick and his life from no religious affluence to slavery, to Christian missionary. St. Patrick considered the city of Armagh as the ecclesiastical center of Ireland.

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