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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 26, 2015

Robert Arrington - Princeton field education student - 2015-16

by Robert Arrington 

Robert Arrington at knotted gun statueHello, my name is Robert Arrington, and I am working this year as an intern at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations. I am currently in my third and final year at Princeton Theological Seminary in the Master of Divinity program. I am very eager to participate in the Ministry’s advocacy at the United Nations and to learn about the dynamic ways the United Nations operates. I hope to add a valuable contribution to the Ministry and gain a global perspective.

Before coming to Princeton Theological Seminary, I grew up North Carolina and studied Christian ...

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October 26, 2015

Paul Olson - Princeton field education student - 2015-16

by Paul Olson

Paul Olson in UN Security CouncilHi, my name is Paul Olson. I am serving as an academic-year intern to the Presbyterian Ministry at the United nations. I am a second-year masters student at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ where I live with my wife and four children.  I grew up in a small town in Minnesota, played sports, attended church, and learned how to play the violin and drums at a young age. I hold undergraduate degrees in Business (Finance), Communication and Biblical Studies. In 2001, I began doing international and national mission work full time, especially focusing on education and ...

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July 30, 2015

On empathy - Sarah Hoyle

Sarah Hoyle, summer 2015 intern, reflects on the role of empathy in ministry and mission on her blog. Here's a sample:

There I was, sitting on the cold linoleum floor of a church on Staten Island, crying until my eyes ached. I was 14 years old, on a mission trip to NYC with my church youth group. While I tend to be very critical of mission trips (a story for another post), this week serving in the city drastically changed my young perception of the world around me. That day, realized for the first time the extent to which ...

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July 15, 2015

End violence against women and girls

In response to an invitation to tell the world why they believe in a future free from violence against women and girls for Orange Day, July 25, to make a short video focusing on their vision for a world without violence against women and girls. Our interns made a video. You can too! Make and post a video. Share the link on Twitter on July 25.


The United Nations Secretary-General’s Campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women has proclaimed the 25th of each month as : a day to raise awareness and take action against violence against women and girls. 

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June 10, 2015

Teo Ufford-Chase - summer 2015 intern

by Teo Ufford-Chase

teo ufford-chase outside UNHey all! My name is Teo Ufford-Chase and I am the latest intern to join the team at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations. I am a rising junior studying politics and economics at Eckerd College. This is actually my second time working as an intern here; the first was back in April of 2013. I am very excited to be back at the United Nations, a place that I feel is at the center of so much positive change in the world.

I feel very enthusiastic about having the opportunity to return to the UN ...

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