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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 23, 2014

Faith intersects with the international community

by Grace Segers

Grace Segers outside secretariatThis summer, I interned at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, aided by a scholarship from the Peace, Justice, and Hunger Working Group. At the Ministry, I got to see the intersection of faith and international politics in action.

The internship was simply an amazing experience. The Presbyterian Ministry at the UN is in the Church Center for the United Nations, which houses many religious non-governmental organizations. It is located directly across from the United Nations itself, so I always felt like I was right in the middle of the action. I attended numerous meetings on ...

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October 13, 2014

Jamie Yen Tan - intern, 2014-15 academic year

photo of Jamie Yen Tan by UN Secretariatby Jamie Yen Tan

Hi, my name is Jamie Yen Tan and I am a year-long intern with the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations.  I grew up in Irvine, California and am now a Master of Divinity Senior at Princeton Theological Seminary.  I recently lived in Singapore where I studied at Trinity Theological College, Singapore and served with The Presbyterian Church in Singapore (Orchard Road Presbyterian Church).

At this internship I look forward to supporting the PC(USA)’s collaborative work towards justice, particularly alongside other nations, NGOs, and faith-based organizations.  My primary interests are racial justice, gender equity ...

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October 9, 2014

Alison Fraser - intern, 2014-15 academic year

picture of alison klingby Alison Fraser

Hello, my name is Alison Fraser and I am working this year as an intern at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations. The goal of the staff here are to equip and connect Presbyterians for ministry, in order to serve as faithful disciples of Jesus to the global community. In supporting this work, I will be learning about how the church responds to the realities of the issues of security, instability, hunger, peace, justice and reconciliation.

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia, and moved out to New York to participate in Teach ...

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October 9, 2014

Richard Aylor - intern, 2014-15 academic year

photo of Richard Aylorby Richard Aylor

My name is Richard Aylor, and I am interning for the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations this academic year.  I am currently a senior at Princeton Theological Seminary and a candidate for ordination in the PC(USA).  I am looking forward to this internship because I have always felt called to public advocacy ministry and am interested in my denomination’s role on international justice issues. 

As someone called to minister in a parish, I feel that it is very important that churches are educated on international issues.  The church is not confined to a building ...

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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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