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Swords Into Plowshares

Reflections from the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations

Malawi: The fabric of life

The women in Malawi use a national dress that consists of a wrap skirt called a chitenje, which is made of a length of fabric between 4 and 6 yards. They sometimes make a blouse and headdress out of the…

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Talking about Race

Many groups are engaging in dialogues on issues related to race and racism in the aftermath of the March 18 speech by Barack Obama. There are a couple of study opportunities coming this summer as well as some print resources…

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Malawi and South Africa: Fear

As I reflect on our time in South Africa and Malawi, I am struck by certain messages that bubble up. I want to share one message. Each congregation we visited, each home based care center we saw, each clinic where…

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Easter Greetings

Several Easter greetings have come my way that seem worth sharing. It is late in the week for such greetings, at least if one would want to use them on Easter Sunday. Remember though, liturgically speaking Easter is not just…

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End Modern-Day Slavery in the Fields

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers has launched a Petition Drive to End Modern-Day Slavery and Sweatshops in the Fields. Clifton Kirkpatrick and Linda Valentine have signed the petition and encourage others to join them. The petition calls on Burger King…

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Malawi: Simple Gifts

We broke into small groups. With a translator and a Home Based Care worker, we visited two homes. Each of the Home Based Care patients we visited on received a cross from Pittsburgh. Some of the nurses in the intensive…

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Malawi: She Is Granny

Written by Joy Gaska …Her contagious smile reveling teeth neglected, thinning extremities speaking days gone hungry, weather worn skin with wrinkles that marked an age unknown and a compassion that echoed and told a story far more potent and poetic…

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Malawi: Special Delivery

Written with Kyle Kittrell. Even in this day of instant electronic communication, there is a thrill when something lands in our mailbox or when the UPS truck stops by our door. Some of us will return to our home with…

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Malawi: Among the Maize Stalks

Jean Schneider, Guest Author It’s this amazing thing about Malawi. You trundle over dirt roads through tire ruts and truck-sized gullies with maize leaves crowding in the window. You arrive at an old mission statement and there you find a…

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Malawi: “Love is our moto.”

The people of the Kaphuta Presbyterian Church proclaim, “Love is our moto.” “Moto” means fire in the Tumbuka language. Our sisters and brothers greeted us with song on March 3. They sang us into their spacious sanctuary. A bell tower…

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