Peace Through Justice Team
Doing justice, seeking peace
and building community are central to the identity of
the United Church of Christ. Throughout its history-from
early engagement in the movement to abolish slavery
to modern campaigns for civil rights and social justice-the
UCC in every setting of the church has been engaged
in ministries of compassion, advocacy and reconciliation.
While there is a deep respect in the UCC for the right
of every individual member to form her or his own views
on these issues, there has always been a recognizable
passion across our church to "make things right"-as
a testament to our faith in God, our hope for God's
future, our love for God's creation. In this way we
seek to apply the commandment of Jesus Christ to love
our neighbors as ourselves.
The purpose of the Peace Through Justice team is to plan,
coordinate, educate, advocate, and evaluate social and
economic justice and peace issues, advocate and evaluate
efforts at both local and non-local outreach efforts,
encourage Peace Church to advocate for/and become an
institution which embodies gender and racial equality.
(from the Peace Church bylaws)
In 1989, the congregation of Peace Church voted to adopt the UCC General Synod's Just Peace Pronouncement and declared itself a Just Peace Church.
A Just Peace Church opposes war and understands the relationship of justice to security from violence.