We Stand Together over Time: UCC Peace Church Tradition
by Bill Mittlefehldt, February 15, 2015
Today the UCC celebrates its tradition of being a “Just Peace Church” for 30 years. Through the years our predecessors and partners have woven together the Old Testament focus on Justice, Promise, Partners and the struggle of Righteousness — here in this place each week. And our partners and predecessors have woven that OT tradition with the Good News of reconciliation, and renewal that comes with Grace. These New Testament stories help us sort and sift the wisdom with which we greet the relationships in our personal lives, our families, our communities, our work and our Creation
We use our Just Peace tradition to choose wisely in the midst of growing risks and uncertainty. The alarming risks we face from energy and climate dynamics make us profoundly glad for this rich tradition of share stories, abiding love and just actions as we face a growing need for hope and unity in the face of a looming climate threat to not only our species and to all species in the Creation. This is why we have decided to stand together and choose wisely with our faith partners at Peace and around the world.
As and illustration, we are witnessing something special in our Community faith teams from various traditions have united to help Duluth become more energy efficient while harnessing local energies. Our faith teams are contributing to the Duluth Energy Charrette next week and working together to use less fossil fuels and more teamwork. Synergy happens to those who plan together for it. We are not alone, as we Stand together!
Bill Mittlefehdlt, Peace Church and Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light