The Jubilee Fund
The Jubilee Fund was established in 2009 as a way to support efforts to build the beloved community. The information below describes the guiding principles of the Fund and procedures for applying. These procedures were first developed in 2009 and revised in 2015, 2017 and 2022.
Purpose & Vision
Peace Church members live out their Christian faith in ways that increase social and economic justice. The continuance of the Jubilee Fund is based on faith. Like the oil in the lamp, we have far surpassed the amount of time originally envisioned that this fund has been able to continue to provide support for worthy projects.
Mission of Jubilee Fund: The Jubilee Fund is a financial resource to enable members and friends of Peace United Church of Christ to be actively engaged in justice issues that affect the Duluth community and the broader region, nation, and world.
Priorities Issues for the Jubilee Fund:
- Ending Poverty
- Economic Justice
- Dismantling Racism
- Eliminating Hunger
Jubilee Fund Recipients
Below are stories of projects that have been funded through the Jubilee Fund.
St Mark Giving Garden/Food Access Project
In 2021 the Jubilee Fund supported the St Mark AME Giving Garden/Food Access Project, a communal gardening model in the Duluth Hillside Neighborhood. The focus is to engage African Heritage community members in envisioning, developing, and enjoying a communal space which will provide healthy food, employment, connection, and economic and healing opportunities.
Past Funded Projects
Supported Peace Church members in visiting Monica and Tom Liddle during their mission work in East Timor.
Supported Sarah Holst in completing her Community Justice Clinical Pastoral Education.
Supported a Peace Church building fund to respond to the needs of members and neighbors for housing repairs.
Supported a group of local youth of color to travel to the National Memorial of Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama, dedicated to those lynched in this country.
Supported monthly Sobriety Feasts sponsored by the Duluth Indigenous Commission by providing funding for speakers, supplies and sweat lodge.
Supported Tom and Monica Liddle’s work in East Timor through Global Ministry
Supported All Nations Indigenous Center to develop youth and family programming, as well as working with congregations to host a symposium on the Doctrine of Discovery entitled “Living Our Resilience.”
Sponsored the Living into the Difficult conference which brought Dr. Melanie Harris and Dr. Jennifer Harvey to Duluth to look at developing a reparative framework for addressing issues of race and racism.
Supported the Ecofaith Camp that Nathan organized with the youth this summer that looked at the connections between our faith and environmental justice.
Sponsored Dr. Mahmoud El-Kati’s visit to the Twin Ports focused on the theme of “The Myth of Race and the Reality of Racism,” including presentations at UWS, CHUM assembly, Duluth East and Denfeld High Schools, and Community Action Duluth.