Voices for Justice

Peace Church has a vital commitment to working for justice. We are energized and heartened by hearing each other’s stories. Here are brief stories from members of our community to help us learn from each other while we expand our visions and hopes.

John Clark Pegg:  Honoring Interdependence and Seeking Justice

John Clark Pegg: Honoring Interdependence and Seeking Justice

John Pegg grew up in a suburban New York City family, where his parents emphasized the value of education, equity, work, and service. These values provided critical guidance during the deepening of John’s spiritual life. He was raised in Long Island, and his father...

Betty Greene:  Focusing on Fairness and Equity

Betty Greene: Focusing on Fairness and Equity

Betty Greene was raised in Robbinsdale, in a family where both her mother and father emphasized that fairness was a core family value. As Betty moved from the Twin Cities to Carbondale, Illinois, and then to Duluth, each new context added focus to her understanding of...

Lyn Clark Pegg: Seeking Balance and Justice for All Creation

Lyn Clark Pegg: Seeking Balance and Justice for All Creation

One topic that Lyn Clark Pegg cannot remain silent about is unfairness and inequity. “I cannot tolerate intentional human-inflicted suffering—on the earth, on people, on all of creation.” She believes that equity, fairness, balance, and justice are interwoven...

Gary John Boelhower: A Lifelong Journey for Justice

Gary John Boelhower: A Lifelong Journey for Justice

Gary John Boelhower is a recently retired Professor of Theology and Ethics at the College of St. Scholastica, a lifelong justice and peace activist, and the current Moderator of Peace Church. Gary grew up in a rural community in south central Wisconsin, where his...

Jack O’Connell: Finding a Voice through Leadership

Jack O’Connell: Finding a Voice through Leadership

Jack O’Connell’s current justice work is focused on mental illness in high school. In response to a number of recent suicides, he has been reflecting and taking action to help ensure that his classmates have the support they need. “Being a leader in school means you...

Maggie Fink: Part of the Mosaic of Change

Maggie Fink: Part of the Mosaic of Change

Maggie Fink was born and raised in Boise, Idaho, and grew up with “dual citizenship.” Her parents are Deaf while she, herself, is “Hearing” (as it is termed in the Deaf community). Growing up, she lived in two different worlds with different rules. Because of this...

Carl Huber: A Life Defined by Justice

Carl Huber: A Life Defined by Justice

What does the Lord require of you but to do justice and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8) Carl Huber’s stories always seem to include family and spiritual journey. Together they form the common thread woven to connect all aspects of his...

John Szarke: Walking Humbly

John Szarke: Walking Humbly

Growing up in Buffalo, Minnesota, John Szarke decided early that he would do two things:  become a priest and record his discoveries in a journal.  He pursued his writing as an English major at St. Thomas.  In the early 70s, he was drafted and served two years in the...

Vi Brown: Peace Pariah

Vi Brown: Peace Pariah

Vi Brown:  “Peace Pariah”"It's good to report that I am part of the Acting for Justice Hub! My memory goes back a long way. [Vi celebrated her 93rd birthday December 1.] My models were the older women in the "Ladies of Kaleva" society,  working for recognition of...