Peace with Justice
Peace with Justice is a way United Methodists reflect the of shalom of the Bible. It calls the church to “strengthen its capacity to advocate publicly in communities and nations” throughout the world. The Peace with Justice initiative aims to make God’s shalom visible and active in people’s lives. One component of this is an annual offering and grants awarded to local churches working for justice.
Peace with Justice Sunday is June 16, 2019
Peace with Justice Grants
- BWC Peace with Justice Grant Application - Due April 30
- BWC Peace with Justice After Action Report Form
Centennial Advocates – Rev. Julie Wilson, Centennial Memorial UMC, Frederick
A core group of people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness will be trained in self-advocacy and other techniques for advocating for both their own needs and those of their peers. They will be given one-on-one coaching as well as real-world opportunities to practice their skills at the local and state level. Additional training and opportunities to practice advocacy will be available to the wider community as well.
The members of the core group are all persons who worship, attend Bible study, or
Furnishings for DC-MD JFON’s New Office – Sarah Gingold and Rev. Ken Hawes, Wheaton
DC–MD Justice for Our Neighbors provides free, high-quality, immigration legal services and a warm welcome to immigrants in our congregations and communities, encourages cross-cultural community building and promotes education for ministry and advocacy. In order to better serve our clients and expand our ministry, we are relocating our office and need to furnish the reception area so that a warm, hospitable atmosphere offered immediately upon entering our space.
New national policies are making it harder to seek asylum in the United States or taking away legal residency opportunities such as Temporary Protected Status, putting many more American residents at risk. By providing free legal aid and insisting on due process of law, we are defending not only our Christian but also our American values. Through the legal clinics at four area United Methodist congregations, volunteers participate by providing hospitality, building relationships with the clients we serve. We also raise awareness about the issue and advocate for policy reforms, to make it clear that immigrants, refugees
Shower Ministry and HOPE4ALL at Mt. Vernon Place UMC, Rev. Donna Claycomb Sokol, Washington, D.C.
Shower Ministry and HOPE4All provide opportunities to authentically engage with those who are experiencing homelessness. The HOPE in HOPE4ALL stands for Housing Opportunities and Permanent/Promising/PaidEmployment
The Shower Ministry which like HOPE 4 All is designed not only to meet immediate needs—offering showers, toiletries, basic and thermal undergarments, coffee, and pastries two teams each week—also serves as a safe place for the development of an intentional community. For volunteers, facilitators, and those receiving services, these two ministries have created a grassroots network of people that can be mobilized to promote and support policies that address systemic poverty and racism.
The Community Anti-Violence Program at Hughes Memorial United Methodist Church
C.A.P.provides after-school tutoring and mentoring for children and youth who are vulnerable to the trauma of poverty and violence in their community. The Peace with Justice grant, which was awarded to Hughes for the second year in a row, is used to partially offset the cost of stipends to Howard University students who serve as mentors/tutors. The primary objective of C.A.P. is to show children and youth the love of God by providing them with mentoring, tutoring and a healthy meal. C.A.P. meets every Tuesday from August through May. The ministry partners with Campus Kitchens, which prepares and delivers the meals.
- Faith in Action article on gun violence Bible study, “Kingdom Dreams, Violent Realities.” Download the three-session study for free
- Advocacy packet for use in local congregations: Working for a Just and Lasting Peace in Israel and Palestine
- Peace, Peacebuilding
andPeacelearning: A Holistic Introduction — 90-day study guide for peace builders of all ages
- Article: Peace on the Land, The Bible
- Peace with Justice Covenant Congregation Workbook