The Peace with Justice Program aims to make shalom visible and active in people's lives and communities. The General Conference assigned the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) to implement the program and called the church to "strengthen its capacity to act as a public policy advocate" in communities and nations throughout the world.
The Old Testament speaks of God's sovereignty in terms of covenant, more particularly the "covenant of peace" with Israel, which binds that people of God's shalom (Isaiah 54:10; Ezekiel 37:20). In the covenant of shalom, there is no contradiction between justice and peace or between peace and security or between love and justice (Jeremiah 29:7). In Isaiah's prophecy, when "the spirit is poured upon us from on high," we will know that these laws of God are one and indivisible: "Then justice will dwell in the wilderness, and the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever. My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places" (Isaiah 32:16-18, NRSV).
The Peace with Justice Covenant Congregation Program aims to make shalom — a word of greeting or farewell meaning peace — visible and active in people’s lives and communities. The General Conference assigned The General Board of Church & Society to put into service the program and called the denomination to “strengthen its capacity to act as a public advocate” in communities and nations throughout the world.
Together, we spread the gospel of peace and work for God's beloved community where everybody can live in peace and justice locally, in the United States and globally.
Peace with Justice Sunday is observed the Sunday after Pentecost, but can be celebrated on any Sunday that works for a congregation. Learn more about Peace with Justice Sunday at www.umcgiving.org/ministry-articles/peace-with-justice-sunday.
Your gift helps spread the gospel of peace justice. Your generous gifts support:
You can give through your local church or mail a check directly to the treasurer's office (PO Box 4187, Topeka, KS 66604). Please indicate Great Plains Conference Advance #960 Peace with Justice.
Read an article about the impact Peace with Justice Sunday has at home and abroad.
Examples of what Peace with Justice Sunday offerings from 2015 supported in the Great Plains Conference
Examples of nationally and internationally awarded grants (distributed through the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society (GBCS):
In 2015, GBCS awarded $41,400 to 15 Peace with Justice ministries around the world witnessing to God's demand for a faithful, just, disarmed and secure world. View the complete listing.
2016 Peace with Justice Sunday
United Methodist Communications has assembled a collection of resources that you can download to promote Peace with Justice in your church.
This kit has everything you need to empower your congregation to give generously empower justice ministries locally and globally.
Peace advocates pray, study and act for God’s shalom in our homes, communities and the world.
“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in the field. It is the smallest of all the seeds but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”
Both are published four to six times per year and is sent via email. See below for past issues.
Christ calls us to help create God’s beloved community, a community with abundant life for everybody. If you are interested in signing up for either one of these or both, please contact the peace with justice coordinator.
Peace with Justice coordinator
Peace with justice coordinators are assigned by every conference and act as primary coordinator of Peace with Justice resources, interpretation and advocacy. The coordinator links the local churches in the annual conference with the General Board of Church and Society Peace with Justice Ministries Program. Peace with justice coordinators meet annually for spiritual growth, empowerment and program resourcing.
The current Peace with justice coordinator for the Great Plains Conference is Andrea Paret, a laywoman from First UMC in Norfolk, Nebraska.
To contact her, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call 402-404-2518 or mail to 1112 E 17th Street #517, South Sioux City, Nebraska 68776.