Receive an offering in your church for Peace with Justice Sunday on June 19!
From the offering received in 2010, half of your money has been used in areas of need locally and to address issues of a more global nature. $6000 from our conference went for projects to empower youth who live with poverty and violence in Philadelphia and Lancaster. $1000 helped to sponsor Rev. Bob Coombe and Will Berry on trips to learn more about how to promote peace in Palestine. The other half of your money was used to address Peace with Justice ministries related to the General Board of Church and Society:
As we come to Peace with Justice Sunday on June 19, I hope you’ll again consider participating in events, sermons and offerings that promote peace with our neighbors near and far away and continuing our discipleship rooted in scripture. “What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8).
Below are resources to help you get started in promoting Peace with Justice Sunday. You don’t have to hold Peace with Justice Sunday on June 19. It can be another Sunday. And if you want to plan further ahead, put June 3 on your calendar for Peace with Justice Sunday in 2012 – always the first Sunday after Pentecost!
Sample Bulletin or newsletter article:
In a world where 250,000 children are forced to be fighters or sex slaves, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is the largest persistent violator, according to the United Nations Security Council. Because of the war, young boys are forced to enlist in the rebel army. Sexual assault of women and young girls has become the norm.
Armed with a grant from the Peace with Justice Sunday offering, the Jerusalem Justice and Peace Ministry (JJPM) is assisting communities in the DRC. While physical and emotional healing is vital, the ministry also challenges unjust systems.
“We cannot keep quiet if there is something wrong,” said JJPM executive Dr. Leonard Kabwita. JJPM workshops educate and empower Congolese people about justice issues in their communities and seek local solutions to close the gap between rich and poor.
When you give to Peace with Justice Sunday, you support ministries in the DRC, the United States and worldwide to remove unjust systems and equip the victimized to live more fulfilled lives. (Adapted from UMCgiving.org, Special Sundays, Peace with Justice Sunday Overview).
May the peace of Christ be with you, The Reverend Carolene S. Brubaker
EPA Conference Peace with Justice Coordinator