Peace with Justice – and Denominational Advocacy

This Sunday is “Peace with Justice Sunday” for the United Methodist Church. The “Faith in Action” website for the UMC General Board of Church and Society has a number of articles that tie in to this theme.

Beyond the special occasion, I encourage interested people to read some of the articles. It’s worth knowing what the denomination is doing.

For example, Out of the Mouths of Babes, by Susan Henry-Crowe, the GBCS General Secretary:

He imaginatively wielded his hand gun murmuring, “Pow, pow.”

I sat beside him, and said: Lauch, I realize that many of your classmates have family members who use guns to hunt for food in your area. I think that it is fine to hunt for food. But sometimes, even unintentionally, people get killed by guns.

Lauch stopped, looked at me and replied: That’s terrible. What could we do? Can you talk to President Obama about that?

$41,400 “Peace with Justice” Grants to 15 ministries around the world, including two from the Pacific Northwest: $2,500 to Fossil Free UMC in Seattle and $5,000 to Mat-Su Valley Community Organizing in Wasilla:

The mission is to work from the faith principles and values of the members, apply them to community issues, and take democratic action to impact existing social structures for the common good of all citizens, particularly the poor and disenfranchised.

World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel 2015:

The Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum (PIEF) of the World Council of Churches invites member churches, faith-based communities and civil-society organizations around the world to join in 2015 for a week of advocacy and action in support of an end to the illegal occupation of Palestine and a just peace for all in Palestine and Israel.

(This one comes with its own hashtag: #WallWillFall.)

Tell Congress to advocate for Palestinian children (with a sample letter to mail your Representative and Senators).

Methodists oppose the death penalty, and the website includes a reflection on the sentence of death for Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev from “the Episcopal leader” (bishop?) of the New England Conference of the UMC.

The web site might have hosted another article, “‘Remember al-Nakba,’ too,” by UMC Middle East Advocacy Coordinator Janet Lahr Lewis. (It’s not there now, but she also posted it at Indybay.org. I don’t know if it was ever posted on the UMC web site, although I’m curious why there would be a link to it from the Indyweb site or why the UMC doesn’t return a 404 if it was never there.)

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