Global Conflict & Peacemaking

“Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.” Psalm 34:14

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What is Peace with Justice?

Global Ministries is committed to a “prophetic vision of a just and peaceful world order, joining with God’s concern for the poor and oppressed.” We work closely with global partners to address issues of conflict and systemic violence, to secure human rights and basic human needs, to “seek peace and pursue it.”

Working for Peace with Justice is one of the foundations of Global Ministries. Our core values express Justice as "Living out God's radical love by confronting powers that deny the fullness of life and the integrity of creation," and Peace as "Embodying reconciling relationships with God, humanity and creation."

The term Just Peace has come to identify the concept that true peace is more than simply the absence of conflict. To seek a just peace means we must also seek wholeness and reconciliation, as conveyed in the biblical concept of shalom. Whether called salaam, shanti or paz, a just peace means we must address issues of human security as well as global security, of powerlessness, marginalization, and desperate want as much as national interest or private wealth.

As early as 1985 a UCC Just Peace Church Pronouncement called us “to explore and develop new models of peace and justice ministries globally to address particular situations of injustice, oppression, and real or potential violence, and to develop communication links between Christians in these critical situations and Christians in the United States, developing global partnership and global awareness in the search for a Just Peace.”

The Disciples Council on Christian Unity is engaging in a process of theological exploration of Becoming a Just Peace-Making Church.

In a 2010 resolution, the National Council of Churches Governing Board  wrote, “While the just war position only defines criteria under which the use of force is acceptable, a just peace perspective describes foundations for nonviolent conflict and the building of justice, reconciliation, and abundant life. The engagement of “just peace” is not merely a reaction to conflict. “Just peace” is proactive, requiring governments and other authorities to address in advance those conditions that may lead to future violence: poverty, hunger, economic injustice, climate change and many more.”

The World Council of Churches International Ecumenical Peace Convocation (IEPC) in 2011 served to culminate the Decade ro Overcome Violence (2001-2010) and to seek collaboration and common action going forward on the basis of an Ecumenical Call to Just Peace and international commitment to undertake a joint Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace.

What can you do?

  • Be a peacebuilder.Learn more about peace and what we all can do, at home, at church, in your community and through government advocacy.
  • Policy Advocacy. Contact your elected officials at every level. Tell them that you support promoting policies that strengthen peace and human security around the world.
  • Support projects that promote Peace with Justice

Regional Issues

Colombia
Darfur and the Sudan, A Responsibility to Protect Campaign
Democratic Republic of the Congo
East Timor
Iraq
Israel/Palestine

Korea Peace and Reunification
Marshall Islands
Philippines, Stop the Killing Campaign
Syria Crisis

Other Peace and Security Issues

Drones
Women and Peacemaking
United Nations
Militarism & Pentagon Spending
Nuclear Weapons
Torture Awareness – Stop Torture

For more information

Christian Peace Witness
Disciples Peace Fellowship
Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI)
Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice
Fellowship of Reconciliation
Global Ministries Resolution on the International Situation, 2003
On Earth Peace
UCC Just Peace
Pax Christi USA
World Council of Churches, Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace

Resources

UCC Just Peace Church Handbook, June 2016
Disciples Council on Christian Unity - Becoming a Just Peace-Making Church
Disciples Peace Fellowship “Peace Sunday” resources
International Ecumenical Peace Convocation (2011) Hymns and Prayers
“Their Plowshares are Beat into Swords,” by Prof. Walter Brueggemann
Global Ministries Resolution on the International Situation, 2003
National Council of Churches, Pillars Of Peace for the 21st Century: A Policy Statement on the United Nations, November 11, 1999
UCC Just Peace Church Pronouncement, General Synod 15, 1985
World Council of Churches An Ecumenical Call to Just Peace, Kingston, Jamaica, 2011



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