Peace With Justice Grant Applications Due January 15
The California-Nevada Peace With Justice grant applications are due January 15. The following churches received grants up to $1500 this past year in order to implement programs that help to make systemic changes in the lives of people in their communities, as well as in other parts of the world:
- First UMC Bakersfield for their “Good News Club", an after school program for 60 children aiming to influence social change;
- Earth Justice Ministries, “Fossil Free UMC”, working to convince GBPHB to establish an investment screen to divest from the top fossil fuel companies and reinvest in clean energy companies;
- Oakland Korean UMC "Community Outreach and Neighborhood Ministry Program” where they bring together their neighbors with legal, healthcare, and educational resources in a safe environment;
- Pioneer and Lincoln UMC's “The Restorative Justice Project of Placer People of Faith Together: Lifelines to Healing” which educates and equips people to reform the local criminal justice system by implementing restorative justice practices in the juvenile justice system of their county;
- BAJI, Black Alliance for Just Immigration “Faith, Race and Immigration: An Ecumenical Training for Social Justice” working to develop curriculum on immigrant justice rooted in Christian theology; and,
- Smith River UMC and UMC of the Redwoods “Community for Life” two one-day events inviting various cultures to gather together for presentations, discussions, and food in order to learn, bridge, and embrace diversity.
Priority is given to applicants whose United Methodist congregations are involved in the projects, who include advocacy for systemic change, such as talking with public officials, letters to the editor, etc. and those who need a little help getting started. For more information, contact Mary Liebke, California-Nevada Peace with Justice Coordinator, Advocacy and Justice Committee, firstname.lastname@example.org for a grant application and guidelines, or call (530) 273-3678 for more information.