Order Resources Now for Peace with Justice Sunday on June 3

May 25, 2012

Peace with Justice Sunday is just a bit more than one week away. Be sure to order your free offering resources for this June 3 offering that supports ministries that advocate for peace and justice. Up to 50 percent of the offering is retained by our Annual Conference to support local peace and justice programs.

Your gifts support programs such as Conway Cradle Care (CCC) in Arkansas, which helps teen mothers complete their education. This program supports the young moms' own academic and emotional needs, as well as the developmental needs of their children. Currently, 44 students are being served through the daycare and mentoring programs, and 15 children attend the daycare.
CCC believes that by providing mentoring for the teens and a safe, quality, state-certified, low-cost childcare for their infants and toddlers, they give teen parents a better chance of completing high school and going on to advanced education.
True peace with justice will be celebrated when all people have access to adequate jobs, housing, education, food, health care, income support, and clean water. Your gifts to Peace with Justice Sunday help bring us all closer to this goal.
Order and Download Offering Resources Today
Order your free offering resources today. Offering inserts, poster, worship resources, stories, and video all are available to download or order at www.umcgiving.org/PWJS.
If you are unable to celebrate this offering on June 3, you may observe this Special Sunday on any day of the year.
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$60,000 Awarded to Peace with Justice Ministries
Recipients include three in Central Conferences overseas and 16 in four of the five U.S. jurisdictions; United Methodist Special Sunday is June 3. 
The United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) has awarded grants totaling $60,000 to 22 Peace with Justice ministries around the world. The grants are awarded in conjunction with the denomination's Peace with Justice Sunday, which witnesses to God's demand for a faithful, just, disarmed, and secure world.
Peace with Justice Sunday, June 3 this year, is one of the six United Methodist Special Sundays with offering. Established by the 1988 General Conference, the denomination's highest policy-making body, Peace with Justice Sunday supports programs that advocate peace and justice at home and around the world.
Half of the Special Sunday offering is retained in the Annual Conference, to fund local peace with justice programs. The other half is remitted to GBCS to help fund U.S. and global work in social action, public-policy education, and advocacy.
Grant awards were determined by the GBCS board of directors.
In addition to the three program recipients in Central Conferences overseas, the Northeastern Jurisdiction had three recipients; Southeastern Jurisdiction, five; North Central, four; and there were four in the Western Jurisdiction. Three other grants went to programs with no specific United Methodist area affiliation: one to an advocacy program related to Israel occupation of Palestinian territories, another to a Philippines program addressing religious freedom in Pakistan, and the other to a women's empowerment program in Colombia.
Grant objectives
To qualify for a Peace with Justice Grant, applicants must work toward achieving at least one of the following objectives:
  • Assist United Methodists in understanding and responding to violence and militarism;
  • Involve United Methodists in efforts to end conflicts and violent aggression around the world;
  • Promote just national and international policies and actions, governmental and non-governmental, seeking to restore communities and respond to the disproportionate effect of injustices on racial and ethnic persons; and
  • Support policies that promote systematic economic justice and the self-development of peoples.
For more information, including application procedures, visit Peace with Justice Grants on the GBCS website. You may also contact Mark Harrison (mharrison@umc-gbcs.org and 202.488.5645), director of GBCS's Peace with Justice work area. Grant applications for the GBCS-administered grants usually are due in early January.
Download list of grant recipients.
Conference Peace with Justice Grant Application Deadline
California-Nevada Annual Conference Peace with Justice Grant applications are due on August 15, 2012. These grants are for churches in our Conference only.
Get applications and guidelines from Mary Liebke, Conference Peace with Justice coordinator, at mliebke@yahoo.com.