Cal-Nev Peace with Justice Grant Applications Are Due Aug. 15

July 26, 2012

By Mary Liebke
Conference Peace with Justice Coordinator

Applications for Peace with Justice Grants (up to $1500) are due on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012.
 
How is your church answering the question, "What does the Lord require of you?" So far this year, the following churches have answered that justice question with these grant actions: Wayside UMC, Vallejo, sending youth and young adults on a Philippines volunteers in mission (VIM) trip; Easter Hill UMC, Richmond, Healthy Living Fairs; First UMC, Redding, Communication Kit Project, Camp Djabal, Chad; Yreka UMC, SOL Home Sharing Match-up Program; and First UMC, Sacramento and Sabeel, conference concerning Palestine-Israel.
 
From Rev. Roger Wolsey's sermon, Peace with Justice: Band-Aids Aren't Enough! – "It's about the difference between charity and justice. Charity is like committing those 'random acts of kindness' – it's those isolated acts of mercy that attend to certain specific needs, things like giving a warm blanket to a homeless person on the street, or serving a meal to a person who is hungry. Justice is more of a systemic thing. It's about reforming the societal context and conditions in order to more fairly correct things when the decks are stacked against certain kinds of people. Metaphorically, charity is like giving Band-Aids to people after they've had a trauma; justice is seeking to prevent those traumas from happening in the first place."
 
"Isaiah, Jeremiah, Amos, Micah, and Martin Luther King Jr. focused on prophetic calls for social justice and transformation. In the spirit of those great persons before me, let me ask us – 'just how just is our world today?'"
 
How can the Peace with Justice Committee and the Annual Conference Advocacy and Justice Committee help your church with a Justice Project? Request a grant application and guidelines from me at mliebke@yahoo.com or 530.273.3678.