This year, Peace with Justice Sunday is June 11. In 2016, 329 churches across the Great Plains Conference contributed $28,000 through the PWJ Sunday Offering. Half of the raised amount stays in our conference to support peace and justice work. The other half is sent to the General Board of Church and Society to support such work around the globe.
Violence and wars are all around us. Recently, we have seen increased military actions around the world, whether it is the U.S. Air Force dropping the largest non-nuclear bomb in its arsenal in Afghanistan or our redeployment of an aircraft carrier group to the seas surrounding the Korean peninsula. Our national budget indicates our heavy reliance on solving conflicts by force and with military action while diplomacy and working through international bodies is barely visible.
In our Social Principles, we are reminded that “as disciples of Christ, we are called to love our enemies, seek justice and serve as reconcilers of conflict. We insist that the first moral duty of all nations is to work together to resolve by peaceful means every dispute that arises between or among them. We advocate the extension and strengthening of international treaties and institutions that provide a framework within the rule of law for responding to aggression, terrorism, and genocide. We believe that human values must outweigh military claims as governments determine their priorities; that the militarization of society must be challenged and stopped; that the manufacture, sale, and deployment of armaments must be reduced and controlled; and that the production, possession, or use of nuclear weapons be condemned.” (United Methodist Social Principles, The World Community)
Peace with Justice Sunday Ministries encourage relationship building and reconciliation between different groups of people, empowering those who are oppressed and whose voice is not heard, educating ourselves about situations others find themselves in, and seeing women and men here and around the world as God’s beloved children, created by God.