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Thanks to a 2012 Peace with Justice grant from the General Board of Church & Society, the Greater Hilltop Shalom Zone, Columbus, Ohio, is changing the culture of conflict and gang violence.
After a teenager named Luke was convicted of armed robbery, he was released from juvenile detention into the custody of the Rev. Eugene Brundige. A volunteer with the Greater Hilltop Shalom Zone, Brundige arranged a meeting between Luke and the store’s owner.
Luke apologized and agreed to pay restitution of $5 per week until the owner’s loss was made whole. A few months later, the owner decided to hire Luke.
Eight United Methodist congregations unite with social service, educational and law-enforcement agencies in the Columbus Shalom Zone where trained mediators handle a variety of disputes that often involve juveniles like Luke who have had their first brush with the law.
Your donation empowers peacemakers to mediate disputes and promote cooperation through the love of Christ. The Peace with Justice Sunday offering helps youths like Luke get a second chance before it’s too late. Thank you for your generous gift today.
United Methodists relate to this special Sunday by seeking peaceful solutions, creating and supporting peace-related ministries in their conference and learning about peaceful, just efforts around the world.
This offering allows The United Methodist Church to have a voice in advocating for peace and justice through a broad spectrum of global programs:
Peace with Justice Sunday is one of the six churchwide Special Sundays of The United Methodist Church. Peace with Justice Sunday enables The United Methodist Church to have a voice in advocating for peace and justice through a broad spectrum of global programs.
Peace with Justice Sunday is celebrated on the first Sunday after Pentecost. Dates in coming years are as follows: May 31, 2015 and May 22, 2016.
If your local church needs to celebrate Peace with Justice Sunday on a different, date, that is fine. Don’t let the given dates prohibit your local church from celebrating Peace with Justice Sunday if there is a time conflict.
The 1980 General Conference created a churchwide Peace with Justice program assigned to the General Board of Church & Society. The 1988 General Conference established Peace with Justice Sunday as the first Sunday after Pentecost to give congregations a single, more convenient date for the offering and a name that clearly identifies the ministries it supports.
The annual conference keeps 50% of the receipts for Peace with Justice ministries within its boundaries. The remaining 50% is used for Peace with Justice ministries related to the General Board of Church & Society.
Each of the ministries that relies on support from the individual offerings contributes collaboratively to the promotion of these six churchwide Special Sundays.
You can give online to Peace with Justice Sunday or any of the other Special Sundays at UMC giving .
You can order resources for your congregation to celebrate Peace with Justice Sunday at Shop UMC.
To read additional stories of lives changed by your gifts to the Peace with Justice Sunday offering click here.
To send donations by check, mail to: GCFA, P.O. Box 340029, Nashville, TN 37203. Note: List the name of the Sunday in the note section of your check.