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Just Peace

The Just Peace Church vision is a hallmark of United Church of Christ theological identity.  For over two decades, the Just Peace Church pronouncement has inspired a grassroots movement of UCC congregations committed to corporately naming and boldly proclaiming a public identity as a justice-doing, peace-seeking church.  The Just Peace pronouncement articulated the UCC position on war and peace distinct from other approaches such as crusade, pacifism, or “just war.”  Grounded in UCC polity and covenantal theology, the position focuses attention on alleviating systemic injustice of all types using non-violence and calls us to offer the message, grounded in the hope of reconciliation in Jesus, that “Peace is possible.” 

First Congregational United Church of Christ became a Just Peace church in 2013. The goals we live toward as a Just Peace Church: 

  • Creating Just Peace in our relationships within our church community.
  • Creating Just Peace in the relationships we create in the community around us.
  • Creating Just Peace with our resources and our wealth.
  • Creating Just Peace in our political worlds.
  • Creating educational Just Peace learning opportunities.
  • Creating Just Peace with the earth and our environment.

As a Just Peace congregation, we will rely on our faith in God, on our discipleship as followers of Jesus, and with our congregation of caring and committed people.