Justice, Witness and Mission Board (JAWAM)

JAWAM addresses issues of social justice in our community, state, nation, and world. They are supported in their work by our Central Pacific Conference JAWAM Team.

Our congregation is involved in a variety of activities to promote social and economic justice. These include:

  • Open and Affirming: We have chosen to be an Open and Affirming (ONA) congregation — the designation for congregations, campus ministries, and other bodies in the United Church of Christ which make public statements to welcome into their full life and ministry persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities. As a part of this commitment, our members and friends participate in local LGBT activities including the Boise Gay Pride parade.

  • Assisting the poor: We provide support for the poor through donating our time and gathering donations, such as food, school supplies, and funds. We also help support Interfaith Sanctuary, which provides overnight shelter and supportive services for men, women, and families with children in Boise.

  • Assisting our world neighbors: We support world neighbors through purchasing and selling Fair Trade items, and asking our Congressional leaders to take action to prevent or stop war and unjust treatment of people of all nations.

Postcards for Climate Justice

We are asking people to please send postcards (or emails) to our president asking him to act on two important justice issues:

1. Write to President Biden thanking him for his commitment to climate change action, and ask him to do more for climate justice by increasing the U.S. pledge to the Green Climate Fund. The Green Climate Fund supports developing nations with their climate change mitigation efforts. Examples: they’re working to halt deforestation in Argentina, increase fuel efficiency in Armenia, reverse land degradation in Nepal, and achieve zero-forestation cocoa production in Cote d’Ivoire. The U.S. has pledged 3 billion & we need to increase this amount to 6-8 billion. https://www.climatechangenews.com/2021/02/05/us-campaigners-call-joe-biden-commit-8bn-green-climate-fund/

2. Write to the president and ask him to stop the Line 3 pipeline which if built will cross Ojibwe land in Minnesota where hunting, fishing & wild rice harvesting by the Ojibwe people would be at risk should the pipeline leak or fail. Line 3, if completed, would carry oil from Edmonton, Canada to Wisconsin and would cross underneath the Mississippi River. Line 3 violates Ojibwe treaty rights, disrupts historic and cultural sites, and facilitates fossil fuel use which is the cause of climate change. President Biden could order the Army Corps of Engineers to suspend the permits for building the pipeline.


(This photo is from Sunday’s postcard action we had at Wright Congregational before/after worship Thanks to Carol for giving me her permission to post the photo)

You’re welcome to join JAWAM for our Social Justice Book Study of Colorizing Restorative Justice by Edward C. Valandra.

We will meet at Boise First UCC on Thursday mornings at 10:00 am to discuss the book a few chapters at a time.

Let Shelley Axtell (axtellbois@icloud.com) or Liz Roberts know if you’d like a copy of the book for $29. We are willing to change the time of the discussion if anyone has a conflict at 10:00 on Thursdays.