Just Peace covenant
“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.” Colossians 3:15
Feeling called as a church to the Biblical vision of Peace on Earth, we ground our declaration in scripture: “…and what does our God require of you? To do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8; “ I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; and I will bless them and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary among them forevermore.” Ezekial 37:26; and Amos 5:24, “But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.”
Grounded in these scriptures, we covenant to encourage each other gently, to pray for each other regularly and to challenge each other lovingly as we each and all struggle to understand and accept our own places in the journey and our needs for the strength and wisdom to overcome ignorance, fear, and hatred.
We believe that justice is a fundamental source of real security and without it there can be no lasting peace. Quoting Robert V. Moss, “We now need to put as much effort into defining a just peace as we have done in the past in defining a just war.” Peace is possible. A Just Peace is a basic gift of God and is the force and vision moving human history. Nonviolent conflict is a normal healthy reflection of diversity; working through conflict constructively should lead to growth of both individuals and nations.
Our covenant includes a commitment to:
- Continuing our work for a sustainable earth by educating ourselves and promoting environmental justice in our community and beyond.
- Providing an extravagant welcome to all of us as God’s children, no matter where we are on life’s journey because we are a church who listens to a still speaking God.
- A belief that all people, in our community and world, are entitled to basic needs including food and clean water; adequate health care; decent housing; meaningful employment; basic education; participation in community decision making and the political process; freedom of worship and religious expression; protection from torture; protection of rights without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, or national or social origin.
We affirm our understanding that declaring our church to be a Just Peace Church is a statement of becoming rather than being, of process and intention, of journey toward a destination rather than the assumption of permanent status. “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God.” Matthew 5:9
Adopted by the Community UCC congregation, August 2016