Pastor’s Letter – June 8, 2017

It isn’t every day we can do something we KNOW will make a difference in the world.

However, on Sunday, June 11, we will get to do just that — together — through Peace with Justice Sunday, a Special Sunday of The United Methodist Church.
Our gifts support efforts like these:

  • Displaced Young Mother’s Ministries Fight for Justice, Spottswood United Methodist Mission, Cotabato, Philippines. This project enables young mothers of displaced indigenous families to free themselves and their families from the bondage of poverty, exploitation, hunger and helplessness. Through education and skills training in small-business management, young mothers are empowered against exploitative schemes of traders, landlords and money lenders. The women also are technically and financially assisted in establishing their own livelihood through a cottage industry.
  • Daybreak in Alabama: How People of Faith Can Change Public Policy, Huntsville. “Daybreak in Alabama” is a series of study guides and videos that provides groups of 10-30 people an opportunity to discuss how people of faith can help alleviate suering, promote racial and religious harmony, and become advocates for Peace with Justice. The guides are a project of the Interfaith Mission Service, a cooperative founded in 1969 and owned and operated by 34 member congregations including most mainline Christian congregations, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Unitarian Universalist and Unity. Trinity United Methodist Church is a coordinating congregation for Daybreak in Alabama.
  • Safe Communities Project, Zimbabwe East Conference, creates communities with zero tolerance for violence by training 500 church leaders and 100 other community leaders from five villages in basic tools of conflict transformation.
  • The Task Force Against Racial Violence of the Moscow Protestant Chaplaincy provides care for ethnic victims of racially motivated attacks.
  • The Child Action Initiative of Kasungami-Lubumbashi United Methodist Church in Democratic Republic of the Congo promotes peace through educating young people in collaboration with church leaders about the culture of violence.
    The United Methodist Church is unwilling to ignore injustice, both in the U.S. and around the world. I know you share that commitment to justice and to the ministry of reconciliation.

Would you empower local Christians from east to west to Europe and around the world to share Christ’s call for peace and justice?

Remember to bring a generous heart for the poor and defenseless, as well as a generous gift, when you come to church this Sunday, June 11.

See you in church!
Craig