Veterans For Peace National Convention Comes to Portland

Special Events

The Moral Revolution
Thursday, August 4 at 7:30pm (doors open at 7:00)

LOCATION: First Congregational Church, 1126 SW Park Ave. at Madison (on the Park Blocks north of PSU)

TICKETS: $10-$25 sliding scale donation requested. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Purchase advance tickets with preferred seating at Emma’s Revolution (look for “Portland, OR” on the Concerts page)

Films and other events after the jump.  Also go to:  http://www.vfpnationalconvention.org/publicevents.htm 

Justice and Witness: Engaging Our Congregations

By Karen Kulm
Published on April 30, 2011

Ron MacKenzie and Sally Godard will co-facilitate a 90-minute workshop during the CPCUCC’s Annual Spring Assembly, May 20-21, 2011, which will serve as a preview of Justice and Witness Ministries exciting new Justice Leaders Engaging and Developing (Justice LED) training program.

The vision of Justice & Witness Ministries is of a more just, peaceful and compassionate world that honors all of God’s creation.  Leaders are needed throughout our churches and communities to help share, pursue and achieve this vision. Justice Leaders Engaging and Developing (Justice LED) is a training program offered by Justice & Witness Ministries (JWM) designed to equip local church leaders with the skills and tools needed to develop, strengthen and sustain justice advocacy ministries in our UCC congregations.

It is fantastic curriculum that includes interactive scripture study, engaging video resources, and guided reflection and dialogue for groups. Justice LED offers congregations an opportunity to engage in theological reflection on the justice dimensions of Christian faith and discipleship, and ultimately, to discern and act on justice issues that they have passion and energy for and in ways that make sense for them.   Congregations might respond to engaging with Justice LED  in big or small ways, and because Justice LED is not issue-based, their mindfulness and engagement with justice issues will be rooted in a deepened theological understanding and will reflect their particular concerns, contexts and capabilities rather than an issue someone else asks them to take up.  Justice LED is a holistic approach for congregations that want to strengthen, develop and sustain justice ministries as part of their congregational life and ministry.[i]

We look forward to seeing you at the workshop!

Ron MacKenzie and Sally Godard are Regional Trainers of the Justice and Witness Ministries Justice LED curriculum and both received their Master’s in Divinity from Pacific School of Religion.



[i] You can learn more about Justice LED  at http://www.ucc.org/justice/training/

World Sunday for Peace and Becoming a UCC Just Peace Church

By Carol Stirling – Boise First UCC
Published on April 11, 2011

 On Sunday, 22 May 2011, churches of the world are invited, in a worldwide event, to celebrate God’s gift of peace. Those who take part will be together in spirit, song and prayer with the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation in Jamaica, united in the hope of peace. Churches and Christians are called to be peacemakers in their communities and in their government, in their business and in the environment.  It is a call to unity–across borders–for the sake of peace.

UCC congregations in 1985 General Synod were called to explore the idea of becoming a “Just Peace” church, to proclaim a public identity as a justice-doing, peace-seeking church.  Through a process of study and contemplation, congregations develop a statement/covenant that requires a vote by the congregation.  What does it mean to be a Just Peace church in times like these?  A study guide published by the World Council of Churches includes the following:

Peace in the Community

Peace begins with us, with our neighbors.  Our self-understanding and that of others around us determines our ways of relating to the wider world.  If we as Christians believe peace on earth must begin at home, how do we ensure peace in our communities?  How do we overcome racism, sexism and similar behaviors that violate the lives of so many?

Peace with the Earth

Human beings are called to take responsibility for nature.  Today’s challenges in regard to ecology, climate change and natural resources make it urgent to thoughtfully consider our views and actions.

Peace in the Marketplace

The crises of the beginning of this Century compel us to take a critical look at our core assumptions about wealth and poverty, growth and sustainability.  How do these assumptions become obstacles to justice and generate violence?  What is the role of Christians in the world’s markets, both as participants and in our ministries of reconciliation?

Peace among the Peoples

Working for peace is a form of discipleship.  Resolving conflicts between nations, races and religions is an act of faith.  An interdependent world means Christians must prevent violence and promote reconciliation in new ways.  Are churches building international capacity to keep peace and breaking down national capacity to wage war?