Living and Behaving in our Love of God.
In 2015, the 30th General Synod held in Cleveland, OH marked the UCC’s 30th anniversary as a Just Peace Church and called for a renewal of the UCC’s Just Peace witness.
The Just Peace Church vision is a hallmark of United Church of Christ theological identity. For 30+ years, 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.”
Justice and Witness Ministries is committed to a revitalized Just Peace Church movement and to empowering and resourcing congregations to create a stronger justice and peace witness. Now is the time to rekindle our commitment to Just Peace and make visible our longstanding witness to this approach.
Since the inception of our Mission Task force we as a congregation have made significant strides in our direct impact to those who experience injustice in numerous ways. The lives of others have been touched as well as our hearts and minds. Not only have we made strides it seems as if we have arrived at the point of no return. I personally, am excited and driven by the awareness of the relationships formed as a result of this work. Be proud of yourselves. Because of our success, or should I say our great capacity to do this work collectively, it seems only natural that we consider strongly designating Vista Grande Community Church a Just Peace Church.
What is Just Peace you may ask? Well the Short definition is: the interrelation of friendship, justice, and common security from violence.
A Just Peace Church is grounded in biblical concepts of covenant and shalom. The following Scriptures can be read and reflected on as part of our basis for actively participating in a Just Peace Movement; Ezekiel 37:26, John 10:10, Ephesians 2:14, and 1 Peter3:15.
Throughout this upcoming season of Lent a core team of VGCC Covenantal Partners will undertake an in-depth process of looking at what it means for us specifically to become a Just Peace Church. This process will include creating opportunities for the congregation to develop a more in-depth understanding of the Just Peace Vision, discerning potential ways our church can actively participate in this designation once obtained and the development of a covenant for endorsement by VGCC to be a Just Peace Church.
To access more information on the UCC’s Just Peace Church Pronouncement and what it means to be a Just Peace Church you can go to Just Peace. You can also contact Kayan 719-221-4479; firstname.lastname@example.org or Rev. Clare 719-599-3057; email@example.com