WHAT IS JUST PEACE?
Just Peace is a recognized designation for activities which are intentional and purposeful to alleviate inequities and injustices which may lead to violence. A Just Peace congregation recognizes there can be no true peace without justice for all, including Just Peace in the Community – so that all may live free from fear.
A Plymouth committee was formed to study how the Just Peace pronouncement would affect Plymouth and to recommend (or not) to Plymouth’s Church Council that Plymouth be designated a Just Peace Church. As a Just Peace Church, Plymouth would seek justice and peace in every sphere of life. The committee presented the proposal to the Church Council in September 2017, and it was approved unanimously at the October 2017 Church Council meeting. Plymouth is proud to be a Just Peace church!
Just Peace Covenant
This proposal was read at the September 2017 Church Council meeting and was adopted by a unanimous vote at the October Church Council meeting.
At Plymouth Church we resolve to grow in love of God and neighbor as a Just Peace congregation, affirm our intention to seek justice and peace in every sphere of life, and recognize there can be no true peace without justice for all. The scriptures speak plainly of God’s call for justice. We believe that by the grace of God and with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, peace sustained by justice is possible.
We seek Just Peace
- In the community—so that all may live free from fear.
- With the earth—so that all life is sustained.
- In the marketplace—so that all may live with dignity.
- Among the nations—so that all lives are protected.
We affirm that living as a Just Peace church is a continually evolving and intentional process, rather than the assumption of a permanent status.