We, the members of the First Congregational United Church of Christ responding to the call of the General Synod of the United Church of Christ make the following resolution to seek shalom. We do so in the contest of the Synod’s affirmation of the United Church of Christ as a Just Peace Church. The Synod defines Just Peace “as an interrelation of friendship, justice and common security from violence.”
As a church of Justice and Peace, we commit ourselves to the following:
- Spiritual Development — We will nurture and support each other in our search for Justice and Peace through prayer, study of scriptures, theological reflection and worship.
- Justice and Peace Education – As there are no easy answers to the creation of a Just Peace, we will maintain a climate where all points of view can be respected, and all honest feelings shown in the search for new answers and dedications. We call on the Mission and Vision Ministry of our church to provide information on Just Peace issues to the congregation, including children of the congregation.
- Political Advocacy – Recognizing that Just Peace is both a religious and a political concept, we will encourage each other to be political witnesses.
- Community Witness – We will strive to make our convictions known throughout our community. We will help to shape public opinion about Justice and Peace. We will engage in evangelistic outreach, inviting others to join in our search.
“We covenant together and with God to seek and promote the ways of Justice and Peace so as to make a difference in our lives and in the lives of all who experience injustice and violence.”
A Resolution adopted by the congregation of the First Congregational UCC of Canton, IL on October 26, 2003.