Upcoming deadline for Peace with Justice grant applications

Upcoming deadline for Peace with Justice grant applications


Submitted by Rev. Karen Disney
Pastor, Troy and Libby United Methodist churches

Jan. 10 is the deadline to apply for a Peace with Justice grant from the United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) or from the Yellowstone Conference. Peace with Justice is one of the Special Sundays for the denomination and will be observed on May 27, 2018. The Peace with Justice grant “witnesses to God’s demands for a faithful, just, disarmed and secure world.” Funding for this program is generated through the Peace with Justice Special Sunday offering of The United Methodist Church, half of the funds raised stays in our local Conference. Applications are evaluated by the GBCS Board of Directors.

In the Yellowstone Conference, applications are evaluated by the Peace with Justice Coordinator. Grant applicants must be either a United Methodist or other affiliated organization, or an ecumenical group working with and through at least one United Methodist agency or organization.

Applicants must work toward achieving at least one of the following objectives:

  • Assist United Methodists in understanding and responding to violence and militarism, and in moving and leading nations and peoples to reconciliation, transformation, and redemption.
  • Involve and develop principal leaders among United Methodists and enjoin the general public in efforts to end conflicts, human rights violations and violent aggression around the world;
  • Promote just national and international policies and actions (governmental and non-governmental) seeking to address poverty and restore communities; or Support policies that promote systematic economic justice and the self-development of peoples, in particular to respond to the disproportionate effect of injustices on racial, indigenous and ethnic persons.

Preference will be given to institutions related to The United Methodist Church, then to first-time requests and, finally, to those including an advocacy component in their program or project. Applications are available on the GBCS website.

For a local application contact Karen Disney disneysax@yahoo.com or 406-293-0803. The General Board of Church & Society is one of four international general program boards of The United Methodist Church. Prime responsibility of the board is to seek implementation of the Social Principles and other policy statements on Christian social concerns of the General Conference, the denomination’s highest policy-making body. Here in the Yellowstone Conference, the Guiding Values team seeks local implementation of our Social Principles. The General Board of Church and Society has offices on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., and at the Church Center for the United Nations in New York City.

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