Justice and Witness

Justice and Witness Mission:

We seek to build a conference filled with churches and individuals who are empowered and equipped to live out God’s vision of peace and justice.

Justice and Witness Vision:

We will equip, resource, encourage local congregations to implement peace and justice conference and general synod resolutions.

Justice and Witness Recognitions

Accessibility | Earthwise | Just Peace | Prophetic Voices

There are four Justice and Witness recognitions:

  • Accessibility: encourages congregations to work on being accessible to all
  • Earthwise: encourages congregations to begin small and to year-by-year enhance and expand their “green footprint”
  • Just Peace: congregations are invited to declare themselves Just Peace congregations
  • Prophetic Voices: congregations have organized and engaged in advocacy

Justice and Witness Peace Offering Materials

The Justice and Witness Team invites the members and friends of the Minnesota Conference United Church of Christ to support the Peace Fund through the annual Justice and Witness Peace Fund Offering. Together we can do more to empower advocacy and support justice not only across the Minnesota Conference, but around the world.

We encourage congregations to use Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday as your Peace Fund Offering ingathering day. If that doesn’t work for your congregation, you are encouraged to use another Sunday that is appropriate for the work of your congregation (some suggestions are Ecumenical Sunday, First Day of UCC Women’s Week, Racial Justice Sunday, Amistad Sunday, Integrity of Creating Sunday, Immigrant Rights Sunday, Holocaust Remembrance Day).

TitleResource typeDescriptionFile type
Peace Fund Application 2016 from Justice & WitnessForms, Grants, Justice and WitnessPeace Fund Application Form - 2016. The Justice and Witness Team is working to move UCC congregations toward a path of advocacy. As the prophets of old spoke out against social injustice, local UCC congregations must join together to speak as one voice for justice for all. The Peace Fund offers your church grant dollars up to $500 toward a program or project of your choosing that will further the church’s social justice advocacy. It is renewable! pdf
Dr. Jennifer Harvey’s Keynote-Speech on Racism from June 2015 Annual MeetingJustice and Witnesspdf
Green Justice Award ApplicationJustice and WitnessGreen Justice Award Applicationpdf
Earthwise Congregation AwardJustice and WitnessEarthwise Congregation Awardpdf
Green Justice Congregation SurveyJustice and WitnessGreen Justice Congregation Surveypdf
2016 Peace Offering Power PointJustice and Witness2016 Peace Offering Power Pointppt
Peace Fund Grant Application – 2015Grants, Justice and WitnessPeace Fund Application Form - 2015. The Justice and Witness Team is working to move UCC congregations toward a path of advocacy. As the prophets of old spoke out against social injustice, local UCC congregations must join together to speak as one voice for justice for all. The Peace Fund offers your church grant dollars up to $500 toward a program or project of your choosing that will further the church’s social justice advocacy. It is renewable! pdf
Open Letter to the UCC 12.06.14Justice and Witnesspdf
November 2014 Faith Action VigilImmigration, Justice and Witnesspdf
Providing Services – LIRSImmigration, Justice and WitnessUrgent request for expressions of interest to partner in providing services to unaccompanied children and families from Central Americapdf
35 Ways to be a Just Peace CongregationJustice and Witness35 Ways to be a Just Peace Congregation j.b.guesspdf
Accessibility AuditJustice and WitnessSanctuary Accessibility Audit from Marilyn Donnellan 04.2009pdf
Earthwise IdeasJustice and WitnessIdeas on how your church can become greener 04.2009pdf
Peace Offering LabelsJustice and Witness2014 Peace Offering Labelspdf
Peace Offering PowerPointJustice and Witness2014 Peace Offering Power Pointppt
Peace Offering Bulletin InsertJustice and Witness2014 Peace Offering Bulletin Insertpdf
Peace Fund Grant PoliciesGrants, Justice and WitnessFrom the Justice and Witness Team (03.2011)pdf
Peace Fund Common Form Grant ApplicationForms, Grants, Justice and WitnessThis form is required for a grant of $401-$2,500. Please see more information on the Minnesota Common Grant Form and its uses at http://www.mcf.org/nonprofits/minnesota-common-grant-application-form.
Peace Fund Short Form Grant ApplicationForms, Grants, Justice and WitnessReview and follow the Justice and Witness Team Grant Policies. Use this form only to apply for grants up to $400. For amounts greater than $400, use the Common Grant Application Form. Please fill in all blanks. Use "NA" if an item is not applicable to your project or activity.
2013 Resolution Urging Divestment from Fossil Fuel CompaniesJustice and Witness, ResolutionsPassed at the 2013 Annual Meeting, a Resolution Urging Divestment from Fossil Fuel Companiespdf