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We assert that there are nonviolent ways to demonstrate our country’s fundamental values of respect for life and inherent dignity of all the peoples of the Earth. We believe that violence in our families, schools and congregations can be reduced with training in nonviolent behavior. To these ends, the Peace Advocacy Program has been developed to encourage UU congregations to act on these yearnings by creating a culture of peace. It provides congregational resources and a certification program for churches and fellowships to become Peace Advocacy Congregations.
The Peace Advocacy Program is administered by the Peace Ministry Network, a volunteer organization of UUs dedicated to promoting a culture of peace in our families, our society and the world.
A congregation may become a Peace Advocacy Congregation by performing peace activities in each of several areas within the prior three years:
Personal, Domestic and Congregational Peace
Peace Lobbying and Activism
Military Personnel Support
Individual activities in these categories will be planned and executed by congregations. A catalog of successful events and helpful hints will be published on the PMN website as submitted by the participating congregations. Peace and nonviolent resources will also be made available on this website.
Suggested activities in each category:
1. The International Peace Category could include activities to:
- Present youth study units on government service alternatives to military service
- Present adult programs promoting peace and nonviolence
- Encourage congregants to support peace demonstrations
- Support actions and programs of the UU-United Nations Office and the UU Service Committee
- Study “Just Peacemaking” and “Just Policing” alternatives to military intervention
- Incorporate the Peace Corps educational resources in Children’s and Adult RE, support Peace Corps volunteers and encourage Peace Corps partnership in public schools
- Adopt and support a partner church in a developing nation
- Other (your choice)
2. The Domestic and Congregational Peace Category could include activities to:
- Encourage personal peace through meditation, contemplation and study
- Provide nonviolent communication training for families and congregational organization
- Encourage nonviolence programs in public schools
- Establish congregational right relationship teams
- Endorse the Peacemaking Statement of Conscience and/or similar congregationally generated resolutions or peace pledges
- Coordinate peace activities between churches in clusters and districts
- Affiliate with existing peace organizations to reduce violence in our larger communities
3. The Lobbying and Activism Category could include activities to:
- Support issues of peace in municipal, county, state and national arenas
- Encourage coalitions with local and national peace activist groups to bring about legislative peaceful change
- Support and expand the Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry issues promoting peace in your state
- Host presentations from outside peace organizations such as Peace Alliance, or Veterans for Peace
- Take part in the Standing on the Side of Love Campaign
4. The Military Support Category includes activities to:
- Encourage expansion of our religious communities to include and support local military families
- Honor milestones for military personnel and families within our congregations
- Honor military personnel on traditional holidays (e.g., Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, etc.
- Prepare care packages for troops
Steps to Certification
A congregation can become a Peace Advocacy Congregation by:
- Forming a Peace Team separate from or as part of their Social Justice structure
- Planning and completing 12 events/program activities, at least two in each category
- Applying to the Peace Ministry Network for the certification
Recognition of newly certified congregations will be announced at General Assembly and on our website.
The congregations will receive an attractive printed certificate or wood plaque.
There is no application form. Applicants should write a brief description of their peace events and indicate which of the above categories they best fit into. Try to be exhaustive rather than simply meeting requirements -- you will be an inspiration to others. Make sure you indicate your full congregation name and address, and your name, email and telephone number.
We ask for an application fee of $25 for paper certificate or $60 for wood plaque.
Please mail and email to:
Peace Ministry Network
288 Kensington Park Dr.
Tallmadge, OH 44278