Peace and Justice Grant Opportunity
The aim of the Peace and Justice Committee for 2014 is to work to meet the problems and challenges caused by global climate change. We will work with the Presbyterians for Earth Care. We donated our portion of the 2013 Peacemaking Offering to support the work of NC Interfaith Power and Light. Its mission is to work "with faith communities to address the causes and consequences of global climate changes and promote practical, hope-filled responses through education, outreach and public policy advocacy. (for more information use the link provided below)
We will support any congregation who wishes to become an Earth Care Congregation or has other ideas which fulfill the seventh section of the Commitment to Peacemaking: “Making Peace with the Earth”. Any congregation which needs seed money, up to $500, may request the Peace and Justice Committee for aid. An energy audit of a church building or a scholarship to a PEC conference or the creation of a community organic garden are examples of the projects the Peace and Justice Committee might finance. Congregations should send monetary requests to Peace and Justice Committee in care of the Presbytery Office.
The Peacemaking Offering gives your congregation the opportunity to support peacemaking within your church, community and the world. A Peacemaking Offering packet containing sample resources to help churches promote the offering is sent by the PC(USA) to each congregation in the summer. They include a poster, minutes for mission, worship resources for World Communion Sunday, children’s activities, bulletin inserts, reproducible art, a coin box and an offering envelope. The Peacemaking Offering is received by most congregations on World Communion Sunday, celebrated the first Sunday in October and is divided as follows:
25% is kept by your church and your church decides how to use it in ways that“make for peace”.
75% is sent to Presbytery which
- Sends 67% to General Assembly for the peacemaking program
- Sends 11% to Synod for peacemaking projects
- Keeps 22% for Presbytery – each year the Peace & Justice Committee decides which projects to support with its portion.
Go to www.pcusa.org/peacemakingoffering for more information.
Other Helpful Links about peacemaking:
www.350.org - A grassroots organization in 188 countries building a global climate movement