A Just Peace Church works to bring about the biblical vision of "shalom": wholeness, healing, justice, righteousness, equality, unity, freedom, and community.
The Just Peace Affirmations (1988)
Just Peace can be defined as the presence of friendship, justice and common security from violence.
A Just Peace Church works to bring about the biblical vision of "shalom," that is, a vision of wholeness, healing, justice, righteousness, equality, unity, freedom, and community.
A Just Peace Church is grounded in the scriptures. Specifically in:
1. God's activity in creation.
2. The Covenant relationship of God with humanity. (Ezek. 37:26, Jer. 22:15-16)
3. The reconciling activity of Jesus Christ.
4. The presence of the Holy Spirit. (John 10:10)
5. The community of reconciliation (Ephesians 2:14). Jesus performed signs of forgiveness and healing and made manifest that God's reign is for those who are in need.
We affirm the following elements of a Just Peace theology:
1. Peace is possible. A Just Peace is a basic gift of God and is the force and vision moving human history.
2. The meaning of Just Peace and God's activity in human history is understood through the Bible, Church history and the voices of the oppressed and those in struggle for justice and peace.
3. Nonviolent conflict is a normal and healthy reflection of diversity. Working through conflict constructively should lead to growth of both individuals and nations.
As members of a Just Peace Church, we are called to change our lives, our thinking, and our actions. We are called to act responsibly to bring about justice and peace.
In response to the Call of the 15th General Synod of the U.C.C. in June 1985, and upon reflection and study of A Just Peace Church by Susan Thistlethwaite, the adult Sunday School class proposed and the congregation assented that Lyndale U.C.C. affirm itself as a Just Peace Church.