Peace With Justice Grant Dollars at Work in North Georgia
Pictured: Harvest from the community garden at Young Harris Memorial UMC in Athens.
By Rev. Dawn Britt
Peace With Justice Representative, North Georgia Conference
Churches in our North Georgia Conference are bringing social justice issues to the forefront. Many local churches in North Georgia are tackling ministries that lead to combat injustice, poverty, homelessness, education, family care, children, criminal justice, and so much more.
Perhaps you wanted to do these types of ministries at your local church yet you have no funding? Did you realize that our United Methodist Church funds those types of ministries?
Yes, it works through your contributions in June for Peace with Justice Sunday. One half of all of the contributions collected from all of our local churches on Peace with Justice Sunday every year goes to fund “your” peace and justice ministries. Yes you! Yes, the local church!
For example, churches such as Young Harris Memorial UMC who funded a community garden in Athens. It is called “One Community Garden”. It is a ministry that unites Young Harris Memorial UMC with Action Ministries and the local community through mobilizing an urban community to grow crops for those facing food deficits. It is going strong in its second year!
The Well UMC in Cartersville, who in 2011 created a ministry called “Backpack Buddies” to combat childhood hunger by working to provide food for the weekend to children identified as homeless in conjunction with the Cartersville City School System. They organized, collaborated and disseminated food bags to students who are homeless.
How about Mt.Nebo UMC, in Dallas, Georgia, who in 2013 applied for and received a Peace with Justice Grant to instill in children a strong desire to read. They provided a reading program to children from the local community, elementary schools, and provided every child a new book to take home and to keep.
The recipients of the NGUMC Peace with Justice Grants for 2014 were just announced. Cedar Grove UMC, Comer UMC, Vinings UMC, and Young Harris Memorial UMC are all winners for this past year.
Allow your local church to be a part of the solution and see how your connectional dollars can work for you. Have us come to you and give a workshop to better understand how the grant works, how you can be a prophetic word into the world, John Wesley and this cause, how and what you can do with a Peace with Justice Grant.
Apply November 2015 for a North Georgia Peace with Justice Grant. In the meantime, remember the offering coming up this June 2015. For more information about Peace with Justice, visit the NGUMC http://www.ngumc.org/peacewithjustice
or contact Dawn Britt at firstname.lastname@example.org.