Peace With Justice

Grant Funds Help You Bring Shalom to Your Community

Half of the funds collected through the Peace with Justice Sunday offering go to provide grants to congregations in the North Georgia Conference. If you and your congregation have a project in mind and need a few dollars to launch or continue it, this grant is for you. The project goals should focus on peace building, reduction of violence, reconciliation, reduction of poverty, global health, and/or the care of God's creation and contain a focus on making changes to the root, structure, or political framework that would create more justice and fairness. Grant applications are due November of each year. Evaluations and finalization of award recipients will be announced by January 15, 2019, with payments made shortly thereafter.


North Georgia Conference Peace with Justice Program

"And what does the Lord require of you but to DO JUSTICE, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God." (Micah 6:8)

Purpose: The General Board of Church & Society is to be the bearer of the Social Principles of the United Methodist Church. This mission is to develop programs that provides education and action on issues confronting the church that are consistent with the Social Principles and the policies adopted by the General Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Our Peace with Justice Past 

John Wesley was a forthright advocate on prison reform, human rights, abuse of spirituous liquors, labor justice, healthcare, slavery, the humane treatment of animals. Slavery was a divisive issue within the church during the 18th and 19th Centuries with many Methodist taking strong abolitionist positions while others were less forthright.  The women's rights movement, the labor reform movement, the temperance movement and the Civil Rights movement all saw leadership from a number of courageous and prophetic Methodist voices.

"The church is challenged to think clearly and logically about its role in both the local parish and the world at large. Where is God at work in our world? How can we support the work God is doing? What role has God given the church to play in the midst of a broken and hurting world in need of healing? Martin Luther King, Jr. once said that the church should neither dominate the state, nor be dominated by the state. Instead, the church is called to be the conscience of the state. How can we perform this vital role faithfully in a world that increasing relegates the work of the church only to the spiritual and private realm." (Excerpted from GBCS website)



Peace With Justice Tools

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Peace with Justice Grant 

North Georgia Conference - United Methodist Church
Application Due Date: December 15, 2019

Funding Source: The Peace with Justice Offering is retained in the North Georgia Conference from the "Peace with Justice Sunday Offering" in June of each year. Fifty percent of monies collected go to the awarding of grants. The balance goes to the General Church.

Funding Amount: The committee approval for funding will not exceed $2,000. This money is for seed capital to get the project started. Second year's funding may  be awarded on certain occasions where the terms of this application have been met and the project's future funding sources are still being solicited.

Eligibility: To apply for funding, the applicant is required to represent a United Methodist local congregation in the North Georgia Conference. The awarded grant monies are to help initiate or enable a new justice ministry for a church, advocate peace with justice issues or ministries that serve in that capacity.

Criteria: A local congregation or ministry which addresses cultural, economic, social and environmental justice issues by identifying the root cause of injustice and creating the ministries and advocacy components for working toward ending injustices.



Celebrate Peace with Justice Sunday in your Congregation!

Dear Church Leaders,

Can I count on your support for something important to many people across our church?

Peace with Justice Sunday is one of six church-wide Special Sundays with offerings of The United Methodist Church. Peace with Justice Sunday enables The United Methodist Church to have a voice in advocating for peace and justice both locally and globally. Fifty percent of the funds are offered to the North Georgia Conference local churches to use for their justice (systemic change) projects and fifty percent support the peace with justice programs of the General Board of Church and Society.

Peace with Justice Sunday is observed on the Sunday after Pentecost, but churches may take the Peace with Justice offering any Sunday.

We have prepared a special toolkit with everything you need to lead your congregation to promote peace and justice. The toolkit includes worship and promotional resources. You may also order free posters and offering envelopes from the General Board of Church and Society. 


I pray that this toolkit will empower you to lead your congregation to stand with us.