Peace with Justice Sunday, one of the United Methodist Special Sundays with offering, will be observed May 30. The Special Sunday supports programs that advocate peace and justice at home and around the world.
Established by the 1988 General Conference, peace with justice is a faithful expression of shalom in the Bible. The Peace with Justice program aims to make shalom visible and active in people’s lives and communities by setting people free from bondage.
The United Methodist Church declares that peace with justice will be celebrated when all people have access to adequate jobs, housing, education, food, health care, income support and clean water. The denomination will further celebrate when structures and systems that reflect economic exploitation, war, political oppression and cultural domination no longer exist.
Half of the offering collected by an annual conference is retained to fund local peace with justice programs. In addition, half of the offering is remitted to the General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) to help fund U.S. and global work in social action, public-policy education and advocacy.
Traditionally, Peace with Justice Sunday is observed on the first Sunday after Pentecost. Congregations are welcome to celebrate Peace with Justice Sunday on any date that works best, however.
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