Justice and Peace Committee
Recognizing the enormity of the challenges our society fac
The Justice and Peace Committee (JPC) strives to help the Church of Reconciliation embody a way of life befitting the people of God. JPC actively supports practices and organizations that make justice and peace possible, while also opposing practices and structural systems that foster injustice, violence and strife. JPC bolsters the Rec’s commitment to those on the margins of society and to its efforts to change the society that creates those margins.
JPC meets once a month: meetings which are open to all who wish to attend. Typically 8 - 12 people attend, including the pastor. Many of the active participants in JPC have a long and continuing history of activism in Chapel Hill and the Triangle as well as other parts of the country or world. There are many important connections between our members and other activist groups and individuals in the area.
At the JPC meetings participants share information of events and organizations furthering the causes of justice and peace both locally and globally, and discuss means of engagement for the committee and the larger Rec Community. JPC often recommends to Session causes to endorse on behalf of the entire church. Recommendations for “blue jar offerings” (special non-budgeted collections for specific causes) also often come from JPC. The Justice and Peace committee also sponsors congregational gatherings after worship for the sake of learning about or discussing important issues confronting the people of God.
The JPC budget has been approximately $30,000 a year for most of the last ten years. This represents approximately half of the Rec’s benevolence giving; the other half comes from the special blue jar offerings. JPC disburses budgeted funds to local, national, and international organizations and concerns.
es, Church of Reconciliation, PC(USA) is dedicated to making a lasting impact through our campaigns and programs. While our efforts are driven by our organization’s singular focus, we spread a wide net by investing in a variety of progressive strategies. Learn more about our initiatives and get involved yourself.
Where our support goes
Social Justice and acting as God’s presence on earth are core values of the Rec. JPC is a principal manifestation of those values keeping the congregation grounded in the idea of servant leadership, concern for the least of these, and a welcoming attention to the stranger. JPC’s role is to both nurture a culture of peace and just reciprocity within the church, and extend that fullness of life to the wider community around us.
Advocacy for all ages
From worship services to marches, from direct assistance to financial support, JPC values the efforts of old and young, bold and shy,...all God's children are welcome at whatever we do.