and Simple Living
in the Name of Christ
The Peace and Justice Project (PJAP) is a grassroots movement of individuals and congregations affiliated with the Brethren in Christ Church in the U.S. which seeks to follow the call of God to pursue peace and justice. Our purpose is to foster a culture of peacemaking and service in the church by pursuing peace, serving compassionately and living simply, and by encouraging ethnic, cultural and racial diversity. Our objectives are:
- To articulate a biblical understanding of peace and justice as core elements of Christian faith and practice.
- To develop a network of individuals who are committed to the purpose of the PAJP and are willing to assist in making connections in local congregations.
- To organize regional peace, compassion and/or simple living seminars as a means of helping to re-imagine Christian social action as a central element of authentic mission.
- To develop, collect and provide resources in local congregations that help people re-imagine what it means to be peacemakers and show compassion. These resources may include the stories of individuals and groups that are promoting forgiveness, understanding, reconciliation and non-violent transformation of conflict in a wide variety of settings, ranging from home and community to national and international.
- To promote greater understanding of and participation in the mission and ministries of Mennonite Central Committee and Mennonite World Conference.
The leadership team for the PAJP is composed of individuals who are affiliated with the Brethren in Christ Church in the U.S. The goal is to have broad geographic representation from across the U.S. Current leadership team members are Curtis Book, chair, Harriet Sider Bicksler, Donna Harvey, Ryan Skove, Julie Weatherford, and Ben White. The PAJP is independently funded through private contributions.