Who we are
Four Tenets of the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program
Central to our faith
It is integral to each believer’s personal calling, an inner response to God, who loves the whole world and whose Spirit calls for and empowers the making of peace.
Wholistic in nature
Wherever there is brokenness in the world, there is a need for peacemaking. Our understanding of peace (shalom) is broad and our commitment needs to reflect that breadth. This vision of peace is empowering and moves faithful people from living in fear into hope.
Connected with justice
Effective peacemaking considers issues of justice towards individuals or groups in the world. One of the strengths of peacemaking is bringing people of faith together with a common purpose to make a difference. Historically, Presbyterians have been deeply concerned about issue of racism, reconciliation with justice, nuclear weapons, gender equality, violence, human rights, and environmental degradation.
Multiplies in communities
Congregations are invited to participate in the Peacemaking Offering on World Communion Sunday. 50% of the offering provides operational funds, resources and training and to support congregations though the Peacemaking Program. 25% support peacemaking ministries in presbyteries and mid-councils, and 25% remain with the local church to support peacemaking in the congregation, community or special concerns. Peacemaking begins wherever God is present in our lives bringing healing in the midst of brokenness.