Peace & Global Witness 2018

As we work to share Christ’s peace with one another, let’s share that peace with those beyond our doors, beyond our communities and beyond our borders. The Peace & Global Witness Offering provides the tools and resources for us as we join together as active peacemakers – at all time, in all ways.

Ephesians 2:14-17
“So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near.”

The letter to the Ephesians tells us that Jesus came to proclaim a peace that is universal. While the earthly ministry of Jesus was in a specific age and place, the peace he shared is limited by neither time nor geography. As followers of Christ, our call to witness/work for peace begins in our own neighborhoods and extends to the ends of the earth. It is a demanding call, but it is one that Presbyterians at all levels of the church are seeking to follow.

The Peace & Global Witness Offering exists to support the holistic and wide-ranging witness of the whole church.

At the national level, this witness is done in direct support of those working to heal the divisions in violent contexts like South Sudan. It means creating educational materials that equip congregations to deal with important issues, from disagreements between members of session to bullying to gun violence. It means bringing leaders together who have made a profound witness for peace around the world and deploying them as a resource to congregations like ours and leaders like you. And it means speaking up for the vulnerable around the world through a seat at the United Nations table. The Offering strengthens the collaboration of the Peacemaking Program and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations with the reconciliation work of global partners through World Mission.

The Peace & Global Witness Offering sustains a witness in many forms and at every level of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), but all are bound together in Christ. Together they are a living proclamation of the peace we know in Christ, who puts an end to hostilities and speaks peace to those near and far.

Now may the Lord of peace . . . . give you peace at all times in all ways. – 2 Thessalonians 3:16

Thank you for your support of the Peace & Global Witness Offering.