Peace and Justice
The Peace and Justice Committee promotes its causes by supporting local groups dedicated to justice and mercy. With an eye to our broader mission, we also back established state, national, and international charitable groups.
Locally, we have supported groups including, but not limited to, Boys and Girls Club, Bridge to Hope, Free Clinic, and Stepping Stones.
Stepping Stones of Dunn County receives monetary support from us in addition to the food, household, and personal goods collected from church members during the year in addition to a major drive in November.
On Sundays, the congregation assembles in the Fellowship Hall to drink Farmer-to-Farmer’s fair-trade coffee. Farmer-to-Farmer provides markets for Guatemalan and Honduran coffee farmers (and artisans). We support of economic justice through fair trade projects and educational efforts to make peace a priority.
Free-will offerings from the congregation are given on Ash Wednesday and Maundy Thursday. Past offerings have gone to the Free Clinic and to the Boys and Girls Club. A Helping Hands fund, which the pastor uses for emergency short-term help for those in need, is also replenished this way.
Ours is a Just Peace Church, defined as “friendship, justice, and common security from violence.”
We are a Five for Five church and support the five special offerings of the UCC. Four critical needs are:
- One Great Hour of Sharing – partners with ministries in health, education, ag development, emergency relief, and disaster response.
- Strengthen the Church – supports church growth, leadership development within the church, and youth/young adults.
- Neighbors in Need – Council for American Indian Ministry receives 1/3 of the offering, and 2/3 offers grants to support justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects.
- The Christmas Fund – supports retired and active UCC ministers, lay employees, and survivors by supplementing pension and health premiums, and other kinds of assistance.
The fifth special offering is:
- Our Church’s Wider Mission – funds UCC work in its associations and conferences and in the national and global church. OCWM funds programs, tools, and resources to keep local UCC churches strong, effective and growing.
The congregation has worked toward just peace by supporting local and national peace movements. In the past we have supported participants demonstrating at the School of the Americas and the Native American resistance through the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. The church is a member of the Fellowship of Reconciliation and the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice.