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During this year's Synod, the Collegium of Officers of the United Church of Christ published a Pastoral Letter on the War in Iraq, calling for the end of death and violence and the beginning of lasting peace through diplomacy in the Middle East.

Through the unified leadership of its National Officers, Conference Ministers and Seminary Presidents, the United Church of Christ is seeking to build an unprecedented faith-based movement "to join protest to prayer" in ending the war in Iraq.

 
Home: Justice: $100,000 for Peace

During this season of peacemaking, the UCC is asking for a massive wave of 100,000 in-district visits, letters and calls to the local offices of our Senators and Representatives. Check out our helpful guide on how to plan your visit/letter/call and schedule your own in-district lobbying visit. Allow others to support you in prayer.

Visit Date
City
Name
Group or Congregation
Meeting With
Additional Information
12/20/2008 Kalispell, MT Rev. Darryl Kistler Flathead Valley UCC area Congressional offices possible photo - MNWConf. ofc will be in touch to FW
3/2/2008 Media, PA Ed Geiger Joe Sestak Our meeting will take place at our church, Collenbrook United Church, Drexel Hill, PA, following worship on March 2,2008.
2/5/2008 New Britain, CT Michael Ciba Valley Northwest Region, Connecticut Conference Rep Christopher Murphy
1/27/2008 Atlanta, GA Mark Johnson nathaniel e. jordan group John Lewis
1/10/2008 Ft. Wayne, IN William Deans Plymouth CongregationalChurch of Ft. Wayne UCC
501 West Berry Street
Ft.Wayne, IN 46802
Sen. Lugar, Sen. Bayh, Cong. Souder
1/9/2008 Hinsdale, IL Julie Ruth Harley The Union Church of Hinsdale Rep. Judy Biggert Our focus will be on the cost of the Iraq war, the plight of Iraqi refugees, and persecution of Christians in Iraq.
1/7/2008 Berkeley, CA Bob Lawrence An informal group of seminarians from Pacific School of Religion. Rep. Barbara Lee Rep. Lee is the only member of Congres to have voted against going to war with Iraq at the very first Congressional vote on the matter, and she has consistently opposed the war.  Our visit will be more about saying "Thank you" than anything else.
1/7/2008 santa fe, NM mary lou carson don't have any others yet, but plan to recruit. rep. tom udall don't know yet.
1/3/2008 Salinas, CA Deborah Streeter I am inviting pastors from the other UCC churches in the 17th District - Santa Cruz and La Selva Beach.  I am the Associate Conference Minister. Sam Farr Sam Farr is one of the few reps to have voted against the war all along.
1/2/2008 Davenport, IA Tim Darmour-Paul Davenport UCC pastors Sen. Grassley, Sen. Harkin, Rep. Braley
12/31/2007 Colorado Springs, CO Cynty Kulp Representing First Congregational Church, we plan to visit all three of our elected officials. Rep. Lamborn
12/14/2007

Sarasota, FL

Robert Bryant Peace & Justice Ministry Team,plus other members, First Congregational UCC, Sarasota, FL, FL Conference Rep. Vern Buchannan We met with Danny Balyeu, Rep. Buchannan's district office representative. He listened attentively after we presented the Pastoral Letter and each person took turns expressing why the Iraq war has had tragic consequences for the Iraqi people, for the USA itself, and reasons why U.S. troops should be brought home as soon as possible.
12/13/2007 Loveland, CO Hugh Sanborn Visiting with a group of local MoveOn members, representing the Peace with Justice Ministry Team of Plymouth Congregational Church UCC in Fort Collins, CO. Rep. Marilyn Musgrave The primary focus of the visit is to encourage Rep. Musgrave to support blocking any attempt of the Bush administration to attack Iran.  Will take copies of the "Pastoral Letter" and petition with me.
12/10/2007 san francisco, CA Anne Galli snail mail delivery Sen. Diane Feinstein On behalf of Ladera Community Church/UCC, the Pastoral letter and a cover note was mailed to Senator Diane Feinstein.
12/10/2007 san francisco, CA Anne Galli Ladera Community Church/UCC
Portola Valley, CA
Sen. Barbara Boxer On behalf of Ladera Community Church/UCC, the Pastoral Letter and a cover note were mailed to Senator Boxer.
12/10/2007 Colorado Springs, CO James White with Dennis Apuan of Firwt Congregational Unitee Church of Christ in Colorado Springs Allard and Salazar We're going partly on the urgings of Cyndi Kulp.
12/7/2007 Palo Alto, CA anne galli Ladera Community Church/UCC
Portola Valley, CA 94028
Rep. Anna Eschoo
12/7/2007 Milwaukee, WI Steve & Ruth Ann Jones Herb Kohl We are sending a copy of the 100,000 for Peace letter, plus a cover letter signed by both of us.
12/7/2007 Milwaukee, WI Steve & Ruth Ann Jones Russ Feingold We are sending a copy of the 100,000 for Peace letter, plus a cover letter signed by both of us.
12/7/2007 Racine, WI Steve & Ruth Ann Jones Paul Ryan We are sending a copy of the 100,000 for Peace letter, plus a cover letter signed by both of us.
12/7/2007 Portola Valley, CA Anne Galli Ladera Community Church/UCC in Portola Valley, CA was represented by Anne Galli and Ruth Coale. Rep. Anna Eshoo We were very well received in the Palo Alto, CA office by staff Dennis Agatep. In addition to presenting the Pastoral letter to Rep. Anna Eshoo on behalf of Ladera Community Church/UCC, we spoke in favor of HR 3674. We planned a follow up meeting for late January 2008.
Your web based UCC guide for making congressional visits was most helpful!
12/5/2007 Colorado Springs, CO Paul Carpenter M. and Mrs. Paul Carpenter D. Lamborn
12/5/2007 Colorado Springs, CO Paul Carpenter Justice and Peace Committee of First Congregational Church. RMCUCC REp. Doug Lamborn
12/5/2007 Colorado Springs, CO Paul Carpenter First Congregational Church UCC, RMCUCC Senator K. Salazar
12/5/2007 Colorado Springs, CO Paul Carpenter First Congregational Church UCC, RMCUCC Senator K. Salazar
12/5/2007 Colorado Springs, CO Paul Carpenter Justice and Peace Committee of First congregational Church UCC, Colorado Springs RMCUCC Senator W. Allard
11/30/2007 Jack Seville This morning, at our regularly scheduled Friday morning Bible Study at the Bismarck UCC, Northern Plains Conference, I shared with all the wonderful outreach letter from islamic Religious leaders to Christian leaders around the world as well as the response that has already come from ecumenical thinkers at Yale. Great interest here in these developments. I also plan to visit with the Religious Editor of the Bismarck Tribune and bring up this vital step toward peace that Islamic Religious leaders have invited us all to take. What better time than now, as we await the celebration of the coming of the Prince of Peace, for all of us to seek that common ground and to hold onto it in faith.

I believe it was Albert Einstein who said he was "a militant pacifist." May there be many more in our time.

Peace,

Jack Seville
11/28/2007 San Antonio, TX Donald Zimmerman Lamar Smith Mailed letter to district office
11/27/2007 Raleigh, NC Cyrus King Community United Church of Christ, Raleigh, NC
Cyrus King, Rev. Steve Halsted, Roger Manus, Sam Johnson, Bill Lamb (the last two are tentative at this point)
Congressman Brad Miller Congressman Miller represent the 13th Congressional District of North Carolina.  Rev. Halsted read the letter as his sermon several weeks ago and we then provided an opportunity for folks to sign the petition on line.  We are also very concerned about torture and plan to bring this up with the Congressman.