Faithful Reflection

As part of our monthly Justice and Peace Action Network newsletter, we asked members of our staff to share what moves them to do justice work. Sign up to receive these thoughtful reflections via email.

File Thanks and Wishes for a Peaceful Holiday
December 3, 2012
Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season. Have a hope-filled advent, a peaceful Christmas and a very happy new year! We look forward to continuing our efforts in partnership with you in 2012 – take courage in knowing that with God nothing is impossible.

File Why I Vote
October 1, 2012
October 2012. Rev. Linda Jaramillo, Executive Minister of the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries, reflects on why she values her vote as a person of faith and a member of her community.

File The Courage of a Faithful Witness
September 1, 2012
September 2012. Rev. Jim Moos, Executive Minister of the UCC's Wider Church Ministries and Co-executive of UCC/Disciples' Global Ministries, reflects on role courage plays in prophetic witness.

File Be About Both: Charity and Justice

August 2012. Mark Clark, Associate General Minister of the United Church of Christ, reflects on our commandment to do charity and justice.

File Moving Forward – Together
July 1, 2012
July 2012. Rev. Loey Powell reflects on the changes and progress in our nation and our denomination that are giving her hope.

File Silence is Golden

June 2012. Rev. Bentley de Bardelaben reflects on the stress of life and how they can be compounded by acts of racism.

File What happened to us?

May 2012. Rev. Sala Nolan Gonzales, Minister for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, reflects on the changes to our U.S. prison system and on the impact that those people who have been pushed to the margins of our society -- people who are in prison, who live under bridges, who suffer from fear and illness – have had on her life.

File Jeju and Easter’s Challenge against Empire

April 2012. Derek Duncan, Program Associate for Global Advocacy and Education, reflects on the following question: As Easter people what have we to say to the forces of empire today?

File Our Present is Formed by Our Past

March 2012. This month Ann Hanson, Minister for Sexuality Education and Justice, reflects on a turning point in her journey of faith as an educator.

File Because of Our Stories

February 2012. This month Vivan Lucus, Director of the Franklinton Center at Bricks, reflects on the stories, and the lives behind the stories, that inspire her to do justice advocacy.

File Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from JWM!

A look back at 2011 and a Christmas message of gratitude.

File Public Education as a Public Trust

November 2011. This month Jan Resseger, Minister for Public Education and Witness, reflects on inequality and the important role of the church in working to promote educational opportunity for all.

File Self-Healing

September 2011. This month Jessie Palatucci, Online Communications Specialist, reflects on burn out and some ideas for overcoming it.

File More Than a Day Job

August 2011. Edie Rasell, Minister for Economic Justice, reflects on God’s abundance and the importance of economics

File Justice without Love is Empty Rhetoric

July 2011. Mari Castellanos, Policy Advocate for Domestic Issues, reflects on her childhood during the Cuban Revolution and how the example of her parents in that dangerous time helped define her Call.

File Called to Discipleship

June 2011. Linda Jaramillo, Executive Minister of Justice and Witness Ministries, reflects on our call to be disciples - not alone - but in partnership.

File I Believe

June 2011. This Month, Nicole Dudley, reflects on what she believes and how that motivates her work.

File Crossing the River

May 2011. This month Jim Deming, Minister for Environmental Justice, reflects on the story of Jacob and the ways in which he finds God's grace and good news in the journey for justice.

File We Are Not Alone…

March 2011. This month Kelly Burd, Minister for Leadership Development, reflects on what motivates her to stay on the path toward God’s vision of a more just, compassionate world.

File Sharing your Story, Sharing the Journey

February 2011. We asked members of our staff to share what moves them to do justice work. This month Mike Neuroth, International Policy Advocate, reflects the gift of “story.”

File Do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God

December 2010. This month Michael R. Fisher Jr, Intern for Policy Advocacy, reflects on his vision of the “beloved community” that propels him continue in the struggle for social transformation, even when discouraged.

File Let Us Not Grow Weary in Well-Doing

November 2010. This month Barbara Baylor, Minister for Health Care Justice, reflects on scripture from which she draws strength to maintain a lifetime of advocacy for Justice.

File The Rich Life

October 2010. This month Ervin Milton, Director of the Franklinton Center, reflects on what it means to be truly wealthy.

File In it for the Long Haul

September 2010. This month Sandy Sorensen, Director of the Washington Office, reflects on her 20 years on Capitol Hill and her experience on the anniversary of MLK’s “I have a dream” speech.

File Those Eagle's Wings

August 2010. This month, Rev. Loey Powell reflects on Isaiah 40 and finds inspiration.


Ms. Jessie Palatucci
Online Communications Specialist
100 Maryland Avenue, NE
Washington, District of Columbia 20002