United Church of Christ

Devotional Subject: Peace

Two churches in Indiana helped resolve domestic violence in their rural community and civil war in Sri Lanka. In California, a city church needed to name a big part of its mission. All of them found Just Peace was just the framework they needed.


Vicki Kemper

If someone told you how to be more effective in your work for a more just and peaceful world, would you do it?


Vicki Kemper

Have you ever heard 100 people gasp in unison?


After the June nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fla., that left 49 people dead and another 50 injured, the colorful symbols of peace made their way to First Congregational Church of Winter Park UCC in Winter Park, Fla., located just a few miles from where the tragedy took place. 


No generation in history has put so much thought, energy and money into keeping itself safe and secure, but still we are not at peace.


Nonviolent resistance emerged as the technique of the movement, while love stood as the regulating idea. In other words, Christ furnished the spirit and motivation, while Ghandi furnished the method.


A rabbi told me that a town with two Jews would need three synagogues: The one I go to; The one you go to; and one neither one of us would be caught dead in. Christians are much the same. But Jesus' prophetic words assure us that someday, God's people will ALL be one – within and across faith groups.