The Indiana Conference Social Advocacy Team is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 Peace with Justice Grants. A total of $5,000 in grants is being awarded this year from your generous gifts in 2013 and 2012. Four ministries in Indiana have been chosen for their work to change or address the root problems of injustice:
- North UMC has been selected to receive $750 to support their recently formed Justice Advocacy Team. The team is working on building a partnership with Vida Nueva in an effort to invite open discussion on immigration reform, as well as planning a walk against gun violence.
- Lebanon Community of Shalom will be receiving $1,250 in support of their hot meals program. In addition to serving meals, the group works to raise awareness of the community’s food needs and insecurities. Partnering with more than 40 churches, non-profits and volunteer organizations, Lebanon Community of Shalom is doing ministry with the community to end hunger in Boone County.
- Calvary UMC in Brownsburg, Ind., has been awarded $1,000 to support an upcoming event featuring Eva Kor, holocaust survivor Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m. Eva will be sharing a presentation titled, Forgiveness is a Seed for Peace. This event is free and open to the public in order to create opportunity for dialogue and action around justice, genocide, anti-Semitism, forgiveness and peacemaking. All are welcome to attend. Learn more about the event here.
- Barnes Community Center, a ministry of Barnes UMC in Indianapolis, is the recipient of a $2,000 grant in support of an upcoming walk against gun violence. This event will raise awareness in the community, while proceeds from the event will support the community center’s work to provide a safe haven for youth to learn, exercise, and build relationships.
The Indiana Conference Social Advocacy Team would like to thank everyone, who gave to the 2014 Peace with Justice Sunday on June 4. To date, we have received $5,032 in funds. One-half of the funds are used by the General Board of Church and Society for grants, while the other half is distributed as grants within our Indiana Conference. Gifts toward this offering are accepted throughout the entire year. To learn more about Peace with Justice and other Special Sundays, visit www.umcgiving.org.