First Hour Study: What does it mean to be a Just Peace church?

In our new location, Broadway United Church of Christ is in the unique position to reinvent itself once again. It is a time to look back, take stock of what we have contributed to the community as a Christ-centered church – and look ahead to decide whether to build on those contributions, or whether to create new opportunities for sharing Christ’s mission in the world. Central to the larger church’s mission has always been a commitment to just and peaceful living, and Broadway has responded to that call through the years, as our 175th anniversary celebration in 2015 reminded us: The Thompson era focused on abolition; Jefferson and Chalmers on pacifism; Durgin on housing and racial equality; Rosborough and Campbell on AIDS education and LGBT justice. But as Pastor James reminds us routinely:  we still have a lot of work to do – especially in this uncertain, transitional time in our nation’s history when, despite the strides we have made in these areas, we find ourselves set back by recent spikes in hate crime, gun violence, Islamophobia, transphobia, and a swelling refugee crisis from the unending war in Syria.
               
How can Broadway respond to the barrage of hatred and violence we read about daily in the news?