Peace with Justice Advocates

Meeting Schedule


Regular meetings of the Peace with Justice Advocates Mission Group are held on the second Wednesday of each month (August - June) 10am-12noon at the conference center. All are welcome!

Current News/Events


New Hampshire Immigrant Solidarity Network
Sanctuary, Support, Accompaniment & Advocacy.
In light of recent ICE actions in NH, AFSC-NH and the Granite State Organizing Project urge all NH faith communities to discern how we can make an offering of our many capacities to stand in true solidarity with our immigrant brothers and sisters.  Please contact Senators Shaheen and Hassan, Rep. Shea-Porter, and Todd Thurlow, Assistant Field Director of I.C.E., ERO in New England, to express your concern and support for immigrants being allowed to stay.

On-going Interfaith Prayer Vigils for Immigrant Justice are coordinated by AFSC-NH, the Granite State Organizing Project, NH Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees and many other partners to give support to immigrants who are requested to report to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Join them at the:

Norris Cotton Federal Building
275 Chestnut Street Manchester
Always first Tuesday 8:30-9:30 AM

Join the Immigration Solidarity Network:
At this time the NHCUCC Justice and Witness Ministry and its various Mission Groups are also encouraging individuals and congregations to learn more about the network, read their statement and to "sign on" pledging support.  

Contact info for:
Senator Jeanne Shaheen: 647-7500
Senator Maggie Hassan: (202) 224-3324
Rep. Carol Shea-Porter: 285-4300
Assistant I.C.E. Field Director, Todd Thurlow: Phone: 629-2800,
Rep. Chris Pappas: (202) 225-5456

For more information contact:
The Granite State Organizing Project: Sarah Jane Knoy 603-668-8250
Maggie Fogarty, Co-Director of the NH Program
American Friends Service Committee
4 Park Street, #209
Concord, NH 03301


Other news:

The resolution regarding the rights of Palestinian children living under Israeli military occupation passed at Synod 31. Learn more in the FAQ document.

The Rev. John Buttrick provides a timely witness on Memorial Day 2017 in his article Study War No More.

The Peace with Justice Advocates commend a poem for our time, "Walls or Hugs" from Red Crearte by Gerardo Oberman, which was adapted and read responsively during Prepared to Serve worship on February 25, 2017.

Mission Statement


  • Being inwardly contemplative so as to allow God to disarm our hearts and transform us into people of peace and nonviolence.
  • Being outwardly active in publicly witnessing/evangelizing/ teaching peace, love, and nonviolence in our churches and in the greater society.
  • Being in community with and acting in solidarity with other individuals and groups rooted in peace and nonviolence.

We embrace the nonviolent tradition as our foundation, not because this path makes us one with all Christians, but because it is our way of making us one with Christ.

We embrace the path of nonviolence accepting its strengths and limitations, knowing that whether our journey brings success or failure, it renders us faithful witnesses of God's intention for all humankind and all creation.

We embrace this work of seeking to define and promote the nonviolent path because there are those in our time who seek to promote and propagate the myth of redemptive violence as the basis of national policy, as an acceptable starting point of human relationships, and as a pillar of their gospel.

We invite others to walk with us on this journey because we meet God on this path, embracing us in all our trials and rejoicing and giving us "courage in the struggle for justice and peace."


What is a Just Peace Church?

The United Church of Christ declared itself to be a Just Peace Church almost two decades ago. In 1985 General Synod voted a Pronouncement on Affirming the UCC as a Just Peace Church, an action which defined just peace as the Interrelation of friendship, justice, and common security from violence. As a result Susan Thistlethwaite edited a study book for churches entitled Just Peace Church, which includes: affirmation that making peace and doing justice are the task of Christians given to them by God in the shalom vision; places the UCC in opposition to the institution of war, the doctrine of nuclear deterrence, and defines a Just Peace as shalom, underlining the linkage between peace and justice with the phrase Just Peace, insisting that the search for disarmament and conflict resolution must be accompanied by the search for justice, affirmation that all humans have a right to their basic human needs, including food, health care, housing, employment, and education.

Local congregations, as the fundamental unit of peacemaking within the life of the UCC, need to organize and train themselves to make a difference on issues of Just Peace both within and beyond the walls of the church. In their worship, education, outreach, and funding efforts, local congregations help to build the community of agents and advocates of Just Peace and help support the efforts of those at other levels.

Congregations should be encouraged to develop a Just Peace covenant, which lifts up the various elements of Just Peace as they relate to worship, prayer, Bible study, education, organizing advocacy, and financial support. This covenant can be renewed annually to give specific expression to the peacemaking tasks the congregations sees before it each year. The question how does what we do together reflect the Just Peace vision of shalom for all creation should be ever before the congregation.

The Justice and Witness Ministries of the National Church prepared the manual Imagine Another World Is Possible: Building a Peace with Justice Movement in the UCC. This is not a curriculum, but rather an invitation into a lifelong journey of responding to God's gift of peace and Jesus call to love our neighbors as ourselves. None of this can be accomplished overnight or by following a proscribed course of action. To help deepen one's understanding of what it means to be a Just Peace Church, studying Susan Thistlewaite's book Just Peace Churchis highly recommended. In addition, Thistlewaite offers a self-directed course Introduction to Just Peacemaking via the Chicago Theological Seminary, which is very helpful and suggests both reading Just Peace Church as well as Glen Stassen's book Just Peacemaking, and a next level study Interfaith Just Peacemaking, with responses by Jews, Christians, and Muslims, which are very illuminating.

The NH Conference mission group Peace with Just Advocates is available to help churches with understanding what it means to be a Just Peace church.


10 Steps to Declaring Your Church a Just Peace Church


  • Establish a team at your church to address becoming a Just Peace Church. Build this team from a wide variety of congregants who can commit to about six hours of team work a month. Depending on the schedule this process can take 8 to 12 weeks to complete.
  • Use Just Peace Church edited by Susan Thistlethwaite(1986) and Just Peacemaking: the new paradigm for the ethics of peace and war(1998) by Glen Stassen as curriculum. Have copies of these available for team members and interested parishioners not on the team.
  • Define areas where your congregational already works for Justice & Peace.
  • Write a Just Peace Statement.
  • If necessary rewrite your general mission statement to include a Just Peace element.
  • Present your work, the Just Peace Statement and Revised Mission Statement to your congregation. Move to accept the Just Peace Statement and Revised Mission Statement in a congregational meeting. A formal vote is required to declare yourself an official Just Peace Church.
  • Publicly declare yourself a Just Peace Church with:
    • Signs
    • Marketing\
    • Stationary/Printed material
    • Write a press release for the newspapers
  • Report this action to your Conference Ministers to be on the record as declaring yourself a Just Peace Church.
  • Go forth and act on behalf of Justice and Peace. Revisit the Just Peace Statement regularly to stay focused and on track. The act of becoming a Just Peace Church should influence every church decision and commitment from here forward.


Star-struck in the Darkness of a Refugee Camp by John Buttrick, Published in the Concord Monitor, December 20, 2018

My Turn: Let Us Abandon our Nuclear Weapons by John Buttrick. Published in the Concord Monitor, January 28, 2018.

My Turn: By Giving Military Aid to Israel, U.S. is Supporting Injustice by John Buttrick. Published in the Concord Monitor, April 8, 2017.

My Turn: Border Safety and Human Dignity by John Buttrick. Published in the Concord Monitor, December 28, 2016.

My Turn: I am the Maker of Bombs by Gray Fitzgerald. Published in the Concord Monitor, April 17, 2016.

My Turn: As Christians, we must come to terms with the log in our eye, by Gray Fitzgerald. Published in the Concord Monitor, March 29, 2016.

My Turn: Citizens Bank supports the pipeline, so I cannot support Citizens Bank, by Gray Fitzgerald. Published in the Concord Monitor, February 17, 2016.

Reviews of Helpful Reading


On the Brink by Alice Rothchild
A compelling collection of blog posts written by physician Alice Rothchild during a visit to the .west Bank and Israel in the pivotal last weeks of June, 2014. On the Brink presents a collection of vignettes that is lively, honest and extremely informative.

Broken Promises by Alice Rothchild
Rothchild tells of her experiences as a Jewish American doctor working within Israel and the Occupied Territories focusing on the complexity of Jewish Israeli attitudes and the hardships of Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza.

The End of War by John Horgan
John Horgan teaches and directs the Center for Science Writings at Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ. He writes regularly for Scientific American, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the BBC Knowledge Magazine, and other publications.

A Review of The End of War by John Horgan
--Reviewed by Ellen Lankhorst

Prayers from Various Faith Traditions


Contact the Peace With Justice Advocates Mission Group


Please feel free to contact any of our members listed below:
Janet Zeller, Chair
John and Faye Buttrick
John Gregory-Davis
Becky Field
Gray Fitzgerald
Will Hopkins
Janet Simmon
Richard Slater

Helpful Links:

UCC Advocate for Justice
Global Ministries - Justice and Advocacy
Join the UCC Network for Justice and Peace Action
NH American Friends Service Committee
NH Peace Action
Pace e Bene