Office of Peacebuilding and Policy

“A Witness of the Church of the Brethren”

The Church of the Brethren Office of Peacebuilding and Policy works in Washington, DC to advocate for Brethren values like peace and simplicity in the context of U.S. policy.

In Romans 12, we see the call to be personally transformed and bear witness to the peace we have received. The Office of Peacebuilding and Policy seeks to live the peace of Jesus publicly by educating on issues and peace theology, organizing Church of the Brethren members and congregations to take action, and advocating in Washington, DC around issues of concern for the denomination.

Our denomination’s 1989 annual conference statement on Church and State says that “Christians and the church are called at times to speak a prophetic word to the state. When the state is doing things that negate and deny God’s will as revealed in Jesus Christ and the Bible, Christians must speak out, doing so in love and respect for those engaged in wrongdoing and those being wronged (Eph. 4:15). When the state is doing things which move in the general direction of God’s will and way (human well-being, justice and peace), Christians can give support and commendation.”

We take the Biblical call to use our voices to speak out for justice seriously. We amplify the voices of Nigerians impacted by Boko Haram violence, call for an end to drone warfare, raise awareness of the importance of creation care, and advocate on a variety of other peace-related issues.

You can read more about what we have worked on recently here: 2018/2019 Office Update
2017/2018 Office Update

Our office also coordinates with a wide variety of faith-based organizations that work on peace issues, in line with the 2018 annual conference statement on ecumenism. These organizations include:

Peace news


United Nations representative reports from human rights events in 2019
(January 17, 2020)
Doris Theresa Abdullah, the United Nations representative for the Church of the Brethren, has attended several human rights events on behalf of the denomination in 2019. Commenting on the need for peace and light in the world, she noted that the events highlighted many concerns including “the darkness of hate, religious intolerance, greed, racism, discrimination, bigotry, and ignorance.”
Newsline Special: Puerto Rico earthquakes, responding to Iran crisis
(January 8, 2020)
1) Brethren Disaster Ministries and district leaders report from Puerto Rico following earthquakes 2) Office of Peacebuilding and Policy issues action alert on Iran crisis, denomination joins in signing faith statement
Church of the Brethren signs 'Faith Statement on Escalating Violence with Iran'
(January 4, 2020)
Church of the Brethren signs 'Faith Statement on Escalating Violence with Iran'
Church of the Brethren signs letter to presidential candidates on military budget
(December 12, 2019)
The Church of the Brethren is one of 32 faith groups that signed a letter to the 2020 presidential candidates calling for a reduction in military spending and redirection of those funds to address needs such as poverty, hunger, education, healthcare, and the environment, among others. An additional 72 individual faith leaders also have signed the letter.
A witness to ancient stones and living stones of faith
(December 12, 2019)
A few weeks ago, I traveled with the executive director of Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP), Mae Elise Cannon, and Erik Apelgårdh of the World Council of Churches (WCC), to Iraqi Kurdistan. The intent was to expand CMEP’s work in the region, with a particular focus on the sustainability of the historic Christian communities and access to humanitarian assistance.
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