Office of Peacebuilding and Policy
“A Witness of the Church of the Brethren”
Our public witness is larger than legislative advocacy. Public witness points to working to find coherence between congregation life, service, advocating on policy, and questioning the values that undergird our politics.
We have been reconciled and have been given a ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18). As disciples of Jesus called to go out and make disciples we are called to embodied reconciliation.
In Romans 12 we see the call to be personally transformed and embody and bear witness to the peace we have received. The Church of the Brethren’s Office of Public witness is “seeking 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 on Capitol Hill around issues of concern for the denomination.
Policy and prayer
2017/8 Update - one page description of OPP work
‘You Deserve Love’ project addresses prisoners and Congress
(December 20, 2018)
A preschooler is sending a message to Capitol Hill and death row--“You deserve love no matter what.”
Conference examines Native American boarding school history
(November 16, 2018)
The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition on Oct. 2-3 held their first-ever boarding school healing conference, called “The Spirit Survives: A National Movement Toward Healing.”
November opportunities help to honor Native American Heritage Month
(October 5, 2018)
A variety of resources and a weekly call through November will provide ways for “Continuing Together the Conversation” and honoring Native American Heritage Month.
Christian Citizenship Seminar will focus on “Creative Solutions”
(October 4, 2018)
The Church of the Brethren 2019 Christian Citizenship Seminar will be held April 27-May 2 in New York and Washington, D.C., with the theme “Creative Solutions to Violent Conflict Worldwide.”
Reflection: Returning to a wounded but healing Nigeria
(August 24, 2018)
Kucheli Shankster Beecham reflects on a recent visit to camps for Internally Displaced Persons in Nigeria