SALEM UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
SALEM UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

Justice and Witness Ministries (UCC)

“What does God require of you but to do justice and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8

Justice and Witness Ministries is one of four Covenanted Ministries in the UCC, helps local congregations and all settings of the church respond to God's commandments to do justice, seek peace and effect change for a better world.

Guiding Principles:

  • Inspired by God's grace and through the prayerful discernment and courageous witness of God's people.
  • Grounded in biblical and theological understandings of God's mission and the justice and compassion to which the gospel calls us.
  • Rooted in the conviction that all forms of oppression and injustice can be overcome.
  • Committed to full inclusion and to creating institutional structures and practices that support the self-determination of those who have been marginalized and silenced.
  • Called by God to have a transforming impact on local, national, and global communities.
  • Encouraged by the prophetic witness of the United Church of Christ in the past and present, and dedicated to sustaining this witness into the future.
  • Convinced that God's vision of "Another World is Possible"

To learn more, visit: https://www.ucc.org/jwm

From our Justice and Witness Ministries UCC: Being a Civil Voice in Uncivil Times

 

‘Shout out, do not hold back! Lift up your voice like a trumpet!’ –– Isaiah 58:1

 

“Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot would say, ‘Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,’ that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear would say, ‘Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,’ that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? … As it is, there are many members, yet one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I have no need of you,’ nor again the head to the feet, ‘I have no need of you.’ … If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.” –– I Corinthians 12:14-26

 

“Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were marked with a seal for the day of your redemption. Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with malice, and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another as Christ has forgiven you.” –– Ephesians 4: 29-32

 

To learn more, visit: https://www.ucc.org/ourfaithourvote_civility

The Rev. James Yoder

Bridge Pastor

Kelli Baughman

Administrative Assistant

Mike Shober

Organist/Pianist

Ron Matterness

Sexton

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