Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends Church (NWYM) is a covenantal community
of evangelical Friends churches that make Jesus Christ known by:

Teaching and obeying the whole gospel as revealed by the
Holy Spirit and recorded in Scripture

Loving and mutually supporting each other

Equipping and releasing people to continue His mission in the world

Peace Month 2011

Welcome to the Peace Month 2011 webpage!

Second Annual NWYM Peace Month

January 2011

Our Stories of Peace

 

Resources:

If it’s helpful, use these weekly themes to form sermons, discussions, guest lectures, Sunday school classes and events.

Purpose:
The communities in NWYM represent a variety of beliefs, practices, and education levels regarding the Friends peace testimony. We hope Peace Month will provide each congregation space to begin or continue discussions regarding peace and social justice issues in ways that are helpful. Our main goal is to create a safe setting where people in your meeting can openly discuss this issue, no matter where their opinions fall along the belief spectrum.

Each meeting is encouraged to host at least one event each week during January related to the peace testimony. Perhaps have an emphasis on peace in a regularly-scheduled gathering (e.g., Sunday morning worship), or a special event, such as showing and discussing a movie or inviting a guest speaker. Your whole congregation could be involved in these, or you could do something for each age level on different weeks.

By the end of Peace Month, it is our hope that individuals:

  • will be better educated about the Friends peace testimony,
  • will sense deeper bonds with others in their meeting through opportunities to discuss peace and justice issues more openly, and
  • feel challenged and equipped to follow Christ’s call to peacemaking more faithfully.

When we practiced Peace Month together as a Yearly Meeting last year, Friends expressed a feeling of encouragement in knowing that others across the Yearly Meeting were also discussing and wrestling with these issues at the same time. We hope this continues to be the case for you and your congregation.

We don’t want to simply create extra work for those in leadership at your meeting, so we hope the resources provided will give you a variety of options that will fit your congregation’s needs while helping you incorporate education about the peace testimony into your annual curriculum.

Questions or Suggestions?

Contact the Peace Education Subcommittee: peaceeducation@nwfriends.org[/vc_column_text][/vc_column]