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The EDC/FMC Peace & Justice Committee, without a chairperson for several years, is no longer meeting, and there are currently no plans for a 2019 peace retreat or other activities. Inquiries about future Conference-sponsored peace & justice work should be directed to the Conference office: office@FranconiaConference.org.
This web page is currently maintained only for reference.
(Also see the June 2018 newsletter - page 4).

Showing Up for Racial Justice
August 22nd, 2016

A faith-based chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) is being formed in the Bucks/Montgomery County area. The next organizational meeting will be held
  Wednesday, August 31, 2016, at 10:00 am
  Pleasantville UCC
  3424 Limekiln Pike, Chalfont, PA
SURJ/Faith focuses on faith leaders and the Bucks/Montgomery group is being intentionally interfaith. SURJ is mainly white folks who are working to recognize and dismantle white supremacy, and all are welcome. Any actions that SURJ does are in conjunction with a black led organization and geared toward what they request. This will be only the third meeting and the group is discussing the 6 core values of SURJ to see if they are in agreement and want to officially form a chapter.

Berks Detention Center – Mothers on Hunger Strike
August 18th, 2016

Here is more background information about the Hunger Strike at Berks Family Detention Center described in the August 2016 issue of Peace & Justice News.

Justice Reinvestment
August 16th, 2016
justice reinvestment: a data-driven approach to reduce corrections spending and reinvest savings in strategies that can decrease crime and strengthen neighborhoods.
the Justice Center of the Council of State Governments.

This is a collection of Justice Reinvestment resources related to the August 2016 issue of Peace & Justice News. … read more »

Pennsylvania Shalom Conference
April 9th, 2016

Shalom Conference

Pennsylvania’s first ever “Shalom Conference” will be held on September 24-25, 2016, Saturday 6:00 pm-Sunday 4:00 pm, at The Hartman Center, a UCC retreat center on 5725 Old US Hwy. 322 in Milroy, PA 17063. We know that peacemaking work can be lonely work. The Pennsylvania Council of Churches is hosting this event in hopes of building a statewide network of peacemakers that will make peacemaking less lonely. Peacemakers of all types, including those who struggle against systemic racism, environmental destruction, torture, domestic violence, gun violence, are all invited to participate in this conference. … read more »

Climate Change Resources
March 3rd, 2016

Climate Disruption – A Moral Issue

  • ethicsandclimate.org (Don Brown, U.S. climate policy negotiator)
    The science of climate change is now well-understood, but the difficult decisions to be made are moral and political.

Pennsylvania Environmental Organizations that work on Climate Change

Breaking the Chains of Mass Incarceration – Resources
February 1st, 2016

Breaking the Chains of Mass Incarceration

Winter Peace Retreat: “A Peace Journey with Palestinian Christians”
January 19th, 2016

Winter Peace Retreat 2016

The 2016 Winter Peace Retreat will be held February 14-16 at Spruce Lake Retreat. Andrew Bush will lead the adult program, “Learning from the Least: Reflections on a Peace Journey with Palestinian Christians.” There will also be activities for children up to age 12, led by Patricia and Mike Hedrick.
For details and registration see peaceretreat.ppjr.org; or to request a printed copy of the retreat flyer and registration form, contact Carolynn Boyd, by email: fcboyd@verizon.net or phone: 610-489-9084.
The retreat organizing committee is exploring the possibility of moving the 2017 Peace Retreat to another location to reduce the cost and make it more accessible to people in Philadelphia and vicinity.

Lord, Let Our Eyes Be Opened: Breaking the Chains of Mass Incarceration
August 31st, 2015

Breaking the Chains of Mass Incarceration

October 23-26, 2015 in Harrisburg, PA
This event on Mass Incarceration is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Council of Churches. It will be held at the Red Lion Hotel and Conference Center in Harrisburg beginning the evening of Friday, October 23 and running through Sunday, October 25. The event will be followed on Monday, October 26 with a day of action at the Capitol. Plenary speakers for the event include Dr. Harold Dean Trulear, Glenn E. Martin, and Dr. Geert Dhondt.
For details and registration, see this web announcement.

Healing Communities Training (Valley Forge)
August 31st, 2015

Healing Communitien

October 10, 2015 (Saturday, 9:00am–4:00pm) – St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church, Valley Forge, PA

There are many ways groups and congregations can engage in creative prison and restorative justice ministry, not only inside prison but in churches and communities, too. With scores of inmates being released and returning as citizens every day, the need is urgent for churches to reach out to them–and also to victims–to offer help, hope and restorative healing. A valuable ministry that has seen success nationally is now coming to Pennsylvania to help churches respond to this need. … read more »

Healing Communities Training for Clergy and Congregations (Lancaster and Harrisburg)
August 31st, 2015


  • Oct. 23, 2015 (Friday, 8:30am-4:00pm) Harrisburg, PA
  • Nov. 5, 2015 (Thursday, 8:30am-4:00pm) Lancaster, PA
  • Nov. 7, 2015 (Saturday, 8:30am-4:00pm) Lancaster, PA

With 1 in 104 American adults currently incarcerated and 1 in 28 Pennsylvanians under criminal justice system control, the odds are EVERY congregation has members impacted by crime and the criminal justice system, whether as crime victims, offenders or families. … read more »

Peace Resources

Here are a few links from our Peace Resource pages: (If you do not find what you are looking for, please contact the PJC).

Contact the Peace and Justice Committee

For further information about the PJC or any of the activities listed here, please contact us.
We welcome opportunities to work together with other Mennonite peace committees on issues of mutual concern.
Also see the Peace Resource page for other Peace and Justice resources.