Just Peace Action Team

In 2016 we formally proclaimed ourselves to be a Just Peace congregation of the United Church of Christ. The Just Peace movement is a direct response to the centuries-old theory that seeks to justify Christians condoning, or being involved in a so-called “Just War.” Click here for our church’s Just Peace statement

If you are interested in the work of JPAT speak with our pastor, or a member of our team.  You may also visit the UCC website for more information on just peace work by clicking on this link:  UCC Action Center

Support JPAT by purchasing one of these COEXIST Magnetic Bumper Stickers (see picture).  As you can see, they are quite beautiful and speak volumes.  They measure 3” x 10.25” and can easily be attached to any metal surface. If you would like one for your car (or refrigerator), stop by the church office to pick one up. Suggested donation of $10 supports JPAT.  Pick one up and spread the word!

In following the non-violent example and teachings of Jesus we will work toward a world that promotes the well-being of all people, where conflicts are resolved through non-violent communication and negotiation, without resort to war, exploitation, or violence – and to embody these principles in our life and witness as individuals, and as a congregation.

Our Just Peace Action Team (JPAT) focuses on the following four main areas of concern and action.  We currently support 25 partners (see links to their websites below). Donations to help us support these partners may be mailed to our church at P.O. Box 945, Lincoln City, OR 97367 with the notation “JPAT Fund #2270” on the memo line of the check.

Social Justice & Equality – so that all may live free from fear – Brennan Center for Justice

Economic Justice – so that all may live with dignity Oregon Center for Public Policy

Earth Justice – so that all species and ecosystems are sustained – Union of Concerned Scientists

Just Peace Among Nations – so human lives everywhere are valued & protected – World BEYOND War

  • War is not an acceptable solution to International disputes – Fields of Peace
  • Migrant, immigrant & refugee support / End human trafficking – Salem for Refugees

In 2021, JPAT began making annual donations to various advocacy organizations whose focus is more on education and/or services, as opposed to creating and leading new and ongoing “campaigns” offering individuals opportunities to “take action” on issues of importance to them.  Here are the most recent dates of those donations and the website links to the organizations that received them:

July 14, 2021 Adalah Justice Project

September 10, 2021 – Indian Country Today

October 8, 2021 – Tribal Nations Maps

February 5, 2022 – Elakha Alliance

March 18, 2022 – Water Protector Legal Collective

April 2, 2022 – UCC Ukraine Emergency Appeal

June 3, 2022 – Protect Democracy

June 3, 2022 – Stand Up to Factory Farms

June 3, 2022 – Lift Every Voice Oregon

A resolution is a promise of action. The following “We Stand with You” JPAT Resolutions are JPAT’s promise to support the principles of peace and social/environmental justice in our community, state, nation, and world.   

Each Resolution: 

  • describes past and present injustices related to our planet and to specific groups of people, whose voices are not being adequately heard, and
  • includes website-linked names of JPAT-supported organizations, who are committed to actively address these injustices.

#1 Black Lives Matter

#2 Immigrants & Asylum Seekers

#3 Working Poor

#4 Peaceful Protesters

#5 Standing with Children

#6 LGBTQ+

#7 Women

#8 Indigenous People

#9 Planet Earth