OEP Gives Thanks
Members of the On Earth Peace community work tirelessly, across a diversity of professions, academic majors, communities, and spiritual callings to make justice and peace possible in our world. Our staff, donors, volunteers, board members, interns, congregational, and community partners all take an active role in helping to spread the word about our work and bringing in new participants from the Church of the Brethren and beyond. Throughout 2018, we've seen members of our community immerse themselves in the teachings of Jesus as they are led to work in ways big and small to create change at the local, national, and international levels. I am grateful for the way in which OEP meets individuals, congregations, and organizations where they are and works to equip them with the tools necessary to carry out their work in the areas of justice and peace. Our community of faith is growing and maturing through the work of the Anti-Racism Transformation Team (ARTT) and together, with Jesus as our guide, we will keep moving forward. –Lamar Gibson, Development Director
Three members of the 2018 ARTT: Caitlin Haynes, Heidi Gross, and Carol Rose
I'm thankful for these smiles (and a playful pet) during an ARTT meeting earlier this year. I'm also thankful for the three non-video participants not pictured (Carla Gillespie, Don Mitchell, and Bill Scheurer)! -Heidi Gross, Anti-Racism Transformation Team Co-Chair
I give thanks for the Church of the Brethren tradition from which On Earth Peace comes. At its best, the Church of the Brethren looks at the world through a lens of Christ-shaped peace, and despite all its internal brokenness I believe our beloved church is still needed "for such a time as this." A world devastated by abusive conflict and rife with injustice needs a little church that keeps bringing a message that you can't love Jesus and treat people wrong. I am grateful for the core DNA of this tradition which calls disciples of Jesus to actively work for reconciliation and to serve humbly. Perhaps it is even through our current divisions and stuckness that the Church of the Brethren will be made anew, refined and made more able to work for God's glory and our neighbor's good, peacefully, simply, together---offering anyone who is looking another way of living and believing. I give thanks for this tradition and pray that its heart may be made visible and available to communities and individuals in need of strength, belonging, and inspiration. –Matt Guynn, Director of Church and Community Group Organizing
Celebrating On Earth Peace Sunday
December 9, 2018
What is OEP Sunday?
OEP Sunday - held on December 9th this year - is set aside by the Church of the Brethren to recognize the Church's of the Brethren agency responsible for upholding and carrying out the work related to the church’s historic peace witness. It is also the date of Peace Sunday (2nd Sunday in Advent).
How can my congregation participate?
On December 9, 2018, your congregation can participate in the following ways.
1. Using one or more of our special worship resources (available on this page) in your service and sharing a brief video about the ministries of OEP.
2. Taking up a special offering to support OEP. Our OEP Sunday offering goal is $25,000! Your contributions go directly to support our justice and peace ministries in the Church of the Brethren and beyond.
Will your congregation join us on this special day to uplift OEP’s important work? Let us know by emailing lgibson@onearthpeace and sharing your plans. You can also post pictures or videos of your worship service on that day to our Facebook page.
We look forward to celebrating with you this December.Read more
The On Earth Peace board held its fall meeting, October 4-6, 2018 at the First Church of the Brethren in Harrisburg, PA. The generous hospitality of this vibrant urban congregation was deeply appreciated. It enabled the board to continue its commitment to meet in people of color majority communities.
Most board members were able to be present for the meetings while others participated through Zoom video connections. Russ Matteson represented and reported on behalf of the Council of District Executives.
We are getting reports from congregations that participated in the International Day of Prayer for Peace -- here are a few! Please post your own pictures and stories from Peace Day 2018, directly in the OEP-PeaceDay group in Facebook- or send them to Matt Guynn at mguynn@OnEarthPeace.orgRead more
We would like to start building a team of volunteer writers to help with OEP resources for worship, program engagement and other events.
As part of our ministries, On Earth Peace produces worship resources several times a year, within regular rhythms (Advent, Easter, Pentecost, Peace Day, annual and district and other conferences, newsletters, etc.), and for special needs that may arise based on events.
This team of creative souls stands ready to receive requests to create or curate prayers, worship ideas, song suggestions, and other creative engagement and reflection resources to meet these needs. This is generally on a volunteer basis, but in some special cases we may contract with an individual to produce a set of resources or to work within a specific time frame.
We generally use the following scripture versions: NRSV, NIV, Message, or others as the particular translation may best serve our purposes. We also use inclusive language. Contact us to find out more and learn how you can get involved in this team.