For us “just peace” is the interrelation of friendship, justice, and common security from violence. We feel called to a vision of the absence of violence through the promotion of justice for all people, especially for our neighbors in Springfield.
A program of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Citizen Circles create partnerships that promote positive interaction and accountability for offenders upon release. It offers an opportunity for citizens to communicate expectations for successful reentry and help returning citizens recognize the harm their behavior has caused others. They are able to make amends and demonstrate their value and potential to the community. The church supports and participates in this program.
We participate and support Clark county’s Opportunities for New Direction. On the last Thursday of each month, agencies like the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Child Support Enforcement, Rocking Horse Center, Clark County Combined Health District, and Mental Health Services of Clark County present information about services and programs they offer to returning citizens and their families. Those services include substance abuse treatment, cognitive behavioral therapy, mental health services, and job readiness programs.
We are an active member of the Springfield chapter of the NAACP.
We are active supporters of Springfield’s Peace Center, a program designed to develop in children an acceptance of differences and to teach children how to develop productive conflict resolution skills.
The church hosts the Peace Center’s annual Multicultural Cookie Walk to celebrate diversity. Cookies and treats from the German culture, Italian, Russian, Native American, Southern, Israel, Sikh and more help Springfield to celebrate diversity.
We have a standing program of Benevolence that makes regular contributions of money and manpower to community programs designed to encourage peace with justice.
The church is part of a national program of global ministry partnerships aimed toward Justice & Peace advocacy, service projects, and grants.