The Peace and Justice Committee works on the root causes of oppression and violence seeking systemic change. We welcome representatives from all congregations as committee members or as part of our grassroots liaison network. For information about upcoming meetings please contact Judith Tribett.
We are involved in advocacy and education with a special focus on refugee work, gun violence, economic justice, the Middle East, immigration reform, anti-racism work, support for the Standing Rock reservation, and LGBTQ issues.
The committee also administers The Rev. Seiichi Michael Yasutake Peace and Justice Award.
The Rev. S. Michael Yasutake Peace & Justice Award
The Rev. Seiichi Michael Yasutake Peace and Justice Award recognizes those who devote time and talent to the cause of the oppressed in our midst and the lifting up of justice where there is little to none.
2021 Yasutake Award Nominations Due October 31
The Yasutake Award Committee seeks nominees (individuals or organizations) whose lives and mission represent the values that Michael Yasutake adhered to:
- A commitment to the gospel message of nonviolence and peacemaking
- A willingness to engage the “other”
- A demonstrated ability to take risks in order to live out or to witness to the Gospel
Download the 2021 application form. A review committee from the Peace and Justice Committee will make the final award selection and the recipient(s) will receive an honorarium of $250.00.
Learn more about the Rev. S. Michael Yasutake and past award recipients:
- 2020: The Rev. Sandra Castillo and Newland Smith
- 2019: John McLees
- 2018: Wanda Norris
- 2017: The Rev. Dr. Robert Cotton Fite
- 2016: Thomas P. Robb
- 2015: The Rev. Dr. Bonnie A. Perry
- 2014: The Rev. Rod Reinhart
- 2013: Angela Smith
- 2012: The Rev. Jacqueline Lynn
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