Mercy Juction receives funding as peace community

Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center, along with six additional “peace communities,” is again receiving financial support from the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship in 2016.

The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship will make the first grant payments to the peace communities in February. This year is the second grant cycle during which PPF has provided financial support to the peace communities.

In addition to the 2016 grants, the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship will bring a representative of each peace community to Ashville NC in April for the Activists Council Gathering, and will host a Peace Communities retreat in October.

The seven peace communities were chosen by the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship in 2014 from among more than 30 applications.

“The financial support means so much to us, but even more so is continuing to be recognized as a peace community by an organization like PPF and to get to work and learn from these other phenomenal groups who are doing such great work,” Mercy Junction Co-Director Beth Foster said.

Communities funded in addition to Mercy Junction are:

–Albany Catholic Worker, Albany NY

–Alianza2638, Chicago IL

–Cana Community, South Bend IN

–Cherith Brooks Catholic Worker, Kansas City MO

–Hands and Feet, Asheville, NC

–Underground Seminary,  Columbia Heights MN

–BeLoved, Ashville NC

“We are so honored and blessed to be a part of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship community. Their support not only sustains us, but give us guidance in the work we do in Chattanooga,” the Rev. Brian Merritt, co-director of Mercy Juction said.

The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship started in the 1940s as a group that provided support to Conscientious Objectors to World War II, a war in which objection was quite unpopular. Since its birth the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship has continued to be a prophetic voice in the Presbyterian Church(USA), “urging the abolition of war and encouraging our sisters and brothers to enact peace in the midst of our broken world. We have helped lead the PC(USA) to take bold stances in the face of violence.”

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