Mission Statement—Inspired by Jesus’s life, we seek to create a world of economic and social justice that is environmentally sustainable by raising awareness and promoting engagement. We are the branch of Gables UCC that pursues issues of justice and peace on behalf of the church congregation.  For more information, click on the What We Do tab.

Just Peace Church

For many decades, Coral Gables Congregational has been a leader in progressive Christianity. Back in 1986 the church voted to become a Just Peace Church.

The Just Peace Church vision is a hallmark of United Church of Christ theological identity. For over two decades, the Just Peace Church pronouncement has inspired a grassroots movement of UCC congregations to boldly proclaim a public identity as a justice-doing, peace-seeking church. The Just Peace Church designation states that we, as a whole church, focus our justice efforts on alleviating systemic injustice of all types using non-violence in the hope of reconciliation in Jesus, that “Peace is possible.”

Open and Affirming

After years of being a church that opened its doors to the whole community, the congregation decided in 2002 to undergo the Open and Affirming process. In 2003, the congregation voted to become an Open and Affirming church, welcoming into life of the church people who are Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual and Transgender. Today, we enjoy a rich and diverse community that respects all people regardless of their sexual orientation.

Every Sunday we open the worship service with a loud proclamation of justice, No matter who you are or where you are in your journey, you are welcome here.

The Just Peace Church vision is a hallmark of United Church of Christ theological identity. For over two decades, the Just Peace Church pronouncement has inspired a grassroots movement of UCC congregations to boldly proclaim a public identity as a justice-doing, peace-seeking church. The Just Peace Church designation states that we, as a whole church, focus our justice efforts on alleviating systemic injustice of all types using non-violence in the hope of reconciliation in Jesus, that “Peace is possible.”

Our nine-member Board meets monthly and oversees the programs and events coordinated by the Board’s subcommittees (Green Christians, Haiti: Mission Possible, Just Peace Committee, Social Justice Committee).

Grants: The Board administers grants to groups and projects that advance the Board’s mission. How to Apply—Recent Recipients: hyperlink to them

Advocacy and Education— We have educational programs throughout the year designed to raise awareness on social justice issues. Once educated on the issues, we often promote an advocacy action or suggest ways for people to get involved.

Program Funding Application – Coral Gables United Church of Christ

The Grant Program reflects the mission of the Gables UCC which is to provide a spiritual home for a diverse and inclusive congregation actively seeking to spread God’s love. The committee reviews applications from non-profit organizations twice a year. Due dates are April 1st and October 1st before 5:00pm.

Emphasis is placed on developing community-based programs, projects and events, particularly in the social services, education, environment and arts. An organization may apply only once during the calendar year. For-profit or commercial organizations need not apply. The committee will consider requests up to $2,500.

Grant Application Form

All of our justice efforts are open to the public and anyone can participate at any time. Leadership on these efforts is always from within the church membership and you will find a variety of opportunities for you to become engaged.

If you are interested in…

  1. Environmental justice contact the Green Christians, Noel Cleland ncleland@earthlink.net..
  2. Peace Concerns, Elton Skendaj es324@cornell.edu
  3. Improving the lives of Haitians in Haiti, contact Haiti Mission Possible, Leonie Hermantin lhermantin@gmail.com
  4. Immigration issues contact the Social Justice Committee, Santiago Leon sleon@accbrokers.com

Advocacy & Education:

In addressing systemic change of an injustice, it is important to first make people aware of what the injustice is.  Shining a light on the injustice and raising awareness is a primary goal in our justice ministries. This goal can be achieved in a variety of ways.

Food for the Soul – A light luncheon with a presentation from an expert on the injustice being addressed. This event normally happens once every two months on a Sunday, following the 11a.m. service.

Circles of Dialogue – An educational program where 8 – 16 people gather in a home for a facilitated discussion on a social justice issue while enjoying a light meal.

Faith in Action – During the season of Lent (late winter to early spring), we     put our faith into action through service projects that engage the participants with the broader South Florida community. See Calendar.

Thank you for your interest. Please review the calendar of events; click on each event for detailed information.

 

Upcoming Justice and Witness Events