Justice and Witness Ministry commits to being an agent of transformation, informing and inspiring a revolution in ourselves, our churches, and our conference that is rooted in the gospel values of peace, justice, and creation care.
In 2005, at the 204th Annual Meeting of the New Hampshire Conference, United Church of Christ, adopted A Resolution Declaring the NH Conference to be OPEN and AFFIRMING.
RESOLVED: That the 204th Annual Meeting of the New Hampshire Conference of the United Church of Christ declares the New Hampshire Conference to be an Open and Affirming Conference, and that all people, no matter what their sexual orientation or gender identity, are fully welcomed into the life of the Conference.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That the 204th Annual Meeting of the New Hampshire Conference of the United Church of Christ reaffirms the action taken at the 187th (1989) Annual Meeting to encourage local churches to become Open and Affirming, and commits the New Hampshire Conference to a non-discrimination policy with respect to persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities in every aspect of employment by the Conference, including, but not limited to, the calling of pastoral leadership.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That the 204th Annual Meeting of the New Hampshire Conference of the United Church of Christ joins the Fifteenth General Synod in “Calling on United Church of Christ Congregations to Declare Themselves Open and Affirming” and to adopt a policy of non-discrimination with regard to sexual orientation as well as a Covenant of Openness and Affirmation of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, and heterosexual persons within the community of faith.
The Purpose of the Racial Justice Mission Group is to awaken the NH Conference to issues of racial justice and equality within our churches, state, and country. We are called to be:
- LEARNERS in a community of mutual accountability studying the impact white privilege and the history of slavery has on racism;
- INTERRUPTERS of the continued cycle of racism; and
- ALLIES with People of Color in challenging race-based injustice in the areas of criminal justice, environmental degradation, economic deprivation, and exclusion from full participation in our communities of faith.
The Peace with Justice Advocates Mission Group of the New Hampshire Conference United Church of Christ is committed to growing into the peace of Christ by:
- Being inwardly contemplative so as to allow God to disarm our hearts and transform us into people of peace and nonviolence.
- Being outwardly active in publicly witnessing/evangelizing/teaching peace, love, and nonviolence in our churches and in the greater society.
- Being community with and acting in solidarity with other individuals and groups rooted in peace and nonviolence.