In the midst of significant social unrest in the United States, Mennonite Church USA has launched the Justice Fund to support MC USA congregations that are actively involved in dismantling racism, addressing police brutality, reimagining policing or combating poverty.
“Many congregations are already working in these areas but have limited budgets,” says Glen Guyton, executive director of MC USA. “The Justice Fund allows us to come together and support this important ongoing work through the practice of mutual aid.”
The Justice Fund will use donations to provide grants for MC USA congregations that are engaging in their communities to dismantle racism and to build peace. Congregations also may use these funds for seed money to begin working in these areas.
“Systemic racism, government-endorsed violence and poverty are diseases which, when left unchecked, threaten us all,” Guyton says. “Our churches are obligated to proclaim Jesus’ way of peace. We can no longer be silent, and we must work together.”
The Justice Fund provides a way for those who are not able to protest or may not live in racially diverse areas to make a difference, Guyton says.
Guyton emphasizes that the new Justice Fund is consistent with MC USA’s Renewed Commitments, which state: “We are called to extend God’s holistic peace, proclaiming Christ’s redemption for the world with our lives. Through Christ, God frees the world from sin and offers reconciliation. We bear witness to this gift of peace by rejecting violence and resisting injustice in all forms, and in all places.”
To donate to the MC USA Justice Fund, click here and designate your donation for the Justice Fund.