What is JustPeace?
JUSTPEACE, the commissioned Center for Mediation and Conflict Transformation of the United Methodist Church (UMC), empowers individuals to engage conflict constructively in ways that strive for justice, reconciliation, resource preservation and restoration of community in and through the UMC, the Church universal, and the world in which we live.
The mission of JUSTPEACE Center for Mediation and Conflict Transformation is to prepare and assist United Methodists to engage conflict constructively in ways that strive for justice, reconciliation, resource preservation and restoration of community in the Church and in the world.
What do we do?
JustPeace brings together the theory, practice and theology of conflict transformation. The scope of JustPeace Center for Mediation and Conflict Transofrmation is to prepare and assist United Methodists with regard to:
- Attitudes to conflict
- Skills used before and in the midst of conflict
- Processes for transforming conflicts
- Ministries of reconciliation that support transformative attitudes, skills and processes.
Principles and Values
- We are created for relationships of interdependence with other human beings and with God—with all Creation.
- When relationships are broken, we are called through the Holy Spirit to work toward reconciliation, the creation of new relationships.
- Shalom or right relations is God’s vision for humankind and all Creation.
- Believing that conflict is opportunity, not just danger, we can engage conflict constructively, growing and learning and even experiencing divine revelation.
- The justice we seek is not retributive justice, but restorative justice—a justice that through engagement acknowledges brokenness, affirms accountability, and looks to the future for healing and restoration of community.
- The process that serves reconciliation and restorative justice is one of dialogue and mediation, not an adversarial process.
- Conflict is both personal and systemic. We must engage people as well as systems, the principalities and the powers.
- We are committed to being inclusive and being sensitive to all differences in the ways we engage and transform conflict.
- Believing that there are skills that are critical to the process of dialogue and mediation, we are committed to learning, teaching and practicing those skills—skills we practice as spiritual disciplines.
- We seek to empower both people who see this work as a career and all of us who see this work as a lifestyle.
- We believe that we need to do this work together, for mutual support, spiritual discernment, and the creation of community.
- We will work with all others who are committed to these principles, with humility.