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Name: Peace and Justice Committee

Historical Note:

The Peace and Justice Committee of the Mennonite Church was established by the Philadelphia '93 General Assembly. 

The Mennonite Church had long had a standing committee devoted to peace issues.  The Military Problems Committee (1907-1919) might be considered the earliest "ancestor" of the Peace and Justice Committee.  The Military Problems Committee was succeeded by the Peace Problems Committee in 1919.  The work of the Peace Problems Committee included promulgating non-resistance in the Mennonite Church, assisting conscripted conscientious objectors, and witnessing to the state and the general public. 

The Peace Problems Committee merged with the Committee on Economic and Social Relations in 1965 to become the Committee on Peace and Social Concerns.  In a 1971 restructuring of the Mennonite Church, the Peace and Social Concerns Committee was placed under the juristidiction of the Mennonite Board of Congregational Ministries.

In the late 1980s, the Peace and Social Concerns Committee disappeared  from the Mennonite Yearbook and Directory.  In 1992, a meeting was held to reinstate the committee, which took the new name Peace and Justice Committee. 

The Peace and Justice Committee served as an organ to promote peace within the Church and beyond.  It promoted training in mediation, supplied resources on peace and justice, commissioned peace evangelists, provided educational opportunities and materials, and monitored peacemaking challenges in North America.

In the 2002 denominational merger, the Mennonite Church Peace and Justice Committee became the Mennonite Church USA Peace and Justice Network.

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