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Peace and Justice Commisssion
of the Diocese of Nevada

Chairperson

The Rev. Dr. Jane Foraker-Thompson


Our work, as a Commission, is not always popular in the community, nor understood, even though its inspiration comes directly out of the Gospel message. However, we hope that all our members would be similarly oriented and inspired by Scriptural mandate to encourage, recognize and support all social justice ministries by Episcopalians in the Diocese of Nevada.

Our focus includes the work of folks involved in RAIN, of which the Episcopal Diocese is an active member; prison ministries of all kinds (see Prison Ministry Reports in the 2006 Journal of the 36th Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Nevada); work to help the homeless; to provide affordable housing to all Nevadans; health care for single mothers, the uninsured, those out of work, or working full-time but not earning a wage that can afford health care.  Our Commisssion's work includes improving the Criminal Justice system of Nevada--- updating it, making the various sections of it more consistent with each other, more just, honest, accountable and open to changes and improving its functioning to be more humane and at the same time, more cost-efficient!

Our commission is committed to support the work this Diocese has begun in partnership with the health clinic and schools in Kenya. We attempt to reach out to various ethnic groups and welcome them into the Episcopal church---not in services separated by nationality, race or ethnicity, but integrated into the various services. We should all be able to worship together, and to grow and stretch in our spiritual lives through the experience. We should be able to develop service formats that invite new kinds of folks into the Episcopal church more readily, such as African-Americans, Hispanics, blue collar workers, ex-prisoners, single parents, etc.

We are working to become an open and welcoming, fun and exhilarating church, that grows with each set of challenges of each age and circumstance. We strive to be more flexible and learn from those around us.  I think Jesus meant for us to be worshiping and doing His work together! That's how the Holy Spirit leads me.

The Rev. Dr. Jane Foraker-Thompson


RAIN URGERS SUPPORT OF NEVADA PRISON RECORM (5.30/07)

2007 STATE ASSEMBLY WAYS & MEANS COMMITTEE

PEACE & JUSTICE ministries at the Episcopal Church Center

The Choice: EVANGELISM or SOCIAL JUSTICE - Presiding Bishop Katharine

Report on Advocacy Days 2004 in Washington, DC

ALTERNATIVES TO VIOLENCE PROJECT - Contact Bill Murphy-Sharp

SIERRA INTERFAITH ACTION FOR PEACE

A New Suggestion for LENTEN DISCIPLINE involves Peacemaking

THE WITNESS (Archives from an On-Line Journal)
This was a voice of gospel justice based in the Episcopal Church

Weekly Bible Comentary with a focus on Peace & Justice

Materials related to the July, 2006 crisis in the Middle East
- Letter from the Bishop of Jerusalem 7/27/06
-Letter from the Bishop of Jerusalem 8/1/06
Backgrounder from Sabeel Theology Center