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Peace and Justice as a Way of Life

University Mennonite Church joins with other historic peace churches in protesting the violence and militarism of our society as well as the heavy dependence of our government on military might to deter aggression among nations. We believe that the scriptures call us to missions of peace and justice and that the poor and marginalized are often victims of violence and injustice.

I was hungry and you gave me food. I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me.Mennonites are committed to the biblical vision of peacemaking. We are motivated by God’s reconciling love and grace, human need and a concern for justice. Because of our faith in Christ and in humankind, we must apply our humble efforts to the construction of a more just and humane world. And we declare emphatically such a world is possible. To create this new society, we must present outstretched, friendly hands, without hatred, without rancor – even as we show great determination, never wavering in the defense of truth and justice. Because we know that seeds are not sown with clenched fists. To sow we must open our hands. (text from Mennonite Central Committee web site)

National and International Ministries

We support the following national and worldwide missions of the Mennonite Church.

Local Ministries

Children from Park Forest Preschool in green shirtsLocally in the State College area, we support several ministries including:

Each winter we participate in Out of the Cold Centre County and open our building to homeless for a hot meal and a safe place to sleep. We also welcome community support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) who meet in our church building. During the summer, we regularly hold a week-long Vacation Bible School for all ages.

Ministry on the Penn State Campus

In the fall of 2014 we began a ministry for Penn State students, focused on faith, peace, and justice. 3rd Way Collective is lead by our campus pastor, Ben Wideman.

Ghana Partnership

We are working on a joint mission project with Maple Grove Mennonite Church in Belleville. Together we are building a relationship with the Good News Theological College and Seminary in Ghana.

Get Involved!

If you would like to get involved in one of these ministries, contact one of our elders.