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.
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.
- Mennonite Mission Network – exists to lead, mobilize and equip the church to participate in holistic witness to Jesus Christ in a broken world.
- Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) – providing relief, development and peace in the name of Christ.
- Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) – a volunteer network of Anabaptist churches dedicated to responding to natural and man-made disasters in Canada and the United States.
- Ten Thousand Villages – an organization who believes that one day all artisans in developing countries will earn a fair wage, be treated with dignity and respect and be able to live a life of quality. We’re working hard to open a store in the local State College Community.
- Bridge of Hope Centre County– A local chapter of the national organization working to end and prevent homelessness for single moms and their children in Centre County.
- Interfaith Human Services – a collaboration of faith communities helping our low-income neighbors in need.
- State College Area Food Bank – working to eliminate hunger in State College.
- Park Forest Preschool – a nonprofit, tuition-free school for two, three, and four-year-old children from low-income families.
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
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.
If you would like to get involved in one of these ministries, contact pastor Marv or one of our elders.