Peace and Justice
  • We meet the second Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m., October through April - you are always welcome to join us!
  • Meeting Minutes (most recent month)
  • Support our Troops Care Package info
Peace & justice committee collecting bikes

Got an unused bike taking up space in your garage? It could mean a world of difference for an Immokalee farm worker. It would allow them to live in safer, cleaner and more affordable housing and still be within reach of their work site. The Peace & Justice Committee collected 6 bikes last Spring, but the need is still there.   For information or to donate your bike contact parishioner Connie McManus (941-923-5366).  Bikes in working order only, please!


OUR MISSION STATEMENT:  The Peace and Justice Committee attempts to fulfill our Baptismal Covenant..."strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being" by identifying local issues of serious concern and developing strategies for individuals and the parish to courageously address those issues.  Think globally, act locally.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT:  The Peace and Justice Committee attempts to fulfill our Baptismal Covenant..."strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being" by identifying local issues of serious concern and developing strategies for individuals and the parish to courageously address those issues.  Think globally, act locally.
task force on gun control
Scan_2014_05_07_14_47_31_472_001 croppedNearly two years ago, Presiding Bishop Schori testified very strongly in support of reasonable gun control before a Congressional Committee, and members of our Peace and Justice Committee began to consider how we might involve ourselves in resolving this serious issue. In a matter of time, we found ourselves investing in printed signs and Witnessing for reasonable gun control at the Sarasota Bay-front from 4:00 - 5:00 on Thursday afternoons. Then, much to our pleasant surprise, we were joined by other like-minded persons from a variety of other groups, churches, and localities who wanted to be a part of this effort; and we were equally pleased by the many hundreds of automobiles who passed by waving their approval (Thumbs up!) for what we were doing.
     This group is now the Sarasota County Brady Chapter of the national Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, and you will not be surprised that our local Chapter Advocates Council consists of a majority of members from St. Boniface Church, including Mary Gurley, Diane Davidson, Nancy Evans, and myself.  Many other members of St. Boniface join us at the Bay-front whenever possible, including Betsie Danner, Elaine Ehrhardt, Mike and Mary Kozubek, Amy & Bob Ferrell, Sandy Wilbur, Cynnie Smyth, and, our Rector, John Hall.
     Our primary objective is to make Sarasota County a successful model for reasonable gun control, which hopefully will inspire others in the state of Florida to form similar groups; and then to work cooperatively with each other to achieve mutual goals at the state and national level.
To achieve our primary objective, we are focusing on three things: 1) To Raise Public Awareness as evidenced by our weekly Witness at the Bay-front; 2) Effect Public Policy. On occasion, we focus specifically upon public policy and politicians, to draw attention upon their commitment – or lack thereof, to the cause we espouse; 3) Family Awareness and Participation. We are developing a plan to reach parents and children through local schools and pediatricians, and, pending approval, we will move forward with a program to make parents and children more conscious of the dangers of unrestricted guns.
     My thanks to Sandy Wilbur for providing the Bay-front photos.
 David H. Evans


The Peace and Justice Committee supports our troops and soldiers in Afghanistan with care packages.  As these men and women work to bring peace to the country, they will welcome your gesture of care. The care packages will be distributed among these men and women, far from home, family and friends, and the comfort of familiar surroundings and routines. Your packages make their days easier! 
Read on for shopping and shipping information.  For more info call Peace and Justice Committee Member, Will Simmons (377-0052).
  • DVDs – They get passed around and enjoyed in down time. Preferably not "tear-jerkers" or "chick-flicks." Also, no Blu Ray. 
  • Pre-paid Phone Calling Cards
  • Toiletries
    • small/travel sized toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, body wash, etc.
    • tooth brushes
    • baby-wipes
    • razors & shaving cream
    • Q-tips
    • soap
    • sunscreen
    • chap-stick (SPF is especially welcome)
    • wash cloths & towels (but not big ones, please)
  • Wool/Warm Socks 
  • Greeting Cards, Holiday Cards, Thank-You notes – It gives our troops something to mail home and to say thanks to all the generous people.
  • Snacks
    • coffee (There’s never enough! Pre-ground, please, as there’s no grinder.)
    • granola bars
    • raisins
    • snack-size crackers, chips, etc.
    • licorice (red)
    • chocolate bars and treats
Anything that is sent is greatly appreciated and put to good use.   However ....    
  • We cannot accept the following items
    • anything containing pork
    • alcohol/liquor
    • anything of a pornographic nature
    • more than a single copy of a Bible or prayer book or other religious book per care package, which might be seen as proselytizing
  • And, we do not need these items
    • crossword puzzles, game books, magazines, or books (we have mountains of them!)
    • femine napkins or tampons
    • waterless hand sanitizer -- it turns dirty hands to mud!
 Always welcome are prayers!
"Lord, hold our troops in Your loving hands.  Protect them, as they protect us.  Bless them and their loved ones for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need.  Amen."
The US Postal Service has a new flat rate box specifically for APO addresses.  The box itself is free, and you can get it from the post office, or the Parish Hall. The flat shipping rate, no matter how much it weighs, is only $13.45.  You must deliver your care package to the post office. If you need help getting your package to the post office, contact Peace and Justice committee member, Will Simmons at 377-0052.
A completed customs form must be attached to each box. You can get a form online at the US Postal Service website or at the post office or in the Parish Hall.  In the "Detailed Description" section, the Post Office says we can categorize the the contents -- for instance lump all the snacks together with their total quantity and weight.  Be sure to check three boxes: (#5) gift, (#6) airmail, (#10) treat as abandoned.
Where to Send It
For a list of recipients, visit the Military Officers' Association by clicking here.
  • Personal hygiene items should be kept separate from snack items. Hygiene items give off odors that can taint the taste of snack items.
  • When packing shampoo, hand lotions, and other liquid types, put them inside tightly sealed plastic bags in case they leak. Kitchen garbage bags work great and even though they may be too big for the items going into a smaller package the excess plastic will act as cushioning.
  • When sending snack item, use individually wrapped hard candy for packing material. It tastes much better than styro peanuts!
  • Send only nationally recognized brand name products. NO cheapies, please! We are sending the best that America has to offer, and we should send them nothing less!
I just wanted to take a moment to tell you how much the soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines here at Joint Task Force Paladin appreciated the care package that you sent. It was stuffed with goods that are hard to come by here in Afghanistan and served to remind us all of not only the comforts of home, but of how much support we have from Patriots like you all. It is gestures like this and folks like you that make serving in this environment a lot easier and I thank you on behalf of all the Paladin service members for your generosity and concern.
Take care and God bless you, Sean Kirschner
I would like to thank you for your support of soldiers with the snacks and coffee you sent.  And, especially, thank you for the Beanie Babies.  I have enclosed some pictures of them being handed out to a local children's hospital.
Again, thank you very much,
LTC Thomas S. Palermo


May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships so that you may live deep within your heart.
May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.
May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation and war, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain into joy.
May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done.
- source unknown