Living Peace Church of the Brethren is a small, informal congregation in Northwest Columbus, Ohio. We have a participatory worship and decision-making style (see our Constitution). Situation on 8 acres of open and wooded land, yet surrounded by suburbia on all sides, Living Peace’s green space is home to a wide array of wildlife and provides space for youth sports and dog walking, as well as serving as a quiet and contemplative retreat space.
Living Peace Church of the Brethren began on Palm Sunday, 1986, as New Covenant Church of the Brethren. An outreach of the Southern Ohio District of the Church of the Brethren to the state’s capital, the congregation’s peace focus over the years led to the December 2005 decision to change our name:
- Members of Living Peace’s congregation spearheaded the drive to create and Endowed Chair in Peace Studies at The Ohio State University. Living Peace members currently serve on the Chair’s Consultation Group, along with members of the other Historic Peace Churches.
- Members of Living Peace’s congregation have served on Boards and in other leadership positions for several local, regional, national, and international peace agencies. These organizations include Central Ohioans for Peace, Every Church a Peace Church, Churches Supporting Churches (a response to Hurricane Katrina), Interfaith Center for Peace, On Earth Peace Assembly, and Christian Peacemaker Teams.
- And Living Peace called one of its owns to be a Peace Minister to the larger community.