Finding Peace and Justice at St. Thomas a’Becket

The Peace and Justice Committee at St. Thomas a'Becket has helped the Canton community through food and clothing drives, and encourages community unity through informal meetings with others.

As a part of the Interfaith Community Outreach, the Peace and Justice Committee joined several other faith-based organizations in 2011 with the goal of promoting diversity, tolerance, understanding and building relationships. Their informal meetings provide opportunities for people in the community to come together peacefully to get to know and understand each other.

The Peace and Justice Committee chairperson Ann Conklin says the group was established as a way for parishioners to live out their faith by reaching out to neighbors and performing charitable acts for the common good. Participants are encouraged to join in by following the chosen theme, which is based on seven tenants of faith. 

After a several year hiatus, the committee was restored and has continued to promote unity. Past projects include caring for the poor and vulnerable, which culminated in multiple local churches sponsoring a refugee family; an Interfaith Nature Walk with other churches and the Sikh Gurdwara; and activities with the B.L.O.C.K. of Canton.

This past year, the theme was "solidarity", and the committee has served as a welcome team for two families from Ukraine and Afghanistan. Recently, St. Thomas a'Becket created a reflection space called the Canterbury Garden by the south side of the church. Their hope is that it becomes place of beauty for the entire community to enjoy.