Commission on Peace & Justice

Our Mission

The mission of the Episcopal Diocese of Utah’s Commission on Peace & Justice is to implement recommendations and strategies regarding common ministry opportunities and concerns on the issues of peace and justice.

Our Work

Since the restoration of the commission in 2021, the commission has endeavored to with the following four resolutions passed at Diocesan Convention:

Growing the Beloved Community – a community in which everyone is cared for absent of poverty, hunger, and hate (2023);

Being witness to two critical environmental, cultural and public health issues facing our state and diocese:

– For the Perpetual Protection of the 8.5 million acres of Utah Wilderness including Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments (2022); and

– To Replenish & Restore Great Salt Lake (2023);

– Inviting All on the Journey toward Racial Equity (2022).

Members of the Commission on Peace & Justice​

Members of the commission are comprised of Episcopalians ranging from clergy to volunteers.

Ron Barness | Co-Chair
Cathedral Church of St. Mark, Salt Lake City
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Jessica “Jinx” Strout | Co-Chair
St. James Episcopal Chuch, Midvale
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Mary Cisneros
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Provo
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Forrest Cuch
St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church, Whiterocks
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Dorothy Dobson
St. John’s Episcopal Church, Logan
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Tom Elder
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Vernal
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Jane Meyers
San Esteban, West Valley City
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Laura Orcutt
St. James Episcopal Church, Midvale

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Preston Palmer
St. James Episcopal Church, Midvale
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Terry Palmer
St. James Episcopal Church, Midvale
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The Rev. David Sakrison
St. Francis Episcopal Church, Moab
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Regularly Scheduled Virtual Meetings

The Commission on Peace & Justice meets regularly via Zoom to discuss a variety of matters, initiatives, ongoing legislation, and more. Reach out to the director of the commission, Ron Barness, to discuss your cause before the next meeting. Check our church calendar to see the date of the next meeting.