PEAce & justice team
We speak for those who have no voice. We advocate for and with the poor, with prisoners, with people of diverse backgrounds, people of all types and persuasions, with the underserved and disenfranchised, and with all those who are left vulnerable by society. Therefore, we support systems, causes, actions and laws that lead to the fulfillment and accomplishment of these objectives.
If you have questions or are interested in participating on the Peace and Justice Team,
please send us an email and you will be connected with Pastor Janita Krayniak.
what we're working on
Healthy Wyoming is a broad-based coalition working for quality, affordable healthcare for all Wyoming. We support Medicaid Expansion.
APRIL IS CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH
peace and justice team lead
pastor janita krayniak
Janita Krayniak, originally from Georgia, received an undergraduate degree in Sacred Music from Mercer University, in Macon, GA before leaving on a jet plane to head to Europe as a military spouse. After living in Germany for nearly 4 years, a return to South Carolina, followed by Texas, Virginia (Washington DC), Kansas, and Colorado where she finally answered the call into full time ministry while serving as the Director of Children's Ministries at Colorado Springs' First United Methodist Church. After completing her Master of Divinity at Iliff School of Theology, she served as pastor for Eads, Haswell and Cheyenne Wells United Methodist Churches. She recently moved to Powell, Wyoming where she serves the United Methodist Congregations in Powell and Lovell. Janita and her husband Andrew have five children ranging from ages 14-21 (three are semi-independent and living in Colorado and two are still at home). They also have three dogs and two cats which round out the craziness of life on any given day in their home located in Powell.
The tug to dig deeper into racial justice was made apparent at an early age while living in Georgia and seeing first hand how things were not equal or fair simply because you were a person of color. This tug became more insistent through the Mountain Sky Conference of the UMC's recent Pilgrimage to the Land of Love. Learning about privilege and doing inner work revealed where growth needed to occur. Through this inner growth the path has been illuminated in ways that no one could have never imagined.
Janita is looking forward to serving alongside anyone willing to grow and challenge what you thought you knew about yourself and each other, as together we delve into not only racial justice, but also into all injustices so that instead of leading to marginalization, hate, fear, and lack of love for one another, may find a pathway to a deeper understanding of who we are and who our neighbors are, a stronger love for one another and ultimately may we live into an abiding peace which is available to everyone.