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Where Do You Stand on Peace?

 

The UUA has prepared a Draft Statement of Conscience on Peacemaking and they need our feedback on the statement. At least two years and many resources have gone into the making of this major statement of what we believe on this important topic of social justice.

 

You have an opportunity to offer your comments and feedback on the statement in three ways:

  1. Visit www.newuu.com/peacemaking which links to the draft statement and offers a place for your comments.
  2. A copy of the statement is posted in Fellowship Hall along with forms for collecting feedback.
  3. There will be a meeting to discuss the statement in Fellowship Hall on
    Sunday, January 18 at 12:30 where comments and feedback will be collected and recorded.

We will collect feedback until January 25, then compile comments and send to the UUA by February 1.

 

Anne Ward

Social Justice Coordinator

 

Download and read the
draft statement: PDF

OR READ STATEMENT SUMMARY

Please vote after reading the draft.  Thank You.

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UUA Draft Statement of Conscience on Peacemaking

A much-condensed summary

(The summary was put together by Anne Ward, not the UUA. I hope it conveys the direction and intent of the document.)

 

What is our religious response as Unitarian Universalists to the historic habits of war and the timeless challenges of peace? Do we reject all violence and war through non-violence, or seek peace through application of “just war” criteria? Are these our only options? This statement arises out of our history, theology, and understanding of human nature for building a peaceful, just, and sustainable global future.

Theology and History

Covenant lies at the core of our religious belief and aspiration and is grounded in a commitment to persuasion over coercion. Amid the harsh realities of war and peace, there are no easy answers.

Pacifism and Just War

“Just war” itself is a misnomer. No war is just. The operant term is “justifiable.”

Human Biology

Human violence reflects our evolutionary history. Humans also have an evolved capacity for cooperative behavior, resulting in our development of morals, laws and institutions to minimize the use of violence.

Just Peacemaking

We need an approach that honors affirmations common to both pacifist and just war traditions, affirmations of “the inherent worth and dignity of every person” and of “justice, equity, and compassion in human relations.” Just Peacemaking is this approach. Just Peacemaking calls us to understand peace as normative and violence as aberrant, while evaluating the prospect of violent conflict by balancing the goal of peace preservation with the desire for war prevention.

Calls to Action

International Peacemaking: We covenant as an Association, as congregations, and as individuals to advocate vigorously for policies that move the United States toward collaborative leadership in building a peaceful, just, and sustainable world. Four specific calls to action follow.

Societal Peacemaking: We covenant to take up peacemaking as part of our mission through worship, religious education, and social action by: (Four congregational practices follow).

Interpersonal Peacemaking: As individuals we covenant to: Learn and practice the skills of compassionate communication; (two additional interpersonal practices follow).

Inner Peacemaking: We covenant to develop spiritual practices that impart internal peace.

In reverence for all life, we covenant to practice peace by minimizing violence at all levels of human interaction.

You can read the entire Draft Statement of Conscience at www.newuu.com/peacemaking or in Fellowship Hall (kiosk).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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