To respect the sanctity of life and build peace among peoples, churches must work to strengthen international human rights law as well as treaties and instruments of mutual accountability and conflict resolution. To prevent deadly conflicts and mass killings, the proliferation of small arms and weapons of war must be stopped and reversed. Churches must build trust and collaborate with other communities of faith and people of different worldviews to reduce national capacities for waging war, eliminate weapons that put humanity and the planet at unprecedented risk, and generally delegitimize the institution of war.

World Council of Churches, An Ecumenical Call to Justice, page 15

 

The Middle East Initiative

Global Ministries’ new ministry initiative calls our attention to conflicts in the Middle East and asks us to show our solidarity with sisters and brothers in that area.

Fore more information, please click here.

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Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and Peace Process

World Council of Churches (WCC) Statement on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and Peace Process, June 26, 2016: Click here to read the statement.

 

Human Rights Situation in West Papua

World Council of Churches (WCC) Minutes on the Human Rights Situation in West Papua. The conflict in Tanah Papua (West Papua) has cost the lives of thousands of people since the late 1960s. Click here to read the minute on this issue.

 

Statement on Religion and Violence

The WCC Central Committee encourages the study and adoption of the principles and practices of active non-violence, as the most legitimate and appropriate means of countering discrimination and oppression and of breaking the cycle of violence. To read the statement, click here.

 

Conflicts in the Korean Peninsula

This General Assembly Resolution was crafted in cooperation with the CCU, the NAPAD, the Global Ministries, and our Korean Partner, The Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea. GA-1522, Sense-of-the-Assembly,  A Call for Peace, Justice and Reunification in the Korean Peninsula

DOC and UCC Leaders Oppose Deployment of THAAD in South Korea. To read a letter from church leaders regarding this issue, click here.

 

Unity, War and Peacemaking

The resources below came from the General Assembly program called “Faithful Conversation: A model for engaging divisive issues while maintaining our unity.”

Study and Conversation Resources:

A study program: Understanding the Historic Christian Positions on War and Peace

A study program: Historical Disciples Positions on War and Peace 

Additional Resources:

The Changing Face of War (Bruce Ervin and Craig Watts)

Caring for Veterans and their Families (Zachary Moon)

Drone Warfare, Ethics and Faith (Craig Watts)