The Common Global Ministries Board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and UCC's Wider Church Ministries has passed a sevenpoint resolution outlining a call for peace in the Middle East. The resolution, passed Nov. 10, will be forwarded to the UCC's General Synod and Disciples' General Assembly in 2003.
The theological rationale in the resolution is based on Paul's letter to the Galatians, which shows "a clear alternative" to "voices of hatred."
"We are thus called to be instruments of the Spirit's reconciling fruits, especially of peace, patience, and selfcontrol; and to make our voices heard among the clamor for war," it says.
The Common Global Ministries Board resolves to
Call upon the U.S. government to base its Middle East policy upon principles of human rights and justice, and to refrain from narrowly acting with U.S. economic interests in mind.
Call for a consistent and coherent approach to U.S. policy in the Middle East, including the issues of weapons proliferation and enforcement of U.N. resolutions.
Express voices of opposition to unprovoked U.S. military action against Iraq, and to the continuation of sanctions, preferring the pursuit of diplomatic means to resolve the differences between the two governments, including the issues of no-fly zones, weapons proliferation and human rights.
Urge the U.S. government to reorient its long-term policy with regard to Iraq, including ending U.S.-led punishment of the Iraqi people through sanctions and war, so that a healing of the relationship between the states might promote integration of Iraq into the community of nations.
Call upon the U.S. government to actively commit to work for peace and justice for Palestinians and Israelis, and to end the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories, a good faith step required by international law that would help establish trust, stability, and an end to violence between Palestinians and Israelis.
Call upon UCC and Disciples churches to appreciate our connections with Christians in the Middle East through partnerships and mission relationships, and to engage in activities that promote bridge-building between U.S. and Middle East churches and people of Middle Eastern heritage in the United States.
Communicate these concerns and position to the 15 members of the U. N. Security Council