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In Support of the United Nations (80519-GM-R326)

Readopt current Resolution #326 - In Support of the United Nations as follows (one footnote is amended into Resolution 326 with an asterisk):
  

326. In Support of the United Nations
Preamble
The world needs a new vision, a vision of peace rooted in justice, a vision of a world bound together in intentional community dedicated to the well-being of all people and all creation. The United Nations, however limited, represents the best efforts made so far by governments and peoples of the world toward such a vision.
  
The Christian faith and community are rooted in theological understanding that is global by its very nature. The foundation for the church's involvement in the quest for world peace and justice can be found in the following biblically based beliefs: (1) the transcending sovereignty and love of God for all creation and the expression of that love in the Incarnation of Jesus Christ, whose mission was to reveal understanding about that divine presence, to proclaim a message of salvation, and to bring justice and peace; (2) the unity of creation and the equality of all races and peoples; (3) the dignity and worth of each person as a child of God; and (4) the church, the body of believers, whose global mission of witness, peacemaking, and reconciliation testifies to God's action in history.
The world is the responsibility of each of our communities where the securing of justice for one individual, one community, one nation contributes to the securing of justice and peace for all. To work for justice and peace for all is to affirm God's promise of the fullness of life: “The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof” (Psalm 24:1); “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10b).
The United Methodist Church, therefore, reaffirms its support for the United Nations and calls upon all governments to fully support the United Nations in the fulfillment of its charter and in its highest calling to work for peace and justice for all the world's people. Furthermore, The United Methodist Church affirms the following principles as Pillars of Peace for the 21st Century:
1. Political Accountability. Peace rooted in justice requires increased political collaboration and accountability within the United Nations system, and among regional bodies, governments, local authorities, peoples' organizations, and global economic structures to seek the common good and equality for all.
2. Economic Accountability. Peace rooted in justice requires increased moral, ethical, and legal accountability at all levels from governments, financial institutions, multilateral organizations, transnational corporations, and all other economic actors to seek a just, participatory, and sustainable economic order for the welfare and well-being of all people and all creation.
3. Legal Accountability. Peace rooted in justice requires a comprehensive international legal system, capable of change as conditions require, in order to prevent and resolve conflicts, to protect rights, to hold accountable those who disturb peace and violate international law, and to provide fair and effective review and enforcement mechanisms.
4. Liberation and Empowerment. Peace rooted in justice requires the participation of vulnerable and marginalized groups who are seeking to promote justice and peace in those mechanisms capable of redressing the causes and consequences of injustice and oppression.
5. Peace and Conflict Resolution. Peace rooted in justice requires the nurturing of a culture of peace in homes, communities, religious institutions, nations, and across the world; the use of non-violent means of resolving conflict; appropriate systems of common security; and the end of the unrestrained production, sale and use of weapons worldwide.
6. Human Dignity and Rights. Peace rooted in justice requires respect for the inherent dignity of all persons and the recognition, protection, and implementation of the principles of the International Bill of Human Rights so that communities and individuals may claim and enjoy their universal, indivisible, and inalienable rights.
7. Preservation of the Environment. Peace rooted in justice requires a commitment to long-term sustainability of the means of life, and profound reorientation of economic systems and individual lifestyles to support ecological justice for human communities in harmony with the whole of creation.
Policy Base
1.  NCCC* Policy Statement: “The United Nations and the World Community,” adopted May 4, 1977.2.  NCCC Policy Statement: “The National Council of Churches Views Its Task in Christian Life and Work,” adopted May 16, 1951.3. NCCC Policy Statement: “Statement on the International Situation,” adopted January 17, 1951.4.  Federal Council of Churches Statement: “Six Pillars of Peace,” 1943.
* National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA (website: <http://ncccusa.org/> )  

ADOPTED 1992  
REVISED AND READOPTED 2000
See Social Principles, ΒΆ 165A, B, C, and D.