Nuclear-Free Pacific (80612-C1-R329)
Amend Resolution No. 329. Delete present text. Replace with the following:
In 1986, after nearly two years of prayerful study, the United Methodist Bishops adopted a pastoral letter, entitled In Defense of Creation: The Nuclear Crisis and Just Peace. The bishops’ statement was deeply rooted in biblical faith. They wrote:
At the heart of the Old Testament is the testimony of shalom, that marvelous Hebrew word means peace. But peace that is shalom is one dimensional. It is much more than the absence of war. Shalom is positive peace: harmony, wholeness, health, and well-being in all human relationships. It is the natural state of humanity as birthed by God. It is harmony between humanity and all of God’s good creation. All creation is interrelated. Every creature, every element, every force of nature participates in the whole of creation. If any person is denied shalom, all are thereby diminished.... New Testament faith presupposes a radical break between the follies, or much so-called conventional wisdom about power and security, on the other hand, and the transcendent wisdom of shalom, on the other hand. Ultimately, New Testament faith is a message of hope about God’s plan and purpose for human dignity. It is redemptive vision that refuses to wallow in doom.
Based upon this faith, the bishops in their letter stated unequivocally that “we say a clear and unconditional NO to nuclear war and to any use of nuclear weapons. We conclude that nuclear deterrence is a position that cannot receive the church’s blessing.”
We, the United Methodist Church, affirm our commitment to a nuclear-free Pacific. As Christian people committed to stewardship, justice, and peacemaking, we oppose and condemn the use of the Pacific for development, testing, storage, and transport of nuclear weapons and weapons-delivery systems and the disposal of radioactive wastes. We further affirm the right of all indigenous people to control their health and well-being.