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START/IDOPP Action Alert
Friends, at the end of August, you heard from me about the Nuclear START treaty – and that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee would consider it upon returning from August recess. They are now back, and the issue is even more urgent. The Nuclear START treaty was first proposed by President Ronald Regan in 1982, and was first agreed to by the United States and Russia in 1991. It has been supported by politicians, Democrat and Republican alike, diplomats, and
members of the Armed Forces. In December of 2009, the first START treaty expired – and there is now a real chance that START II, agreed to by President Obama and President Medvedev in April. We not only need to have the treaty pass out of committee tomorrow, but we need a commitment for it to come before the full Senate by the end of the year.
But at its root, this is not about political support. This treaty needs to be ratified because morally it is the right thing to do. It is a treaty about reducing stockpiles of nuclear weapons, and taking steps toward building a more peaceful world. As we turn toward the International Day of Prayer for Peace, one way you can take a step toward reducing the threat of violence in our world is encouraging your senators to vocally support the Nuclear START treaty. Click here to send your senator a message as a person of faith.
Our witness for a more peaceful world is grounded in a history of speaking words of peace as Brethren. We have witnessed for conscientious objection, providing alternative service opportunities through Brethren Volunteer Service. We have taken direct action, marching on Washington, D.C., and supporting the work of groups like Christian Peacemaker Teams. We have lived in partnership with the witness of On Earth Peace – including consistently praying with them on the International Day of Prayer for Peace. This September 21st, the Brethren Advocacy office is inviting you to join us on the International Day of Prayer for Peace. Via Twitter (CoB_Peace), Facebook (Brethren Advocacy) or the Brethren Blog, we will post different things hourly that make for peace which you can hold up in prayer. Join with us whichever way is convenient.
Church of the Brethren Policy:
1991 Annual Conference Statement, Peacemaking: The Call of God’s People in History reads: The church and Christians are called by God to witness to the gospel of peace with such intensity that nations repent and history is changed. Less than a radical witness can only lead us to accept idols of materialism, personal and national security at the expense of justice, blind nationalism, the glorification of military strength, and dependence on technological solutions for human problems.
Therefore, the Church of the Brethren shall:
For more information about the witness ministries of the Church of the Brethren, contact Jordan Blevins, Advocacy Officer for the Church of the Brethren:
Church of the Brethren Action Alerts are a ministry of the denomination's Global Mission Partnerships and its witness and advocacy office in Washington, D.C., in cooperation with the National Council of Churches. Contact advocacy officer Jordan Blevins at email@example.com . Contact Global Mission Partnerships at the Church of the Brethren General Offices, 1451 Dundee Ave., Elgin, IL 60120; 800-323-8039 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
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