Peacemaking at the Fellowship
Committing Ourselves to a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence
During the past four years, Unitarian Universalists across the country worked to develop a Statement of Conscience on Peacemaking. This Statement seeks to express our basic beliefs about the complex issues of war and peace. It calls us to practice peace within ourselves, and in our families, congregations and communities, and in the world.
This Statement on “Creating Peace,” adopted at the General Assembly of Congregations in Minneapolis in June 2010, begins:
We believe all people share a moral responsibility to create peace. Mindful of both our rich heritage and our past failures to prevent war, and enriched by our present diversity of experience and perspective, we commit ourselves to a radically inclusive and transformative approach to peace.
“Creating Peace” seeks to help Unitarian Universalists meet the religious and moral questions of war and peace. It calls us to think anew — beyond categories of “just war” and “pacifism”— and to act positively and boldly for peace.
Commitment to a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence
Members of the Fellowship are invited to make a personal commitment to the practice of peace.
The following statement was written by Nobel Peace Laureates at the beginning of the new millennium in order to create a sense of responsibility shared on a personal level. It is not an appeal or petition addressed to a higher authority.
It is the responsibility of each and every individual to put into practice the values, attitudes and forms of behavior which inspire the culture of peace. Everyone can contribute to this aim within their family, their area, their town, their region and their country by promoting non-violence, tolerance, dialogue, reconciliation, justice and solidarity on a daily basis.
Recognizing my share of responsibility for the future of humanity, I pledge to:
- Respect all life. Respect the life and dignity of each human being without discrimination and prejudice.
- Reject violence. Practice active non-violence, rejecting violence in all its forms: physical, sexual, psychological, economical and social, in particular towards the most deprived and vulnerable such as children and adolescents.
- Share with others. Share my time and material resources in a spirit of generosity to put an end to exclusion, injustice and political and economic oppression.
- Listen to understand. Defend freedom of expression and cultural diversity, giving preference always to dialogue and listening without engaging in fanaticism, defamation and the rejection of others.
- Preserve the planet. Promote consumer behaviour that is responsible and development practices that respect all forms of life and preserve the balance of nature on the planet.
- Rediscover community. Contribute to the development of my community, with the full participation of women and men and with respect for democratic principles in order to create together new forms of solidarity.
Committing Ourselves to
a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence
Monthly meetings and special programs to be announced
We now have a Unitarian Universalist Statement of Conscience on “CREATING PEACE.” Based on a foundation of beliefs and values of Unitarian Universalists, the Statement of Conscience asserts a moral responsibility to promote measures to prevent war and establish enduring peace.
Please join us this year as we take up work to protect and enhance the lives of women who suffer from sexual violence and lack of access to life-saving health care; and to promote human rights for women and girls.
Our Peacemaking Caucus will work with the newly-formed UU Peace Ministry Network of UU congregations and individuals.
New members and new ideas are welcome.