Churches in Britain issued statements relating to extending military action to Syria prior to the UK Parliament voting for air strikes. Cardinal Vincent Nichols of the Catholic Church in England and Wales on 2 December 2015 released a statement on action to stop ISIS in Iraq and Syria. ‘Effective action is necessary to stop the […]
Faith leaders met on 20 November 2015 at Lambeth Palace in solidarity a week after terrorists attacked Paris leaving 129 dead. Following a meeting of the Council of Christians and Jews, Muslim leaders joined Christian and Jewish leaders to stand together in mutual support and to demonstrate and encourage the cohesion of British society as […]
The terrorist attacks in Paris have brought strong condemnation from Church leaders including the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and Cardinal Vincent Nichols of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. Church leaders have also issued statements on the Beirut bombs of 12 November 2015 and other acts of violence around the world. Below are […]
The Church of Scotland has restated its firm opposition to the existence of nuclear missiles – a position which it has held for over 30 years – ahead of the Westminster debate on the safety of Trident. Rev Sally Foster-Fulton, who is Convener of the Church of Scotland’s Church and Society Council, said: ‘There is […]
“Nuclear weapons are incompatible with the values upheld by our respective faith traditions”, representatives of some 50 Christian, Buddhist, Muslim and Jewish organisations said in a joint call to the 191 governments participating in the world’s largest disarmament treaty. The call, co-sponsored by the World Council of Churches WCC), was made at the Nuclear Non-Proliferation […]
Discussion is ongoing about whether new international laws are needed to prevent the development of autonomous weapons, or robots, which could kill without human intervention. A recent special session of the United Nations Convention on Conventional Weapons ended with considerable agreement on the need for further debate, but no consensus on what else is needed […]
Baptists Together, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church are reiterating their call for the abolition of Trident. Spokesperson, Steve Hucklesby, commented ‘The government’s proposed spending on Trident – of £100 billion over the next 30 years – is out of step with the developing international consensus.
The World Council of Churches (WCC) is inviting churches to join in a coordinated international advocacy towards a ban on nuclear weapons ‘in accordance with international humanitarian law and in fulfilment of existing international obligations’.
Leaders of the Baptist Union, Methodist Church and United Reformed Church are concerned that the UK government has failed to live up to its commitments on disarmament and are pushing the government to make progress at the Non Proliferation Treaty Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) meeting in New York this week.
Armed drones pose “serious threats to humanity” and the “right to life” while setting “dangerous precedents in inter-state relations” says the Word Council of Churches.