WAR AND THE MILITARY
6111.War and Peace with Iran, North Korea, and the World
Consistent with the Social Principles, ¶¶ 165 B and C of The Book of Discipline, the General Conference of The United Methodist Church has clearly stated in Resolution 6094, “The United Methodist Church and Peace” (adopted 1984, amended and readopted in 2000) the meaning of peace and strategies to achieve it. This resolution calls for abolishing all nuclear weapons and cannot justify seeking a nuclear deterrence as a means of achieving peace. It calls on all governments to renounce the use of chemical or biological weapons. Peacemaking and peacekeeping are of the highest priorities. Resolution 6121, “Rejection of Unilateral First-Strike Actions and Strategies” (adopted 2004) states:
“The United Methodist Church strongly protests all unilateral first-strike actions and strategies on the part of any government or military force and calls on the President and Congress of the United States to cease and desist from such actions without ratification by, and collaboration with, the United Nations.”
The Constitution of the United States of America outlines specific responsibilities for Congress and the President in declaring war.
Therefore, be it resolved, that the 2008 General Conference of The United Methodist Church calls upon the President, Vice President, Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, and members of the US Senate and House of Representatives to immediately work with all deliberate speed toward peaceful resolution of issues with Iran, North Korea, countries and peoples of the Middle East, and the rest of the world, and to reject any first-strike actions by the US armed forces anywhere. Any US action must only follow full disclosure during open debate in both houses of Congress with formal, recorded votes before any deliberate military action is taken. The General Conference requests the General Board of Church and Society of The United Methodist Church to pursue these peacemaking strategies, with particular focus on Iran and North Korea.
RESOLUTION #6111, 2008 BOOK OF RESOLUTIONS
See Social Principles, ¶ 165C.