The below quoted text is describes one Action Issue our congregation will vote on. The source of this information comes from the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations web site. For more information click to http://uua.org/socialjustice/issuesprocess/currentissues/index.shtml. - Marco

 

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Proposed CSAI-2 (2008-2012)

Issue: Should the Unitarian Universalist Association work with other faith communities to advocate a dramatic reduction in the world’s nuclear weapons inventories, primarily those of the United States and Russia, in favor of reinvigorated nuclear arms control agreements and principles, such as those embodied in the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty?

Background and Reasons for Study: Two hundred well-placed nuclear weapons could drive civilized society back to the Stone Age. Each of these weapons can kill more than 100,000 in populated and targeted areas. The Nunn-Lugar Act, funded by Congress in 1994, allows money to be spent to help Russia stabilize its large number of unsecured weapons materials facilities and to identify, destroy, and dispose of a portion of its nuclear weapons.

Significance to Unitarian Universalism: Russia and the United Sates and by the national policies that appear to provide in perpetuity for the maintenance of large numbers of nuclear weapons. Advocacy of a position against nuclear weaponry is highly consistent with UUA (Unitarian Universalist Association) principles, which show support and respect for the interdependent web of all life and for the goal of world peace.

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Related Prior Social Witness Statements

From 1961 to 1986 there were twenty-seven Unitarian Universalist resolutions of various kinds that included a nuclear weapons component. Nineteen of these were specifically concerned with nuclear weapons. The most representative and recent resolutions are:

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