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Faith Statement on the Nuclear Weapons Ban

July 7, 2017


More than 120 nations at the United Nations have adopted a treaty banning nuclear weapons. This is a tremendous step toward a world free of nuclear weapons, and we join with other faith communities in this letter applauding the treaty.

Public Statement on the Adoption of The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Faith Communities Concerned about Nuclear Weapons

On July 7, 2017, more than 120 states gathered at UN Headquarters in New York adopted the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Having repeatedly voiced our grave concerns about the humanitarian and environmental consequences of any use of nuclear weapons, we wholeheartedly welcome the adoption of this Treaty as a vital step toward the goal of a world free from nuclear weapons.

Our respective faith traditions advocate for the right of people and all living things to live in security and dignity. We believe in the commands of conscience and justice; we seek to honor our duty to protect the vulnerable and to exercise the stewardship that will safeguard the planet for future generations. Nuclear weapons are entirely incompatible with these values and commitments, and manifest a total disregard for the principles of humanity.

We recognize and applaud the courage shown by the states represented in these conferences, the invaluable efforts by the UN and other international organizations, as well as of civil society, which have resulted in the realization of this Treaty. We offer our particular respect to the hibakusha (a-bomb survivors), victims of nuclear tests and others suffering from the effects of radiation from the manufacture of nuclear weapons and environmental degradation of their homelands, whose experiences and advocacy have demonstrated that the fundamental purpose of this Treaty must be to prevent the unacceptable suffering and harm they have endured from being visited on any other individual, family or society.

It is now vital that the principles and norms of this Treaty be widely disseminated among the world’s peoples in order to achieve its universal adoption and implementation. As people of faith we accept as our special responsibility the work of raising awareness of the risks and consequences of nuclear weapons for current and future generations, awakening public conscience to build a global popular constituency in support of the Treaty in order to achieve and sustain a world free from nuclear weapons.

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List of Endorsers:

Acharya Marty Janowitz, Shambhala

Dr. Akemi Bailey Haynie, Director of Women's Programs, Soka Gakkai International-USA

American Friends Service Committee

Rev. angel Kyodo williams, newDharma Community & Center for Transformative Change

Anne Seisen Saunders, Sweetwater Zen Center, National City, CA

Anthony Donovan

Sister Ardeth Plutte, Jonah House

Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, Buddhist Global Relief

Sister Carol Gilbert, Jonah House

Christian Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament

Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach

Community of Living Traditions at Stony Point Center

Conference of Major Superiors of Men

Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, US Province

Dharma Sangha-Crestone Mountain Zen Center

Doug Hostetter, Director, United Nations Office, Mennonite Central Committee

Rev. Eido Frances Carney, Soto Zen Budhism, Temple Ground Press

Friends Committee on National Legislation

Gina Sharpe

Hirotsugu Terasaki, Director General of Peace and Global Issues, Soka Gakkai International

Rev. Hozan Alan Senauke, Director, Clear View Project

Insight Meditation Community of Washington

Islamic Society of North America

Dr. Jack Kornfield, Spirit Rock Buddhist Center

Janet Fenton, Northern Freds Peace Board Quakers

Jim Winkler, General Secretary, National Council of Churches, USA

Jisho Warner, Stone Creek Zen Center

Rev. Joan Hogetsu Hoeberichts, Heart Circle Sangha

Rev. Josho Pat Phelan, Chapel Hill Zen Center

Juanne Robinson, Peace Action

Rev. Dr. t. Kenjitsu Nakagaki, President, Buddhist Council of New York

Bishop Kevin Dowling C.Ss.R., Co-President, Pax Christi International

Rev. Kenshin Catherine Cascade, Bird Haven Zendo

Kittisaro & Thanissara

Kotatsu John Bailes

Kristin Barker

Lou Leonard

Malik Mujahid, Sound Vision

Marrie Dennis, Co-President, Pax Cristi International

Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns

Matt Regan, Secretary, International Buddist Committee of Washington DC

Mikael Lindgren, Church of Sweden

Monica Willard, United Religions Initiative

Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice

Muslim Peace Fellowship

Mustafa Ceric, Grand Mufti Emeritus of Bosnia, President, World Bosniak Congress

National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd

Bishop Noriaki Ito, Higashi Honganji North America District

Olympia Zen Center's Soto Zen Buddhist Sangha

Sr. Patricia Chappell, Executive Director, Pax Cristi USA

Roshi Pat Enkyo O'Hara, Village Zendo, New York City

Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison, New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care

Rev. Shodo Spring, Mountains and Waters Alliance

Sisters of Mercy of the Americas – Institute Justice Team

Susi Snyder, Pax

The Sussex Sangha

Rabbi Peter S. Knobel, Special advisor on Global Security, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

Rev. Taigen Dan Leighton PhD, Ancient Dragon Zen Gate, Soto Zen Budhist Temple

Timmon Wallis, Quakers in Britain

Unitarian Universalist Association

United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries

United Methodist Church, General Board of Church and Society

Rev. Val Szymanski

Rev. Wendy Egyoko Nakao, Zen Center of Los Angeles

World Council of Churches

Rev. Zuiko Redding, Cedar Rapids Zen Center