By Mennonite Church USA staff
(Mennonite Church USA) — Mennonite Church USA is one of 35 churches and faith-based organizations that has signed a statement renouncing “the United States’ dangerous aggression towards Iran, including the assassination of Gen. Qassem Soleimani and the deployment of additional troops to the region” and urging the Administration to “work toward lasting peace with Iran.”
The “Faith statement on escalating violence with Iran” reads as follows:
“As people of faith, we condemn the United States’ dangerous aggression towards Iran, including the assassination of Gen. Qassem Soleimani and the deployment of additional troops to the region. We urge the Administration to step back from the brink of war.
Our faith communities see the futility of war, and its power to dehumanize. We know that human flourishing entails breaking cycles of violence, being courageous peacemakers, and focusing on the root causes of conflict. Violent conflict is a path of mutual destruction.
- Instead, all actors must move forward in a way that upholds our shared, sacred human dignity:
- All parties must begin by re-humanizing each other without excusing unjust and violent actions.
- The U.S. Administration must halt violent attacks and military escalations. It must return to a diplomatic process, recognizing that lasting peace requires a commitment to the shared well-being of every human, from Iran to the United States and everywhere in between.
- The U.S. Congress must act to reassert its war powers by refusing authorization for war with Iran and related attacks, and to block funding for war with Iran.
- U.S. actions and strategy in the region must address the root causes of the conflict, such as distrust, trauma, economic resources, and political influence.
- All of us must support nonviolent creative actions of resistance to any unjust and violent actions.
As communities of faith, we renounce the escalation of violence, and call on the United States to work towards lasting peace with Iran.”
As of January 6, 2020, the statement was signed by (in alphabetical order):
American Friends Service Committee
Center on Conscience and War
Choose Life Abort War Podcast for Peace
Christian Peacemaker Teams
Church of the Brethren
Church of the Brethren Office of Peacebuilding and Policy
Churches for Middle East Peace
Coalition for Peace Action
Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach
Conference of Superiors of Men (Catholic)
Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, US Provinces
Disciples Justice Action Network
Episcopal Peace Fellowship
Faith in Public Life
Franciscan Action Network
Friends Committee on National Legislation
Glenmary Home Missioners
Leadership Conference of Women Religious
Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
Mennonite Church USA
Mennonite Central Committee U.S.
National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd
National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund
National Religious Campaign Against Torture
NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice
Pax Christi Metro New York
Pax Christi USA
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Provincial Council Clerics of St. Viator
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas- Institute Leadership Team
Unitarian Universalist Association
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice
United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries
The United Methodist Church – General Board of Church and Society
With offices in Elkhart, Ind. and Newton, Kan., Mennonite Church USA is the largest Mennonite denomination in the United States with 564 congregations and 62,361 members. An Anabaptist Christian denomination, Mennonite Church USA is part of Mennonite World Conference, a global faith family that includes churches in 86 countries.