Identification of Church as a Peace Site

Adopted at the Annual Meeting, 5-4-86

WHEREAS the 1981 Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) General Assembly passed a resolution entitled "Nationwide Support of a Local Initiative to Stop the Arms Race" and "In Opposition to Biochemical Warfare," and

WHEREAS the 1982 UUA General Assembly passed a resolution entitled "Nuclear Disarmament," and

WHEREAS the 1983 UUA General Assembly passed resolutions entitled "Halting the Arms Race," "Nuclear Freeze," and "Establishment of the U.S. Academy of Peace and Conflict Resolution," and WHEREAS the 1984 UUA General Assembly passed resolutions entitled "No First Use of Nuclear Weapons" and "Stop Space weapons: Resume Space Cooperation," and

WHEREAS the U.S. congress passed legislation for the creation of the United States Institute of Peace in October, 1984, and

WHEREAS the 1985 UUA General Assembly passed resolutions entitled "Condemnation of Knapsack Nuclear Weapons" and "Mutual Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban," and

WHEREAS 1985 saw the development of numerous new peace initiatives within the Unitarian Universalist sphere of influence, including the creation of the Unitarian Universalist Peace Network nationwide and the Unitarian Universalist Peace Committee in our congregation, and President Ronald Reagan completed the nomination of the 15-member Board of Directors for the United States Institute of Peace, and

WHEREAS the United Nations has designated 1986 the International Year of Peace,

BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED THAT we, the members of the Unitarian Community Church of Santa Monica, identify our church as a "Peace Site," and that we commit ourselves to being "peacemakers." By virtue of these designations we dedicate ourselves and our church to the pursuit of peace in the nuclear age. This shall include, but not be limited to, learning to live together in peace as individuals, as well as learning to live in peace with all of humankind. We do not expect this process to be simple or easy and we make this commitment with the full understanding that our world is diverse and complex. As much as anything this represents a new commitment to fully understanding the complexities of the nuclear age and doing our best to use our knowledge and insight for the common good and for the survival of the human race.