Should UUism Become a Peace Church: The Answer to Today’s Quiz

A UU College Student correctly guessed that the current Congregational Study/Action Issue is about peacemaking.  Specifically, it calls upon UUs to decide whether the UUA should totally renounce war, in effect making UUism a “peace church.”  You can read more about it here.

This is not intended as a rebuttal, just some more food for thought, but readers interested to understand why a Unitarian-Universalist might take a more positive, or at least complex, approach to the military would probably find the Celestial Lands blog useful.  In particular David Pyle’s recent post, Military Chaplaincy and Unitarian Universalism, provides an in-depth, heart-felt, and historically-grounded approach to explaining why he finds ministering to the military to be consonant with his religious values.  Here’s a quote:

“In my case, I have chosen to work from within the military to see that one day we no longer need “Don’t ask, Don’t tell”, because Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, and Transgender persons are able to serve openly in the military if they so choose. I have chosen to work from within for women to be equally treated within the military. I have chosen to work from within to see that we incorporate real ethical training for soldiers at early stages in their military career, so they not only understand that instances like Abu Gharib can not happen again, but they also understand why. I have chosen to work from within with officers and non-commissioned officers to deepen their understanding of the need for humanitarian concerns in any military strategy. I have chosen to work from within to see that the religious freedom of my soldiers are not only respected, but celebrated. I have chosen to work from within in order to begin soldiers on the road of coming to terms with the ramification of the experience of war, and of their own actions within war.”

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One response to “Should UUism Become a Peace Church: The Answer to Today’s Quiz

  1. As someone who goes to a Peace Church seminary, let me be the first to say that there many things about pacifism that are attractive.
    That being said, it’s not easy to be a Peace Church. And especially for UUs, as far too many want to take the easy road to everything.

    Here at Earlham I have learned that even Peace Church people struggle with what that means and the implications of being a peace church member in a miliary-industrial complex society.

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