On 7 April UnitingJustice Australia sent a letter to the Minister for Foreign Affairs,The Hon. Julie Bishop MP, urging the Government to reconsider its position on nuclear weapons.

We stressed that nuclear weapons are inherently illegal and are an obstacle to the building of peace. On the eve of the 70th anniversary of the bombings of Japan, now is the time for real progress on nuclear disarmament. There is increasing worldwide understanding of the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons. We called upon the Government to endorse the Vienna Conference Pledge and to engage in negotiations for a treaty to ban nuclear weapons.

UnitingJustice has written to the Foreign Minister regarding the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons.

The Australian Government’s Dollar-for-Dollar initiative will match each dollar donated to appeals run by AusAID-accredited Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) working to alleviate the food crisis in the Horn of Africa from 5 October until 30 November 2011.

We Must Believe in Peace

21 September 2009

On this the United Nations International Day of Peace, the Uniting Church offers its prayers for a world without nuclear weapons.

As we commemorate this day of peace, as well as the coinciding World Council of Churches’ International Day of Prayer for Peace, we acknowledge that we have not believed enough in the power of peace. We have placed our faith in the ownership of weapons and the idea of ‘deterrence’ to deliver security for the world’s people. However, we believe there can be no security while there are about 26,000 nuclear weapons in the world with a few thousand of these on hair trigger alert.

Uniting Church in Australia President, Reverend Gregor Henderson, has on the occasion of the United Nations International Day of Peace, this Sunday 21st September, called on Australians to believe in peace. He also spoke about the need for all people to work together to bring peace to the world, especially to end the threat of nuclear weapons.

The Uniting Church in Australia has today commended the Federal Government for its latest efforts towards banning nuclear weapons.

During this week of International Church Action for Peace in Palestine and Israel, a group of Australian church leaders has called on the Federal Government to prioritise peacemaking in Palestine and Israel.

The Uniting Church in Australia has today called on the Australian Government to address the humanitarian crisis affecting Iraq, even though Australian troops are on the way home.

Uniting Church President, the Reverend Gregor Henderson, today issued a challenge to all Australians to take practical steps to encourage peace building on the United Nations International Day of Peace, Thursday 21st September.

Uniting Church President, the Reverend Dr. Dean Drayton, has urged Australians to join with people from across the globe to pray for peace during the UN International Day of Peace.

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