* “Just 1 Day” Ministry of Peace (deleted or expired 2012)
WHEREAS, since the birth of humankind, war and threats of war between nations, religions and ethnic backgrounds have kept the world from knowing a true and lasting peace; and
WHEREAS, unfathomable pain, suffering, and grief have come about from the battles humankind has waged throughout history continuing today with humankind having devoted more wealth to weapons of war than any other cause, resulting in parallel pain and suffering from hunger, disease, loss of habitat, and other sins against humanity as well as our environment and wildlife that have no say in our world; and
WHEREAS, the fellowship ministry A Circle of Friends, working with other churches around the globe, has set August 22, 2004, for Just 1 Day, 24 hours, of peace requesting that every nation lay down their arms for a period of reflection.
Be it resolved by this General Conference that The United Methodist Church supports the initiative brought forth by the ministry of peace at Peoples United Methodist Church and all of its fellowship churches in A Circle of Friends called Just 1 Day and in doing so:
request that all UM churches support the spirit of Just 1 Day through prayer and active participation, as they see fit, through discussion within each church;
call upon the leaders of the United States of America and the world to commit to this step toward a permanent world peace;
invite all faiths and denominations of the world to set forth a common doctrine together with us of peaceful coexistence, understanding of, and respect for each other's beliefs beginning on August 22, 2004.
Be it further resolved, that with this vote of support today, The United Methodist Church takes this initiative as an expression of hope for those who live in a world without hope today.
See Social Principles, ¶ 165B and C.
From The Book of Resolutions of The United Methodist Church - 2004. Copyright © 2004 by The United Methodist Publishing House. Used by permission.