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Book of Resolutions: Church Is a Weapon-Free Zone

Whereas, in keeping with the spirit of Isaiah 2:4: "God will judge between the nations, and settle disputes of mighty nations. Then they will beat their swords into iron plows, and their spears into pruning tools. Nation will not take up sword against nation; they will no longer learn how to make war";

Whereas, reflecting the church's traditional role as a place of safety and sanctuary,

Therefore, every United Methodist church is officially declared a weapon-free zone.

ADOPTED 2000
READOPTED 2008
Resolution #5011, 2008 Book of Resolutions
Resolution #241, 2004 Book of Resolutions
Resolution #227, 2000 Book of Resolutions

See Social Principles, ¶ 164.

From The Book of Resolutions of The United Methodist Church — 2012. Copyright © 2012 by The United Methodist Publishing House. Used by permission.