On International Women’s Day we give thanks to God not only for the inspirational women in the Bible but those who continue to inspire us with their efforts for peace today.
Women have been a vital part of the peace movement, and Christian CND has it’s own incredible women who tireless work and pray for peace and justice around the world.
Why not mark International Women’s Day by buying the gift of Christian CND membership for an inspirational woman in your life? – www.christiancnd.org/join-us
A new report from Don’t Bank on the Bomb has highlighted the financial institutions based in the UK funding the production of nuclear weapons.
You can read the full report online with a shorter report specific to the UK also available. Although many Christians take every effort to ensure that our money is not inadvertently funding production of weapons, financial instruments can be complex and it’s hard to always know for certain.
The report sets out which institutions are best avoided and how you can make a difference by moving your money, and asking organisations you support to do the same. Many churches in the UK have ethical investing policies, and Christian CND will be working with partners to ensure that more are introduced.
Stay tuned to the Christian CND website and social media channels for more information about how you can get involved in making sure your church isn’t investing in nuclear weapons.
Kazakhstan has become the 57th nation to sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons following the signature of UN Ambassador on March 2.
The move follows a recent speech by President Nursultan Nazarbayev at the United Nations where he challenged the mindset of the nuclear weapons states and urged more international cooperation.
Kazakhstan inherited the world’s fourth largest stockpile of weapons following the collapse of the Soviet Union, but the government instead chose a different path and was instrumental in the creation of the nuclear-weapon-free zone in Central Asia.
Over a period spanning 1949-1991 the Soviet Union carried out more than 450 nuclear tests in Kazakhstan, leaving behind the catastrophic humanitarian consequences which are at the heart of the initiative which led to the new Treaty.
Christian CND congratulated Kazakhstan on the decision to sign the Treaty, and we pray that the Kazakh government would have courage to ratify the Treaty quickly and that many other states would sign and ratify in the coming weeks and months.
On Tuesday 20 February in the House of Lords there was a short debate on the Nuclear Ban Treaty, which was agreed by the United Nations in July 2017. The debate arose from a question from Baroness Miller of Chiltern Doner who has been a long-standing campaigned for nuclear disarmament.
Among the speakers in the debate was the Bishop of Chelmsford, Stephen Cottrell who spoke powerfully. You can read his full speech (and the rest of the debate) on the Parliament website. It included the line:
I want to say simply that nuclear weapons are immoral, that they are a lethal extravagance, and that we must find another way.
There was a clear feeling during the debate that the United Kingdom must at least participate in the discussions around nuclear disarmament. While 122 states voted in favour of the Ban Treaty and several, including the Holy See, have already signed and ratified, the UK continues to voice opposition.
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Ahead of a debate in the House of Lords on Tuesday 20 February, Christian leaders and representatives have signed the statement below calling on the UK government to sign the Treaty.
Successive UK governments have pledged their support for a world free of nuclear weapons. Today the House of Lords will discuss a United Nations Treaty that bans nuclear weapons. The Treaty is the result of multilateral negotiation and is supported by more than 120 states, more than 50 of which have already signed. Unfortunately the United Kingdom has refused to engage with the process.
Nuclear weapons continue to pose a threat to the survival of humanity. The Bible teaches us that we are stewards of the earth, with a duty to protect all life. Nuclear weapons are the antithesis of this teaching.
At a time when the threat of nuclear war continues to hang over all of us, the Treaty represents a unique opportunity for the nuclear weapon states to walk together towards a total ban.
We hope that the debate in the Lords today will be the first step towards the UK engaging with this process and joining the growing international consensus against nuclear weapons. Being the first nuclear-armed state to sign would show real moral leadership and demonstrate the UK’s commitment to work for a world without nuclear weapons.
We urge the government to reconsider its position on the Treaty.
Jill Baker, Vice President of the Methodist Conference
The Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford
Rev Dr Richard Frazer, Convener, Church and Society Council, The Church of Scotland
Derek McAuley, Chief Officer, General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches
Revd Loraine Mellor, President of the Methodist Conference
Paul Parker , Recording Clerk – Quakers in Britain
Revd Kevin Watson, Moderator of General Assembly of the United Reformed Church
Alan Yates, Moderator of General Assembly of the United Reformed Church