This is the full text of the statement Christian CND is coordinating to mark the 75th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Signatures will be added as they are received.

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Full text:

August 6 marks 75 years since the dropping of a nuclear bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Three days later another bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. The bombings killed tens of thousands of people and caused environmental damage and suffering which many people continue to live with today.

Shortly after the bombings the international community came together at the United Nations to say “never again” and pledged to work for the elimination of nuclear weapons around the world. Sadly, 75 years on, that goal has yet to be met, and many nuclear-armed states, including the United Kingdom, are currently pursuing upgrades to their nuclear arsenals, spending hundreds of billions of pounds in the process.

As Christians we reject nuclear weapons. We believe that their capacity to indiscriminately kill millions of our brothers and sisters, and to catastrophically destroy God’s creation, makes them contrary to the teaching of Jesus Christ. Recent events have shown that the global community must work together to overcome the challenges facing us in the 21st century. We must speak out and call for action to ensure that the horrific events witnessed in Hiroshima and Nagasaki are never repeated.

We call on the UK government to make every effort to engage in meaningful international disarmament, most importantly by committing to the cancellation of the current programme to replace Trident.

Theresa Alessandro, Director, Pax Christi England & Wales
Angela Allport, Deacon, Methodist Church of Great Britain
Philip Austin, Coordinator, Northern Friends Peace Board
Rev Roger Barker, Diocese of Dunedin, New Zealand
Revd Fr Dan Barnes-Davies, East London
Simon Barrow, Director, Ekklesia
Revd David Barton, Oxford
Rt Revd Paul Bayes, Anglican Bishop of Liverpool
Mary A. Bergin, Sister
Revd Lesley Bilinda, Vicar, St Andrew’s Fulham Fields
Revd Ann Bolas, Supernumerary Minister, Trent and Dove Methodist Circuit
Andrew Bolton, member of Community of Christ European Peace Team, Leicester
Revd Amanda Bradley Hamilton New Zealand
Revd Dr Stephen Brian, C of E
Rev Kim Brown, Ordained Pioneer Minister at The Upper Room, Cirencester
Grace A Buckley, Member, Justice & Peace Commission, Glasgow
Revd Roger Burne, King’s Sutton
Revd. Julia Butterworth
Margaret Byrne, Religious Sister, St Mary’s
Revd Arthur Champion, Cirencester Deanery
Revd Margery Cartledge, Diocese of Argyll and the Isles
Jim Clarke, s.x. Provincial of the Xaverian Missionaries in the UK
Barry Clarke, Tau Community Of Interfaith Franciscan
Revd Jonathan Clatworthy, Leeds
Sue Claydon, Chair, Anglican Pacifist Fellowship
The Rt Revd Dr Christopher Cocksworth, Bishop of Coventry
The Rt Revd Dr David Coles, Retired Bishop of Christchurch, New Zealand
Revd Christopher Collins, Methodist Superintendent Minister, Wolverhampton
Fr Antony Connelly, CP, Passionist, St Mungo’s Church, Glasgow
Rt Rev Stephen Cottrell, Archbishop of York
The Revd Barrie G Cooke, Supernumerary Methodist Minister Redditch
John Cooper, Director, The Fellowship of Reconciliation
Revd Paul Cudby, Vicar of Tanworth in Arden, Birmingham
Revd John Davies, Clapham with Keasden and Austwick, Diocese of Leeds
Rev Stuart Dennis, Carey Baptist Church, Moulton, Northampton
Revd Janet Driver, (retired) Anglican
Revd Robin Eastoe, Exeter
Rev Gavin Elliott, Presbytery Clerk: Uist Presbytery, Church of Scotland
Fr. Rob Esdaile, Parish Priest, Our Lady of Lourdes, Thames Ditton
Jeremy Fagan, Team Rector, Kirkby Team Ministry
Martin Fair, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland
Rev Frank Fillary, New Zealand
Bridget Finnegan, Sister. St John Bosco,Leicester
Revd Michael Fox, St Mary’s, Reigate
Andrew Fox, Community of Christ, British Isles President
Revd Canon Anthony Gann
Anthony Gelston, Retired priest, Church of England
Rev Dr Ian G Gough, Retired Minister, Church of Scotland
Rev Leigh Greenwood, Stoneygate Baptist Church Leicester
Rt. Revd Clive Gregory, Bishop of Wolverhampton
Canon Alan Griggs, Leeds
William Griffiths, Rugby
Revd Canon Meg Guillebaud, St Phillips, Dorridge with St James, Bentley Heath
Revd Dr Peter den Haan, Associate Minister, Rugby Baptist Church
Edwin Hale, Pastor Emeritus: Abbey Centre Baptist Church, Northampton
Revd Dr Gary Hall, Tutor in Christian Ethics, The Queen’s Foundation
Rev Clive Hamilton, Salford All Saints Team Ministry
Rosalind Hancock, Circuit Worker and Local Preacher. Hatfield Road Methodist Church St Albans
Revd. Dr. Darrell D. Hannah, Rector of All Saints’, Ascot Heath
Revd Matt Harbage, London
Revd David Hardman, Hyde and Denton Methodist Circuit
Marise Hargreaves, Chaplain Royal Derby
Rev. John Harper, Revd (retired) St Peter’s Yaxley
Revd David Haslam MBE, Evesham Methodist Church
Revd David Hay, Retired Anglican Priest
Rev. Antje Heider-Rottwilm, Oberkirchenrätin i.R
Rev’d Canon Jonathan Herbert, Chaplain to Gypsies and Travellers, Dorset and Wiltshire
Andre E. Herve, St. Joseph & St. Mary’s Church, Guernsey, Channel Islands
Rt Rev Ralph Heskett, Catholic Bishop of Hallam
Revd Canon Garth Hewitt, singer/songwriter and Founder of Amos Trust, London
Rev. John Horn, Retired priest Roman Catholic Church, Horsley
Roger Horne, Churchwarden, St Mary the Virgin, Longframlington
Elizabeth J Hudson, Lay Pastor, Methodist Church
Peter Hughes, Priest. Catholic Church
Reverend Ben Humphries, St Michael and St George, White City
Revd Ann Hyde, Priest with PTO Chester Diocese, St Martins, Low Marple
Sarah Jemison, Revd Bradford South Methodist Circuit
Paul Jewell, Mold, North Wales
Revd Martin Jewitt – Canterbury
Anne Jines, St. Peter’s Church, Weston Favell
Rev Dr Neil Johnson, Deputy Chair of Birmingham Methodist District
Ven. Canon Katete Jackson Jones, Archdeacon of the Anglican Diocese of Lusaka,
Revd Canon Nick Jowett, Sheffield
Colette Joyce, Co-ordinator, Archdiocese of Westminster Justice & Peace Commission
Anne Kenny, Sister of St. Joseph of Peace
Very Rev Fr Gerard Kearney, St Jeanne Jugan, Leeds
Ann Kelly, Member, Birmingham Archdiocese Justice & Peace Commission, RC
Rev David King, Holy Name, Esher
Fr Peter Kravos, Parish Priest, St Joseph’s, Pudsey, Leeds
Revd Richard Lawry, Rector of Glaven Valley, Norfolk
Bernard Longley, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Birmingham
Revd Dr Andy Lyons, Minister in Methodist Church
Fr Patrick McCafferty, Parish Priest, Corpus Christi Parish, Belfast
Sr. Catherine McCormack, St. Clares RC Church, Bradford
Fr Chris McDermott, Lead Chaplain University of Sussex
Rt Rev Patrick McKinney, Catholic Bishop of Nottingham
Malcolm McMahon, Archbishop of Liverpool. President of British Section of Pax Christi
Gordon Macrae, Minister Stepps Parish church North Lanarkshire
Martin J Magill, Parish Priest St John’s RC Church Belfast
Revd John M. Marsh, Former Moderator of the General Assembly, United Reformed Church
Revd Helen Marshall, Chaplain at St Ursula’s, Bern
Alison Mawdsley, Lay person at St Mary’s Church, Holyhead
Philip Mayland, Member of Justice and Peace Commission, Birmingham Archdiocese
Rev Mark Meatcher, Minister of Bush Hill Park, Christ Church and Lancaster Road United Reformed Churches
Revd Jenny Morgans
Rt Revd Roger Morris, Area Bishop of Colchester, Colchester
Anne Morris, Retired priest Church of England
Revd David Mumford, Dunbar
Fr Gerard Murray, Sacred Heart RC Church Rugby
Revd Andrew Myers, Vicar of Middleton
Revd Russ Naylor, Runcorn
Martin Newell, Father. Passionist Congregation, Catholic Church
Revd Paul A Newman, Winchester
Revd John Nightingale
Sue Norton, Pastor and Seventy Community of Christ
Revd Alice Nunn, Vicar of the Winterton Group Churches, Diocese of Lincoln
Monica O’Brien, Marist Sister Roman Catholic
Revd Naomi Oates, Methodist probationer minister, North Kent Circuit
Rev Steve Openshaw, Vicar of the Parish of Christ Church Walshaw, Bury
Revd Richard Ormrod, Presbyter, The Methodist Church
Rt. Revd. John Osmers former bishop of Eastern Zambia
Dr Paul Oestreicher, Canon Emeritus, Coventry Cathedral
Peter Pagac, Assistant priest, St Anne’s church Chertsey
Fr David Palmer, Priest (Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham)
Rev. Dr. David T. N. Parry, Pontypridd
Anne Peacey, National Justice and Peace Network
Rev Alyson Peberdy, Associate priest St Michael and All Angel’s Summertown, Oxford
Rev. Dr. Raymond Pelly, Wellington, New Zealand
David Penney, Priest in Church of England
Jan Sutch Pickard, Bunessan, Isle of Mull
Rev. Nathaniel W. Pierce, Trappe, Maryland, United States of America
Rev Dr Andrew Pratt, Methodist Supernumerary, Past Chair of the Methodist Peace Fellowship
Janna Postma, Minister in the Mennonitem Church, Netherlands
Juliet Prager, Deputy Recording Clerk for Quakers in Britain
Rt.Rev. Peter Price, Assistant Bishop in Southwark
Meg Privett, Tedburn St Mary Methodist Church, Circuit Steward for Exeter Coast & Country Circuit.
Revd Dr Alan Race, Chair, Modern Church
Ave Regina, CSJJ, Sister of St. Joseph Roman Catholic
Alison Richards, Revd Co-Superintendent Methodist – Birmingham
Fr Dominic Robinson SJ, Chair, Archdiocese of Westminster Justice & Peace Commission
Hannah Rooney, Sister R.C.
The Ven. Canon Helen Roud, Vicar St. Mary the Virgin, Addington, Priest in Charge St. Luke’s in the City, Archdeacon Christchurch, New Zealand
Christopher Rowland, Emeritus Professor University of Oxford
Revd John Russell, Harborne, Birmingham
Revd Ian Rutherford, Methodist Central Hall, Manchester
Fr Joe Ryan, Priest and Catholic
Revd Peter Selby, Southwark
Revd. Jane Shaw, Warminster
Rt Revd Alan Smith, Bishop of St Albans
Andrew Smith, Team Rector & RD March
Patricia Stoat, Nottingham Diocese Justice&Peace Commission
Rt Rev Marcus Stock, Bishop of Leeds, Catholic Church
Rev. Gordon Strang, Minster of Cromdale & Advie, Dulnain Bridge and Grantown-on-Spey Parish Churches
Fr David Sutton, Retired, latterly Senior Chaplain Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Trust
Revd Tony Street, All Saints’ with St Mary’s Sawley
Christopher John Swift, Diocese in Europe
Ellen Teague, Media Desk, Columban JPIC
Revd Grace Thomas, Assistant Curate, Moss Side and Whalley Range, Manchester
Revd Canon Dr Paul N Thompson, Director of Vocations, Monmouth
Michael R. J. Topple, United Reformed Church in Chappel
Gillian Vincent, British Isles Leadership Team, Community of Christ
Revd Jenny Webb, March Team Ministry
Fr Jonathan Whitby-Smith, Priest, Diocese of Nottingham
Fr Andrew White, Retired Priest, Church of England
Revd John Wilkinson, Smethwick
Revd Richard Wise, Rector of Bishopstoke, Eastleigh
Very Revd John Witcombe, Dean of Coventry
Revd Timothy Woods, Minehead
Rt. Rev. Stephen Wright, Bishop Elect, Archdiocese of Birmingham

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