General Conference Approves New Resolution on Peace in Afghanistan
United Methodist Women proposed the resolution, “Seeking Peace in Afghanistan,” which passed at General Conference with amendments, and calls for The United Methodist Church to support an end to war and seek a process of peace in Afghanistan.
United Methodist Women submitted the resolution to recognize the Christian perspectives of peace and the toll placed on women and children.
The resolution says that working for peace will support the poor and women in war-torn areas who take the lead on peace building around the world. It also calls for United Methodists to “challenge any preemptive arguments for prolonging war and militarization of society.”
“The status of women in Afghanistan remains a critical concern for this global Church,” said Sung-ok Lee, assistant general secretary for United Methodist Women’s section on Christian Social Action. “This resolution confirms United Methodist Women’s commitment to peace and women’s rights and recommends an advocacy position that is consistent with our belief that ‘war is incompatible with the teachings and example of Christ.’” (Social Principles, 165.C)
“We welcome the passage of this petition, which calls for military expenditures to be transferred to use toward humanitarian development through local and regional negotiations,” said Ms. Lee, as well as “cooperation that includes women’s leadership and participation in accordance with UN security council resolution 1325.”
The proposal recommends reflections and actions United Methodists should take as peacemakers:
- Urge complete withdrawal of U.S. and NATO troops.
- End drone strikes in Afghanistan and Pakistan immediately.
- End the militarization in Afghanistan.
- Shift resources from military aid for Afghanistan to humanitarian, health and education aid.
- Shift resources from U.S. military spending on Afghanistan to health and education in the U.S.
- Support veterans and Afghan civilians facing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
- Stand with communities against racial profiling.
- Support diplomacy in Central and South Asia to build cooperation.
Read the approved resolution here.
Leigh Rogers is press relations/web content associate for United Methodist Women.