Statement on the 70th anniversary of the Nagasaki and Hiroshima bombings

The Revd Steve Wild and Dr Jill Barber, President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, have issued the following statement in advance of the 70th anniversary of the bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima:

"We remember with deep sorrow the hundreds of thousands of people who died in the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on those two fateful days and in the months and years afterwards. Nuclear weapons are by their very nature devastating and indiscriminate. The construction and use of nuclear weapons is a deep shame and a denial of God's love for humanity and for all of creation. It is vital that our technological prowess be accompanied with a greater commitment to the values of love, respect and restraint. True wisdom should lead us to put in place a verifiable elimination of all nuclear weapons."

Find resources for churches to use on Sunday 9 August here

Sign up to support the UK multi-faith statement on nuclear weapons 2015 here. Signatories include leaders and representatives from a wide range of religious traditions in the UK.

 

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