Magazine article The Christian Century

Disciples Assembly Opposes Iraq War

Magazine article The Christian Century

Disciples Assembly Opposes Iraq War

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After keeping a collective silence in 2003 and 2005, the majority of' delegates to this year's biennial General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) expressed moral opposition to the U.S.-led war in Iraq.

"It is high time this church got off its duff and spoke the truth regarding this war," said delegate Tom Plumbley, pastor of the First Christian Church of Fort Worth, the Texas city where the July 21-25 assembly was held.

Disciples World, a magazine tied to the denomination but editorially independent, said the measure passed in a standing vote--though it "was far from unanimous," since many delegates stood to vote no. The approved statement will be "very divisive" in his own congregation, said pastor Rob Scofield of Hill Memorial Christian Church of Fort Worth.

The resolution approved said the assembly went "on record as conscientiously opposing the war in Iraq as an action inconsistent with the teachings and example of Jesus Christ, and as a violation of the traditional standards of just war."

The statement also quoted approvingly an assessment of the invasion by the U.S. Conference of the World Council of Churches in early 2006, which said, "We lament with special anguish the war in Iraq, launched in deception and violating global norms of justice and human rights."

The Disciples Peace Fellowship drafted the resolution, which survived two motions that would have effectively killed the statement, according to Disciples World. …

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