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Resolution 27 - War, Violence and Justice

Resolution 27

War, Violence and Justice

This Conference:

1.(a) reaffirms the statement of the 1930 Lambeth Conference that war as a method of settling international disputes is incompatible with the teaching and example of our Lord Jesus Christ;
(b) affirms also that there is no true peace without justice, and reformation and transformation of unjust systems is an essential element of our biblical hope;

2.(a) supports those who choose the way of non-violence as being the way of our Lord, including direct non-violent action, civil disobedience and conscientious objection, and pays tribute to those who in recent years have kept before the world the growing threat of militarism;
(b) understands those who, after exhausting all other ways, choose the way of armed struggle as the only way to justice, whilst drawing attention to the dangers and injustices possible in such action itself; and

3. encourages provinces and dioceses to seek out those secular and religious agencies working for justice and reconciliation, and to make common cause with them, to ensure that the voice of the oppressed is heard and a response is made so that further violence is averted.

(See further paras 98-126 of the Report on "Christianity and the Social Order.")