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1982 General Resolution

WHEREAS, as religious people committed to reverence for life, we are deeply concerned by the threat to all life which is posed by the continuing acceleration of the nuclear arms race;

BE IT RESOLVED: That the 1982 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association urges the Office of Social Responsibility and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee to assign high priority to the development of education and action programs and materials for the advocacy of peace and nuclear arms control and to disseminate such programs and materials as widely and effectively as possible throughout the denomination; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That this Assembly urges its member societies, the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office, the Association's Office of Social Responsibility, and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee to expand their efforts with other religious, peace and civil groups and the liberal religious organizations in other countries through the International Association for Religious Freedom and the International Association of Liberal Religious Women in actively conducting educational programs to promote awareness of the devastation of nuclear wars; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That this Assembly urges all Unitarian Universalists to support active participation by the United States and Canadian governments in all feasible avenues of negotiations, including the United States Special Session on Disarmament, with the objective of reaching a full moratorium on the testing, manufacture and deployment of new nuclear weapons, to be followed by meaningful control and reduction of all nuclear weapons; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That support is also extended to efforts to secure:

  1. United Nations General Assembly endorsement of a US-USSR bilateral nuclear weapons freeze as the first step of worldwide, general, balanced disarmament;
  2. A UN-sponsored worldwide educational program on the dangers and prevention of nuclear wars;
  3. A UN-sponsored world referendum on the bilateral freeze as the first step toward general, balanced disarmament.

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