Proclamation In Support of 2020: A Year Without War

Whereas, members of the First Congregational Church of Santa Barbara, United Church of Christ (FCCSBUCC), are interested in helping to develop the 2020 A Year Without War program as a global, social movement, presently with thousands of members and visitors from over 70 countries, to make the year 2020 a global year without war; and

Whereas, FCCSBUCC, a part of the Southern California Nevada Conference of the United Church of Christ, is a Just Peace Church, and moreover, FCCSBUCC’s Outreach Ministry supports members and friends of this congregation as they empower themselves for faithful life and commit themselves to justice and to serving others; and

Whereas, on August 27, 1928, nations of the world signed the Pact of Paris, formally outlawing war, with no nation subsequently rescinding that law; and

Whereas, 2020 A Year Without War has mounted a petition campaign to the United Nations, to have the General Assembly of the United Nations designate August 27 as an internationally recognized holiday celebrating the Pact of Paris; and

Whereas, 2020 A Year Without War is focusing a global discussion on the benefits, both capital and human, to saving the estimated $1.3 trillion spent annually by the world’s nations on war and its related activities;

Now, therefore, FCCSBUCC recognizes the 2020 A Year Without War program and supports its effort to gain global acceptance of the year 2020 as a year without war, supports the effort to make August 27 an internationally recognized holiday celebrating the Pact of Paris, and urges other individuals and faith organizations within and without the United Church of Christ to approve similar proclamations.

In witness whereof, I, Mary E. Howe-Grant, Moderator of FCCSBUCC Moderator in the year 2014, have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of FCCSBUCC to be affixed this 12th day of June, 2014.