Justice, Peace and Sustainability Weekly Announcement

Aug. 6, 2020

We commit ourselves to work with others of the human community to raise consciousness about and to resist the evils of the arms race and increased militarization throughout the world.
IHM Congregational Stance on Peacemaking/Disarmament

Commemorate the 75th Anniversaries of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Bombings

On Aug. 6 and 9, we mark the 75th anniversaries of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. These anniversaries are an opportunity to mourn the devastation caused by nuclear weapons, celebrate the work that has been done to eliminate them, and recommit to building a world free of nuclear weapons and the threat they pose to humanity and our common home.

We invite you to pray, study, and act with us to mark these anniversaries.

Pray

  • Participate in the national Day of Prayer on Sunday, Aug. 9, to mark these anniversaries. Pray this prayer for disarmament, available in English and Spanish.

Study

  • Read a two-page issue brief, “Abolish Nuclear Weapons: Invest in Peace,” from Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns.

Act

  • Send a message to your members of Congress asking them to renew the New START Treaty, set to expire in 2021, an important treaty limiting possession of nuclear weapons by the United States and Russia.
  • Join #StillHere, a virtual event on Aug. 6 or 9, to commemorate the anniversaries by listening to the stories of survivors of nuclear attacks or disasters.
  • On Aug. 9, watch a virtual screening of the documentary, The Vow from Hiroshima, hosted by the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW).

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