Faith communities respond to 70th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

By staff writers
July 24, 2015

The 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will be remembered around the world on 6 August.

The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference have issued the following statement in advance of the anniversary:

We remember with deep sorrow the hundreds of thousands of people who died in the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on those two fateful days and in the months and years afterwards. Nuclear weapons are by their very nature devastating and indiscriminate. The construction and use of nuclear weapons is a deep shame and a denial of God's love for humanity and for all of creation. It is vital that our technological prowess be accompanied with a greater commitment to the values of love, respect and restraint. True wisdom should lead us to put in place a verifiable elimination of all nuclear weapons.

The Anglican diocese of Leicester have issued a prayer for the day:

God, you are the Father of all the families of the earth, and call the nations to live in peace and unity.
We remember with sorrow the devastating destruction and death unleashed on this day upon the city of Hiroshima, and later upon the city of Nagasaki.

We pray for the people of Japan,and all whose lives are disfigured by war. We pray for ourselves,
the often unwise stewards of the powers of the universe.
Transfigure the lives and cities scarred by conflict
by the revealing of your glory
and move us by your uncreated energies
to advance your sovereign purpose of peace.
This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ,
our light and our salvation. Amen.

Quakers in Britain are to hold an open interfaith service of commemoration and commitment for a nuclear-free world on the same day. (http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/21902)

A multi-faith statement which include leaders and representatives from a wide range of religious traditions in the UK can be found here http://www.endnuclearweapons.org.uk/

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