U.S. leaders confess church failures

Repentence for silence on Iraq
Leaders of the U.S. denominations belonging to the World Council of Churches created a small buzz at Porto Alegre by delivering a letter to the Ninth Assembly in which they confessed the complicity of the U.S. churches in actions and policies that are detrimental to the well-being of the world. They mentioned three areas in particular: the Iraq War, the global environmental crisis and global poverty.

Using confessional language, the signers of the letter said, “We lament with special anguish the war in Iraq, launched in deception and violating global norms of justice and human rights.” The letter further states, “We confess that we have failed to raise a prophetic voice loud enough and persistent enough to call our nation to global responsibility for creation, that we ourselves are complicit in a culture of consumption that diminishes the earth.”


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