Christian Reformed speak up for peace, stall on women

Conscientious objector standards urged
The theologically conservative Christian Reformed Church, in its first major statement on war in two dozen years, urged its churches to raise moral questions with governments about weapons of mass destruction and preemptive military actions.

Delegates at its synod also asked the denomination’s executive director to inquire about standards or requirements for Christian Reformed members serving in the U.S. military to be recognized as conscientious objectors in certain conflicts.

A majority of the delegates, who ended their seven-day meeting June 16 in the CRC headquarters city of Grand Rapids, Michigan, called on its agencies and congregations “to promote and actively engage in international initiatives for building peace with justice,” according to the CRC Web site.


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