Disciples assembly opposes Iraq war

Rejects torture too
After keeping a collective silence in 2003 and 2005, the majority of delegates to this year’s biennial General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) expressed moral opposition to the U.S.-led war in Iraq.

“It is high time this church got off its duff and spoke the truth regarding this war,” said delegate Tom Plumbley, pastor of the First Christian Church of Fort Worth, the Texas city where the July 21-25 assembly was held.

DisciplesWorld, a magazine tied to the denomination but editorially independent, said the measure passed in a standing vote—though it “was far from unanimous,” since many delegates stood to vote no. The approved statement will be “very divisive” in his own congregation, said pastor Rob Scofield of Hill Memorial Christian Church of Fort Worth.

 

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