Sunday, 11 April 2010

Friday saw the publication of a letter in The Times on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and our Now is the Time campaign, signed by a range of church leaders. Great to see the campaign receiving national coverage. You can read the letter below.

But there are only a couple more weeks left now to sign the petition to call for practical steps towards a world free from nuclear weapons - if you haven't done so yet, click here

Now is the time to make your voice heard!

Sir, We warmly welcome the signing of the new Start pact yesterday, which reflects a commitment on the part of the governments of Russia and the United States to reduce their stockpiles of nuclear weapons. However, there is still much to be done if we are to continue to move towards a world free of nuclear weapons while at the same time maintaining our common security.

That is why the Non-Proliferation Treaty review conference in May is crucial, and why we are supporting “Now is the Time” — a call urging the UK and other government delegations to show courageous leadership by creating a detailed road map towards what is now frequently referred to as “global zero”.

We share the view of many that the use or threat of use of weapons of mass destruction is immoral. Our generation bears a responsibility to our children and our children’s children to work out the shape of a secure future for all: a future that we believe must break radically from the Cold War philosophy of reliance on costly nuclear arsenals.

The Rev Jonathan Edwards

General Secretary, Baptist Union of Great Britain

The Most Rev Dr Barry Morgan

The Archbishop of Wales

The Right Rev William Hewitt

Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland

Dr Richard Vautrey

Vice-president of the Methodist Church in Britain

Susan Seymour Clerk

Meeting for Sufferings, The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

The Rev John Marsh

Moderator of the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church