WCC Head Backs UK Church Opposition to Nuclear Plans

|PIC1|Ahead of an upcoming vote in the UK parliament on the government's plan to replace the Trident nuclear weapons system, the World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia has written to WCC member churches in the country praising and expressing support for their efforts to stop this.

"From outside the UK, it has been heartening to hear of opposition to the government's Trident plan from churches, from various sectors of society, and from the public at large," says Kobia in a letter dated 9 March.

The letter recalls the recent WCC executive committee statement "On the need for churches' vigilance against nuclear proliferation," in which the committee commended churches in the United Kingdom for their efforts in this matter and urged the UK government "to set an historic example of leadership for the whole international community in the above matter by fulfilling its disarmament obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty".

"Perhaps a reminder of international church concern may strengthen last-minute efforts to influence the vote of certain members of Parliament," says Kobia in his letter.

As "nuclear affairs are global affairs," the continued existence of nuclear weapons "remains a challenge for churches around the world".