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CHURCH CALLED TO CONTINUE SUPPORT OF UNITED NATIONS
05 May 1996 08:40:04
95295 CHURCH CALLED TO CONTINUE SUPPORT OF UNITED NATIONS
by Jerry L. Van Marter
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.--As the United Nations begins its second half-century,
participants in the Presbyterian Peacemaking Jubilee were urged, Aug. 13,
to continue their support for the organization.
The Rev. Robert F. Smylie, director of the Presbyterian United Nations
Office, reminded the Jubilee crowd of 1,600 that the denomination has
supported the United Nations since its inception. During the first 50 years
of the U.N., General Assemblies have issued some 200 statements in its
support, Smylie noted.
"The Presbyterian Church's support of the U.N. is a reflection of our
moral and ethical concern for God's creation and for Jesus Christ, who came
preaching reconciliation, justice and peace."
Smylie pointed out that denominational support for what was to become
the United Nations in 1945 had its genesis in Presbyterian participation in
the 1940 Commission on a Just and Durable Peace of the Federal Council of
Churches (a precursor of the National Council of Churches). In 1943, the
General Assembly endorsed the World Order Movement, which further sought to
insure that international cooperation would emerge from the chaos of World
John Foster Dulles, a Presbyterian elder and diplomat later to become
secretary of state under President Eisenhower, was a key adviser to the
U.S. delegation that helped create the U.N. The U.N. charter was signed
in June of 1945 in San Francisco, and, Smylie said, Dulles' contributions
"shaped the formation of the U.N. according to many Presbyterian principles
of peace and justice."
Despite its shortcomings, the U.N. remains indispensable, Smylie
insisted. "The U.N. has an extraordinary record of accomplishment," he
said. "It has not solved all the world's conflicts, but imagine where we
would be without it -- it is the only instrument [of global conflict
resolution] we have.
With Jubilee participants scheduled for all-day tours of the U.N. in
nearby Manhattan Aug. 14 and 15, Smylie told the crowd "we must continue to
support it, to strengthen it, to reform it."
For more information contact Presbyterian News Service
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Louisville, KY 40202
phone 502-569-5504 fax 502-569-8073
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