Thursday, June 28, 2012

Chicago Area Religious Leaders Tackle the Drones Problem

Numerous leaders of faith-based groups in the Chicago area are taking on the problem of drones, as more and more people seek an understanding of these weapons and the moral issues involved.

At this year's Good Friday Walk for Justice, sponsored by the 8th Day Center for Justice in Chicago, at the station of the cross corresponding to "execution," members of Voices for Creative Nonviolence presented a dramatization of a drone strike at a wedding. They stressed that "drones are Empire's weapon of choice for execution today, just as the cross was in the time of Jesus."

St. Luke's Lutheran Church Logan Square (Chicago) held a study session on drones as part of its May adult study series on issues of war and peace: NATO: A Mighty Fortress is Our God?

A blog post on Scarry Thoughts examines the trial of Jesus and asks, Was the Crucifixion a "signature strike"?

The Rev. Loren McGrail, leader of the Chicago Protest Chaplains, has convened a group of religious leaders in a dialog on the theological issues related to drones.

Pastor McGrail will lead a service on Sunday, July 1, at Wellington Avenue UCC (Chicago) that deals with issues relating to drones. The service begins at 10:30 a.m.. Read Pastor McGrail's sermon, "Warring Madness or Life".

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