Religions for Peace UK participated in the interfaith commemoration service held at Friend’s Meeting House in Central London last week. Religious leaders from many faiths gathered to mark the 70th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The overriding message of the meeting was clear: ‘Never Again’; the British faith leaders called on the international community to develop a robust plan of action designed to lead to a world that is free of nuclear weapons.
During the service Jehangir Sarosh, OBE, Director of Religions for Peace, read out a statement that has been signed by 26 faith leaders and to which others have since added their support online www.endnuclearweapons.org.uk.
Dr. William F. Vendley, Secretary General of Religions for Peace International commented “Today, we need to advance and implement Shared Security. Your well-being is mine. We are no more secure than the most vulnerable among us. We need to update our concept of security and that this updated notion of security can help us to frame again the imperative for nuclear disarmament. For no one is immune from the threats of nuclear weapons. All of our religious and other great moral traditions recognize that we are obliged, indeed, we truly live when we are in relationship with, cooperating with and caring for the other.”