November 28-Disarming Visions

By: Rebekah Choate, Global Advocacy and Education Associate, Global Ministries, UCC National

God shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the LORD! Isaiah 2:1-5

“Every man, woman and child lives under a nuclear sword of Damocles, hanging by the slenderest of threads, capable of being cut at any moment by accident or miscalculation or by madness. The weapons of war must be abolished before they abolish us.” – John F. Kennedy, Address to the United Nations General Assembly, September 25, 1961

It is difficult to imagine a world without weapons and where nations no longer make war, particularly these days. Yet, that is exactly what God calls us to work towards.

We have lived under the threat of nuclear war since 1945 and the US maintains an arsenal of nuclear weapons, hundreds of which are ready to be launched within minutes. Our government uses these weapons to threaten other countries and bully them into submission, rather than working to improve diplomacy and build real trust.

We know the short- and long-term effects of using nuclear weapons after the US dropped two nuclear bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. We also know the health and environmental impact of nuclear weapons production, testing, and waste causes disproportionate harm to women, children, and people of color. As such, we must completely reject the legitimacy of nuclear weapons because the only guarantee these weapons will not be used again is through their complete elimination.

We are called to walk in the light of God by turning our weapons of destruction into tools of harvest and production. What might we build together if we stopped killing other beloved children of God?



Blazing Spirit, as weapons, war, and violence deepen the shadows on these long-night days,
shine your persistent light in and among us.
Disarmed by prophetic visions of swords turned into plowshares,
empower us to turn poisonous clouds and destructive fire into pillars of love and justice,
so that through our work of abolition, they may lead us, like your people of old,
out of slavery and into freedom.  Amen.


Artwork: “Disarm” by Yohana Junker (discover more at:


Abolition is a movement to end systemic violence…In other words, the goal is to change how we interact with each other and the planet by putting people before profits, welfare over warfare, and life over death. - Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Prisons and Class Warfare

Take Action

Nuclear Abolition

  • Study: Use the UCC Study Guide, “Do Unto Others:  The Golden Rule and Our Call to Nuclear Abolition” for Facilitators and Participants
  • Support: Back from the Brink efforts to pass municipal, state, and federal resolutions that address “5 ‘Common Sense’ Policy Solutions
  • Advocate: Call on Congress to support Res. 1185, the resolution “Embracing the goals and provisions of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).”
  • Dwell: View the poem “Anointed” about radioactive racism and the long quest for peace and justice, written and spoken by ICAN campaigner Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner of the Marshall Islands.
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