B008 A Call for the Cessation of Conflict in Ukraine

Resolved, the House of Deputies concurring,

That the 80th General Convention of The Episcopal Church condemns the aggression launched by the Russian Federation on the sovereign and independent nation of Ukraine on February 24, 2022; and be it further 

Resolved, that this Convention calls on the leaders of the nations engaged in this conflict to cease immediately from this unjustifiable and bloody violence, and that those among the nations of the world who may have the capacity to influence the choices made by those directing this war call upon them urgently to do so; and be it further

Resolved, that as faithful Christians we call upon our siblings in the churches of Russia and Ukraine to remind their leaders of Christ’s commandment that we love our neighbors as we love ourselves—a commandment we believe provides no justification for violent conflict unless in the defense of the vulnerable and defenseless; and be it further

Resolved, that this Convention commends the work of Episcopal Relief and Development, and our congregations in Europe, in their ongoing efforts to provide support and succor to all refugees seeking safety and shelter in Europe; and helping them rebuild shattered lives; and be it further

Resolved, that all refugees, regardless of the reasons for their flight or the country of their origin, be received with equal dignity, equal hospitality, and equal treatment; and that all congregations be aware of, and guard against, the dangers of human trafficking to which refugees are especially vulnerable; and be it further

Resolved, that this Convention commends the ongoing work of diplomats and peacemakers, and calls upon all those in authority to labor without ceasing to bring a swift and just end to this conflict, and a restoration of Ukraine’s independence and autonomy under conditions of tranquility.