Saturday, February 26, 2005

CCS: CO Topic Comes to the Fore

Christian Citizenship Seminar (CCS), sponsored by the Youth/Young Adult office and the Brethren Witness/Washington office, will be held April 23 - 28.

Focusing on conscientious objection as a theme, participants will spend time in both New York City and Washington D.C. The conference is open to high school youth and advisors.

Conscientious objection is an integral part of the heritage of the Church of the Brethren, and this event will enable another generation of young people to examine the implications for their lives today. As many are aware, the issue of serving in the military is no longer something that directly affects only males. CCS strives to help participants explore ways to make choices rooted in rich biblical and faith tradition.

Shortly after CCS, General Board staff will participate in another gathering to explore what future drafts might mean to the Church of the Brethren and other historic peace churches. Representatives from Quaker, Mennonite, Church of the Brethren, and other faith groups will gather at the General Offices in Elgin, Ill., March 4-5, for a Consultation on Alternative Service.

Below are the basic questions a person would need to answer to be classified as a conscientious objector in the event of a military draft.
  • Describe the beliefs that are the basis for your claim as a conscientious objector, and whether those beliefs would permit you to serve in a noncombatant position in the armed forces.
  • Describe how you acquired these beliefs.
  • Describe how your beliefs affect the way you live, and the type of work you do or plan to do.
    (taken from the Brethren Witness/Washington Office worksheet titled “What do I believe about war?”)
Info about Christian Citizenship Seminar (CCS):

Info about the Consultation on Alternative Service:

Conscientious objection resources from the Brethren Witness/Washington Office:

Source: Tapestry – April 2005

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