"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God." Matthew 5:9
"Make every effort to be at peace with everyone." Hebrews 12:14
At EMO, we believe that making peace with one another is fundamental to the Christian faith that we build our lives upon. In an increasingly polarized world, we seek to build bridges and break down the walls that divide us. By developing relationships through honest and respectful dialogue and acting together for the common good, we come to understand that our "neighbors" are like us: a part of the greater human family created by God. Though developing meaningful relationships we recognize differences and affirm our commonalities. This enables us to explore together the essential questions of our day: What brings us together? What gives us hope? How can we act together to heal our world?
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon is committed to working for peace through public policy advocacy and by providing a unified voice for peace from the faith community. For more information about how to get involved in interfaith peacemaking efforts, ecumenical and interfaith dialogue, advocacy, education and service, call EMO at (503) 221-1054.
Since January 2006, the more than 250 religious organizations comprising the National Religious Campaign Against Torture have worked together to end U.S.-sponsored torture. During 2008, the religious community advocated for a Presidential Executive Order ending torture. It happened. On January 22, 2009, President Obama issued an Executive Order halting torture.
Now the task is to make sure that U.S.-sponsored torture never happens again. To accomplish this goal, our nation needs to put safeguards in place to prevent its recurrence. We will better understand what safeguards are needed if we have a comprehensive understanding of what happened – who was tortured, why they were tortured, and who ordered the torture. As a nation we need the answers to those questions.
Therefore, NRCAT is calling for a Commission of Inquiry to investigate U.S. torture policies and practices. To bolster this call, we are asking you and other people of faith to endorse the statement "U.S.-Sponsored Torture: A Call for a Commission of Inquiry."
Read April 2013 faith leaders letter to President Obama, calling for closure of the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center
Read "For the Soul of a Nation," by David Leslie, EMO executive director
EMO is a member of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT). In response to the release of the Abu Ghraib photos and the U.S. military’s use of torture against 9/11 detainees, NRCAT was launched with the mission of mobilizing people of faith to end torture in U.S. policy, practice and culture.
NRCAT works for an end to torture in four areas:
1. To ensure that U.S.-sponsored torture of detainees never happens again.
2. To end the use of torture in U.S. prisons and detention facilities, in particular the use of prolonged solitary confinement.
3. To end U.S. support (direct or indirect) of any country that engages in torture and to work for U.S. policies that help other nations stop their torture practices.
4. To end the bigotry and hatred that promotes the practice and acceptance of torture against religiously, ethnically and other targeted groups. Since the fall of 2010, NRCAT has worked for an end to anti-Muslim bigotry.
For more information, contact the National Religious Campaign Against Torture at www.nrcat.org.