(July 1, 2007) A group of people attending the ABC-USA Biennial meeting in Washington, DC, marched down New York Avenue from the Washington Convention Center to the White House today, where they stood as a Christian witness against the war in Iraq. The event, first conceived at last night's dinner meeting of the Roger Williams Fellowship, drew more than a dozen members and friends of the BPFNA to the edge of the White House lawn, facing Lafayette Park. They held a BPFNA banner that read, "The practice of making war is contrary to Jesus' life and teaching." It also quotes Psalm 34:14, "Seek peace, and pursue it."
The group sang hymns, quoted scripture, and offered words of peace to many tourists who passed by. They also distributed copies of "A Call to Conscience and Community in a Time of War", a statement drafted by Rev. Deborah L. Hughes, Rev. Lawrence Hargrave and Rev. Peter JB Carman of Rochester, NY, and Rev. Dr. Larry Greenfield of Chicago, IL. The statement, adopted by the BPFNA on May 3, 2007, gathered 193 delegate signatures over the course of a day-and-a-half at the Biennial and will be considered for adoption as a Statement of Concern at tomorrow morning's business session.