Resources for Lifelong Learners:
Resources for deliberating on U.S. military intervention in Syria
The LSTC community gathered on September 10 for a lunchtime conversation about the prospect of U.S. military intervention in Syria. Faculty members read statements from local, national and international religious organizations regarding both the chemical attacks on the Syrian people and President Obama’s proposed limited strike on Syria. We heard a range of views expressed by the students, faculty and staff who took part in the conversation.
Following the conversation, President Nieman shared these resources our further consideration and use.
Below are links to the full text of the public responses to this situation made by various religious organizations and leaders. The list is arranged alphabetically.
The six statements that were read aloud are marked by an asterisk.
- Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago *
- Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago *
- ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson (scroll down to the PDF links) *
- Jewish leaders petition *
- Jackson, Jesse L., Sr., “Isolate–Don’t Bomb–Syria,” Chicago Sun-Times (online)
- Lerner, Michael, “Syria: What Obama Should Do,” Tikkun: A Quarterly of Jewish and Interfaith Critique of Politics, Culture & Society (9 September 2013)
- Lutheran World Federation *
- National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA
Pope Francis letter to Vladimir Putin and the meeting of the G20 *
- Stortz, Martha Ellen, “Thinking the Unthinkable: Just Deliberation on War,” Journal of Lutheran Ethics (October 2002)
Below are links to resources and social statements produced by the ELCA that you might find relevant and helpful for your personal reflection and future leadership.
- ELCA moral deliberation resources
- The Church in Society: A Lutheran Perspective — 1991 ELCA social statement
- For Peace in God’s World — 1995 ELCA social statement
If you choose to share your views with your elected representatives, one of the easiest ways to learn how to make contact is through the website of the nonpartisan League of Women Voters, at www.lwv.org. On the right-hand gray sidebar entitled “Get Involved,” click on “Contact Elected Officials.” This takes you to a new page where you enter the residence zip code connected to your voter registration, and then click “Get Local!” for contact information. Since congressional districts often do not correspond to five-digit zip code boundaries, you should enter your entire “zip + 4” code. There is a handy link on this same page so you can discover what that nine-digit code is.
On Tuesday, September 24, at 4 p.m. Chicago time, Rev. Dr. Mary Mikhael will present the annual Scherer Lecture in the room 350 at LSTC. Her talk, “Christian Presence and the Syrian Civil War,” will examine the conditions in Syria and the response of global Christians to the situation there. You can learn more about this event at http://www.lstc.edu/communications/news/?a=article&id=382.