1993 UCC Resolution "Respect for
4. RESOLUTION "RESPECT FOR ANIMALS"
Ms. Mendez continued with Committee Ten's report. She introduced
and moved the resolution "Respect for Animals" originally
found on the page 203 of the Program/Worship and Business
Book and found in Packet D. Ms. Mendez yielded her time to
Allen Benner-Smith to speak in favor of the motion.
Mr. Benner-Smith pointed out that passing the motion does
not put a stop to hunting and does not advocate becoming a
vegetarian. The motion is an attempt to promote conversations
and thought about the subject. It is very important that delegates
call on others in the United Church of Christ to think about
important issues. He urged support of the resolution because
animals deserve respect.
93-GS-50 VOTED: The Nineteenth General Synod adopts the resolution
"Respect for Animals."
RESOLUTION "RESPECT FOR ANIMALS"
WHEREAS, the biblical faith sees human beings as creatures
of God, tenants in God's earth (Leviticus 25:23) and stewards
WHEREAS, the biblical charge to "have dominion over
every living thing" (Genesis 1:28) has often been understood
as placing human beings above creation instead of a part of
it, while the scriptures teach that we are creatures and that
we are to tend the earth and care for its creatures (Genesis
WHEREAS, the rainbow story of the covenant declares four
times (Genesis 9:8-17) that God's covenant is "with every
WHEREAS, the scriptures teach that our lives are to be filled
with compassion, not cruelty, towards animals (Proverbs 12:10);
WHEREAS, it is being urged by an increasing number of concerned
and thoughtful Christians as well as others that all living
creatures deserve humane and respectful treatment because,
as living creatures, it is their right in the eyes of God;
WHEREAS, human compassion and decency require not only that
we care for our fellow human beings, but that we treat no
creature with cruelty or carelessness; and
WHEREAS, a growing awareness of our environmental responsibilities
has led to a concern for the preservation and protection of
animals, both in their wild and tame states, and the use of
animals in the laboratory and commercially;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Nineteenth General Synod
of the United Church of Christ commends to its members and
congregations the consideration of our place among all living
creatures as God's creatures, and invites them to evaluate
human use of animals and resulting effects on the animals
with questions such as these:
- Are these animals treated justly, mercifully and with
compassion and care?
- Do these animals suffer unnecessary pain either in life
or in death?
- As a result of modern technology and advances, is there
another, more humane way to supply our needs?
- Does the benefit gained from the use of these animals
outweigh the cost to them?
- How does our current treatment of animals affect our spiritual
development and welfare?
- How does treatment of animals affect the diverse richness
of God's creation?
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Nineteenth General Synod
invites the Conferences, Associations, and congregations of
the United Church of Christ to gather education and theological
material on the place of animals and to share this information
among these entities with the assistance of the Office for
Church in Society so that our Church may study the relationships.
Subject to availability of funds.
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