A world at peace has always been a central element in Judaism's vision of the fulfillment of human destiny. As Jews, ours is the urgent obligation to support all efforts that bring this profound hope and goal closer to fruition, particularly in this nuclear age.
There exist numerous federal institutions to study warfare and to train Americans for the military defense of our country and our ideals. However, no federal institution exists to study peace or to train our citizens in the new skills necessary to create peace.
In 1978, Congress established a commission to study proposals for a United States Academy of Peace. In l981, that commission recommended the creation of such an academy. The necessary legislation has been proposed to Congress and has received bipartisan support.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Union of American Hebrew Congregations:
Urges the passage of legislation to charter a United States Academy of Peace for:
The promotion of research into the causes of peace;
The education and training of individuals, both in government and in the private sector, in the skills of conflict resolution; and
The creation of a clearinghouse and resource center for information and materials pertaining to the study of peace.