Evangelical Lutheran Church of America
The ELCA opposes unilateral military action against Iraq and is a member of the Win Without War coalition. In a February 13 letter to ELCA leaders from Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson, the Bishop urged a peaceful solution, in accordance with the ELCA's social statement, "For Peace in God's World."
Eastern Orthodox Churches
A joint statement from leaders of several Orthodox churches urged peace: "In the uniquely significant days ahead, may our good and loving God enable us all, the people of this blessed country, to know and to do what is just and right in order to secure a lasting peace on our planet Earth."
A June resolution by the church's Executive Council stated the council "opposes unilateral military action against Iraq for the sole purpose of overthrowing the regime of Saddam Hussein, and supports efforts to implement UN resolutions on weapons inspections and military sanctions rather than the use of force to address the problem." The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church USA issued a statement against the war in September 2002. Since then, several other bishops have made statements and sent letters to President Bush.
Mormons - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
The LDS church has not made an official statement about the war. At the General Conference in October, Elder Russell M. Nelson, a leader in the church, urged peace. He said, "Now, as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, what does the Lord expect of us? As a Church, we must 'renounce war and proclaim peace.'" More recently, LDS President Gordon Hinckley urged prayers for U.S. troops.
Presbyterian Church (USA)
The PCUSA's General Assembly outlined a policy about Iraq in 2002, in which the church body "urges the United States government to exercise restraint in its contemplated military action against Iraq." The denomination also supports ending all economic sanctions, but urges "comprehensive efforts by the United Nations, the United States, and the governments of the Middle East to remove all weapons of mass destruction from that region, as part of the worldwide effort to eliminate such weapons and end their development."
Quakers - American Friends Service Committee
The AFSC has been actively antiwar and is a member of Win Without War. Its website includes "10 Reasons to Oppose the War with Iraq" and promotes an Iraq peace pledge. A joint statement from leaders of five major Quaker organizations said: "We find many compelling reasons for all people of faith and reason to oppose this war and this dangerous new military policy. Among them are:
Southern Baptist Convention
The Southern Baptist Convention has not taken an official denominational position on war with Iraq. However it has named Richard Land, head of its Religious Ethics & Liberty Commission, as the group's official spokesperson on the issue. Land, who has come out supporting the war and has strong ties to the Bush administration, told Beliefnet that a substantial majority of Southern Baptists support Bush's stance on Iraq.
United Methodist Church
The United Methodist Church has been very involved in antiwar activity. One of its most prominent bishops, Bishop Melvin Talbert, appeared in a television advertising campaign against the war. The UMC is a member of the Win Without War coalition. The President of the United Methodis Council of Bishops, Sharon Brown Christopher, sent a letter to President Bush urging him to use "every possible means to prevent war."
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
The Pope has come out strongly against war with Iraq and even met with Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz. A November statement by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops urged peaceful action instead of war and said war with Iraq did not meet the conditions of "just war."
"We pray for President Bush and other world leaders that they will find the will and the ways to step back from the brink of war with Iraq and work for a peace that is just and enduring."
United Church of Christ
"We firmly oppose this advance to war," the leaders of the United Church of Christ said in a statement.
Union of American Hebrew Congregations
In a January 29, 2003 statement, the president of the U.S.'s major Reform Judaism body, Rabbi Eric Yoffie, wrote that his group would support unilateral U.S. action if these four conditions were met and the threat of Iraq using nuclear weapons was still unresolved:
"1. International cooperation is far, far better than unilateral action, and the U.S. must explore all reasonable means of attaining such support.
2. Non-military action is always preferable to military action, and the U.S. must fully explore all options to resolve the situation through such means.
3. If the effort to obtain international cooperation and support through the United Nations fails, the U.S. must work with other nations to obtain cooperation in any military action.
4. The President should not act without Congressional approval of the use of force including any unilateral military action taken by the U.S.
Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations
"While it is preferable for this threat to be neutralized through diplomacy, should these efforts fail, the United States has every right and obligation under the United Nations Charter and International Law to take firm and appropriate action."
United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism
The major Conservative Judaism body issued a short statement in November supporting President Bush's policies on Iraq: "The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism supports the shared objective of the President and Congress to insure that appropriate action is taken to eliminate the danger posed by Iraq's possession of weapons of mass destruction. Toward this end, we strongly encourage continued diplomatic efforts directly and through the United Nations. The United Synagogue continues to express its appreciation and gratitude to all US forces fighting against global terrorism."
Council on American-Islamic Relations
CAIR is against war in Iraq and has participated in several antiwar events and rallies. A December letter from CAIR New York members to Colin Powell protests a war with Iraq that would be "for oil [or] for the sake of supporting Israel's military hegemony over the strategic Middle East."
Unitarian Universalist Association
Unitarian congregations have been active in antiwar protests and the UUA is a member of the Win Without War coalition. The Unitarian Universalist United Nations office issued a statement that said: "We, the Board of Directors of the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office, oppose a unilateral, pre-emptive attack on the people and country of Iraq."