Public Statement on the

Adoption of The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons


Faith Communities Concerned about Nuclear Weapons


  On July 7, 2017, more than 120 states gathered at UN Headquarters in New York adopted the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Having repeatedly voiced our grave concerns about the humanitarian and environmental consequences of any use of nuclear weapons, we wholeheartedly welcome the adoption of this Treaty as a vital step toward the goal of a world free from nuclear weapons. 


Our respective faith traditions advocate for the right of people and all living things to live in security and dignity. We believe in the commands of conscience and justice; we seek to honour our duty to protect the vulnerable and to exercise the stewardship that will safeguard the planet for future generations. Nuclear weapons are entirely incompatible with these values and commitments, and manifest a total disregard for the principles of humanity. 


We recognize and applaud the courage shown by the states represented in these conferences, the invaluable efforts by the UN and other international organizations, as well as of civil society, which have resulted in the realization of this Treaty. We offer our particular respect to the hibakusha (a-bomb survivors), victims of nuclear tests and others suffering from the effects of radiation from the manufacture of nuclear weapons and environmental degradation of their homelands, whose experiences and advocacy have demonstrated that the fundamental purpose of this Treaty must be to prevent the unacceptable suffering and harm they have endured from being visited on any other individual, family or society. 


It is now vital that the principles and norms of this Treaty be widely disseminated among the world’s peoples in order to achieve its universal adoption and implementation. As people of faith we accept as our special responsibility the work of raising awareness of the risks and consequences of nuclear weapons for current and future generations, awakening public conscience to build a global popular constituency in support of the Treaty in order to achieve and sustain a world free from nuclear weapons.


List of Endorsers

  • Acharya Marty Janowitz, Shambhala
  • Dr. Akemi Bailey Haynie

Director of Women's Programs, Soka Gakkai International-USA

  • American Friends Service Committee
  • Rev. Angel Kyodo Williams, New Dharma Community & Center for Transformative Change
  • Anne Seisen Saunders, Sweetwater Zen Center, National City, CA
  • Anthony Donovan
  • Sister Ardeth Plutte, Jonah House
  • Sister Carol Gilbert, Jonah House
  • Christian Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
  • Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach
  • Community of Living Traditions at Stony Point Center
  • Conference of Major Superiors of Men
  • Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, US Province
  • Dharma Sangha - Crestone Mountain Zen Center
  • Doug Hostetter, Director, United Nations Office, Mennonite Central Committee
  • Rev. Eido Frances Carney, Soto Zen Buddhism, Temple Ground Press
  • Friends Committee on National Legislation
  • Gina Sharpe, Co-Founder of New York Insight Meditation Center
  • Hirotsugu Terasaki

Director General of Peace and Global Issues, Soka Gakkai International

  • Rev. Hozan Alan Senauke

Director, Clear View Project

Rev. Hozan Alan Senauke, Director, Clear View Project

  • Insight Meditation Community of Washington
  • Islamic Society of North America
  • Dr. Jack Kornfield, Spirit Rock Buddhist Center
  • Janet Fenton, Northern Friends Peace Board Quakers
  • Jim Winkler, General Secretary/President,
  • Jisho Warner, Stone Creek Zen Center
  • Rev Joan Hogetsu Hoeberichts, Abbot, Heart Circle Sangha
  • Rev. Josho Pat Phelan, Abbess, Chapel Hill Zen Center
  • Juanne Robinson, Peace Action National Council of Churches, USA.
  • Rev. Dr. T. Kenjitsu Nakagaki, President, Buddhist Council of New York
  • Bishop Kevin Dowling C.Ss.R., Co-President, Pax Christi International
  • Rev. Kenshin Catherine Cascade, Head Teacher, Bird Haven Zendo
  • Kittisaro & Thanissara
  • Kotatsu John Bailes, One Heart Zen
  • Kristin Barker
  • Malik Mujahid, Sound Vision
  • Marie Dennis, Co-President, Pax Cristi International
  • Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
  • Matt Regan, Secretary, International Buddhist Committee of Washington DC
  • Mikael Lindgren, Church of Sweden
  • Monica Willard, United Religions Initiative
  • Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice,
  • Muslim Peace Fellowship
  • Mustafa Ceric, Grand Mufti Emeritus of Bosnia, President, World Bosniak Congress
  • National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd
  • Bishop Noriaki Ito, Higashi Honganji North America District
  • Olympia Zen Center's Soto Zen Buddhist Sangha
  • Sr. Patricia Chappell, Executive Director, Pax Christi USA
  • Roshi Pat Enkyo O'Hara, Village Zendo, New York City
  • Pax Christi International
  • Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison, Guiding Teacher, New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care
  • Rev. Shodo Spring, Mountains and Waters Alliance
  • Sisters of Mercy of the Americas – Institute Justice Team
  • Susi Snyder, Pax
  • The Sussex Sangha
  • Rabbi Peter S. Knobel, Special Advisor on Global Security, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
  • Rev. Taigen Dan Leighton PhD, Ancient Dragon Zen Gate, Soto Zen Buddhist Temple, Chicago
  • Timmon Wallis, Quakers in Britain
  • Unitarian Universalist Association
  • United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries
  • United Methodist Church, General Board of Church and Society
  • Rev. Val Szymanski
  • Rev. Wendy Egyoku Nakao, Zen Center of Los Angeles
  • World Council of Churches
  • Rev. Zuiko Redding, Cedar Rapids Zen Center - Jikyouji, Cedar Rapids, Iowa