May 8, 2018 — The General Council of the Adrian Dominican Sisters has issued the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s decision on May 8, 2018, to withdraw from the Iran Nuclear Deal.
The Adrian Dominican Sisters decry the Trump Administration’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Iran nuclear deal. Despite its flaws, the multilateral deal is widely recognized as having achieved its goal of preventing Iran from continuing to develop its nuclear weapons capacity.
This imprudent, destabilizing action not only threatens to bring back the specter of a nuclear-armed Iran, but also further isolates the United States from global leadership, raises tensions among allies, and sows discord among adversaries.
“Blessed are the peacemakers!” (Mt 5:9)
As women of faith, we call upon our nation’s elected leaders to act judiciously to mitigate the deleterious effects of this decision. May their actions be, as the Prophet Isaiah proclaimed, “like streams of water in a dry place, like the shade of a great rock in a weary land.” (Isaiah 32:2)
January 15, 2018, Adrian, Michigan – As our national sense of decency is assaulted by coarse and disrespectful public discourse, and our sense of unity fractured by words and actions that sow hatred and division, these words of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. speak to us with fresh urgency today:
Every nation must now develop an overriding loyalty to [hu]mankind as a whole in order to preserve the best in their individual societies. This call for a worldwide fellowship that lifts neighborly concern beyond one's tribe, race, class, and nation is in reality a call for an all-embracing and unconditional love for all [hu]mankind. [April 4, 1967, Riverside Church]
Dr. King’s call to love is at the heart of our Christian faith. It is, as he notes, “the force which all of the great religions have seen as the supreme unifying principle of life.”
As we honor today the memory of one of our nation’s most prophetic national leaders, we Adrian Dominican Sisters call on ourselves and all people of faith and goodwill to strive to live that all-embracing love.