By Dr. Catherine Cory and Dr. Sherry Jordan, Theology Department

Concerned about the war in Iraq?  Want to do something to make a difference in the lives of those affected by the war?  Much has been said on both sides about the justice of this war, but, wherever you stand on the issue, we can all join together as a community to help provide humanitarian aid to those in need.

We are inviting the whole UST community — faculty, staff, administration, students, alumni, parents and friends of UST — to join us in lending our financial support to relief organizations that provide direct aid to the victims of war.  Although there are many such organizations, we provide a few for your consideration: 

Catholic Relief Services

Lutheran World Relief

Mennonite Central Committee

United Methodist Committee on Relief

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. The Red Crescent operates in Muslim countries. 

You can contribute by credit card on secure Web sites or through the mail by check.  The Web sites provide easy-to-follow instructions for how to make a donation.  Your contributions would be greatly appreciated.  The immediate needs of the Iraqi people are very great and, because of their devastated economy, they will continue to have need into the foreseeable future.  The same is true for the people of Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo, and other places recently ravaged by war.  Invite your friends to participate.  Tell your parents or other interested people, too.  Together we can make a difference.

In discussions of just war theory, people wrestle with questions about just cause, whether there is legitimate authority for using force, about probability of success and proportionality, and whether norms of conduct are in place to protect innocent civilians.  While we recognize that there are no easy answers to any of these questions, we are firmly convinced that just war should include the obligation to restore culture and economy, so that the victims of war no longer need to fear for their safety or go without the basic necessities of life.  As a human community, we are only as strong as our most vulnerable members.