All persons are created in the image of God and owe their first allegiance to God. All persons have the responsibility to read and interpret the scriptures and to reflect on their religious experience in order to understand God’s will for them and the world, and they are called in conscience to live out that understanding. The supreme responsibility of every person is to obey God’s will above all human laws and directives.

(From Resolution on Christian Conscience and Military Service, 1979)

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