Inter-Church Uranium Committee
Organization profile published 1984

Year Published:  1984  
Resource Type:  Organization
Cx Number:  CX2903

Abstract:  The Inter-Church Uranium Committee (ICUC) is a group of Christians from Anglican, Lutheran, Mennonite, Roman Catholic and United Church congregations. ICUC members believe that the Church is drawn into the Saskatchewan uranium debate because of its concern for the ethical and social justice implications arising from the nuclear industry. Out of this concern grew the realization that these issues cannot be adequately addressed until a moratorium is placed on the uranium industry in Saskatchewan.

The committee's long-term goal is to work within church constituencies to make the Government of Saskatchewan declare a moratorium on uranium mining in Saskatchewan. ICUC began in the spring of 1980 with a major conference "Atoms for War and Peace, the Saskatchewan Connection: An Examination of the Christian Churches' responsibility." Its work the second year focused on research. The group recognized the lack of material available on this issue and produced a series of pamphlets on the nuclear industry. Since 1983, ICUS has focused its efforts on building a movement of church, citizen and public interest groups. An education thrust plays a major role in this strategy.

Recent publications include two briefs which relates to the recent spill of radioactive water at the key lake mine. The Key Lake Mine - More Broken Promises (Nov. 1983.) and the key lake uranium spill with the broader environmental context (Jan. 1984).

ICUC also released a statement entitled: Christian Leader call for a halt to Uranium Mining for the Sake of Peace" was issued June 28, 1983 and is endorsed by a long list of local leaders representing the five denominations which sponsor ICUC. "We Christian Leaders call upon all the people in our province to consider once more the dimensions of this uranium issue. We believe that our political leaders are men and women who also desire to make peace. We hope that in sharing our reflections on this important moral issue, we are being faithful to our prophetic call as Christian people." The five page statement touches on uranium as a fuel for weapons, as a risk to our health and as a questionable investment for the province and the country.

This organization has changed its name to the Inter-Church Uranium Committee Educational Co-operative.
This abstract was published in the Connexions Digest in 1984.
See also CX2889.

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