Creating Leadership on Drone Warfare within the Faith Community

The Peace Action Education Fund in Princeton, NJ created the Interfaith Network on Drone Warfare (INDW) in 2015 to enable people and institutions of faith to study and take appropriate steps to work for change in U.S. drone warfare policies. Since then, INDW held a national conference for religious leaders on drone warfare at Princeton Theological Seminary, co-sponsored 13 regional conferences on drone warfare, produced five 30-minute films on drone warfare for congregations, and promoted their use across the country.

The next phase of the work began July 15, 2018 and will be completed on February 1, 2021.

During that time, INDW will engage in these tasks:

  1. Recruit two people of faith from each of 30 geographic areas across the United States who will make a commitment until February 1, 2021 to educate institutions and people of faith and enable them to take other appropriate steps to work for change in the U.S. lethal drone policies.
  2. Ensure that the national offices of denominations and religious organizations will find ways to support the persons from their denomination or faith group that make this commitment.
  3. A National Advisory Committee will be created for the period of fall of 2018 to February 2021 to advise and help the staff and the board of the Peace Action Education Fund with the implementation of this project. It will be made up of representatives of national denominational entities and religious organizations. The Advisory Committee will meet periodically by conference call to offer suggestions for the implementation of the project.
  4. Use the Ecumenical Advocacy Days, a national conference held for the Christian community in Washington, DC in April 2019, to help recruit the 60 people of faith.
  5. Hold a three-day national conference for the 60 people of faith and the members of the National Advisory Committee to equip them to do their work effectively.
  6. The Peace Action Education Fund will convene those making this commitment by holding a monthly conference call from October 1, 2019 until February 1, 2021 and will create other methods for supporting the 60 people. 
  7. The INDW will increase the number of congregations screening the videos by working with the staff of denominations and religious organizations and those congregations that have viewed the videos to urge new congregations to show at least one of the videos. 
  8. The INDW will maintain the email list of people of faith who have engaged in work on drone warfare with the religious community.
  9. Continue to operate the INDW website, which provides access to the five videos on drone warfare for congregations, as well as other resources on drone warfare.
Drone Warfare: a Pressing Moral and Spiritual Issue

Show one of these free 30 minute videos
in your Congregation and receive $100!
(See purple box below)

Moral and Safe? War, Peace, Drone Warfare and the Religious Community

An Introduction to Drone Warfare: This film describes the history, the nature, use and moral challenges posed by drone warfare. It features Col. Lawrence Wilkerson (U.S. Army retired), former Chief of Staff for General Colin Powell; Dr. Mary Ann Cusimano Love, Catholic University; Diane Randall, Friends Committee On National Legislation; Andrea Prasow, Human Rights Watch; and Jamal Jaffer, Columbia University Law School. The challenges facing drone operators are also described. Religious leaders, including a Catholic, Protestants, a Muslim, a Sikh, and a rabbi tell us about their traditions’ views of drone warfare.

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The Religious Community and Drone Warfare

The Religious Community and Drone Warfare is for congregations who wish to go into more depth into the concerns expressed by denominations, religious organizations and religious leaders.

Faith leaders from a wide range of traditions are interviewed on this 27 minute video, including representatives of the U.S. States Conference of Catholic Bishops, United Church of Christ, New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good, a rabbi from Interfaith Action for Human Rights, the Unitarian Universalist Association, United Methodist Church, American Sikh Council, Islamic Society of North America, Friends Committee on National Legislation and Church of the Brethren. 

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Register to preview the film and to indicate that your congregation might be interested in screening any of five films. You will then receive a link to view the videos online.

At your screening, you can choose to view the film via wi-fi, download it onto your device, or you can request a DVD by calling 609-924-5022. For congregations that show the video before July 31, 2018,  we will send a $100 donation upon receipt of the list of attendees and a review of the video they screened! The list of attendees and the completed questionnaire must be received before July 31.

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  • Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars

    Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars

    A half hour version – edited for education classes in congregations

    In Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars, by Brave New Films, director Robert Greenwald investigates the impact of U.S. drone strikes at home and abroad through compelling interviews, including a former American drone operator who shares what he has witnessed in his own words, Pakistani families mourning loved ones and seeking legal redress, investigative

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  • National Bird

    National Bird

    A half hour version – edited for education classes in congregations

    The Interfaith Network on Drone Warfare has produced a 34 minute version of National Bird, a documentary by Sonia Kennebeck. The film follows the dramatic journey of three whistleblowers that are determined to break the silence about America’s drone war. This version features two military veterans of drone warfare: Lisa and Heather. Plagued by guilt over

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  • Drone

    Drone

    <0>A half hour version – edited for education classes in congregations.

    A commentator says at the beginning of the film, Drone by Tonje Hessen Schei, “If you can get a high level Al Qaeda guy, isn’t it worth about any costs?” Schei raises several concerns about that conclusion, including that fact that other nations, including China, Russian and Iran lethal

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Interfaith Network on Drone Warfare
Peace Action Education Fund
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Princeton, NJ  08542