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Unitarian Church to question the costs of war

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By Special to the Monitor

The cost of the war in Iraq has been estimated at more than $463 billion. At 10:30 a.m. Sunday, the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos will ask “The Cost of Iraq: Who Pays the Price?” in a special worship service as part of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee’s annual Justice Sunday program.The Rev. John Cullinan will examine the costs of war and their effect on our society’s values from a liberally religious perspective in his sermon titled, “Being the Change We Wish to See.” The service will also draw from the work of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who was assassinated 40 years ago this year.In 1967, King said, “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”Highlighting the cost of the war in real terms is one purpose of the Justice Sunday program, in addition to discussing our humanitarian and spiritual priorities as a nation and as individuals. “The UUSC (Unitarian Universalist Service Committee) is our faith’s ‘hands in the world,’” Cullinan said.