The United States Faith and Ethics Network for the International Criminal Court (US FENICC) is a coalition of religious, interfaith, ethical and humanist NGOs, communities and entities that examine the moral, ethical, and religious considerations surrounding the Court. FENICC claims a special role in raising awareness about the ICC at many levels, including at the grassroots level. The Network through its member organizations promotes the ICC and helps to shape the ICC by disseminating information about the Court to its respective communities.
FENICC's vision is its common belief in justice, redress, the dignity of each human and the universality of the human family, values which are advanced by the universal acceptance of the International Criminal Court, including by the United States.
In service of this vision, FENICC's mission is to work collectively in its communities to achieve a greater understanding of the ICC which reflects our shared values and will support the universal adoption of the Rome Statute, including the earliest possible ratification of it by the United States, to be supported by a closer US relationship to express and be enriched by FENICC members.
- FENICC member organizations commit themselves to support the Court and will mobilize their adherents to that end through their respective services, rituals, practices and meetings.
- They will promote education and awareness of the mission, membership and objectives of the Faith and Ethics Network to faith and ethics-based constituencies, elected officials, media and the general public.
- They will join in the programs of international civil society to further develop and strengthen the ICC.
- They will engage and collaborate with national civil societies for a strong US relationship with the ICC, and eventual US ratification of the Rome Statute.
- FENICC members formally commit themselves to support the Court and will mobilize their adherents to that end through their respective services, rituals, practices and meetings.
- FENICC members will join in the programs of national and international civil society to further develop and strengthen the ICC.
- FENICC members will especially pursue their commitments through ecumenical and interfaith activities.
FENICC meets the last Wednesday of each month, usually in the Presbyterian Conference Room on the 7th Floor of the Church Center for the United Nations, 777 UN Plaza, New York. FENICC members receive confirmation of the date, location and agenda of each meeting from Chair Bruce Knotts.
Members and Their Commitments and Statements
We welcome the participation of all religious, faith, ethical and humanist organizations. For information about attending meetings or joining US FENICC, please contact Chair Bruce Knotts.
- Bahá'ís of the United States
- B'nai B'rith International
- Church World Service
- Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
- Fellowship of Reconciliation
- Imani Works
- Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights of the American Jewish Committee
- Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
- Mennonite Central Committee
- National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA
- National Ethical Service of the American Ethical Union
- Presbyterian Church (USA)
- Temple of Understanding
- Union for Reform Judaism
- Unitarian Universalist Association
- United Church of Christ
- United Methodist Church, General Board of Church and Society
- World Conference of Religions for Peace (WCRP)
Other Commitments and Statements
FENICC collects ICC-related commitments and statements by other religious, faith, ethical and humanist organizations. Please send us any additional commitments and statements not included below.
- American Humanist Association, Flyer expressing support for ICC (February 2003)
- Individuals from Catholic institutions and religious congregations, Sign on letter, "A Catholic Community Responds to the to the War Living with Faith and Hope" calling for US support for ICC (December 17, 2001)
- The Church of the Brethren, Annual Conference ICC Statement in "Nonviolence and Humanitarian Intervention" (1996)
- Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism, Resolution on US Support for the International Criminal Court (Spring 2002)
- Letter to President Clinton (from representatives of faith-based groups and organizations urging him to sign the Rome Statute) (December 20, 2000)
- His Holiness Pope John Paul II excerpt from message for the Celebration of the World Day of Peace, "Peace on Earth to Those Whom God Loves!" (January 1, 2000)
- Holy See Press Release, "Contribution of the Holy See to the Trust Fund for the Establishment of the International Criminal Court (July 1, 2002)
- Jewish Council for Public Affairs Statement by Chair Steven Schwarz (July 29, 1998)
- Leadership Conference of Women Religious National Assembly Resolution for Peace (2002)
- Quaker UN Office QUNO briefing paper (March 2002)
- Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism press release praising US signing of ICC Statute (January 2, 2001)
- Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism press release expressing dismay at US unsigning of Rome Statute (May 13, 2002)
- Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism action alert, "Take action on Yom Hashoa - Support the International Criminal Court and help ensure that Genocide never goes unpunished" (April 2003)
- Women of Reform Judaism, Statement by Executive Committee (2002)
- Vatican Delegation to the Rome Diplomatic Conference on the Establishment of an ICC, Intervention of Archbishop Martino, Head of Delegation (June 16, 1998)
Chair, US Faith and Ethics Network for the ICC
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