We Call for Peace: Statements on Peace by Canadian Churches and Religious Organizations

Tasneem Jamal

Working Paper 94-3

Table of Contents

Introduction The Canadian Council of Churches The Anglican Church of Canada The Catholic Church and organizations The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada Mennonite conferences and organizations The Presbyterian Church in Canada The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) The United Church of Canada

Introduction

By Martin Rumscheidt, Project Ploughshares National Board member

There is no peace to keep,” said the blue-helmeted soldier. Such has been the experience of the United Nations in its nearly 40-year-long effort to find the way to peace. Was Mahatma Gandhi right when he declared that there is no way to peace but that peace is the way?

Churches throughout the world have declared,

No War, Just War, Just Peace: Statements by the Anglican Church of Canada 1934-2004

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Author Michael Ingham

Michael Ingham is Chair, Partners in Mission/Eco-Justice Committee, Anglican Church of Canada

Summary

This paper reviews the various authoritative statements on violence and war made by governing bodies of the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) over a period of seventy years beginning in 1934. This brief historical survey shows a consistent pattern of opposition to violence and war as an instrument of national policy while at the same time recognizing the political and (sometimes) religious complexities of international conflicts.

Over these seven decades, the ACC has articulated biblical, theological, and pragmatic principles on the basis of which the nations of the world should consider their decisions to go to war—whether against other nations or against groups internal

Just Peacemaking: Canadian Church Perspectives and Contributions

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speak for 10 minutes, leaving 30 minutes for questions of clarification and discussion. Small group discussion if time allows.

Anglican – Bishop Michael Ingham, Vancouver Quakers – Gianne Broughton, Canadian Friends Service Committee Christian Reformed – Bruce Adema

Church Leader Presentations – Panel 2 10:15 a.m.

Presbyterian Church – Stephen Allen, PCC national office Mennonites – Jack Suderman, former General Secretary of Mennonite Church Canada United Church – Moderator Mardi Tindal

Break 11:15 a.m.

Church Leader Presentations – Panel 3 11:30 a.m.

Lutheran Church –David Pfrimmer, Waterloo Lutheran Seminary Unitarians – Jeffrey Brown, Unitarian Universalist Chaplain, University of Toronto

Lunch 12:30 p.m.

Reflection on discussion – Dr. Glen H. Stassen (he departs Waterloo at 3:00pm) 1:30 p.m.

Case Study…

Canadian Churches say “No” to Iraq War

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Schultz, National Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada; Dan Nighswander, General Secretary, Mennonite Church Canada; Right Rev. Seraphim, Bishop of Ottawa and Canada, Orthodox Church in America; John Calder, Clerk of the Canadian Yearly Meeting, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers); Rev. F. Tom Rutherford, Regional Minister, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Canada; Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate, Armenian Orthodox Church, Canadian Diocese; Rev. Dr. Kenneth Bellous, Executive Minister, Baptist Convention of Ontario & Quebec; Rev. Messale Engeda, Presiding Priest, Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church in the Western Hemisphere; Very Rev. Anthony Nikolic, Polish National Catholic Church of Canada; Rev. Siebrand Wilts, Stated Clerk, Regional Synod of Canada, Reformed Church in America; Metropolitan Archbishop Wasyly (Fedak), Primate, Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada;

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of Canadian Ministries C hristian Reformed Church in North America

The Rev. Fr. Marcos Marcos Protopriest The Coptic Orthodox Church of Canada

L.K. (Rev. Fr.) Messale Engeda Head Priest and Administrator of The Ethiopian Orthodox Church of Canada

The Rev. Susan C. Johnson National Bishop Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada

His Eminence Metropolitan Sotirios Archbishop Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Toronto (Canada)

The Rev. Manoj M. Zacharia Mar Thoma Syrian Church

Dr. Robert J. Suderman General Secretary Mennonite Church Canada

His Eminence Seraphim Archbishop of Ottawa and Canada Orthodox Church in America

Bishop Sylvester Bigaj Polish National Catholic Church of Canada

The Rev. Dr. Herbert F. Gale Moderator of the 136th General Assembly The Presbyterian Church in Canada

Commissioner William W….

Canadian Church Leaders Call for an End to NATO Bombing

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Primate, Anglican Church of Canada; Msgr. Peter Schonenbach, General Secretary, Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops; Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate, Canadian Diocese of the Armenian Orthodox Church; Dr. Helmut Harder, General Secretary, Conference of Mennonites in Canada; Bishop Telmor Sartison, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada; Right Rev. Seraphim, Bishop of Ottawa and Canada of the Orthodox Church in America; Gale Wills, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers); Rev. Dr. William Klempa, Moderator, Presbyterian Church in Canada; Very Rev. Bill Phipps, Moderator, United Church of Canada.

For more information:

Janet Somerville, General Secretary Canadian Council of Churches 416-232-6070 Ex. 2327

David Pfrimmer, Chair Commission for Justice and Peace Canadian Council of Churches 519-884-1970 Ex. 3907

Ernie Regehr, Director Project Ploughshares 519-888-6541 Ex. 263

Canadian Church Leaders Urge Nuclear Disarmament and Ballistic Missile Control

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…Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada

 

Metropolitan Sotirios Archbishop Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Toronto ( Canada )

 

Henry Krause Moderator Mennonite Church Canada

 

The Right Rev. Seraphim Bishop of Ottawa and Canada Archdiocese of Canada of the Orthodox Church in America

 

The Very Rev. Anthony Nikolic Polish National Catholic Church of Canada

 

The Rev. P. Alex McDonald Moderator, 129th General Assembly The Presbyterian Church in Canada

 

The Rev. Siebrand Wilts Clerk Regional Synod of Canada – Reformed Church in America

 

M. Christine MacMillan Commissioner Territorial Commander The Salvation Army Canada and Bermuda Territory

 

Metropolitan Archbishop Wasyly (Fedak) Primate Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada

The Right Rev. Peter Short Moderator United Church of Canada

Canadian Church Leaders Urge Prime Minister to Pursue Peace in Iraq Crisis

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…Minister Baptist Convention of Ontario and Quebec

The Right Rev. Maurice Hicks General Superintendent British Methodist Episcopal Church

Bishop Jacques Berthelet, C.S.V. Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil President Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

John Calder Clerk Canadian Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

The Rev. Fr. Messale Engeda Presiding Priest Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church in the Western Hemisphere

The Rev. Raymond Schultz National Bishop Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada

Don Peters Executive Director Mennonite Central Committee Canada

Henry Krause Moderator Mennonite Church Canada

The Right Rev. Seraphim Bishop of Ottawa and Canada Orthodox Church in America

The Very Rev. Anthony Nikolic Polish National Catholic Church of Canada

The Rev. J. Mark Lewis Moderator, 128th General Assembly The Presbyterian Church

Church Leaders’ Say “No” to War on Iraq

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…the Western Hemisphere

Rev. Raymond Schultz National Bishop Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada

Dan Nighswander General Secretary Mennonite Church Canada

The Right Rev. Seraphim Bishop of Ottawa and Canada Orthodox Church in America

The Very Rev. Anthony Nikolic Polish National Catholic Church of Canada

The Rev. J. Mark Lewis Moderator, 128th General Assembly The Presbyterian Church in Canada

Rev. Siebrand Wilts Stated Clerk Regional Synod of Canada Reformed Church in America

Metropolitan Archbishop Wasyly (Fedak) Primate Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada

The Right Rev. Dr. Marion Pardy Moderator United Church of Canada Ecumenical agencies: Jane Orion Smith Chair, Board of Directors KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives

Dr. Walter Pitman, O. Ont., O.C. Chair, Board of Directors Project Ploughshares

 

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Abolish Nuclear Weapons

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The Anglican Church of Canada

The Very Rev. Bill Phipps United Church of Canada

Rt. Rev. Dr. Daniel D. Rupwate General Superintendent British Methodist Episcopal Church

Bishop Telmor Sartison Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada

The Right Rev. Seraphim Bishop of Ottawa and Canada Orthodox Church in America

His Eminence Metropolitan Archbishop Sotirios Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Toronto (Canada)

Bishop François Thibodeau, c.j.m. President of the Episcopal Commission on Social Affairs Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

The Rev. Arie G. Van Eek Council of Christian Reformed Churches in Canada

Gale Wills Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Canada

Appendix

Background Notes to the Canadian Church Leaders’ 1998 Statement on Nuclear Weapons

1. The historical commitment to nuclear abolition:

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