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


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

United Church of Canada Seminar Presentation

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Author Moderator Mardi Tindal

I have been asked to summarize the approach of The United Church of Canada to ‘just peacemaking’—in 10 minutes. We must not take ourselves too seriously!

Our United Church approach is one of soul, community, and creation. We seek to be in right relationship with God and one another, to be ecumenical in the broadest sense of the word, and to make the wellbeing of the whole world our central concern, because we understand this to be God’s central concern. I will speak to these three aspects of our approach.

Our most often recited words of faith in the United Church begin with the declaration that “We are not alone. We live in God’s world.”

Response to an Ecumenical Call to Just Peace

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Author Robert J. Suderman

Response to an Ecumenical Call to Just Peace (ECJP) (World Council of Churches [WCC], 2011) Just Peace Companion (JPC) (WCC, 2011)

Dr. Robert J. Suderman is with the Mennonite Church Canada

A brief reflection

Luke’s gospel poignantly articulates the ongoing dilemma represented in the WCC documents currently under review. It juxtaposes the hopeful prophecy of Zechariah about John as an instrument of the Lord to “guide our feet into the way of peace” (Luke 1:79); the celebrative song of the angels announcing Jesus’ birth—“Glory to God in the highest heavens, and on earth peace among those whom he favors” (Luke 2:14); and the almost verbatim passion of the multitudes applauding Jesus’ arrival at Jerusalem—“Blessed

Just Peacemaking: Canadian Church Perspectives and Contributions

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…from Glen Stassen on the 10 practices of just peacemaking, a Catholic view on just peace excerpted from the concluding document of the Roman Catholic–Mennonite dialogue (2003), and the Canadian Interfaith Call for Leadership and Action on Climate Change (October 2011). Also included is a list of symposium participants and the agenda for the day.

Contributed Papers A Christian Reformed Perspective on Peace and War Canadian Quakers and “Just Peace” United Church of Canada Seminar Presentation No War, Just War, Just Peace: Statements by the Anglican Church of Canada 1934-2004 Roman Catholic perspectives on peace Creating Peace: Unitarian Universalist Perspectives A Contribution from The Presbyterian Church in Canada A Lutheran Response to Glory to God and Peace on Earth: The…

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


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

Canadian Churches say “No” to Iraq War

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Urge PM to pursue “genuine” negotiation, and resist pressures for “a new invasion”

(Toronto) Fifteen prominent church leaders – representing a broad spectrum of Canadian church denominations – as well as the ecumenical peace organization Project Ploughshares and the inter-church justice coalition KAIROS joined together to send an urgent message to Jean Chrétien today, imploring the Prime Minister to resist growing “pressure” in favour of “a new invasion of Iraq”.

“This is a time for intense diplomacy and face-to-face negotiations, not for missiles and highaltitude bombing. This is especially a time for multilateralism,” states a joint letter signed by Bishop Jacques Berthelet, President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops; Archdeacon Jim Boyles, General Secretary of the Anglican Church

Church Leaders United Against War in Iraq

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World Council of Churches press release.

Cf. WCC Press Release, PR-03-08 of 3 February 2003-02-05

Three U.S. church leaders have joined 22 church leaders in Europe and the Middle East in opposing war in Iraq and calling for a peaceful resolution of conflicts.

The meeting of church leaders in Berlin today (February 5) was convened by the World Council of Churches (WCC) in consultation with the Conference of European Churches (CEC), the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA (NCCCUSA) and the Middle East Council of Churches, hosted by the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD).

The leaders deplored the fact that the United States and other nations “regard war as an acceptable instrument of foreign policy” and

A World Without Nuclear Weapons

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…Government to give renewed and urgent attention to nuclear disarmament. From time-to-time Prime Ministers in Canada have received written representations on this issue from individual Canadian churches and church bodies. Now we are pleased to address you collectively as members of The Canadian Council of Churches (CCC), representing 23 churches of Anglican, Evangelical, Free Church, Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox, Protestant, and Eastern Catholic and Roman Catholic traditions.

Our Call

We are especially grateful to be addressing these issues at a time of growing hope and conviction that the international community both desires and is in reach of a world without nuclear weapons. Such a world has long been promoted by the disarmament movement in Canada and beyond, and it…

Canadian Church Leaders Call for an End to NATO Bombing

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…Commission on Justice and Peace. Ernie Regehr, director of Project Ploughshares, accompanied the delegation.

Speaking as leaders of their churches were Virginia Coleman, General Secretary of the United Church of Canada; Carol Dixon of the Canadian Friends’ Service Committee (Quakers); Rev. Stephen Kendall, Principal Clerk of the Presbyterian Church in Canada; Archbishop Michael Peers, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada; Msgr. Peter Schonenbach, General Secretary of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops; and Bishop Seraphim of the Orthodox Church of America (Canada diocese).

On April 13, two days before the meeting, the leaders of nine Christian churches in Canada had signed an urgent letter to the Prime Minister appealing to the Canadian government to “press for an immediate, unilateral…

Canadian Church Leaders Urge Nuclear Disarmament and Ballistic Missile Control

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…your important responsibilities. May God’s own Spirit light your path.

You must put my laws and customs into practice; you must keep them, practice them; and so you shall be secure in your possession of the land. The land will give its fruit, you will eat your fill and live in security. Leviticus 25:18-19

This letter was signed by:

The Most. Rev. David Crawley Acting Primate The Anglican Church of Canada


His Grace Bishop Baghrat Galstanyan Primate Armenian Holy Apostolic Church, Canadian Diocese


The Rev. Dr. Kenneth Bellous Executive Minister Baptist Convention of Ontario and Quebec


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

The Most Rev. Brendan M. O’Brien Archbishop of St. John’s…