Creating Peace: Unitarian Universalist Perspectives

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understand Unitarian Universalist attitudes toward peace must begin with the acknowledgement that no one of us can speak for another.

Nonetheless, over the last half century of our current institutional existence as the Canadian Unitarian Council and the Unitarian Universalist Association, we have frequently expressed the majority will on matters of peace and justice issues. In the 50 years we have crafted hundreds of resolutions and statements that have decried our nations’ participation in conflicts (Vietnam, the Middle East, Afghanistan, Iraq), supported disarmament and the elimination of nuclear arsenals, advocated peaceful international intervention in regions where genocide was occurring, defended human rights for all groups, and pushed for environmental justice.

Recently, North American Unitarian Universalist congregations participated in a multi-year…

Just Peacemaking: Canadian Church Perspectives and Contributions

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for just such a conversation.

You can join the conversation. Review the documents provided here and the links to related information. Use the comments section at the bottom of the page to keep the conversation going.

Participants Bruce Adema, Christian Reformed Church in North America, Ecumenical Officer Gail Allan, United Church of Canada, Ecumenical Officer, Interchurch & Interfaith Stephen Allen, Presbyterian Church in Canada, Associate Secretary of Justice Ministries Gianne Broughton, Canadian Friends Service Committee, Program Coordinator Jeffrey Brown, Canadian Unitarian Council, University of Toronto chaplain Lawrence Cumming, United Church of Canada, Project Ploughshares board member Jim Davis, KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives, Program Coordinator Donna Fitzpatrick-Lewis, Presbyterian Church in Canada, Project Ploughshares board member Nathan Funk, Conrad Grebel University…

Canada and the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons: A Window of Opportunity

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complete negotiations by the year 2000 on an international convention that will set a firm timetable for the elimination of all nuclear weapons. The Abolition 2000 statement has now been signed by more than 600 organizations around the world, including some two dozen in Canada. The Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons has been formed and includes Artistes Pour La Paix, Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility, Canadian Peace Alliance, Canadian Pugwash Group, End the Arms Race, First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa Social Responsibility Committee, Group of 78, Lawyers for Social Responsibility, Physicians for Global Survival, Project Ploughshares, Science for Peace, Veterans Against Nuclear Arms, Voice of Women, and World Federalists.

The Canadian Network sent a Brief, “Canada’s Role in the…

Project Ploughshares Calls on Canadian Government to Restore Kairos’s CIDA Funding

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church council in the world.

We urge the Government to withdraw the false, defamatory charges against KAIROS. We call upon you to recognize the value of its international work and, above all, to restore its funding to full value.

Sincerely, Dona Harvey Chair Project Ploughshares

cc. Prime Minister Stephen Harper Jason Kenney, PC, MP, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Margaret Biggs, CIDA President The Hon. Gary Goodyear, MP Peter Braid, MP Stephen Woodworth, MP Harold Albrecht, MP Glen Pearson, MP John Rafferty, MP Johanne Deschamps, MP Mary Corkery, KAIROS

Project Ploughshares sponsoring churches: The Anglican Church of Canada Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace Canadian Unitarian Council Canadian Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) Christian…

John Siebert Appointed Executive Director of Project Ploughshares

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John succeeds Ernie Regehr, O.C., who has been with Project Ploughshares from its beginnings in 1976, and who is especially pleased to welcome John. Ernie will continue his association with Ploughshares, focusing on research, writing, and selected projects.

Project Ploughshares is an agency of the Canadian Council of Churches with a mandate to work with churches and related organizations, as well as governments and non-governmental organizations, in Canada and internationally, to identify, develop, and advance approaches that build peace and prevent war, and promote the peaceful resolution of political conflict.

Sponsoring churches are the Anglican Church of Canada, Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, Canadian Unitarian Council, Canadian Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, Evangelical Lutheran Church

Interfaith Group on Darfur

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The Most Reverend Andrew S. Hutchison Primate Anglican Church of Canada

His Grace Bishop Bagrat Galstanian Primate Armenian Holy Apostolic Church Canadian Diocese

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

+ André Gaumond Archbishop of Sherbrooke President Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

Ed Morgan National President Canadian Jewish Congress

Mary Bennett Executive Director Canadian Unitarian Council

Beverly Shepard Presiding Clerk Canadian Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

The Rev. F. Thomas Rutherford Regional Minister Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Canada

Bruce Adema Canadian Ministries Director Christian Reformed Church in North America

Bruce Clemenger President Evangelical Fellowship of Canada

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

Manjit

The Termination of CIDA’s Partnership with KAIROS

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on this matter.

Thank you for giving your attention to these matters and we look forward to your careful reconsideration of this decision.

Sincerely, Dona Harvey Chair of the Board Project Ploughshares

cc. Prime Minister Stephen Harper Margaret Biggs, CIDA President The Hon. Gary Goodyear Peter Braid, MP Stephen Woodward, MP Harold Albrecht, MP Glen Pearson, MP John Rafferty, MP Caroline St-Hilaire, MP Mary Corkery, KAIROS

Project Ploughshares sponsoring churches: The Anglican Church of Canada Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace Canadian Unitarian Council Canadian Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada Mennonite Central Committee Canada The Presbyterian Church in Canada The United Church of Canada

Waterloo Statement on Just Peacemaking: Canadian Church Perspectives and Contributions

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Canadian Churches. There has been a concerted—and largely successful—effort by the Canadian Government to reinvigorate the connection between the Canadian Forces and the Canadian public by linking national symbols such as the flag, the monarchy, and hockey to support for the Canadian Forces. Increased support for militarism also is being expressed in honouring the deaths of Canadian Forces personnel in ramp ceremonies and along the Highway of Heroes.

Canadian churches must find ways to acknowledge and affirm people’s need to publicly express their grief and solidarity with Canadian Forces personnel and their families, even while maintaining a critically engaged conversation on how Canada can make greater contributions to international peace and security through non-military means.

We also affirmed the importance…

Faith Leaders Urge Prime Minister to Push for Peace in Darfur

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with others to resolve the conflict, and restore peace and safety to the people of Darfur.

Therefore, as the crisis continues into a fourth year, we urge the government to include Darfur at the top of its international policy agenda, and take actions that would be effective in bringing peace and security to the people there. Thus we issue a call of deep concern to develop action to assist the suffering and vulnerable people in Darfur, Sudan.

Sincerely,

Ed Morgan National President/ Président national Canadian Jewish Congress/ Congrès juif canadien

Manjit Singh President, Interfaith Council of Montreal Trustee, Gurdwara Sahib Quebec, Montreal (Sikh House of Worship)

Mary Bennett Executive Director Canadian Unitarian Council

Swami Kripamayananda Vedanta Hindu Society of Toronto