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

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and tradition of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) proscribes any external direction of belief and behaviour by its members, but stresses the individual’s accountability to God, using Scriptures as a guide. Therefore, the General Assembly of the Christian Church affirms the principle of Christian pacifism as one way of life for its members and makes this affirmation, in keeping with its special rules of procedure, “for the consideration of the congregations and members of the Christian Church and, for a Christian witness to the world,” recognizing the right of each individual, using Scripture as a guide, personally to define standards of faith and behaviour.

Resolution concerning priorities for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) (1985) Adopted by the General…

A Christian Reformed Perspective on Peace and War

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Author Bruce Adema

Rev. Bruce Adema, is Director of Canadian Ministries, Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA)

The Christian Reformed Church knows that our Lord calls all his people to be peacemakers. We are also very aware that the Lord has placed his people in societies with governments, and that we are called to respect and obey our government leaders in all things that do not conflict with God’s clear instruction to us.

Of course, that is where the debate begins. We stand in the “Just War” tradition, and men and women from the Christian Reformed Church have taken positions within the armed forces of our countries. Yet we are well aware of the complexities of the issues, and

United Church of Canada Seminar Presentation

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continuing through the work of the Aboriginal Rights Coalition and KAIROS—the United Church has advocated for Aboriginal rights, including First Nations self-government.

Justice and Right Relationship are focused on how we, as a church, are working to address the painful legacy of Indian Residential Schools, a legacy in which the United Church was directly involved. In both 1986 and 1998, we formally apologised to Aboriginal people for our role in imposing western European culture and more specifically for our involvement in the Indian Residential School system. We continue to work to fulfill the words of these apologies.

The United Church is a signatory to the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement of which the Truth and Reconciliation Commission is a part….

Response to an Ecumenical Call to Just Peace

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the “just war” tradition obsolete, as the JPC does, these questions, theoretically, have been answered. These are not the ways the church envisions peace to come. The church has not prepared itself to execute any of these options. And yet it wants to speak to these questions, and the non-church wants it to speak to them, too. It is somewhat akin to the horse-and-buggy Amish advising Chrysler how to build better cars, and being expected by others to do so with high levels of expertise.

The irony is that the church is somehow holding itself responsible to be something that it is not. More seriously, the church is held responsible by what it is not to be what it cannot…

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…

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;

Church Leaders United Against War in Iraq

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and Helvetic Confessions in Austria Rev. Thomas Wipf, president of the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches Bishop Jonas Jonson, Bishop of the Church of Sweden Rev. Kjell Jonasson, Church of Sweden Rev. Canon Dr Trond Bakkevig, Church of Norway Archbishop Jukka Parma, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland Bischop Karsten Nissen, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark Dr. Alison Elliot, Church of Scotland and Churches Together in Scotland (ACTS) Rev Arie W. van der Plas, Reformed Churches in the Netherlands and Uniting Protestant Churches in the Netherlands Archbishop Feofan, Russian Orthodox Church, archbishop of Berlin and Germany Bishop Athanasius of Achaja, Church of Greece Rev. Dr. Nuhad Daoud Tomeh, representing the General Secretariat of the Middle East Council of Churches Mr. Thor-Arne…

Canadian Church Leaders Urge Nuclear Disarmament and Ballistic Missile Control

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…Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

Presiding Clerk Richard McCutcheon Canadian Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

The Rev. Rick Myer Moderator Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Canada

The Rev. William F. Veenstra Canadian Ministries Director Christian Reformed Church in North America – Canada

Fr. Marcos Marcos Protopriest Coptic Orthodox Church in Canada


The Rev. Fr. Messale Engeda Presiding Priest Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church of Canada


The Rev. Raymond Schultz National Bishop 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

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

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use of armed force may become necessary.” This is a difficult conclusion for many Christians, and yet it would reflect the broad views of Canadian Anglicans as expressed in these official statements through the years.

A clear and consistent pattern of belief is evident in the documents surveyed here. Violence and war are incompatible with Christ’s teaching. Christian responsibility is to build up communities of peace founded upon justice for all people and for the earth itself. Peacemaking and reconciliation are at the heart of the Christian gospel.


1. The source for all quotations in this paper is the General Synod Archives.

2. Statement by the Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, Anglican News Service, January 17, 1991.

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

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in Canada

The 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

The Rev. William F. Veenstra Canadian Ministries Director Christian Reformed Church in North America

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

Jane Orion Smith Chair, Board of Directors KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives

Moira Hutchinson Chair, Board of Directors Project Ploughshares


Le Très honorable Jean Chrétien Premier ministre du Canada Chambre des Communes Ottawa, Canada K1A 0A2 28 Février 2003 Monsieur le Premier ministre,

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