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

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 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

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,

Nous nous adressons à vous en tant que…

Abolish Nuclear Weapons

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Please know that you and your colleagues in the Government of Canada are supported by the prayers and good wishes of Canadians.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. M.L. Bailey Moderator Christian Churches (Disciples of Christ) in Canada

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

John Congram Moderator Presbyterian Church in Canada

Archbishop H. Derderian Primate Canadian Diocese of the Armenian Orthodox Church

The Rev. Messale Engeda Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church

Marvin Frey Executive Director Mennonite Central Committee Canada

Donald V. Kerr Commissioner The Salvation Army

Fr. Marcos Marcos St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Church

Jim Moerman Reformed Church in America

Fr. Anthony Nikolic Polish National Catholic Church of Canada

The Most Rev. Michael G. Peers Primate…

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

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;

Faith Leaders Urge Prime Minister to Push for Peace in Darfur

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

Robert J. Suderman, General Secretary Mennonite Church Canada

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

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

Henry Hess Acting Director of Canadian Ministries Christian Reformed Church in North America – Canada

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

Metropolitan Archbishop Sotirios Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Toronto, (Canada)

Rev. M. Jean Morris Moderator of the 131st General Assembly The Presbyterian Church in Canada

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

M. Christine MacMillan, Commissioner Territorial Commander The Salvation Army

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

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…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 Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada Mennonite Central Committee Canada The Presbyterian Church in Canada The United Church of Canada