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

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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…example: 77% of the military forces of the USA are Christians (compared to 80% of the entire population that designates itself as Christian). Of these 77% about two-thirds are Protestant/Evangelical. A recent article in the Waterloo Region Record highlighted a sniper of the USA military after four tours of duty in Iraq. He is proud to have killed 160 persons. He is an Evangelical Christian. When asked whether he feels any remorse, he replied that the only thing his is sorry about is that he didn’t kill more. When asked if he ever felt any tension between his activities and his faith, he said absolutely not. In the Bible God sends his people to kill in war all the time….

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…

Church Leaders United Against War in Iraq

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…rejected the aims of the U.S. to use a “pre-emptive military strike” to remove the Iraqi regime. They also called on the government of Iraq to comply with United Nations demands that it destroy all weapons of mass destruction.

U.S. leaders who added their names to the statement are the Rev. Dr. Bob Edgar, general secretary, National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA; James Winkler, general secretary, General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church, USA; and the Rev. Dr Rebecca Larson, executive director, Division for Church and Society, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, USA.

The full text of the statement follows:

“1. As European church leaders, in consultation with councils of churches in the…

Canadian Churches say “No” to Iraq War

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…Raymond 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…

A World Without Nuclear Weapons

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…Director 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…

Canadian Church Leaders Urge Nuclear Disarmament and Ballistic Missile Control

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…President 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…

Canadian Church Leaders Call for an End to NATO Bombing

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…accused of human rights violations.

Acknowledging the “heavy burden of governing,” the church leaders nevertheless asserted that “while a great good was sought, in fact a great evil has been done. In this moment,” they added, “we urge you as the Prime Minister of our country to stop, reconsider, and carefully change direction.”

Signing the letter on behalf of their churches were:

Most Rev. Michael G. Peers, 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…

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

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…Executive 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…