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

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of war and those designated as enemies;

7. to encourage members and congregations, especially those near military installations and arms factories, to provide spiritual and legal assistance to those who seek to change their activities related to war. Mennonite Central Committee Canada (MCCC) Statement on the Persian Gulf War January 19, 1991


We, the members of Mennonite Central Committee Canada (MCCC), assembled in our annual meeting in Clearbrook, British Columbia, are adopting this statement with regard to the current Persian Gulf war, in order to express some of our concerns, to identify certain actions we plan to take, and to communicate with our supporting churches.

We are profoundly saddened by the outbreak of this war. For people in the…

Small Arms after the United Nations Conference: The Way Forward

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…ceremony. The lesson from these cases, he suggested, was that the community was an essential element in any effective response.


Session 4 – Central America case study

Viviana Arroyo Coordinator, Central American Dialogue project, Demilitarization, Disarmament and Human Security Program The Arias Foundation, Costa Rica

In presenting the second case-study, on the situation in Central America, Viviana Arroyo said surveys showed that citizen security (or insecurity) ranked second only to the cost of living in a poll taken on perceived problems in this region. The problem embraced crime in the street and at home, kidnapping, car thefts, bank robberies – and anxiety about the role of police forces. Most people in Central America thought their governments had…

Reversing the Tide: Report on the small arms action forum

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issue was single focus – small arms do not offer the same narrow agenda.)


Carol Brunt, CUSO, Ottawa adamsbrunt@sympatico.ca Paula Butler, United Church of Canada, Etobicoke pbutler@uccan.org Peter Chapman, Canadian Friends Service Committee, Toronto cfsc@web.net Chris Derkson Hiebert, Mennonite Central Committee Canada, Ottawa chrisdh@web.net Ken Epps, Project Ploughshares, Waterloo kepps@ploughshares.ca Douglas Fraser, Canadian Council for International Peace and Security, Ottawa ccips@web.net Mark Gaillard, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Ottawa Mark.Gaillard@dfait-maeci.gc.ca Bonnie Greene, United Church of Canada, Etobicoke bgreene@uccan.org Shaukat Hassan, International Development Research Centre, Ottawa shassan@idrc.ca Joy Kennedy, Anglican Church of Canada, Toronto jkennedy@national.anglican.ca Michael Kerr, Green Lotus International, Toronto mkerr@web.net Jennifer Loten, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Ottawa Jennifer.Loten@dfait-maeci.gc.ca Claire Pike, Fafo Institute,…

Just Peacemaking: Canadian Church Perspectives and Contributions

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…College, Peace and Conflict Studies professor, Project Ploughshares board member Sheila Havard, Canadian Friends Service Committee, board member Paul Heidebrecht, Mennonite Central Committee–Ottawa, Director Jean Herzog, Alternatives to Violence Project, National Recorder Michael Ingham, Anglican Church of Canada, Bishop, Diocese of New Westminster Robert Kelly, Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, Professor of Systematic Theology Joy Kennedy, United Church of Canada, Poverty, Wealth & Ecology Program Coordinator Liz Monteiro, The Waterloo Region Record, reporter Peter Noteboom, Canadian Council of Churches, Associate Secretary for the Commission on Justice and Peace David Pfrimmer, Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, Principal–Dean John Siebert, Project Ploughshares, Executive Director Glen Stassen, Fuller Theological Seminary, Professor of Christian Ethics Derek Suderman, Conrad Grebel University College, Religious Studies professor Robert Suderman, Mennonite Church…

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…

Witness for peace: Chronicling the role of the Canadian churches in shaping public policy over the past 40 years

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…witness of Canadian churches,” which can be found in The Ecumenist: A journal of theology, culture, and history, Vol. 52, No. 1, Winter 2015, pp. 1-10. Paul Heidebrecht is Director of the MSCU Centre for Peace Advancement at Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo. Jennifer Wiebe is Director of the Ottawa office of Mennonite Central Committee. This article is derived from “Keeping the Faith? Tracing the struggle to amplify the peace witness of Canadian churches,” which can be found in The Ecumenist: A journal of theology, culture, and history, Vol. 52, No. 1, Winter 2015, pp. 1-10. Paul Heidebrecht is Director of the MSCU Centre for Peace Advancement at Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo. Jennifer Wiebe is…

A Witness to Militarism: Project Ploughshares turns 20

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…completed a three-year Mennonite Central Committee (Canada) study assignment in southern Africa while Murray was at the time the executive director of CUSO. Within a few months, Ploughshares and the United Church group CANDA (Canadian Defence Alternatives) amalgamated, adding the exploration of alternative, less militaristic national security strategies to the project’s mandate.

The project’s strategy was to work in two concurrent phases. The first built a resource base through the study and research of defence policy and the arms trade with an emphasis on Canada, while the second focussed on developing alternative policies and, through public education programs, gaining support for these policies.

In 1977, Ploughshares officially became a coalition of The Canadian Council of Churches. This was a unique…

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

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…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 Church…

Q&A with MCCO: Syrian refugees in Canada

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In anticipation of World Refugee Day on June 20, Sonal Marwah recently engaged in conversation with Mennonite Central Committee Ontario (MCCO) staff. Kaylee Perez, Refugee Sponsorship Associate, and Moses Moini, Refugee Program Coordinator, shared information and insights into MCCO’s current work and relationship with new Syrian refugees in Canada.

Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 37 Issue 2 Summer 2016; interview conducted and edited by Sonal Marwah

Sonal Marwah: Has MCCO’s focus changed or been modified to respond to the needs of refugees in the current migration crisis?

MCCO: Mennonite Central Committee has a long history of working with refugee populations. Since its inception in 1920, MCC has assisted thousands of displaced people and has been instrumental in creating and

Talking to Iran about Nuclear Nonproliferation

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The Ploughshares Monitor Autumn 2008 Volume 29 Issue 3

Last March Project Ploughshares hosted a roundtable on Nuclear Issues in Relation to Iran. It was organized in cooperation with the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and the Ottawa Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The 24 participants included officials and scholars from Iran and from the Embassy of Iran. Canadian participants included former officials and diplomats, academics, and members of the NGO community, while the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa provided assistance and facilities. The discussions were conducted on a not-for-attribution basis to facilitate a free and frank exchange of ideas. It was jointly chaired by William Janzen of the Mennonite Central Committee