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


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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Author Robert J. Suderman

Response to an Ecumenical Call to Just Peace (ECJP) (World Council of Churches [WCC], 2011) Just Peace Companion (JPC) (WCC, 2011)

Dr. Robert J. Suderman is with the Mennonite Church Canada

A brief reflection

Luke’s gospel poignantly articulates the ongoing dilemma represented in the WCC documents currently under review. It juxtaposes the hopeful prophecy of Zechariah about John as an instrument of the Lord to “guide our feet into the way of peace” (Luke 1:79); the celebrative song of the angels announcing Jesus’ birth—“Glory to God in the highest heavens, and on earth peace among those whom he favors” (Luke 2:14); and the almost verbatim passion of the multitudes applauding Jesus’ arrival at Jerusalem—“Blessed

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…

A Contribution from The Presbyterian Church in Canada

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Author Stephen Allen

Stephen Allen is Associate Secretary, Justice Ministries, The Presbyterian Church in Canada


Statements and policies on peacemaking (and other issues) are considered and approved (or not) by the General Assembly of The Presbyterian Church in Canada. General Assembly is the highest court in the church.

The Presbyterian Church in Canada affirms the Sovereignty of God over all creation. Human beings are created in the image of God.

Living Faith

Living Faith is a subordinate standard of The Presbyterian Church in Canada. Subordinate standards are confessional standards subordinate to scripture in the life of the church. Living Faith has this to say about peace:

Christ, the Prince of Peace calls his followers to seek peace in

Canadian Churches say “No” to Iraq War

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…violation of them” – and to reconsider onerous compensation obligations imposed on Iraq after the Gulf War.

“There must be economic hope for Iraqi society, for without it Iraqis will not recover the energy they will need to rebuild their country—nor to change their government,” counsel the church leaders. “The world should not repeat the errors of the settlement imposed on Germany after World War I.”

The churches’ letter to Prime Minister Chrétien is signed by:


Bishop Jacques Berthelet, C.S.V., President, Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops; Right Rev. Dr. Marion Pardy, Moderator, United Church of Canada; Archdeacon Jim Boyles, General Secretary, Anglican Church of Canada; Rev. J. Mark Lewis, Moderator, 128th General Assembly, Presbyterian Church in Canada; Rev….

Church Leaders United Against War in Iraq

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World Council of Churches press release.

Cf. WCC Press Release, PR-03-08 of 3 February 2003-02-05

Three U.S. church leaders have joined 22 church leaders in Europe and the Middle East in opposing war in Iraq and calling for a peaceful resolution of conflicts.

The meeting of church leaders in Berlin today (February 5) was convened by the World Council of Churches (WCC) in consultation with the Conference of European Churches (CEC), the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA (NCCCUSA) and the Middle East Council of Churches, hosted by the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD).

The leaders deplored the fact that the United States and other nations “regard war as an acceptable instrument of foreign policy” and

Canadian Church Leaders Call for an End to NATO Bombing

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…Commission on Justice and Peace. Ernie Regehr, director of Project Ploughshares, accompanied the delegation.

Speaking as leaders of their churches were Virginia Coleman, General Secretary of the United Church of Canada; Carol Dixon of the Canadian Friends’ Service Committee (Quakers); Rev. Stephen Kendall, Principal Clerk of the Presbyterian Church in Canada; Archbishop Michael Peers, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada; Msgr. Peter Schonenbach, General Secretary of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops; and Bishop Seraphim of the Orthodox Church of America (Canada diocese).

On April 13, two days before the meeting, the leaders of nine Christian churches in Canada had signed an urgent letter to the Prime Minister appealing to the Canadian government to “press for an immediate, unilateral…

Canadian Church Leaders Urge Nuclear Disarmament and Ballistic Missile Control

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…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


The Very Rev. Anthony Nikolic Polish National Catholic Church of Canada


The Rev. P. Alex McDonald Moderator, 129th General Assembly The Presbyterian Church in Canada


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


M. Christine MacMillan Commissioner Territorial Commander The Salvation Army Canada and Bermuda Territory


Metropolitan Archbishop Wasyly (Fedak) Primate Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada

The Right Rev. Peter Short Moderator United Church of Canada

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…