A Contribution from The Presbyterian Church in Canada

Tasneem Jamal

Author Stephen Allen

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

Introduction

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 the

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

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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 declared,

The Presbyterian Church Expresses Concern about War on Terror

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Letter to Prime Minister Jean Chrétien from Rev. J. Mark Lewis, Moderator of the 128th General Assembly, The Presbyterian Church in Canada.

The Presbyterian Church in Canada is a sponsor of Project Ploughshares. Ploughshares was involved in the process of composing this letter.

August 6, 2002

Dear Prime Minister Chrétien,

I am writing to bring you greetings on behalf of the 128th General Assembly of The Presbyterian Church in Canada, which met in June, 2002. Our General Assembly has asked me to convey to you our deep concerns over the continuing war on terrorism and especially the implications for the people of Iraq

Since September 11th, many policy makers in the West have turned their attention to the potential threat

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;

Canadian Church Leaders Call for an End to NATO Bombing

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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 the Orthodox Church in America; Gale Wills, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers); Rev. Dr. William Klempa, Moderator, Presbyterian Church in Canada; Very Rev. Bill Phipps, Moderator, United Church of Canada.

For more information:

Janet Somerville, General Secretary Canadian Council of Churches 416-232-6070 Ex. 2327

David Pfrimmer, Chair Commission for Justice and Peace Canadian Council of Churches 519-884-1970 Ex. 3907

Ernie Regehr, Director Project Ploughshares 519-888-6541 Ex. 263

Canadian Church Leaders Urge Nuclear Disarmament and Ballistic Missile Control

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…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

 

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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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 W….

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

Church Leaders’ Say “No” to War on Iraq

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…the Western Hemisphere

Rev. Raymond Schultz National Bishop Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada

Dan Nighswander General Secretary 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 in Canada

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

Dr. Walter Pitman, O. Ont., O.C. Chair, Board of Directors Project Ploughshares

 

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