A secure world without war • A just world at peace
Project Ploughshares takes its name and its vision from the ancient biblical vision in the Book of Isaiah in which the material and human wealth consumed by military preparations are transformed into resources for human development, thereby removing the roots of war itself.
“God shall judge between the nations, and shall decide for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation; neither shall they learn war any more.” Isaiah 2:4
Project Ploughshares operates under the belief, shared by all of our sponsoring churches, that
- War is to be and can be avoided
- The use of force in national and international relations is to be minimized
- Conflict is to be resolved as much as possible in the interests of justice and without resort to violence
- The use or threat of use of nuclear weapons cannot be justified under any circumstances and are contrary to the will of God
Project Ploughshares was established as an agency of The Canadian Council of Churches to give practical expression to the fulfillment of God’s call to bear witness to peace, reconciliation and non-violence and to contribute to the building of a national and international order that will serve the goals of peace with justice, freedom and security for all.
photo: David Gough/IRIN