Is war ever justified? Workshop

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In Niagara Falls on October 26 Ploughshares Executive Director John Siebert and Intern Charmila Ireland facilitated a workshop on the question “Is war ever justified?” The event was organized by the Presbytery of Niagara of the Presbyterian Church in Canada (PCC) and the Norma Goldsmith Lay School of Theology. More than a dozen people with a wide range of knowledge, …

Just Peacemaking: Canadian Church Perspectives and Contributions

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Report from Conference held February 2-3, 2012, Waterloo, Ontario Introduction What is Just Peacemaking? Contributed Papers Organizing the Events Join the Conversation Participants Agenda   Introduction Waterloo was the setting for a gathering of Canadian church leaders to consider the challenge of just peacemaking, held on February 2-3, 2012. Internationally renowned Christian ethicist Glen Stassen from Fuller Theological Seminary in …

Waterloo Statement on Just Peacemaking: Canadian Church Perspectives and Contributions

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United in a strengthened commitment to peace, we met in Waterloo, Ontario on February 3, 2012 as Canadian church leaders to reflect upon the just peace global ecumenical framework for building peace, resolving conflict, and preventing war, as articulated in the recent World Council of Churches’ (WCC) documents, An Ecumenical Call to Just Peace and the Just Peace Companion. We …

Just Peacemaking: The New Paradigm for Ethics of Peace and War

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Author Glen H. Stassen Just Peacemaking: The New Paradigm for Ethics of Peace and War (Pilgrim Press: 1998/2004/2008) Interfaith Just Peacemaking (Palgrave Macmillan: 2012) See www.justpeacemaking.org and www.fuller.edu/sot/faculty/stassen Pacifism and just war debate whether to participate in war. It’s an important debate. But it’s insufficient. The following have all said we need a new paradigm with preemptive practices of peacemaking, …

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 …

A Lutheran Response to Glory to God and Peace on Earth

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Author David Pfrimmer The Message of the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation, May 15-25, 2011, Kingston, Jamaica David Pfrimmer is with the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary Twin Paradoxes in Canada The militarized metaphorical paradox: A national narrative of the ennobled “warrior nation” increasingly prepared to use military rhetoric and force at a time when, as Steven Pinker of Harvard argued, “The decline …

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 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 …

Creating Peace: Unitarian Universalist Perspectives

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Author Jeffrey Brown Rev. Jeffrey Brown is with the Canadian Unitarian Council If you succumb to the temptation of using violence in the struggle, unborn generations will be the recipients of a long and desolate night of bitterness, and your chief legacy to the future will be an endless reign of meaningless chaos. —Martin Luther King, Jr. Our conversations on …

Roman Catholic Perspectives on Peace

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Excerpt from: Called Together to be Peacemakers: Report of the International Dialogue between the Catholic Church and Mennonite World Conference: 1998-2003 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God” (Mt 5:8). Through our dialogue, we have come to understand that Catholics and Mennonites share a common commitment to peacemaking. That commitment is rooted in our …

No War, Just War, Just Peace: Statements by the Anglican Church of Canada 1934-2004

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Author Michael Ingham Michael Ingham is Chair, Partners in Mission/Eco-Justice Committee, Anglican Church of Canada Summary This paper reviews the various authoritative statements on violence and war made by governing bodies of the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) over a period of seventy years beginning in 1934. This brief historical survey shows a consistent pattern of opposition to violence and …