Peace

Peace and reconciliation lie at the very heart of the good news proclaimed by Jesus. We work for peace and authentic human security by seeking justice and by attempting to understand and address the roots of conflict.

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September 25, 2017
The World Council of Churches (WCC), of which the United Church is a member, has expressed deep concern over the renewed wave of violence in Jerusalem in recent weeks. The WCC stands in solidarity with the churches and peoples of Palestine and Israel, and affirms their conviction that “the illegal occupation of the Palestinian Territories must be brought to an end—not as a pre-condition for an...

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File A Communion Prayer in Palestine and Israel
A prayer with references to Palestine.

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File Advent Service for Peace in Palestine and Israel
An Advent service that focuses on peace in Palestine/Israel and the end of the occupation.

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PDF icon Backgrounder: Prayers for Women in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Église du Christ au Congo is appealing to the church for prayers and solidarity.

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PDF icon Bulletin Insert: 50 Years Occupation
Bulletin insert re 50 years of military occupation in the West Bank: a just peace now!

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July 26, 2017

Ask the federal government to take immediate steps to respond to the hunger crisis in parts of Africa and the Middle East.

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February 17, 2017
An 18-member team from The United Church of Canada is now in El Salvador to take part in an international ecumenical conference for peace, to be held from March 17 to 19. Moderator Jordan Cantwell and former Moderator Bill Phipps head up a group that includes two survivors of Canada’s residential schools system, plus a dozen or so veterans of Canadian church solidarity work with El Salvador. All...
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December 5, 2016
Canadian churches continue to lift up the urgent call for peace with justice in Palestine and Israel.
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March 31, 2017
The United Church calls on Canada to halt the sale of armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia—one of the world’s worst human rights violators.
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April 26, 2017

In Bethlehem, the largely Christian-Palestinian city of Jesus’ birth, Wi’am strives to build a just society through mediation, conflict resolution, and non-violence. Its premises are bordered on one side by Israel’s controversial separation wall (deemed illegal by the International Court of Justice in 2005) and on another side by a street that often sees confrontations between Palestinian protestors and Israeli soldiers.

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File Easter Joint North-South Prayer
From the National Council of Churches in Korea and the Korean Christian Federation
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October 25, 2017
In the aftermath of the August 12 weekend when White supremacists and White nationalists converged in Charlottesville, Virginia, The United Church of Canada is asking its members to recommit themselves more fully to challenging the systemic racism manifested by this event.
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February 10, 2017
Moderator writes Minister of Foreign Affairs regarding Israeli outposts on privately owned land.
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January 19, 2017
Moderator urges Prime Minister Trudeau to protect non-violent actions for just peace.
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April 20, 2017

In the Six Nations First Nations community in southern Ontario sits a simple white building. For over five years Nations Uniting in Ohsweken, Ontario, has offered a place of community and provided educational workshops to the surrounding communities on and off the reserve at various locations up and down the Grand River.

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PDF icon One Step: Peace Worship Service
This worship service may be used for a community celebration of peace.

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File Pastoral Prayer for Peace in Palestine and Israel
A prayer for peace and the end of the occupation in Palestine.

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File Peace among the Peoples
A worship service for the International Day of Peace on the theme "Peace among the Peoples."...

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File Peace in the Marketplace
A worship service for the International Day of Peace on the theme "Peace in the Marketplace."...

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File Peace with the Earth
A worship service for the International Day of Peace on the theme "Peace with the Earth."...

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October 17, 2016

Resources for worship, education, and advocacy related to the Unsettling Goods campaign.

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File Prayer (Israeli & Palestinian Deaths)
A prayer of condolence on deaths of Israelis and Palestinians.

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File Prayer for Peace with Justice in Israel/Palestine
A prayer inspired by Psalm 23 and A Moment of Truth: Kairos Palestine, section 3.
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September 25, 2017

Inspired by Psalm 23 and A Moment of Truth

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PDF icon Prayer for the Democratic Republic of Congo
A prayer for the Democratic Republic of Congo

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File Prayer for Times of Violence
Creator God, be with us in these times of trouble...
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June 12, 2017

Creator God, be with us in these times of trouble:
we are surrounded by images of violence from ....

we are called to wrestle with how to respond to the devastation, death, fear, and hatred around us with compassionate and prophetic love.

we grieve for a cycle of violence that seems never-ending, and for a world that values some lives more than others.

we grieve for the dead and accompany in prayer and love all those who mourn the loss of life and security.

we confess that we who profess to follow Jesus have been unable or unwilling to obey the...

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File Prayers of the People for Lent
Prayers of the People for Lent, with an emphasis on Israel and Palestine. (Year A)

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PDF icon Praying with the South Sudan Council of Churches
A prayer of solidarity with the South Sudan Council of Churches

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PDF icon Seeking Peace: Everybody Is Fulfilled
With deep concern for current tensions, this service focuses on seeking peace. It recalls Asian values and celebrates cultural richness and diversity.

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PDF icon Unsettling Goods: Worship Resources
A resource for worship on the theme of just peace in Palestine and Israel.

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PDF icon We Are Peacemakers with the Spirit of Wa
A service that celebrates the wisdom of various Asian cultures. Wa, in Japanese, means “harmony,” or peaceful unity within a social group.

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PDF icon Week of Prayer for Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kawartha Highlands Presbytery
Week of Prayer resource for Democratic Republic of the Congo, focused on mining and victims of sexual violence.

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PDF icon Église du Christ au Congo Appeals for Prayers and Solidarity
A bulletin insert calling for prayers for women in the Democractic Republic of Congo