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.
A prolonged civil war that began in 1996 has led to extreme violence and human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Women and girls are bearing the brunt of the atrocities, suffering widespread sexual violence and abuse.
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...
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.
Marie was 11 years old when she was raped and became pregnant. Her story is that of many girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The country’s citizens have been traumatized by a long-standing and brutal conflict. During the civil war that ended in 2003, 5.4 million people died. Localized conflicts continue. Millions of people have been uprooted and displaced.
Many social services are not provided by the state, so hospitals and schools are run by churches, like Mission & Service partner Église du Christ au Congo, Department of Women, Children, and Family.
About 1,300 Christian Palestinians live in the Gaza Strip, enduring three wars in five years along with their Muslim neighbours. Israel controls the land, sea, and air around Gaza, with one crossing into Egypt through Rafah controlled by Egypt and monitored by the European Union in coordination with Israel. The Near East Council of Churches (NECC) works in Gaza with both communities, focusing on providing education and health care to a population under blockade.
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.
The Korean War is the longest standing U.S. conflict. While it no longer consists of active fighting, hostilities between the warring parties have remained high, resulting in extreme militarization on the Korean Peninsula. If fighting erupted on the Korean Peninsula today, it’s estimated that as many as 300,000 people would die in the first few days of conventional fighting.
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.
The United Church of Canada mourn with the families of those killed in Gaza, and pray for the recovery of the many injured. The United Church stands in solidarity with Israeli and Palestinian partners in condemning the recent violence against the unarmed protestors in Gaza. The call to action for United Church people is to ask the Canadian goverment to call for an immediate end to the violence and take an international leadership role in negotiating just peace in the region.