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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April 9, 2018

Add your name to the petition calling on the Canadian government to sign the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

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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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April 9, 2018
United Church urges government to press for an independent investigation into the Israeli shooting of people engaged in rightful protest.
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January 17, 2018
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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March 2, 2018
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 3, 2018

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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April 9, 2018
Thank you for your generous and compassionate support of The United Church of Canada’s Extreme Hunger Appeal
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May 31, 2018
Palestinians and Israelis urgently need a reliable, honest broker to provide leadership in realizing a just and negotiated resolution.
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May 18, 2018

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.

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April 27, 2018
The United Church and Korean partners welcome the Panmunjom Accord.
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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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December 8, 2017

An Advent prayer.

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January 10, 2018
Moderator writes Minister of Foreign Affairs regarding Israeli outposts on privately owned land.
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December 18, 2017
Moderator urges Prime Minister Trudeau to protect non-violent actions for just peace.
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April 3, 2018

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 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 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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May 14, 2018

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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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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June 5, 2018

Ask Canada to call for an immediate end to violence in Gaza and take an international leadership role in negotiating just peace.

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May 22, 2018

Mission & Service gifts enable the United Church to work with advocacy organizations like Project Ploughshares that seek to abolish the use of nuclear weapons.

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December 15, 2017
United Church supports Palestinian, Israeli, and U.S. partner calls for status quo until just negotiations resolve Jerusalem’s standing.
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March 2, 2018
Joint letter from United Church and Canadian Voice of Women for Peace states concern for humanitarian and human rights impacts of UN sanctions.

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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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March 2, 2018
Staff and global partner of United Church join peacemakers to encourage peaceful dialogue on Korean peninsula.
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May 18, 2018
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.
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