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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February 15, 2019

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. 

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October 28, 2015
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March 12, 2019
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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File Bethlehem Prayer
A Christmas prayer for peace in Bethlehem by former United Church Moderator David Giuliano.

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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 6, 2018
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March 12, 2019
United Church urges government to press for an independent investigation into the Israeli shooting of people engaged in rightful protest.
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February 5, 2019
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February 7, 2019
The United Church is committed to peaceful processes and calls for dialogue to resolve the situation in Venezuela with an internally made solution.
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April 25, 2016
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March 12, 2019
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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June 20, 2019

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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March 15, 2019

—A prayer in response to the March 2019 New Zealand mosque attacks by the Right Rev. Richard Bott.

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May 31, 2018
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April 25, 2019
Palestinians and Israelis urgently need a reliable, honest broker to provide leadership in realizing a just and negotiated resolution.
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August 13, 2019

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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March 12, 2019
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March 12, 2019
The United Church and Korean partners welcome the Panmunjom Accord.
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August 14, 2017
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August 20, 2018
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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March 18, 2019

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.

Canada can play an important role in setting the table for peace; however, this requires change in Canadian policy. Korea Peace Now! Women Mobilizing to End...

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File Korean churches continue to pursue peace | WCC
The World Council of Churches invites prayer during worship, especially on 12 August, the weekend before the anniversary of Korea's liberation and division...
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March 12, 2019

An Advent prayer.

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June 20, 2019

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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March 12, 2019

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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October 4, 2018

A prayer for Khan Al Ahmar, a Palestinian village in the West Bank, as it faces imminent demolition and the forced displacement of its people.

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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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March 12, 2019

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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April 15, 2019

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 Principles of Peace | Canadian Council of Churches
A consensus Principles of Peace document adopted by the CCC in May 2018
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August 13, 2019

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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March 15, 2019
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March 15, 2019
The United Church expresses shock and horror over the March 2019 terrorist attack on Muslim worshippers at prayer in New Zealand, and invites people to pray and engage in acts in solidarity.
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March 12, 2019
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March 12, 2019
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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October 15, 2018
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March 12, 2019
Canada’s announcement follows United Church people’s call for the government to increase its support of UNRWA.

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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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File World Week of Peace in Palestine and Israel | WCC
Background, study, and worship resources from the World Council of Churches.
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May 15, 2018
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April 15, 2019
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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