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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August 27, 2018
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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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 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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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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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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October 1, 2018
Thank you for your generous and compassionate support of The United Church of Canada’s Extreme Hunger Appeal
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October 1, 2018
Palestinians and Israelis urgently need a reliable, honest broker to provide leadership in realizing a just and negotiated resolution.
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January 3, 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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April 27, 2018
The United Church and Korean partners welcome the Panmunjom Accord.
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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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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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October 26, 2018

An Advent prayer.

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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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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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September 19, 2018

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

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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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October 1, 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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January 3, 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 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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October 16, 2018
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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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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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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October 1, 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.