The Canadian Council of Churches is the largest ecumenical body in Canada, now representing 25 churches of Anglican, Eastern and Oriental Orthodox, Protestant and Roman Catholic traditions. We are one of the few ecumenical bodies in the world that includes such a range of Christian churches. The officers and staff of the Council are drawn from the whole diversity of traditions represented by the member churches.
The Canadian Council of Churches was founded in 1944. Member churches believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Saviour, according to the Scriptures. Members seek to fulfill together their common calling to the glory of one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Project Ploughshares was founded in 1976 to respond to the following call from The Canadian Council of Churches:
The Canadian Council of Churches is the legal entity under which Project Ploughshares operates, and as such the Council and its members bear final responsibility and liability for Project Ploughshares. The Canadian Council of Churches has delegated the responsibility of board formation and governance to its member churches and other churches or churches agencies that have agreed to sponsor Project Ploughshares. The board of Project Ploughshares is accountable to The Canadian Council of Churches for governing Project Ploughshares in the faithful pursuit of the mandate received from the Council.
Sponsoring churches and church agencies:
Project Ploughshares is affiliated with the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies at Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario.
The mission of Project Ploughshares, rooted in the faith commitment to pursue peace, is to carry out research and policy analysis on peace and security issues to advance our understanding and knowledge of the roots and causes of armed conflict, and the measures and policies that are conducive to achieving a more peaceful world.
Project Ploughshares operates under the belief, shared by all of the sponsoring churches, that war is to be and can be avoided, that the use of force in national and international relations is to be minimized, that conflict is to be resolved as much as possible in the interests of justice and without resort to violence, that the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons cannot be justified under any circumstances and are contrary to the will of God, and that scarce resources are to be used for human development rather than for arms and the build-up of the capacity to destroy.
For information about Project Ploughshares and its program, please go to www.ploughshares.ca, or contact Project Ploughshares at:
57 Erb Street West
Waterloo ON N2L 6C2
Fax: (519) 888-0018
The Anglican Church of Canada
Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace
Canadian Unitarian Council
Canadian Yearly Meeting, Religious Society of Friends
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
Mennonite Central Committee Canada
Presbyterian Church in Canada
United Church of Canada
Canadian Christian Jewish Consultation
Committee on Chaplaincy in the Armed Forces
Interfaith Relations Committee
National Coalition of Canadian Christian Festivals
National Muslim Christian Liaison Committee
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Writing Committee
World Council of Churches Relations Committee