Iraq

In August of 2016, the President of the Canadian Council of Churches, the Rev. Dr. Canon Alyson Barnett-Cowan, articulated the following foundational biblical principles of the Canadian Council of Churches working through Project Ploughshares. [PDF]

En français [PDF]

Canadian churches urge alternatives to war in Iraq – 26 March 2003

The Canadian Council of Churches— through its operating division Project Ploughshares—and KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives have sent a letter to Prime Minister Jean Chrétien in support of Canada’s decision not to participate in a war on Iraq.

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Service Booklet of the Ecumenical Prayer Vigil for Peace – 22 March 2003

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Say NO to war on Iraq, YES to building peace – 1 March 2003

The Canadian Council of Churches, many of its member churches, partner organizations, congregations of men and women religious and justice and peace organizations published a half-page ad in the Globe and Mail newspaper on March 1, 2003. They called on “all citizens and all governments” to say NO to war on Iraq, YES to building peace.

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Canadian Church Leaders’ Letter – 28 February 2003

Eighteen church leaders, representing a broad spectrum of Canadian denominations, have marked the beginning of the Lenten season by writing to Prime Minister Jean Chrétien urging alternatives to war in Iraq.

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Prepare for Peace in Iraq

The statement is the joint initiative of KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives, the Justice and Peace Commission of the Canadian Council of Churches, and Project Ploughshares (an operating division of the CCC). It emphasizes the urgent need for verifiable Iraqi rejection of weapons of mass destruction and argues that neither war nor the status quo is a means of assuring that important objective. Instead, it offers a positive, realistic, and transformative approach to the problem of Iraq.

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Letter to the Prime Minister – 20 December 2002

The Canadian Council of Churches, its operating division Project Ploughshares, and KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives, write again to update the Prime Minister on their views of the situation in Iraq, to call for alternatives to war, and commit to pray that world leaders are granted the courage and wisdom to find and walk the path to peace.

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Letter to Prime Minister – 25 September 2002

Sixteen prominent church leaders—representing a broad spectrum of Canadian church denominations, as well as the ecumenical peace coalition & CCC operating division Project Ploughshares, and the inter-church justice coalition KAIROS—joined together to send an urgent message to Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, imploring the Prime Minister to resist growing “pressure” in favour of “a new invasion of Iraq.”

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Letter to President Bush – 25 September 2002

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