World Council on Religion for Peace/Canada
Year Published: 1979
A Report and Statement to the Third Assembly of the World Council on Religion for Peace(WCRP) in Princeton, NJ 1979
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX1039
The goal of the World Council on Religion for Peace (WCRP) is the promotion of dialogue between the various world faiths with a view to common action for peace.
Abstract: The goal of the World Council on Religion for Peace (WCRP) is the promotion of dialogue between the various world faiths with a view to common action for peace. This document points out that Canada has been represented in WCRP since is beginnings at the outset of the 70's. A permanent branch, WCRP/Canada, was established in 1975; subsequently three national conferences have been held. In the last few years, a local committee has been formed in Toronto and it has carried out a series of meetings/workshops on themes related to WCRP objectives.
WCRP/Canada is currently experiencing a renewal level of growth concurrent with a program of national expansion. This organization feels a strong commitment to respond to the challenging struggles with the Canadian "mosaic" while at the same time not neglecting the larger international issues such as disarmament and development.
WCRP/Canada held its national conference in June of this year; three topics were selected for special study: 1. religion and human dignity, responsibility and rights; 2. multireligious dialogue and action in conflict situations; and 3. religion, education and peace commitment. Two issues which emerged strongly from workshops on these topics were native rights and disarmament. Because of the overriding concern expressed for the rights of native people, WCRP/Canada has requested its local chapters to devote special attention and efforts to the native rights issue in the coming months. One workshop outlines some recommendations on disarmament which could be presented to government; steps in education for peace were also discussed.