1812 Historic Peace Churches offer alternate commemorations: War of 1812


The government of Canada is planning a series of large events to commemorate the bi-centennial of the War of 1812. Peacebuilders have an alternate commemoration in mind.

Jonathan Seiling is part of a 1812 Bicentennial Peace Committee which will commemorate the peace church pioneers who expressed alternatives to joining the war in 1812.

Seiling reports that several web pages and a blog will provide information about peace church related activities "to facilitate a forum for those who want to reflect on the voices of peace ranging from 1812 to the present."

A War Resistance in 1812 blog, hosted by a Carol Penner, a Mennonite Pastor in Southern Ontario, welcomes guest bloggers, comments and links to relevant articles online.

Web pages dedicated to the commemoration of historic peace church activities and resistance to the War of 1812 are hosted by Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Ontario.

Historical Markers are being placed in 2012 in the Niagara region, with plaques dedicated to the pioneers of peace from the Quaker, Brethren in Christ and Mennonite traditions. The texts of the plaques can be viewed on the MCC Ontario webpages, and these are also available in French translation. The 'Events' page on the MCC Ontario site will also list upcoming activities.

The1812 Bicentennial Peace Committee isa collaboration between Quakers, Brethren in Christ and Mennonites in Ontario. For more information please contact Carol Penner on the blog or Jonathan Seiling.