What is just peacemaking?

Waterloo, Ont.,  was the setting for a gathering of Canadian church leaders to consider the challenge of just peacemaking.

The Project Ploughshares web site states, "The two standard ethical paradigms for the ethics of peace and war are pacifism and just war theory. They both intend to prevent some wars or all wars. But they don’t focus our attention on how to prevent wars; they focus on debating whether war is justified or not. Recognizing a practical stalemate between the arguments for pacifism and just war, the theory of just peacemaking seeks to define and implement practices that prevent violent conflict and create peace."

Papers from various church leaders documenting the outcome of the meeting can be found here.