Christian Movement for Peace - Canada
Organization profile published 1981

Publisher:  Christian Movement for Peace - Canada, Toronto, Canada
Year Published:  1981  
Resource Type:  Organization
Cx Number:  CX2143
Inactive/Defunct Organization
Abstract:  The Christian Movement for Peace (CMP) is an international, ecumenical orgnization which is working to raise people's awareness of, and encourage their involvement in issues of social justice. Such issues include everything from human rights in Lation America and throughout the world to disarmament and development. With regard to the latter issue, CMP has worked closely with Project Ploughshares, a research and education group, to disseminate information and organize education workshops dealing with the link between the arms race and world underdevelopment. In the past, CMP has organized educational events in community centres, schools and churches which have focussed on a number of topics, including alternative lifestyles, the political future of Canada, and what it means to be a radically committed Christian.

The organization's work with young people has taken many forms. "Starvations" have been organized in which young people are invited to learn the personal experience of hunger at the same time as they learn its causes. During the starvathons, the young people study such issues as underdevelopment, economic exploitation or the arms race.

In one of CMP's activities, "International Peace Prize" Contest, young people across Canada were invited to use their own creativity to design innovative ways to communicate the message of "peace", be it with a poster, a game, an audio-visual, or a theatrical presentational work camp.

One of the most historically important aspects of CMP's work has been international work camps. These are summer youth exchange programmes in which young people can join with others of all nationalities to work on a special project in another CMP branch country. Work can consist of operating a group home for mentally handicapped in Brussels, rebuilding a small town community centre in Southern France, or running a playground for poor children in Britain.

Since CMP's inception some sixty years ago, it has come to include branches in mos western European countries. CMP branches in Canada and the US are a more recent development. International seminars and meetings bring members of the various national groups together to share experiences and ideas and plans for future direction.

This organization no longer exists.
This abstract was published in the Connexions Digest in 1981.