“If your enemy is hungry, feed him.

” “Love your enemy and to do good to those that persecute you.” “Seek peace and pursue it” These scriptures guided the early settlers of Whitchurch-Stouffville, the majority of whom belonged to three of the historic Peace churches: Brethren in Christ, Mennonite, and Quaker. Because of loyalty to their faith they objected to military service and wrestled with what it means to be people of Godʼs peace, especially during war. The Government of Upper Canada, in 1793, recognized these faith communities as conscientious objectors. During the War of 1812 they demonstrated their desire to live as citizens of God’s Kingdom. This pursuit of peace continues to stand witness in this community and around the world. Serving in the name of Christ. The Prince of Peace is Jesus Christ... True Christians do not know vengeance. They are the children of peace. Their hearts overflow with peace. Their mouths speak peace, and they walk in the way of peace. - Menno Simons, 1552

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