Welcome Back to School!
The opening of the school year's theme is peace. Peace is a topic and action that many long for... Take time this month to explore this theme with your self, family, friends and students. Here are some helpful resources and thought provokers...
"The Catholic Nonviolence Initiative, a project of Pax Christi International, the Catholic peace movement, affirms that active nonviolence is at the heart of the vision and message of Jesus, the life of the Catholic Church, and the long-term vocation of healing and reconciling both people and the planet."
You can find emails, blog posts on current efforts, videos, webinars, programs and resources for teaching and living peace here at Pax Christi USA. Peace Be With You features the PaxChristi Group from Beverly, MA and two Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur (Srs. Linda Besson and Julie Kane) attempt to define peace. (Inviting students to define peace would be a very thought provoking!)
Mark you calendar:
- September 15-23 is Nonviolence Week of Action. Campaign Nonviolence, a project of Pace e Bene (peace+all good, is a long-term movement to build a culture of peace and nonviolence free from war, poverty, racism, the climate crisis, and the epidemic of violence and injustice. Get involved today, learn more at Pace e Bene. (See also New Resources for Peace-Making)
- 21 September 2017 is the International Day of Peace. The theme for 2017 is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.”
International Day Of Peace Resources (posted on National Education Association) by Phil Nast, retired middle school teacher and freelance writer, offers Lesson Plans for elementary and high school students. Provides links to additional Lesson Plans including a "Teacher's Toolbox" other background resources including handouts and videos.
"Young women and young men have a critical role in promoting and maintaining international peace and security. Contrary to most popular representations, the majority of youth are not violent. Rather, they can - and do - play active roles as agents of positive and constructive change.
This is exactly what UN Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security recognizes for the first time.
Learn about what young people are achieving around the world and join us in supporting young people's participation in peacebuilding." -From #Youth4Peace