Families Against Violence
The following practices and resources were shared at the annual FAVAN (Families Against Violence
Advocacy Network) meeting held March 9-11, 2001, at Pallottine Renewal Center in St. Louis
County, Missouri. If you have practices you would like to share, please contact Jim
Vogt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celebrate Diversity - Ten Ways to Stop the Hate,
the video program "Long Night's Journey into Day, and Season for Nonviolence 64 Ways in 64 Days.
(From Sharon Taylor Wilson)
Make the Peace Campaign is a project of the Citizens and Youth
Violence Intervention Council of Rochester MN. It is a community wide
proactive, positive peace initiative. At the center of the campaign has been the FAVAN
Peace Pledge. It is comprehensive across organizations with multiple
approaches. The next focused collaborative will be media violence. (From Mary
Mediation services offered by Ken and Gretchen Lovingood focus on couples and/or
families. They offer workshops, group presentations, and group demonstrations.
Stop the Violence! Educating Ourselves to Protect our Youth is
an ecumenical curriculum developed by Wendy Morris. She also co-facilitates Healing
Racism workshops and does workshops on other justice issues.
Peace Camp projects (From MaryLynn Bell)
Children as Peacemakers and Peacemaking at Home (family program).
Parents of children at the children's center volunteer to participate in a family
peacemaking activity at home. Each family receives a canvas bag filled with family
friendly books, games, puzzles, classical music tapes, videos, read along books with
tapes, etc. They are encouraged to use the materials over a 2 week period to
practice sharing family time together with peaceful activities. (From Virginia
Linda Heacock is working within the Quaker community to incorporate the Pledge and
related programs/resources into religious education and family programs.
The Peace With Justice Program (Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church)
is working to get resolutions passed by churches and church bodies, civic groups, and
schools which ask for celebration of the Decade of Nonviolence, especially the
use of the Pledge of Nonviolence (From Brenda Hardt)