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If Only Today You Knew… The Things That Make for Peace
For Christian High Schools & Youth Groups
by Dr. James McGinnis
with Kevin LaNave
This unique 125-page resource for teachers and youth
ministers on "peacemaking in post-9/11 America" challenges
youth to put the Gospel call to peace into practice at a critical moment in
human history. Divided into two sections, "Images of
Peace and the Pledge of Nonviolence" and "Responding to the Violence of
Terrorism & War," these insightful units provide
reflection and activities on the themes of:
"The Peacemaking Vision of Jesus,"
with extensive biblical reflection & compelling visuals
"Visions of Peace from Other Faith Traditions," especially Judaism & Islam
"The Peacemaking Vision of Gandhi,"
including an inspiring article by his grandson Arun
"Christian Teaching on War and Peace,"
with excerpts from THE CHALLENGE OF PEACE and Bishop Tom Gumbleton’s address to
Pax Christi USA on "Living Nonviolence in Today’s Reality"
"Patriotism and the Christian,"
a variety of perspectives and models on this difficult issue
"The US War on Terrorism & Iraq,"
with excerpts from President Bush’s National Security Strategy Memorandum" of
9/02, the US Catholic Bishops’ letter on Iraq, and alternatives for US foreign
"Peacemakers - Prophets for Peace,"
including profiles of peacemakers in the Middle East and Northern Ireland and a
process for interviewing local peacemakers
"Some Other Actions for Peace,"
with a variety of ways of promoting solidarity with peoples in the Middle East,
Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere; plus prayers for peace
"The UN Decade for a Culture of Peace &
Nonviolence," a 4-page piece to help youth see the significance and
possibilities of peacemaking in this critical decade
"Concluding Decisions on the Youth Pledge
of Nonviolence," a process for embracing the Pledge as a holistic way of
Plus thoughtful reflections from Sojourners
and the Fellowship of Reconciliation, special prayer cards from Pax Christi, and
a copy of the special post-9/11 issue of YES Magazine on CAN LOVE SAVE THE
All this is packaged in an attractive
binder for only $29.95!
Check out some samples from "If Only Today You Knew… The Things That Make for Peace
For Christian High Schools & Youth Groups"
Peacemaking Images and Reflections with photographs and reflections
to be used with "If Only Today You Knew... The Things That Make
Note: This material is also
incorporated into the full
Program Planning Guide and
Teachers Manual for Christian High Schools and Youth Groups ($49.95)
The Things that Make
for Peace for Christian Elementary Schools and Religious Education, K-8