Category: Youth News

Peace Education Newsletter: Advent 2013

Dear Friends,

It has been a busy term at the Pax Christi youth desk. Alongside our regular schools workshops – demand for which is at an all-time high – we held a successful study day exploring the life of Blessed Franz Jägerstätter, a school outreach training day for Pax Christi members, and a retreat for our young adult members.

A particular highlight of this term was a day I spent last month working with a group of students who were tasked with re-writing their school’s anti-bullying policy putting the values of nonviolence at the heart of it. A great day which also served as a reminder that there are many ways in which Pax Christi can support schools in their effort to be outstanding.

We are currently taking bookings for school input next term. Details of our workshops are available online here or if you are interested in exploring other ways in which Pax Christi can support the mission of the school then give me a call in the office 020 8203 4884

Sunday 19 January is Peace Sunday. This is a great opportunity for schools to use the weeks either side of this date to put prayer for peace at the heart of the prayer life of the school. Liturgy resources for Peace Sunday are available on our website www.paxchristi.org.uk

The Student Christian Movement and the Fellowship of Reconciliation are jointly hosting a conference, Peace, Power, and Protest: Prophets for a New World, over the weekend 14-16 February 2014. I am leading a workshop during this event and our Icon of Peace will be a particular prayer focus during the weekend. http://movement.org.uk/events

There is an International Youth Camp being planned in Sarajevo in June 2014. This is one of several peace events being held in the city to mark the centenary of the beginning of World War One and a renewed commitment to building a global culture of peace http://tinyurl.com/Sarajevo-Camp

Pax Christi and the Peace Education Network are both amongst the supporters of a new petition calling for an end the recruitment of under-18s into the UK armed forces. http://you.38degrees.org.uk/p/stop-recruiting-16s

2014 is of course the start of four years of commemorations marking the centenary of World War One. Our latest members newsletter highlights some of the resources and ideas to support peace initiatives during this period. http://paxchristi.org.uk/wp/resources/newsletter/

With every good wish for a peaceful advent,

Matt

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Conflict and Climate Change

Conflict and Climate ChangeNew resource:  Conflict and Climate Change a DVD which explores the links between war and our changing climate and asks what can we do?

The DVD together with accompanying booklet of educational resources is available from Kevin Mayhew Publishing

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Peace Education Newsletter – September 2013

Dear friends,

Lots of events, resources, and campaigns to get your teeth into as we begin a new academic term…

  • I have a day free for schools workshops on Tuesday 8 October in North West England/North Wales. Please get in touch if you want to take advantage of this opportunity. What we offer in Schools
  • I also have a couple of days in the West Midlands on 18 and 20 November. Again, get in touch if you are interested in booking workshops for your school or university. What we offer in Universities
  • Franz Jägerstätter – A Pax Christi Study Day, Friday 18 October: Places are still available for our study day exploring the remarkable witness of Franz and the lessons for peacemakers today.
    Franz Jagerstatter Study Day Booking Form
  • The Arms fair comes back to town next week at the EXCEL centre in London’s docklands. Join us in prayer and protest. DESi Vigil
  • Peace Education and the Centenary of World War I, 14 November, London: A Peace Education Network skills share workshop exploring the peace education opportunities and resources connected with the forthcoming anniversaries of the First World War. For more information see Peace Education Network
    Contact me to book your free place.
  • Teach Peace is a new resource of eight primary school assemblies from the Peace Education Network. It cost £5 and is available later this month. Contact me for more information or keep and eye on the Peace Education Network
  • During the Angelus on Sunday Pope Francis said, “Never has the use of violence brought peace in its wake. War begets war, violence begets violence.” He went on to declare Saturday 7 September to be a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, the Middle East, and throughout the world. Do join him (and us) in this
    Reflections and Prayers for Peace in Syria
    The full text of the homily is available here.
  • Sunday 8 September is CAAT Day of Prayer against Arms Trade
  • The next issue of Just Peace – our members’ newsletter – is a Peace Education special. It is posted out to members next week so if you are not on our mailing list and want to receive a copy then please let me know. Or you could become a Pax Christi member. Membership Form

In peace
Matt

 

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