Below are our lesson plans and workshop resources for exploring issues of conflict, violence, and the vocation to Christian peacemaking with young people.
Our General RE Scheme of Work, containing 6 lessons exploring the work of Christian peacemaking, has its own page here
UN International Day of Peace 2023 and the Catholic Nonviolence Days of Action
These two question cards for the 21st September can be used to introduce the themes of the International Day of Peace and the Catholic Nonviolence Days of Action 2023.
Nonviolence in action- stories of nonviolence
We have created a website to help young people explore nonviolence through stories and other resources. Visit the website at https://nonviolenceinaction.wordpress.com/
Peace and the Environment
World Water Day
To celebrate the UN World Water Day on 22nd March we have produced two activity cards to link to the Pax Christi International campaign ‘Water for life’. More information on the campaign can be found here.
Franz Jägerstatter: A Story of Remarkable Faith
In 1943 Franz Jagerstatter, an Austrian peasant farmer, was executed for refusing to fight in Hitler’s army. A devout Catholic, Franz believed he could not be faithful to Jesus and fight for the Nazis. This Pax Christi workshop explores Franz’s story, his witness, and what he can teach us about the Christian vocation to peacemaking.
These two discussion and reflection cards explore the story of Franz and Franziska Jägerstätter and how faith inspires us to act.
Nonviolence and Franz and Franziska Jägerstätter
Nuclear weapons- reflection and discussion cards
We now have two discussion and reflection activity cards on nuclear weapons. One explores the topic of nuclear weapons for young people and the other looks at the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
This document gives a very brief overview of some of the history of nuclear weapons.
This workshop introduces key facts about nuclear weapons, some of the arguments surrounding nuclear weapons, the role of the treaty and the voice of the Catholic Church. This session is aimed at young people in Key Stage three and above, and may be useful for the GCSE themes of peace and conflict.
Nonviolence Activity Cards
To celebrate we have created a resource to explore the work of some women peacemakers that have inspired us, and who continue to inspire us.
Using the film, Give Peace a Budget Seven ways to spend $1.7 trillion dollars, this workshop explores if there is a more effective ways to spend the UK’s £40 billion defence budget in pursuit of peace.
Conflict and Violence
How does conflict affect young people? Why does conflict sometimes lead to violence? Is conflict such a bad thing? Explore these and more in our Impact! issues sheet. (Produced in collaboration with YCW/Impact)
Produced for the LiveSimply Youth Network Why Bother? resource to encourage young people to engage with politics, this workshop explores different models of security, from ‘might is right’ to human security.
Originally produced for the 2015 UK General Election, this workshop encourages young people to think critically about what their faith has to say about the issue of nuclear weapons and how it might influence their engagement with politics.
Elements of Peace
A set of mini workshops to introduce young people to the work of Christian peacemaking. Elements of Peace has its own page here