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Seven ways youth can work for peace

Adapted from 21 Ways for Teens to Work for Peace by the Lutheran Peace Fellowship.

1. Develop a worship life that includes a vision of peace, justice and wholeness for a warring world.

2. Fill a journal with perspectives on war and peace from parents, teachers, friends. Study biblical and church teachings on war, peace and the lives of such peacemakers as Jesus, Gandhi, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Martin Luther King Jr., Ruth Youngdahl Nelson, Oscar Romero and Aung San Suu Kyi.

3. Help families and committees improve their peacemaking skills. Use resources from the Families Against Violence Network, Institute for Peace and Justice, 4144 Lindell Blvd. #408, St. Louis, MO 63108; (314) 533-4445.

4. Research the practices of corporations that make the products you buy. Support businesses that are committed to communities and reflect your values.

5. Protest war toys or excessive violence in movies, television or video games. Help others with videos from the Center for Media Literacy, 4727 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 403, Los Angeles, CA 90010; (800) 226-9494.

6. Write letters, call and meet your elected officials to express your opinion on peace and justice issues. Join peace vigils, rallies, actions and marches.

7. Learn how people in diverse countries and cultures live and see the world. For help contact the Center for Global Education, Augsburg College, 2211 57 1/2 St., Minneapolis, MN 55454; (612) 330-1159.


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